Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"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..."
I loved The Goddess Test. As YA goes, it's fun and relatively par-for-the-course. However, where it truly shines is in surprises and mythology. I'm a fan of Greek mythology, and constantly disappointed with modern Greek myth takes. Most especially because they tend to Christianize the stories, disenfranchising the goddesses and making Hades a Satanic figure. Which is, of course, asanine.
So I was greatly relieved, and excited, for The Goddess Test. This story was much more authentic to Greek mythology, and even I had a difficult time guessing who was who. I can't wait to pick up the next story, and I'm excited to learn more about the characters and the world. And Henry. :)
I recommend this for fans of YA, Greek mythology, coming-of-age, fantasy, and stories that feature strong female characters.
Labels: aimee carter, book review, coming of age, contemporary, fantasy, greek mythology, heroines I love, the goddess test, YA