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Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Goddess Test, by Aimee Carter

EVERY GIRL who has taken the test has DIED.

Not 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 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.

If she fails...

I love anything that brings mythology into the modern world. And Carter has accomplished this beautifully. I never doubted that the Greek god Hades was looking for a new queen. It made perfect sense and the mythological world was seamlessly tied into Kate's world.

Appropriately fantastical, just realistic enough. This is a fun and really well done first novel. I'm impressed with how believable it all was, and that I was sad when the story ended--not that the ending wasn't happy, but that, sigh, it was over (until February).

The characters are strong, all of them. These aren't thin developments, you know the characters and their personalities. There's minimal teen angst, which is good. Not every book needs to be angsty, and this book wouldn't be nearly as good if Kate was falling apart.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from HarlequinTEEN through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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