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In THE GODDESS TEST, the Perspehone/Hades myth gets retold for the bazillionth time- but this time with a lot more Stockholm Syndrome and less chemistry.
What intrigued me: I love Greek mythology.
Wait, haven't I seen these people before?
I got very excited when I found out about this novel after being massively disappointed by the sequel to Meg Cabot's ABANDON. Same myth, new characters, another chance, I thought. I felt the entire time like I was reading a very bad fan fiction to a well known novel, which mostly results from the characters being essentially the same. First we have the protagonist Kate, who is forced to grow up very fast despite being a young teenager, because she's taking care of her single parent more than they are taking care of her. She's a loner, she moves to a new town and makes friends.
Enter the bitch friend Ava and the nice guy James who'll probably be part of a love triangle that'll be the base for book two. Then Henry, the mysterious, virgin, super-hot, super educated, millenia-old dream guy comes along, who hates himself and just wants to die. But oh no, he's falling for her and suddenly his life makes sense again. Come on, guys. He also has a bunch of adoptive sisters and brothers, among them are essentially all TWILIGHT characters.
The worst isn't even that the novel doesn't have original characters, it's that there is almost no suspense at all! The most interesting thing about a novel about Greek mythology and gods is finding out who's who, isn't it? So much room for intrigues! But no, Carter simply makes every single character who appears in the novel a god. Aside from Kate and her family. This isn't fun, this is just boring.
And then having the mysterious god no one has ever in 37293729 years caught doing it, trying to kill every lover Henry ever had, I just. No. The story only takes place at Eden Manor, the gate to the Underworld. There is no spin on the myths. We have the river Styx, Cerberus, The Pomegrenade Seeds, it's all in there. I mean, it's okay to base your novel on something, but this is nothing but a YA retelling in the most literal sense.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
There are so many great stories about Greek mythology and especially the Persephone Myth that you really, really don't have to torture yourself through this mess of a novel.
"Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
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 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..."