For Kate, family has always meant just her mom and her, and they’ve managed just fine. But now Kate’s mom is dying and Kate is facing a future alone. Her mother’s dying wish is to return to her hometown of Eden, a place Kate has never been. Kate enrolls in the local high school and is trying to simply get through the days, wishing for more time with her mom. When a girl from Kate’s school dies right in front of her, a mysterious man named Henry brings her back to life, claiming to be Hades, the god of the underworld. Could he be telling the truth? Because if he is, he claims that he can give Kate more time with her mom – as long as she comes to stay with him and undergoes a series of seven tests, tests to determine her suitability as the queen of the underworld. And, just in case that’s not freaky enough, while she’s trying to pass the tests, someone will be trying to kill her.
It was Pam’s review of The Goddess Test that had me seeking out a galley from Netgalley and devouring it. It got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but about a quarter of the way through I got sucked in and didn’t want to stop. My kids and I love the Percy Jackson series, and in some ways this book is like that but for older teens.
There is so much to love about this book: Kate’s character and her relationship with her mother; the chemistry between Kate and Henry; the way the tests were carried out; the fact that I was surprised to discover who the person trying to kill her was; the way the Greek mythology was modernized. Aimee Carter has hit on a truly page-turning premise and peopled it with wonderful characters inside an amazing setting. And while I sometimes sigh when I realize yet another book I’m reading is only the beginning of a series, I am excited to read about the next phase of Kate’s life – and the inevitable temptations she will face. I only hope I don’t have to wait too long for book two.
If you’re looking for a YA fantasy series that doesn’t involve vampires, zombies, or faeries, this is one you won’t want to miss. (Of course, I love my vampires, zombies, and faeries, but it’s always fun to find something completely new.)