Goodreads Summary: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 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS...
So, I first read this book when it first came out. I wasn't reading Young Adult novels, then. I thought it was pretty good. Rereading it, I discovered how idiotic I was two or three years ago.
The funny thing about this is that it doesn't really have anything to do with Greek Mythology. There were gods, yeah, but they didn't really do anything they were supposed to do.
For example, Hades is an alright god who kidnapped Persephone and pretty much sort of breaks rules. In the Goddess Test, however, he just stuck right to the rules and was suicidal. Most of the book was like this.
That took pretty much a star out from the entire rating. If the entire thing was so amazing that it totally made me forget about the actual story of the Greek Gods, then it wouldn't have had a star taken out. Take, for example, Percy Jackson or Xena. But it wasn't anything as good as those stories. This just turned the entire thing into bad romance.
I never really understood why all Kate had to do was stand around in awesome dresses. That was pretty much her entire tests. She didn't have to fight anything, talk anyone out of doing something stupid, or anything like that. And she pretty much complains the entire time.
The writing was pretty much expected of YA. It wasn't completely perfect, but it wasn't horrible.
I could figure out who was the antagonist pretty quickly. I don't know if that was just because I spent way too much time watching murder shows, or the clues were really easy to see.
Will I be reading the next book? Probably. There's potential that it will get better. But probably not.