The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Summary:Every girl who had 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 succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails...
What could have easily been an entertaining novel was ruined by a few incredibly rookie flaws, most noticeably the integration of Christian theology and the predictability.
Kate’s mother has been deathly sick for a few months, and her dying wish is to move back to her childhood home. Kate agrees; even though it means starting at a new school.
And then she meets Henry – who claims to be Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld. Kate is sure she’s hallucinating, but once she sees Henry bring a girl back to life, she realizes that this is reality. And then Henry gives her a bargain: have her take a series of seven tests and he’ll keep her mother alive, or die trying…
Kate’s 7 tests end up being the the 7 Deadly Sins of Christianity – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. This confused me, because there is no reason why the Greek gods would associate themselves with Christian theology, especially when they commit the 7 Deadly Sins constantly.
For a review that goes in-depth about why Christian theology and the Seven Deadly Sins should have not been incorporated into a Greek mythology story, read the brilliant Morgan’s review.
Additionally, the novel is rather predictable as well. Never for a minute was I surprised by any reveals or plot twists the story takes. And when the judges for the contest were revealed and showed Kate their true identities, I almost laughed out loud because it was simply too predictable to be true.
All in all, I wouldn’t truly recommend this to anyone unless you’re not bothered by the things I mentioned above. Like I said though, despite its flaws, I guess I’ll admit that – as a guilty pleasure – this was at least somewhat entertaining; if only the flaws it did have were removed, than this debut would have pheonominal potential.