Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: 26th April 2011
Series: Goddess Test #1
Source: Thanks to NetGalley and Publisher
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.
This is the first book in the Goddess Test series, and after finishing this book I can't wait for the next. Aimee Carter manages to pull you into this world of myth and mystery that I had no choice but to read the whole book in one sitting.
From the beginning of the story you can tell that Kate is a strong woman. She has been looking after her dying mother for the last 4 years who has now decided to come back to her home town of Eden to die. Kate is not happy about this, but is willing to try for her mother. We are slowly introduced to a host of other characters such as James, Ava and the charming Henry. In exchange for Henry helping Ava Kate agrees to spend 6 months a year with Henry in his house.
I have always enjoyed Greek Myths and this book did not disappoint. It touched on the myths and threw light on them without getting bogged down in details. It also does not disappoint with a great romance story running in parallel with Kate facing tests and avoiding assassination attempts. All of the characters in this story are rich and well rounded. The romance is also believable and very charming. All in all I was swept away with this story and I am looking forward to picking up the next book in the series. Bring it on!!