The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4.26.2011
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 loved this book. LOVED it. I have been very attracted to greek mythology lately because of all the great possibilities, and The Goddess Test does not disappoint. I originally thought it was a modern retelling of Persephone, but instead it is an original story that uses parts of the myth.

I loved the way everything came together. There were a few parts of the story that I guessed right out, but there were even more that surprised me. The author proves her knowledge of greek mythology by her characterizations and by events in the book.

Speaking of the characters, I liked them all. I think they were developed and utilized well. It was especially refreshing to see Kate's relationship with her mother, which I found endearing; the way she sacrificed so much to take care of her, and how she treated her like a friend (instead of an enemy, or someone to lie to). There was a definite maturity there. I also really liked Henry and James since mysterious, dark, and brooding is my thing. No further comment there. :)

All together, the The Goddess Test was romantic, compelling, and touching. Throughout the story, there is a bit of a mystery involved, leaving the reader constantly guessing. The ending (don't worry, I'm not spoiling anything), in my opinion, was fantastic. I guessed what might happen, but I didn't see it all coming. I thought it was pretty clever. And while loose ends were mostly tied up, and there wasn't a cliffhanger ending, I was still left with a burning need to know what happens next. I'm definitely reading the next book, and highly I recommend The Goddess Test.

 Read this if:
...you believe in the Greek Gods, you put value in friendship and loyalty, and you are a hopeless romantic.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Sex is mentioned a couple times, but no details are given.}


  1. I am so excited to read this! I'm something like number forty five in line for it from my library! Grrrr!!!!

  2. Aww, I hate waiting for books at the library! For some reason I'm always way back at number sixty two, or something. Hope you get to read it soon! :)

  3. After reading Starcrossed I've been like a crazy woman hunting down Greek mythology YA books. I saw this one around but wasn't sure about it. So I must really thank you for convincing me to read it! Great review!

    Also, I would like to give you two blog awards! :D Hope you accept! You can find them HERE

  4. Great! I hope you love it when you read it. I'm loving all the mythology books coming out! :)


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