I talked about how much I enjoyed The Goddess Test on the May edition of Authors Are ROCKSTARS!, and then we did a mini podcast later that month, featuring an interview with Aimée. If you haven't checked out those episodes, please do! It was such a pleasure to chat with Aimée.
So, The Goddess Test.... in this contemporary sequel to the Persephone and Hades myth, ordinary high-schooler Kate reluctantly enters into a bargain with Henry, the lord of the underworld. She'll stay with him for six months and endure a series of trials that will determine whether or not she is worthy of immortality. If she passes, she hopes he might save her dying mother... and it turns out she may be able to help shape his fate, as well. The stakes are high, though-- Kate's not the first girl to attempt the tests, and none of the others survived. This inventive premise hooked me in right away, and the excellent plotting and pacing kept me reading.
Why this book is so completely delightful:
- It's full of references to Greek mythology (which I LOVE), but is not a strict retelling- it's fresh, charming, and creative.
- There's a very engaging mystery element to the story, with Kate trying to figure out what the tests are and how to pass them so she doesn't fail Henry. And why did all those other girls die, anyway?
- The gradual development of the relationship between Kate and Henry is fantastic. There's tons of chemistry between the two of them, and I have to admit I'm a bit of a sucker for those dark, brooding romantic heroes, so Henry as a modern-day Hades is quite swoon-worthy.
- The setting is gorgeous- I'm also a sucker for grand manor type settings, and this one is perfection!
- Kate's relationship with her mother is genuinely touching.
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