Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance, Mythology
The Story: (from Aimee Carter's website)
Now it's Kate's turn.
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...
My Review: Let's face reality: 1. I love Greek Mythology. 2. I love to read just about any kind of novel (but especially if it involves romance). 3. Combine 1 & 2 into one book, and it will probably be a big hit with me. And, yes, I confess, that is a major factor in my review of The Goddess Test.
Kate has not had what you would call an easy life. Her mother, who is her whole world, is dying of cancer. Kate takes her back to her childhood home, a place where Kate has to deal with being the "new kid," suddenly the center of attention, when she just wants to be as close to invisible as possible. Not to mention she is plagued by terrifying nightmares, and her fear of water haunts her constantly.
When the most popular girl in school invites Kate to a party that turns out to be a horrible practical joke, Kate meets Henry. Henry offers Kate an unusual deal, and Kate accepts without knowing the full consequences of the bargain. She soon finds herself in over her head, and convinced she is losing her mind, but she realizes quickly enough that there is no turning back now...
Carter weaves together the myth of Hades and Persephone and a modern-day love story. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I say surprised because I would have been upset if Carter had attempted to "change" the myth. Instead she brings the myth forward into the present and adds to it rather than alter it. And she does so in a spectacular way. The Goddess Test was amazing to read, and I am excited that this is to be a trilogy!