by Aimee Carter
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Format: ebook, 293 pages
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Goodreads Summary: EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.
NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN.
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 that 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS...
Cindy's Summary: I first saw this book in Goodreads and I was reading everyone's reviews. They were all so good and encouraging I decided to go check it out.
I didn't have much time to analyze the cover though, because just the book title makes me want to start reading immediately. The good reviews and the catching plot. Yep. No time to even look at the picture. LOL.
Kate Winters is the main character of the story. With her mom dying and a girl from school dead, she had no idea what to do. When a mysterious guy she saw at the mansion up on the hill gives her a chance for her to spend more time with her mom and for Ava to live again, Kate accepts, but there is a catch. Kate will have to spend six months in a year with Henry inside the mansion.
Henry is a mysterious guy who owns the mansion up that hill by that river. Yeah. All I remember is that it's in Eden, because I have bad memories. LOL. Henry turns out to be Hades and apparently Hades is going to fade into nothingness if he doesn't find a girl who can survive and pass the seven tests given the Council for immortality. And Kate is his final chance of ruling the underworld. Even Henry (Hades) is way old, he's apparently on 22 in this book and apparently, he's also virgin.
There are like so much other characters I would introduce you to, but that means I'll give away the ending.
Kate is given seven tests to pass in order to live as Hades wife and help him rule the underworld. But someone in the palace wants her dead. Someone is trying to kill her, like how all the other girls had died. So while trying to pass the tests, which Kate has no idea what they are, she also needs to stay alive. So Kate goes through twists and turns and up and downs of emotions, even finding herself attracted to Henry. Do I make sense here? LOL.
Okay. I love book comparisons. So this book reminds me a little of the Percy Jackson series. Not because of the plot. I mean, the plot is way, way different. Truthfully, just anything having to do with Greek mythology reminds me of Percy Jackson LOL.
And the name Henry reminds me of Harry. I don't know where that came from. Now when I think of Harry, it's either from One Direction (even though I am NOT a Directioner) or Harry Stephens from a book that isn't even out yet, Incend. LOL. Btw, Incend is not being written by me, just so you know.
Xander. Just the name Xander reminds me of the perfectness of Matched by Allie Condie. I honestly don't understand the ending of that series, but it's probably because I never read the book.
The name James just reminds me of this annoying guy whose in my 5th period class. That's not even a book. Omg. Idk. James just reminds me of somthing. Irene reminds me of Liana's sister. Ella. Well, Ella Enchanted? LOL. Dylan. Okay. Dylan reminds me of that guy from The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. But Dylan barely appears in this book.
Normally, I don't have to say during these last three topics, but I sure do have a lot this time! The ending was quite magnificent. I really didn't expect that surprising twist in the last few chapters. I really think this book wasn't that bad, despite some few bad ratings on Goodreads. Certainly enjoyable ending that leaves me sighing in relief, but also with a strip of anxiety, waiting for what will happen in the next book.
Okay. I have to admit, because of Percy Jackson, I just love Greek mythology. But in this book, everything just don't connect like normal Greek mythology does. I mean, Ella and Theo being twins that connects. And Ava just being beautiful and is out dating guys. Yes. I get that too. But Ava and Theo? Ew. No. In Percy Jackson, definitely a big no-no. In Percy Jackson, Theo is hot, okay? Well, the god that Theo is, is hot. Um. Ava and Xander? No no too. The god that Xander is in Percy Jackson is pretty cool, even though he's kinda of a jackass.
Also, I thought Zeus was the most powerful in Greek mythology, but in this book, Zeus barely say a word. I mean, it seems like Demeter is the powerful wave that enters the room instead of Zues. But if Zeus entered the room, I wouldn't feel the powerful wave LOL. Because, in this case, Demeter is special.
I understand that it's hard to connect everything. I mean, if it were up to me, I would have quit a long, long time ago.
Another thing I think is that could be better is the tests. The tests aren't bad or anything, but I think there should be twelve tests instead of seven, because there are twelve Olympians and all. I also think the tests should be harder, not that it was easy to begin with, but it seems that if Kate has to be perfect to past the tests and really, Kate seems like a normal girl to me. Not that special or outstanding.
But you know, there has to be something bad in order for something good to happen. I mean, if nothing is bad, than nothing is good either. ;)
Even though not everything connected, I think this was a really smart plot. I like how everything is twisted up and made in to a new shape. It's pretty cool. I can say this was the best book I've read since Percy Jackson. But nothing ever beats Percy Jackson though. You can't deny how hot Percy Jackson is. Not just because of Logan Lerman, but just Percy Jackson from the book is hot. And I love how Annabeth is a strong, female lead. Okey. Heading back to The Goddess Test.
I really love the title. I think it fits really well with the book and you know, this book is a pretty big hooker with a sharp hook that would keep you from laying down on your bed and sleep at night. ;D If you get what I mean.
Rating: (1-10) 9.6
Overall, very enjoyable book! I totally recommend!!