Book Summary Via GoodreadsIt'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.
Book Title: Goddess Test ( Goddess Test #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: fantasy,mythology,paranormal romance,YA fiction
Kate- kate is actually the nicest daughter in the whole wide universe! she actually gave up her teenage life for taking care of her mom who has cancer. she won't date or go out and have a time of her life, she is actually a SAINT! cause to her time is precious she rather spend her time with her mom,cause she thinks the time left for her is ticking and she is actually a good friend she doesn't hold grudges to people who hurt her.
Henry- Henry is the lord of the underworld in this book, so basically he is Hades, i grew up thinking hades is a bad guy, but in this book Aimee Carter introduced a very different kind of Hades, the misunderstood kind, cause Hades in this book is so gentle the kind of guy you will to take home and meet your mom and dad, the kind of guy you will want to spend your life with and henry's lines in this book are so poetic the kind that will make your heart melt. haha!
so this is again another retelling of the "rape of Persephone" but this one has a little something to it because Kate is should pass seven kind of test to make her immortal. so basically another added myth retelling here is "Labors of Hercules" wherein hercules has to finish 12 tasks enable to gain immortality after his death.
i don't know if some myths are messed up or changed cause some facts about mythology are different here like:
- Persephone was not kidnapped she was willing to become queen of the underworld, then she fell in love with a mortal, when that mortal died she chose to come with him and left hades
-14 Olympians/ Council (erm.. as far as i know there are only 12)
-diana is the roman name for Demeter ( ahm, Diana is actually the roman name for Artemis, goddess of the wild)
-different names for the gods and goddesses
-cereberus is a great dane (haha! i'm that observant eh?. LOL. i'm just kidding i don't care if cereberus is a great dane or a 3 headed dog) haha!
well i don't know if these are true or maybe Aimee Carter just changed some Myth facts in order to have a good flow of the story but Mythology can actually be derived in different time and places so maybe she get these facts in some other myths.
i gave the book 4 stars cause even though some myths are different, i like how this book is written this is a very light read, you actually wouldn't know that you are about to finish the book, and i like how Aimee Carter cut Hades some slack, cause she showed a different kind of lord of the underworld here the one that is tormented and humble.
so i wanna read the next book cause as far as i can see i am sensing a love triangle here cause James i think is also in love with Kate, so let's see how will the 2 gods fight for their hearts. :)
***Gabby is a Mythology nerd ^^*** LOL