The Goddess Test
Series: Goddess Test #1
Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Kindle edition
Synopsis: Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
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 that 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...
Review: I’ve been meaning to read this novel for a long while as I love all things that include mythology. I only got to it when I received the next two novels for review. The Goddess Test is a very interesting book where mythology is mixed into the modern world, but not in the way you would expect. I really liked the unique twists this book presented, most of which the reader wouldn’t identify. The plot was compelling and the wide variety of characters proved fresh and realistic.
The Goddess Test begins when Kate takes her mother back to Eden, the town she grew up in so she can die where it all began. Despite her pleas, her mother forces her to enroll at the local high school, where she meets some key players in the story. Kate tries to remain anonymous but the popular crowd won’t allow that. When queen bee Ava, invites her to a party, her mother insists she goes to get out for a while. So she does and things don’t go very well, there’s an accident that will begin twisting Kate’s life path with the Greek gods. A mysterious stranger shows up to save the day but there’s a price but is it one Kate can pay?
I actually really liked Kate’s character and how passionate she is about her mother’s survival. She sacrifices her own time to take care of her mother even when a carer could do that. She doesn’t trust anyone with her mother’s precious life. She has never had any normal teenage moments and she’s been forced to grow up before her time. Once we see her move into Eden she begins to slowly get accustomed to life without her mother by her side. Instead she has to open up to strangers and begin to live her life independently while in a strange environment. This is hard on Kate especially as everyone treats her with caution and doesn’t tell her the truth. She knows Henry’s fate rests on her shoulders and one wrong step could be the end to them both.
Now Henry, aka Hades ruler of the underworld, is the other main character in the novel. He’s the love interest and the one who offers Kate her mother’s survival. He knows that he only has one more chance left to find a Queen of the Underworld; if he fails he will fade and be forgotten. Kate is his last chance and he will protect her from anything even if that includes himself. We get to watch him go from a cold character to slowly beginning to open up to Kate and showing his true self. This was really interesting and I know some people have complained about Henry being too innocent but I like it and how it puts him into a whole new light. He isn’t the darkly seductive hades we have all come to know and I think that’s very clever of Carter.
I’ve also read so many reviews which complain about the Gods and Goddesses being wrong or not like the classics. I thought they were all great, I personally loved how the remained hidden until the end of the novel and then we saw who they truly were. It allowed the reader to get a closer insight to each of the Gods and I loved how it worked so well. Each god signified one test that remained anonymous until the end. The setting was also really interesting, how it was in Eden but was hidden from the rest of the world. Oh and how they all wore old dresses like proper ladies and gentlemen. Sigh, there were so many great things about this book, slight things that would sometimes go overlooked but they really add to the story and setting.
The Goddess Test is promising debut novel that combines mythology with some real life issues. It’s a great beginning of a series and I cannot wait to get to the next two books. Aimee Carter has added a unique twist to Greek mythology and has written one of the best mythology based YA novels I have read!