Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Goddess Test is an engaging and creative sort of sequel to the Persephone myth with a lot of inventive little twists. Kate doesn't reach out to others much at all, so it's gratifying to see her tentatively make new friends to help her puzzle over the mystery of Henry's abilities and bargains. Her relationship with her mother is very sweet and heartbreaking as Kate struggles to accept the idea that her mother is dying and she must soon say goodbye. When Kate must move to be with Henry, a whole new set of problems then comes up as her life is in danger and the enemy could be anyone. No one is who they first appear to be in this book, which leaves you hanging in suspense, and Carter cleverly works everything out in the very end with more than a few surprises. Henry and Kate's gradual romance is sweet and realistic, despite the supernatural elements of the story. The ending is satisfying, but Carter leaves it open for a sequel that would be happily welcomed by readers.
Cover Comments: This is such a pretty cover! I love the Greek designs and flair, and the cool, darker colors--very neat!
Digital galley accessed on Netgalley.com.