The Goddess Test
SUMMARY (from Amazon):
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 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.
My rating: 3 stars.
Inconsistent. Random. Jumbled.
These are the words that come to mind when I think of The Goddess Test. The story is a mish-mash of the Persephone myth and contemporary fiction. Unfortunately, it struggles to work.
Kate is as bland as a piece of blank paper. Really. I still cannot accurately describe her personality - and I'm not positive she has one. Henry is a cross between an old man and a twenty year old? Something like that. And Ava is the best friend that can only be considered a best friend in title only. They all fall flat. I could not connect to any of them. They all clash. None of their relationships make sense, except Kate and Henry's, albeit only briefly.
I was more than a little disappointed that the tests have little-to-no relevance to the story. Literally. They go unmentioned, except when they're made painstakingly apparent through random dramatic episodes. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. I assumed someone would have to go through much more than Kate does, in order to become Queen of the Underworld.
The Goddess Test is, at best, lackluster.