The Goddess Test
By Aimée Carter
The Goddess Test Book One
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…
This Blonde’s Review:
Kate is moving back to the town her mother grew up in. That is where her mother has decided she wants to die. After years with a sick mother and knowing that she won’t last much longer, Kate is not looking to make friends. Somehow she ends up with one anyway, as well as an enemy she doesn’t want. When a prank goes awry and Ava, the girl who hates her, winds up dead Kate has a choice. Either she let’s Ava die, or she makes a promise to a strange boy named Henry. A promise Kate doesn’t understand but that has to do with the story of Persephone. Even though Kate knows the other girl doesn’t like her, Kate can’t allow her to die if Henry can help her.
This leads to Ava being brought back to life and Kate finding herself living with Henry in the Underworld. Kate finds herself struggling to adjust to life in the Underworld with all of the rules she doesn’t understand.
I really enjoyed Kate. She is struggling, her mother is clinging to life and Kate is unable to be with her. Kate doesn’t understand what is going on around her, except that the girls who came before her all died. Yet Kate is a strong girl and rather than breaking under the pressure she shows her backbone. Rather than break when given a task she rises to the challenge even though she thinks she can’t. I can’t help but love the girls who don’t understand how strong they are. The girls who keep going and getting stronger because there really is no other way in their minds.
This young adult book brings mythology into the world now. If you’ve ever been fascinated by Greek Gods and enjoy stories that bring the past to the present then you’ll probably enjoy this one. Add a mysterious person out to kill Kate and a surprise twist at the end and you’ll love The Goddess Test.