Hello everyone! This is my first review that I am posting on this blog. I read this book not that long ago and thought it would be perfect for a first review. Enjoy!
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
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.
Let me start by saying, I read this book in two days. That being said, it is not perfect, but it is still good enough that you're bound to like it. If you're familiar with Greek mythology, the book can come off as a little predictable, but there are still plenty of surprises to keep it interesting and captivating.
So yes, this is another modern Greek mythology tale, however, it manages to set itself apart from other books like it (ie. Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson or Tera Lynn Childs' Oh. My. Gods.). Kate, the main character, is not a demigod or part of some big prophecy. Rather, she is just a normal girl who really cares for those around her and gets sucked into the Greek gods' world because of that. She is then forced to take seven tests to try to save her mom. There is plenty more going on with the plot while the tests are occurring as well, and it really keeps things moving and gives the story more depth. Overall, I thought the plot was well-paced, entertaining, and great!
Carter's version of the gods is an interesting one. They do not act how other authors have made them act, and I love that. At the end of the book, she lists a “Guide to the Gods”, saying which character is which god. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a couple of the guesses I had initially made, were incorrect. The character development was smooth and actually noticeable. I found Kate to be very relatable and fun to read about. You care for her and really want her to pass the tests, be with Henry, and save her mom.
All in all, I give this book a four out of five. I highly recommend you check it out. Also, look out for it's sequel, Goddess Interrupted (which I may review next), and all the other books in the series.