Girl moves to a new town. Girl meets boy. Boy is brooding and mysterious. Girl falls for boy. Boy has deep, dark secret. Girl must decide if boy is worth giving up everything. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? I will admit that this setup has become a bit of a formula for a lot of young adult fiction, but do you want to know a secret? It works. And when you throw in a hefty dose of Greek mythology into the mix, like Aimee Carter does in The Goddess Test, it works even better. (As we all know, I love me some Greek mythology.) The Goddess Test gives new life to an often misunderstood Greek deity and shows how far one girl will go to save herself and those she loves.
Kate Winters’ mother is dying, and it’s up to Kate to make one last wish come true. Her mother wants to move back to her childhood home in Eden, Michigan, so Kate uproots her entire life and moves to a place she’s never seen. She’ll have no friends, no ties, and she’ll slowly watch the only family she’s ever known fade away. But the small town of Eden may have more in store for Kate than she ever dared to expect…
On a night full of fear and hopelessness, Kate meets Henry. She is entranced by him, but she’s not really sure why…until he brings a young girl back from the dead. It seems that Henry is really Hades, Greek god of the Underworld, and, in exchange for this girl’s life and more time with her mother, he wants Kate to accept a proposal that could change her world forever. (And by “forever,” I really mean forever. We’re talking eternity here.)
Kate agrees to Henry’s terms, but she must first pass a series of tests. She won’t know what the tests are or when they are coming. All she does know is that eleven girls have attempted these tests before her, and all eleven have died. Kate is Henry’s last chance. If she fails, she’ll lose Henry, her mother, and everything she’s ever known. If Kate passes, she’ll become Henry’s wife and goddess of the Underworld. But does Henry even care if she passes or not, or is he still pining for Persephone, the wife who left him behind? Is passing even possible when so many before her have failed?
Kate isn’t always sure what is going on around her, but she knows that she must pass the tests before her, for Henry’s sake as well as her own. Even though someone seems determined that she fail, Kate will do everything in her power to become a goddess or die trying. Will she succeed? Find out when you read The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.
The Goddess Test isn’t incredibly deep, but it is a fun, quick read that puts a different spin on the Greek myths that we know and love. And there’s more! The sequel, Goddess Interrupted will be released in April of 2012. Judging by the synopsis on the author’s webpage (http://www.aimeecarter.com/About_the_Books.html), this sequel will be made of awesome! The cover alone is enough to get me to read it. Check it out below:
(By the way, I apologize if this post is less than my best. Today was my first day back at school after summer break, and I’m a little wiped out. I’ll do better next time.)