Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Released: April 19th 2011
Published: Harlequin Teen
Page Count is 297
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Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now 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... (Description from goodreads).
Kate is an interesting character. While her mother is sick with cancer Kate dedicates all of her time and efforts to caring for her dying mother. Instead of feeling confined to her role as soul caregiver Kate takes her job very seriously, valuing the time she spends with her mother, knowing that any day she can lose the one person she cares for more then anything else in the world. When she meets Henry and is offered the chance to save her mother for a time, how could she refuse his simple request to stay with him for the Spring and Summer every year for eternity and become his wife?
Henry's character is fickle with his constant roller coaster of emotions, but at the same time this trait makes him very real as a character. In The Goddess Test we learn the real story surrounding Persephone in Greek Mythology and how it affected Henry so deeply. What we learn as the reader is that only one side of the story was told, Persephone's, while Henry's was never revealed. Instead of a confident God that we expect would rule the Underworld, Henry is heartbroken from the wound left by Persephone that has never healed.
The slow building relationship of trust between Kate and Henry was well paced and believable. I loved reading the progression of their friendship and how they learned to understand one another. The romance was not heavy like it is often found in other books. Instead it was light and slow and seemed to pass over their relationship in the blink of an eye, which I found to be a nice change of pace to read about.