The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter was a surprise to me; a very pleasant surprise. There are several Greek Myth retellings coming out in the wake of the success of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. I’m expecting that I will want to read all of them, but will end up loathing most of them (insert my review for Starcrossed here).I did not loathe The Goddess Test. I loved it! It was fresh and new and made me happy she’s coming to the store I work at.
The premise is this: Kate has lived with her Mother’s impending death for four years. Acting as a nursemaid since her Mother contracting cancer Kate has put her life on hold. Now her Mother wants to head home to die, in Northern Michigan. In Eden Kate makes a few acquaintances but doesn’t let herself go. And the sudden appearances of a dark-haired man only complicates things.When her Mother encourages her to go to a party everything goes wrong.
Before she knows it Kate’s future is tied to Henry. Henry is Hades, the lord of the Underworld. His future rests on Kate’s ability to pass a series of trials If she doesn’t he will fade into oblivion, but if she does she’s his forever.
There, I think that’s enough non-spoilers for the moment. This take on Greek Mythology is very unique. I loved the idea of earning the right to immortality, not just getting it like most YA books on the theme… Very Herculean labours of Carter. The book is an easy read. I read it in two sittings, and the characters are strong, particularly Kate and Henry. I am very ready to go on another journey with them next year (groan, another series). I think this is one I will be thinking about for a while.
5 out of 5 stars. Carter does Michigan proud in this one.
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