Friday, April 1, 2011
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Kate is faced with two options, become death's bride or lose her mother without saying goodbye. Kate chooses to live with Henry, who seems just like an odd recluse, but is really Hades from the Greek myths. Many readers will know the myth of Persephone and Hades and will love hearing the tale from the side of Hades, known as Henry in this tale. They will also enjoy watching a new romance develop with Kate. Will the two find happiness together or will Kate fail the series of seven tests set up for her by the council of the gods? Aimee Carter's twist on the Greek myths is a charming love story with constant surprises. Carter handles the subject of death, in this case the impending death of a mother from cancer, with sensitivity and readers will feel for Kate. Henry and Kate are likable characters and you cannot help but want them to succeed. The story envelopes you from the beginning and holds you breathless until the last page. Readers should expect to lose at least a little sleep trying to finish the book as quickly as possible. One of the best twists on the Greek myths I have read in awhile and the love story is perfect for teen readers. Adults, who enjoy YA, will also want to check this one out. Readers will be looking forward to the sequels.