Book Review: The Goddess Test

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The Goddess Test The Goddess Test by
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 293

EVERY GIRL who has taken the test has DIED.
Now it's KATE'S TURN.
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.
If she fails...

My Review:

I may be slightly prejudiced because I am a huge fan of ancient mythology, but I loved this book! The premise is simple – Hades (aka Henry) has lost Persephone, but he cannot rule the underworld alone. For thousands of years he has been trying to find a girl to rule with him, but all eleven have died trying. Kate enters into the bargain anyway, in hope of saving her mother who is dying of cancer.

Firstly, I loved the portrayal of Henry. 99.9% of the time, if Hades shows up in a book, he’s the bad guy. For good reason, obviously, we like to blame the guy who is associated with death for everything, but every once in a while, you gotta feel sorry for the guy. Carter’s portrayal shows him as a sensitive guy who gets blamed for stuff because of who he is, but isn’t actually too bad. In fact, despite the obvious references to mythology, the strongest thread running through this story for me, was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (which just so happens to be my favorite fairy tale, like Persephone is my favorite myth). I actually liked Henry, because he was willing to stand up for Kate and he felt sorry for what he was asking her to do – the evil bad dude that always turns out to be Hades is couldn’t do that without some really good acting skills, and I’m hoping those never surface, because I like Henry the way he is.

I also loved the fact that Kate isn’t going with Henry because she “can’t live without him.” I’ve seen plenty of love stories recently that play with this theme, and while I was willing to put up with it in the beginning, it’s starting to get a little old. But Kate isn’t like that. Even once she begins to realize her feelings for Henry she is willing to leave him once her six months are up, and frankly is more worried about passing the tests so her mother can live than figuring out a relationship with Henry. I find this much more believable than the whole “Love you so much I can never leave you! Nothing else matters in the world!” and I enjoyed the book because of it.

I’m so excited to share this book with everyone, and I cannot wait until the next book comes out! What happens next?

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