I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Written by Aimee Carter
Published April, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Provided by: Netgalley
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy
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It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now 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…
Ever since I saw the gorgeous cover for this story, I’d wanted to get a copy for myself. When I was given the chance to review an advanced e-book copy, I jumped at the chance! While the first 50 pages were ‘so-so’, I picked it up the next day and devoured the next 240 in one hit. I found myself untangling the mystery ahead of our heroine, Kate, but still it’s an enjoyable read with a great cast of characters.
I won’t spoil the mystery behind the events of The Goddess Test for all those who haven’t read it yet, but as I said in my short review, I did put a few things together before their official reveal. Some things were painfully obvious and Kate was unable to see them. At times I want to scream at her ‘LOOK, IT’S SO OBVIOUS!’ and other times I was struck dumb by turns of events I could have never expected.
The Goddess Test is nothing short of an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the growing relationship between Kate and Henry (Hades) and found their feelings for one another to be believable; even their friendship, without the love aspect to it. I thoroughly enjoyed all their scenes together, especially the gifting of Pogo!
I lost track with some of the characters; who they were and what they did. I suck when I have to remember a whole pool of names! I had to really strain to remember who was who when the mystery unfolded towards the end.
I was particularly confused near the start, before Kate had ever gone inside Eden. The part with the river and Ava… looking back on it now after reading most of the book, it seems like ages ago, and not part of the same novel. That was my only minor complaint with this story – some of the beginning scenes and events didn’t really seem to fit in well with the overall flow and tone of the novel. I think The Goddess Test could’ve stood on its own two feet without the life-at-high-school beginning. But, it’s a matter of personal preference and I think I’m just ‘over’ the whole set-at-high-school YA baseline. I know it’s a big portion of YA fiction, but I relish the times when YA novels veer away from mundane high school life.
I can’t wait for the next installment in this series; Goddess Inturrupted! I particularly want to hear about Kate’s adventures in the summer and spring, as well as her friendship with James. I think these characters and this storyline can only improve – and I will definitely be reading to witness it!
Recommended to: Anyone looking for a fresh take on the Olympian mythology, where Hades isn’t exactly ‘the bad guy’!