Release Date: April 19, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.
I kept seeing all these rave reviews for The Goddess Test, so I finally broke down and requested it. Because, to be honest, before that I didn’t have much interest in it. But now I am so happy that I listened to you guys! I am adding my rave review to the growing pile of praise now!
The Goddess Test is really unlike anything else out there. The plot, the characters, the romance, the mythology, everything is completely original! It was really a breath of fresh air, but I must say that the description is a little misleading, or it was for me at least. I got the impression that Kate was going to be put through some sort of grueling physical and mental exams, but that wasn’t the case at all. I won’t tell you what it really is. I don’t want to ruin anything, but I will say that the whole story is more character driven. There isn’t much action, but that is not a negative thing. The characters made this story fantastic.
I really liked Kate. She was smart and mature. Every time that I thought she was going to be annoying or stubborn, she surprised me. She knew what she wanted and went after it. She never let pride get in her way, like a lot of protagonists do. The romance was something completely different. It was almost like Kate was pursuing her love interest instead of the other way around. They had their share of complications, but they weren’t unfounded. The romance came together sweetly, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Overall, I just really loved The Goddess Test. It is a fantastically done debut that will leave you craving more. Aimee Carter is a new voice that is sure to be around for a long time to come.