The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
One of the trends I've really been digging in YA and something I think is missing in adult fiction is the revival of mythology. Greek mythology, in particular. Aimee Carter's retelling of Hades and Persephone myth, The Goddess Test is one of those revivals. The first in a trilogy, The Goddess Test, introduces us to Kate and Henry and the new world of the Greek gods and goddess.
Kate is a strong-willed teenager on the brink of adulthood whose has been dealing with the fact that her mother is going to die for the last few years.
Henry, well, Henry's been dealing with his own problems... like losing his very existence.
So when Henry offers Kate a deal that will help both of them, she must decide is if living half a life is worth it.
This was a perfect retelling--enough of the old story to make it familiar, but a new story in its own right to make it engaging and had me turning the pages as quickly as possible.
The characters were easy to love AND to hate. I found myself getting frustrated with several of them :) In my book, if an author can make you feel that much for the characters, it's a keeper. Kate was a great character who was insightful and her loyalty to those around her was commendable. Henry was by far my favorite. He was so mysterious and had a sense of sadness around him that you kept waiting for Kate to remove.
This book discusses friendship, love and loyalty, while engaging the reading in thousand year old myths. It's great for those who are looking for a retelling, a sweet romance or a story about being put to the test.
The Goddess Test is out now!