The Goddess Test by Aimee 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.
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With her mom dying, Kate moves back to her mom's hometown in the middle of nowhere. She doesn't care about friends or parties, she just wants to spend what little time she has left with her mom. This doesn't seem to deter some of her classmates from approaching her though. A friendly guy named James, and a girl named Ava, who seems a bit snide and fake nice. When the "Mean girl" finds herself in mortal danger, Kate wants to help her, regardless of her feelings toward the girl. Henry, a mysterious stranger says he can save her life but that Kate must live in his manor. Kate agrees not truly realizing who and what he is.
Turns out Henry is Hades and he wants Kate to take Persephone's place as goddess to remain in his kingdom forever with the exception of summers. If she agrees to be tested for this immortal position, Henry will also help to keep her mother alive. Kate couldn't pass that up so she stays to take these "Goddess Tests." The tests aren't obvious. Actually, you don't even know they are happening until the end when Kate finds out the results. During her stay in Henry's abode, kate finds herself drawn to Henry and wanting to pass these tests, not just for her mother but for Henry. Her feelings for him grow and if she doesn't become a goddess, she will have to leave. There is definitely someone trying to make her leave too. Some one has been killing the previous would-be goddess' so Kate has to stay on her toes or she'll be next.
As a character, Kate seems very selfless and goody goody. I would be lying if I said I didn't prefer a more rule breaking bad ass kind of heroine but as an MC I felt like Kate had a good voice for the story. It definitely wouldn't be the same story if she were anything but the kind of caring girl she is. I definitely sympathized with Henry and his situation, although the whole "needing a bride" thing kind of threw me off because of how young Kate is. But Henry isn't some evil guy. You'll be wanting to know more about Henry as much as Kate does. Ava and James were great side characters and I was happy that they both reappear in the novel following Kate's agreement.
The story itself was really interesting. I liked the new take on an old mythological story. It's like the next chapter to the greek stories. I thought the ending was a bit predictable and I couldn't help but feel that Kate was totally played at the end but where I would have had a problem with it, Kate seemed accepting. Maybe I'm just not as gracious.
It was written in a way that was easy to read and I thought this book was really entertaining. That being said, I don't think I loved this novel as much as everyone else. It was cute but it wasn't a mind blowingly amazing, epic romance. Cute seems to be the only word I can think of for this book. I'm not telling you to skip this book, it's actually perfect if you are looking for a short, light read. I will definitely be interested in reading more of this series. Aimee Carter has written a smooth debut novel that readers will enjoy with The Goddess Test and you can be sure to expect good things from her in the future. This book is available now.
On the Lovitz Scale, I give this book 3 Notes!