Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequinn Teen
Publication Date: April 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Myth
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One
Synopsis can be found here.
To save her mother and her new frenemy, Kate must embark on a series of tests to prove she can be the new Persephone, wife of Hades and goddess of the Underworld. But as she delves deeper into this world of half truths and deception, can Kate really tell who friend is from foe? Who is trying to kill her? And if this is will be worth it in the end?
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this. A number of recent releases have been of retelling of the old gods, some good and some bad. And while a few have left me flat, I was happily surprised by The Goddess Test. I liked Kate’s character. She was strong, worried too much and had a decent head on her shoulders. I loved the scenes between he and her Mom. They were so natural and loving, like a real mother-daughter relationship.
All of the characters were well developed and had their own personalities. Ava and James especially. Of course, I loved Henry. His dark, tortured soul and impossible task ahead. I know she’s a teenager and he looks like a teenager, and he’s really friggin old. But I sorta liked that. I liked Henry as an older, wiser, gentle god . Flawed, passionate, misunderstood. He reminded me of a classic hero from a romance novel, not in a bad way. I was rooting for Henry the whole time, and yeah I see the love triangle that may be happening but I am not buying it. No sir-ee bob.
Kate has seven tests to pass and she has no idea what they are. I loved that. I liked not knowing what she was being tested on until the end. It made more sense that they were judging her on her character than on random physical tests he had to pass.
Overall, The Goddess Test is a fun, fast read. I fell in love with Kate and everyone in that world. I can’t wait to read the second one. Luckily, I don’t have long to wait!
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy