March 16, 2012

Title: The Goddess Test
Series: Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Published: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 293

From the Publisher: 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.

Celeste’s review: Mythology + a brooding male who happens to be in charge of the underworld = me loving this book straight away. I never even enjoy prologues and I was hooked with this one so I knew it was a good sign! To top it off this cover is insanely gorgeous. This book continues the story of Hades and Persephone, but in oh, such a great way. Kate Winters and her mother move from NYC to her mother’s child home in Eden, Michigan because her mother has cancer and her days are numbered. Kate is the caregiver, and even though she is so down she just keeps going; she starts a new school with no interest in making friends, but knows it will make her mother happy,  She is a heroine that is real and caring and I wish I could be her friend.

This book gets to the good stuff right away. It isn’t long before we meet Henry, and right after that find out who he is. WOW! I always love a gorgeous, dark and tortured hero, and he is all that and then some. Kate ends up making a deal with Henry she doesn’t even fully understand, or even believe, but it seems like the right thing to do. She thought it was crazy, but if this deal gave her a little more time with her mother she would agree to anything.

Henry never expected Kate to ultimately want to uphold her end of the bargain, or even survive until the end. He has broken broken for so long, but carries on because he promised to try one last time. For that reason he vows to protect Kate and have her as his partner and wife if she stays, but first she has to pass 7 tests. Somehow Kate, for reasons she doesn’t even know, can’t have Henry give up…yes, this is just great chemistry of two people who belong together…I bought it, I was sold, I wanted them together so badly. This book tells tells the story of Kate being able to survive and pass her 7 tests so she can become immortal and rule along side of Henry as his wife and partner, but it also tells the story of their blossoming relationship as they learn to come out of the shadow of Henry’s love for Persephone.

We only know what Kate knows, and she is only given few details “for her own good”. I had a few suspicions throughout the book, some of them came true and some did not – and I loved it! The romance is a tender, slow burn. I couldn’t get enough. I absolutely can’t wait to read the next book, Goddess Interrupted, which comes out March 27.

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