Family isn’t something that Kate has had much luck with. It has always been just her and her mum but her mum is dying and it’s only a matter of time now. Her last dying wish is to go back to the town where she grew up and spend her last days being happy. For Kate, this is a nightmare. Having to start a new school, make friends and deal with her mother’s illness is not Kate’s idea of fun at all!
Things are actually going ok until she is thrown into the path of Henry, a dark, mysterious guy who claims to be Hades, ruler of the Underworld. Things begin to get really interesting once Henry makes Kate an offer. He’ll keep her mother alive as long as she agrees to embark on seven tests. Quickly, Kate thinks that Henry is insane but then she sees him bring a dead girl back to life. If Kate can pass these seven tests, she will become a goddess but if not, her future doesn’t look very bright at all!
What I thought
As a big fan of Greek mythology, I couldn’t wait to read and review this title.
Kate is a likable character from the off. Having to move across the country with her dying mother, you immediately feel sorry for her and what she has had to deal with since her mum got sick. Kate doesn’t have friends and she is quite open in saying that she doesn’t really want any either, knowing that she has to spend all of her free time taking care of her mum so right here, I wanted to give her a big hug. Even with a lot going on, no one should be without good friends to help cheer you up when you’re down.
Things really begin to take shape though when Kate has a run in with Ava, a popular girl at school and this is where Kate meets Henry. Giving Kate a way out of her pain and grief, Henry offers her something that doesn’t seem possible. I loved how the main plot line was revealed and how it all began. Henry is introduced really well but I do wish he had been given a different name. I know Henry was used to stay close to Hades but surely a better H name was available!? His name aside, I liked Henry. He was mysterious and troubled which gave him a lot of depth. It was great that way that his story was revealed and the way in which I got to find out more about him.
Secondary characters were just as good as main characters in this book and they really gave a lot more to the story. Without characters like Ava, the popular girl or the help around Henry’s house, the story would have been completely different. Each secondary character added something exciting and different to The Goddess Test. Kate’s mother is a big part of the story, especially with her nearly dying so it was nice to see that she was kept a part of everything once Kate went off to live with Henry and prepare for the seven tests.
The best thing about this book was the seven tests that Kate agrees to take. The way the story is written means that it is never really clear what the tests are or when they are being administered. There was so much mystery surrounding this part of the story and I couldn’t wait to find out whether Kate passed them all or not and what the outcome was going to be either way. The end has a wonderful twist and I was quite annoyed with myself that I didn’t figure some things out sooner. I do think the tests could have been made a bit more exciting though but the way they are done make this a lovely YA read.
The Goddess Test was a thoroughly enjoyable read for me and I can’t wait to see what Kate, Henry and other characters get up to in the sequel.