Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Published: April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen

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.

My Review:

I requested the Galley because after reading the synopsis I decided that this book was most definitely for me! I love Greek Mythology, something I recently discovered last year thanks to my English teacher (Everyone clap for Mrs. K.), who made us read The Odyssey and we had to do some further research about it. My point is, I love this myth in particular and I'm guessing a lot of people do too because while it isn't very romantic, who wants to be kidnapped and sent to the Underworld against his/her will?, it is very... different.
Kate's situation was really hard. Her mother was dying and she wasn't ready to give her up yet. It was the desire to keep her mother alive for as long as possible that drove her to agree to Henry's bargain. Henry is the god of the Underworld, who is also still in love with Persephone even though, according to Mrs. Carter's story, she never loved him. Dark and brooding, Henry is the perfect match. 
Anyhow, I loved Henry (Hades, get it? lol.) He was such a gentleman, taking things slowly, though a bit manipulative at times. But then again, who wouldn't be like that if they had such little time to find a replacement for Persephone or fade away and had to watch out for a murderer who killed the other contestants? 
The relarionship between Kate and Henry was very sweet and it developed with time, which was more than good enough for me. Kate accepted to try to be successful in the trails just so Henry would keep her mother alive but as she got to know him better and his reasons as to why he was so... lonely and sometimes cold, she fell in love with him and decided to give him a chance. If your going to be the goddess of the Underworld and reign with Hades might as well get the whole package, right? 
The writing was very good. The plot awesome. And the end magnificent! I did not see it coming. At all. I was very surprised. Everything was resolved and handed over in a silver plate at the end. 

Rating: 5.0

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