The Goddess Test
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.
Before I picked up this book I had read a lot of mixed reviews about it. It seems to be one of those stories that you either like or you hate and luckily, I was one of the former. I found this book quite enjoyable, with its intriguing storyline and sweet romance it was a quick, light hearted read that was very loosely based on the myth of Hades and Persephone.
Telling the story of eighteen year old Kate, the book starts when she and her terminally ill mother move from New York to the small, wayward town of Eden. It is here she meets Henry (Hades), lord of the underworld and after several unexplainable events; Kate is left with no choice but to strike up a deal with death.
Henry will keep her mother alive in return for Kate’s promise to become his queen, to live and rule with him in the underworld for six-months of every year for the rest of eternity. The only catch – first Kate must pass seven test set by the other Gods, tests that have claimed the lives of Kate’s eleven predecessors. And so the trials begin.
As a character Kate is fun to read. Her reactions as she adjusts to the underworld can be quite amusing, however she has the flaw of taking on other characters problems and I felt that sometimes she was just a little too good. Henry, naturally, is gorgeous and has a broody, mysteriousness working for him and the romance between him and Kate is quite sweet.
I must admit though, I didn’t particularly like the ending of the book (although it certainly came as a surprise) and at times the plot felt a little hollow, but overall I thought the ‘Goddess Test’ was a nice story with some interesting characters. However for people who are into Greek Mythology, this book is probably best avoided as there is actually very little mythology in it. Recommend to younger YAs and those in want of a quick romance. 3 Stars!