Age Group: YA
Formant: Paperback, 293 pgs.
Release Date: April 26, 2011– Out Now
Review by: Alicia
Every girl who has taken the test has failed.
Now it’s Kate’s turn.
It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now 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.
If she fails…
Hades and Persephone is my all time favorite Greek myth, so I was ecstatic to learn about The Goddess Test. Though I wouldn’t necessarily call it a retelling, but more of a sequel.
The way that the mythology was worked was fantastic and learning about the tests was interesting. There was also the mystery of who was responsible for all of the other girl’s death. I will say that I didn’t figure out who the person was until a few pages before it was revealed. And there are plenty of twists to keep you reading.
I enjoyed Kate as a narrator. Her voice was easy to get into and reading about her life was fascinating. She handled all of her tests with her smarts, which made me like her even more. I also enjoyed many of the side characters. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Ava, who at first glance seemed like the typical mean girl, but turned out to be a great friend. As for Henry, I liked him, but he annoyed me a bit with how mopey he could be. I did enjoy learning about him, and watching him slowly open up to Kate.
And Kate and Henry’s romance? I found it a bit lacking. There was something missing there that didn’t make it totally believable to me.
The sequel, Goddess Interrupted, will be released in January 2012.