by Aimee Carter
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Release date: 19th April, 2011
Pages: 281 (paperback copy bought by me)
Summary from Goodreads:
EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.
NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN.
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 that 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS...
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
My opinion about this book is kind of complicated... Although I loved it and almost finished it in a day it lack a few things that I considered important for the plot.
For instance, the background story was very good, Aimee did an amazing job bringing the old myths to the present time and making them very appealing. Especially Henry (AKA Hades), a character always misunderstood by people who picture him as a terrible god, capable of doing horrible things and ruler of Hell. But the Underworld has nothing to do with christian's hell and Hades has nothing to do with demons or Lucifer.
So, as I said, Henry's personality was good and believable, he had all the things necessary to create a tortured character that will appeal to everyone. His background history is so heartbreaking that I did cry for him a little bit.
As for the other gods, since I don't do spoilers I can't say too much about them, sorry.
Kate's character was also amazing. Her relationship and the love she shared with her mom was very sweet and warm, I admire Kate's willingness to put her life on the line for the sake of the people she loves. One of the things I liked the most was to see her develop her personality as the plot unfolded revealing a fitting girl to become a queen.
I really enjoyed to see Kate and Henry's relationship develop little by little, no rush, no insta-love and no silly things getting in their way. They both gave what they could in every situation and by the end of the book the support they showed for each other was great.
But as far as the tests go I was not very happy. I understand what the author tried to accomplished with these tests that the future queen of the Underworld would have to face but I really wanted to see Kate going to each and every one of them... and it never happened. So yes, that was a disappointment.
Saying that I also have to point out one very important thing: the ending was SUPERB. The identity of the gods and the truth behind the tests blew me away and kept me reading until the last page no-stop.
Overall I think the book was good and the ending, that doesn't finish with a cliffhanger, well thought. That's why the next book, Goddess Interrupted, is already in my TBR pile.
If you like Greek mythology then this book will please you for sure.