Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Goddess Test

An interesting, entertaining twist of the Hades/Persephone myth. The Goddess Test is part of the Harlequin Teen series. I generally DO NOT care for romance novels, but I actually like this book, to the extent that I am looking forward to the next installment.

I have always been a big fan of Greek mythology and I think that is the reason I picked up this book and gave it a try. Obviously the story is loosely based on the myth with lots of confusing relationships between the gods and goddess. But that was kind of what it was like anyway.

Kate has been chosen (as a last ditch effort for Henry/Hades to retain his rule over the Underworld) to take Persephone's place. She has no idea what is going on until she is told that she has failed her test to become immortal.

It is very interesting how she becomes very invested in Henry and his quest to retain his rule. She is trying to live with the fact that her mother is dying of cancer and how she will cope with the real possibility of becoming immortal and Henry's wife. Kate manages to start coming to terms with life without her mother and finds she is falling in love with Henry.

Most of the characters are pretty much one dimensional. Kate is fleshed a bit more, especially as she changes as the story moves along. Still I found them interesting and rooting for Henry and Kate. If you like Greek myths and you like a light romantic novel, then this is the book for you.

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