The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Published April 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Reviewed from library copy
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 think we may be seeing a growing trend of "mythology" in ya in the next year or so. The last 4 books I've read have had this common thread, and I'm loving it. What's great about Mythology is I find it makes me want to know more, I've taken out books on the subject recently just because I've enjoyed reading about them so much.
The Goddess Test is a quick read. I couldn't put it down and I connected with Kate right away. Maybe because I understood how she was feeling and could relate to her desperation to save her mother. I was surprised at how quickly we learned that Henry was Hades. There wasn't a lot of build up to this, just a chapter or so, and I actually felt there could have been more to the story leading up to it, I felt like a few parts were skipped over.
I did like how the relationship between Henry and Kate grew over time, and developed from friendship. All in all, it was a great page turner and I'll definitely be reading the next one.