Apparently I’m big into retellings and myths lately. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter is the story of Kate, a girl struggling to say goodbye. Her mom is in the last stages of terminal illness – Cancer, and they’ve moved to the small town of Eden so her mom can die in her childhood home. Sounds grim right? Things get weird when Kate meets Henry – the tall, handsome, mysterious stranger who lives in the Manor House. She makes a bargain to save a life … one that may change her destiny forever. Henry = Hades. Kate accepts his offer to stay at the Manor and try to pass 7 tests. The result is immortality … or death. But Kate will do anything for the chance to save her mother.
I really liked this book. It was light but not too fluffy, and I respected Kate a lot. She definitely felt like a strong female character – one who had good morals and values. You just have to accept that things are going to be a bit strange (it’s following the story of Persephone after all). I liked the characters and I thought the book moved quickly. Even characters that I initially disliked (i.e. Ava) had moments of redemption. This was a fun, modern twist on a classic greek myth.
A solid 4 / 5.