Published by Harlequin Teen 2011
Paperback 293 Pages
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.
One Word Feeling About This Book: FRUSTRATED
This book really threw me for a loop. *Warning this may be a longer review.* First, something no one can miss, the gorgeous cover! The book companies these days are really getting creative and going above and beyond to create beautiful stop in the bookstore with five people directly behind you covers, so you all crash but it was well worth the dirty looks to be able to look at those beautiful covers! (So is the next one, which I will add near the end of this post.) The Goddess Test cover is no exception, it is so beautiful and really captures the books synopsis. The cover was exciting and so was the synopsis, it sounded so good and I'm really excited that YA is taking a Greek Mythology turn! I've been waiting for a Greek Mythology book for a while and this was my first YA Greek Mythology which made me even more excited to being reading.
I honestly believed that this book would be one of my all time favorites before I started reading. Maybe that's why my opinion of this book was not quite what I thought it would be, too high expectations. The book just left me frustrated and confused. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a horrible book it just, well, it left me frustrated and confused. So we'll start with our main character Kate. (Again, I really wanted to love this book and the characters.) Well if I'm being completley honest, I didn't really care for her. Now I really appreciate a sarcastic character but with Kate the sarcasm made me feel more that she was just a mean girl. Now in her situation I can understand some sarcastic aganst and being a little mean to people but to me it felt that she was mean to everyone she came across. Again I can understand in her situation but it her character just wasn't for me. That said I really admire that she was there for her mom and how much she truley loved her and how well she took care of her. It was a small redeeming factor for me, but didn't overshadow how she was with everyone else. She did get better throughout the book, once she got to know people but she still didn't shine through to me as a character. Now for the character I think all the girls want to hear about, Henry. Unfortunatly I can't say many great things about him either. He fell flat for me, he was always so gloomy and either cold or charming. One word to describe his character for me is, eh. That's it, he wasn't terrible but he's not on my list of YA guys I love, and it's kind of hard to not make that list. Again, he was okay. I didn't love him and I didn't hate him. He was just kind of there and he had his moments but mostly he was just, eh. So while the main charcters didn't really work for me I did like a few or the minor-main characters, Ava, Ella, and Calliope. They had flaws, which I kind of missed in Kate, she seemed a little self-rightous to me, not in the obvious snobby way. I can't really explain it but something in her character felt like that to me, maybe it was that she always kind of thought she knew what was best. I still can't exactly put my finger on it. But back to Ava, Ella, and Calliope. They had personatily and I liked their personailties. Those three shined for me whereas the main characters were lacking for me. They made me keep reading and I really enjoyed them.