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.

When I first read the summary of The Goddess Test I thought that it was just going to be a modern remake of the Greek Mythology story of how Hades “tricked” Phersephone into becoming his bride. But after reading the book I was pleasantly surprised because my assumption of the book was wrong. The story was about Kate and how she not only has to pass seven tests that are given to her by the gods and goddesses, but she also has to cope with her mother’s illness and the fact that her mother may never get better. So throughout the story you follow Kate as she begins to grow as a person and accept the hand that she has been dealt. But the thing that I like most about the story was that there were a lot of twist and turns that end up surprising you and then you become the one not knowing what to expect! – Amanda, Teen Clerk

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