“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 a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that 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…”
I first read The Goddess Test in 2014. At the time I was reading anything I could that had to do with Greek Mythology and these books stuck out to me in a way that I loved. No matter how many times I reread these books I always find myself engrossed in the story that is being told. The way the story is told, how things are kept hidden in the beginning and then the way they are reviled was something that I loved.
I had the adventure right alongside Kate, Henry, Calliope, Ava. I found myself wanting to know more just as Kate did. From she found out what was going on and who Henry was, to when she was being tested and learning about what was going on around her. As Kate was doing what she could to not only save Henry, Ava and those around her she grew as a character, and the others around her did as well.
This series of books is a fresh take on Greek myths. It takes the story of Persephone and casts it aside to create a new story one where Hades (Henry) can be a good guy and not someone who is most often cast as the villain simply because of what his job is, taking care of the dead. Yet at the same time it keeps the story true to what we know about the Greek myths. Each of the God and Goddesses are there, just painted in a different way, some are obvious, others are not.
The series doesn’t take the villain and punish them and then are done, the villain does not accept that they have lost and keep trying them no matter what, they keep trying. It’s not an “oh I lost better give up now” they have the villain fulfill the punishment given and then they are off, recruiting help to get back at the heroes of the story. It also shows conflict between family and how hard it can be to help a family member who has given up and does not want to try anymore.
In the end the heroes still win, as with most books. But each character is given an opportunity to help or hinder Kate and Henry. Ava shows how far she would go to save her loved one when he is taken but the villain. Even if it means betraying the others in her family, though in the end she does go back and help Kate and Henry.
This book took the Greek Myths and shook them up turned them around and gave a wonderful story that makes the reader wish things like this happened in the real world, but at the same time gives an opportunity to visit the world of Kate and Henry and Greek Myths anytime they want just by opening the book and reading their story. Though it is fiction it a story and the characters come alive in the minds of the reader.