Tue, April 19, 2011
By Aimee Carter
April 19, 2011
Harlequin, 304 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
Whoops, maybe this accidentally just became mythology week on Anna Reads. But I couldn’t put off talking about The Goddess Test as soon as I finished it and, besides, the book comes out today.
It took me a little bit to get into this one, but about one-third through the book, I was completely sucked in to the story. What changed it for me? The young adult literature equivalent of finding a unicorn: A female main character who has to chase after the object of her affection.
Okay, okay so I know these stories exist. But do you realize how rare they are? Kate had to do the wooing, and I loved every bit of it.
Granted, I think a lot of aspects of this book were rushed. Kate adapted to the insanity of her situation a little too quickly and forgave her enemies a little too easily—but I still really enjoyed it. Looking forward to Goddess Test book 2, out in February 2012!
You might also like: Wither
by Lauren DeStefano … did anyone else see similarities here?
Thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for my review copy of this book.