Publication Date: April 19, 2011
Series: Goddess Test #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
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.
*Finished copy provided by Harlequin Teen for an honest review*
Let’s get this straight: I adore mythology. From whatever culture. In whatever country. So reading The Goddess Test gave me the tingles that Percy Jackson gave me the first the I started reading and I began craving the myth all over again.
–“EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.
NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN.” —
With a dying mother’s last wish, Kate Winters is subjected to wander back to her mother’s home town of Eden, a series of unfortunate events takes place. As a prank, Ava, the girl from school that invites the main protagonist to a party in order to scare them into submission for even peeking a glance or batting an eye towards her main interest, ends up succumbing to her downfall and bashes her head open on a rock when jumping into the river to get away. Plot deepens when Henry, the mysteriously handsome, midnight-eyed Dane steps into the light and offers Kate a deal in order to bring Ava back from the afterlife. Kate makes the deal and the story begings! To Eden Manor!
Notwithstanding my snarky introduction to the tale, I adored The Goddess Test from cover to cover. It was a nice take on the myth of Persephone that kept my interest and had me wondering what would happen next. Kate as a character was strong through and through from beginning to end and even grew a little more during her time at Eden Manor. Intelligent, cunning, and during the final moments of the book captivating. There was never a dull moment around Kate, and the way she executed actions and dialogue ceased to amaze me.
Definitely take this book of the shelves of your nearest library or bookstore. And for the mythological lovers out there, get your hands on this right now. It’s cute. It’s a quaint read. And definitely perfect to sit outside in the warm sun and light breeze because it just adds to the magic.
First Line: “How did it happen this time?”