Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 started this and got into the 2nd and 3rd chapter, all I could think was - what? how can they believe so quickly? why are they accepting this so calmly? how is she taking this so easily?

And that's pretty much how I felt throughout the first half. Kate was too understanding and accepted the chance to live with Hades for SIX MONTHS (!) without much thought process. Except that it would prolong the life of her mother, but as her mother was in a coma I thought that in itself was cruel and selfish. But hey, it is a story after all!

Gradually as I got more immersed I began to really root for Kate. I began to understand that really she had no other option. Her life choices were about zero and this was a great opportunity for her. She would have friendship and be looked after, and not have to worry about what to do when her mum died. Her love for Henry developed slowly and so naturally that I was a little put out for her when she finally becomes honest to him about her feelings. He reacted so coldly that I wanted to dunk him in the river.

In the end all my first thoughts were crossed off. All the answers became apparent and reason-worthy.

This is a beautifully told story, and if you've read reviews about historical inaccuracies then don't worry about it. That isn't what this book is about. It's about love, romance, betrayal, murder and discovery and is told in the very best way.

I can't wait to read Goddess, Interrupted next!
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