The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Harlequin
In a modern-day take on the myth of Persephone, 18-year-old Kate Winters is thrust into a mythical world, where she must pass seven impossible tests and outsmart a spiteful god in order to save the life of not just her mother but of her captor as well.
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My rating 4/5
I couldn't wait to read this book based on the legend of Persephone and Hades: reinvented story of the abduction of Persephone. I love everything about Hades and Persephone, or more broadly: everything about Satan, the Devil, the king of hell, Where's the Hellhounds???? The author: Aimée Carter, really success to mix the ancient legends and our coeval world.
From the first lines, we quickly learn that Henry's (common name of our day for Hades) looking for the next ''Persephone'' to reign with him in Hell. It seems that several candidates were tempted to take this place, but they all have failed. As time passes, it becomes even more urgent that Henry found his next Persephone to rule the Underworld.
Kate's moving in her mother's hometown to spend the last few days/months with her (who has a cancer). Kate will quickly realize that the city and the people who live there are rather bizarre. Kate begins having visions of an enigmatic young man and his mother's condition does not seem to improve.
When Kate meets Henry, he will bid her with something she can't refuse: he can give her more time with her ill mother if she agrees to take the place of Persephone.
As soon as I saw the blurb of this book, I knew I had to read it! I'm a fan of those mythical characters, so I jumped at the chance and I haven't been disappointed! Kate made the acquaintance of several characters in this story and they are all very engaging and funny. My favorite character is Henry who's dark, broken, and physically very attractive (Please, pick me; I want to be the next Persephone!!!! I know I can do it!). I liked the fact that he's staying behind, because the story is really based on the success or failure of Kate. Henry shows up frequently at the right time, while keeping an eager eye on the progress of Kate.
Several times in this story were filled with strong emotions and I had to admit that I have a few tears! What's harder than reading about a girl who faces every day the incoming the death of her mother, who seems inevitable! Kate seems to control her emotions very well; I have to give her that!
The only thing I found less successful is the fact that Kate has to go through several tests to access to Persephone title, but most of them are hardly mentioned in the book. Readers are unaware that Kate passed or not some of these tests. However, the actions, intrigue/plot and the many adventures made me completely forget about these tests and I loved reading this story.
I strongly suggest you to read this one if you are an addict of Hades and Persephone's story. If you loved the YA with a touch of paranormal, this book is for you!
You want to know more about this author: Aimée Carter
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*** (Watch out for spoilers in reading the
blurb of the second book!) ***
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.