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.
While I liked the idea of The Goddess Test, I personally wasn’t blown away by the execution of the story.
What I mean by that is mythology, especially revolving around Greek Gods such as Hades and stories as well known as Persephone, can turn into fabulous storylines in modern day books. In fact some of my favorite books revolve around myths, Rick Riordan’s Lightning Thief series, Michael Scott’s Alchemist series, and Eric Nylund’s Mortal Coils series. But all of these books don’t just take the basic myth and fill it in with pretty characters and a love interest. Instead these great authors took a fascinating myth and made it into something of their own. If you knew the myths surrounding the books it makes them all the more enjoyable, but taken together with the new characters, dialogue, and the author’s personal touches, the myth becomes new and exciting, it is not just another retelling but is instead the creation of something new and glorious.
Of course that’s enough of me waxing poetic about these other authors, instead back to the book at had, The Goddess Test. The Goddess Test, is alright, teenage girls will probably flock to it, as it has all the ingredients for a new teen heart throb of a book. But in my opinion it doesn’t have the ingredients to become a great book. The protagonist isn’t as likable as she should be, the side characters are a little weak, the story isn’t as engaging as it should be, and the spark is just missing. I think the book will do well but it certainly doesn’t have my endorsement.
5 out of 10
Published: April 19, 2011