Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
(Taken from Amazon.com)
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.
Kate’s mother is dying of cancer; the effects having left her weak and unable to properly care for her own daughter. Kate, although not wanting to talk about the possibility of her mother dying, agrees to return to her mother’s hometown for the remainder of her mother’s life.
Kate starts school and like any normal teenager, she feels misplaced and shy. When popular cheerleader, Ava, invites her to a party Kate is anything but thrilled about the invite. Even though Kate would rather be home with her mother, she knows that her mother desperately wants to see Kate fit in so agrees to go. Like any Mother, she wants to know that Kate will be okay after she leaves this world for the next. Unfortunately for Kate, Ava has other plans; plans that involve abandoning Kate in the middle of the woods late at night and running off. However when Ava does this, she hits her head on a rock and drowns in the stream. Even though Kate feels betrayed and mortified and even though she is desperately scared of water, she risks her life to save Ava’s.
Enter Henry — serious and a tad creepy but undeniably handsome. Upon his mysterious stumbling upon soaking wet Kate and dead Ava, Kate had no idea that her life would forever change. You see Henry is the God of the Underworld, Hades. He asked Ava if she was willing to do anything to bring Ava back to life. Even though Ava didn’t deserve such an act of selflessness for her behavior to Kate, Kate agrees — that she will do anything. What Kate doesn’t realize that she has promised an eternity of spending the Fall and Winter months at Henry’s estate, where she will be treated like a Queen. Sure — it sounds good. Being treated like Royalty and all she has to do is spend six months with this handsome stranger?
I hate to spoil anything so I won’t go into further detail about what happens when Ava joins Henry and his servants/guests at his estate. I just want to tell you that I immensely enjoyed The Goddess Test. From the very first page until the last, I couldn’t put it down. The Goddess Test is loosely based on Greek Mythology and I absolutely love anything to do with Greek Mythology. I feel very fortunate to not only have been able to read this prior to it’s release, but I loved discovering a new author, Aimee Carter. I wish the author much success with this novel!
I received The Goddess Test from NetGalley as an ARC and am quite sad that I no longer have it in my possession as the books expire. (Enter very sad pathetic face, here!) I cannot wait until the second in the series comes out, Goddess Interrupted. I will be checking out @Aimee_Carter ‘s Twitter frequently for updates on the development of the second book. I only HOPE that I am as fortunate to snag an eARC for Goddess Interrupted as I was for The Goddess Test. (Yes, that is a not so obvious hint.)
Anyway — I highly recommend The Goddess Test. It’s an easy and entertaining read and sure to keep you wanting more!