by Aimee Carter
The Short Story
With Kate's mom in the final stages of her battle with cancer, the two move back to the small Michigan town where she grew up. After a mean prank goes very wrong, Kate makes a deal with Henry, who claims to be the Greek god Hades. If she can pass seven tests she'll become a goddess, queen of the Underworld, and prolong her mother's life. Or she could die trying. Interesting take on Greek mythology, but I just couldn't buy the story.**
Come for the...
mystery. Like Kate, I wanted to figure out what was going on, who the bad guys were, and what she would be tested on. This is definitely a page turner. I flew through the book, even as I began to solve most of the mystery and the story became harder and harder to believe. I expected some action, and just when I was sure there wouldn't be any, found myself surprised.
I was also surprised by the tests themselves. Even after being told what they would be like, I appreciated the fuller explanation near the end. I actually didn't recognize any of those as they were happening. I figured out who many of the key players were early on, but I was still surprised by things as the book wrapped up.
Stay for the
beautiful cover; handy spoiler guide (there's a reason it comes at the end of the book); the sequel, Goddess Interrupted out in 2012.
Why this wasn't a "Read This"
- I had a hard time staying in the story and wondered why certain things were happening. Why was there a ball? Why was Kate being dressed like she was in the 1800's? Why did Hades talk like a Jane Austen character? (Is this really Pride & Prejudice & Olympus?) I felt like the only answer was "because this is a romance novel."
- Unfortunately, I had a hard time believing the romance, too. I gues they liked each other because they said they liked each other? I actually went back to see if I had missed something.
- I couldn't relate to Kate, whose primary motivation seemed to be guilt/wanting to avoid feeling guilty. She beat herself up over things that weren't really her fault, but then didn't hold other characters accountable for their actions.
- There was no relating to Henry, who I know I was supposed to be sympathetic toward, but who ultimately couldn't quite shake the manipulative creepster vibe.
The Big Three
Language: not an issue
Sex and Stuff: characters have active, but non-descriptive, love lives
Violence: some gore, but nothing too descriptive
**I didn't literally buy the story, either. I received a free digital copy of The Goddess Test from Harlequin via NetGalley.
Want a second opinion? Check out Reading Angel's 5 star review of The Goddess Test.