Published: April 2011
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
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.
I was lucky enough to snag this title from NetGalley and read it on my KOBO. I love my e-reader...
The Goddess Test was an enjoyable read for me from start to finish. Ms. Carter really captured the innocence and naivety of Kate, the main character. There were times when I felt that Kate was too naive and insecure about herself and relationships she had developed with her friends and mother. However, I suppose this is what most teens feel like when they are just learning about themselves.
The Goddess Test incorporates stories and characters from Greek Mythology which I found interesting. It is similar to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in this aspect but with more romance and less fighting.
I would recommend this title to readers in their mid-teens or even more mature pre-teen readers. There is mild sexual content but not a lot. The language was also appropriate. At times I did feel that the development of the story did not match the maturity of the character. Kate was older in age but her lack of experience in relationships seemed to cause cause a lack of depth and make the character less believable and her situation.
I had questions all throughout the novel which almost made me put the title down but I came to understand why they were not answered around the final 40 pages of The Goddess Test. If you find yourself wavering, hang in there! You will understand in the end and despite my comment on the lack of depth, it was still an enjoyable read.