The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
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 now 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 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 succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
If she fails..
The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
I found this story very intriguing, it had romance, drama and a little education mixed in with a fun story. Kate is very down to earth, relate-able and determined.
Henry seems to be introverted, quite, beaten and a little bit of a push-over. I think it all has to do with the story though because it is his family that conducts the tests and he has to let them happen and step-aside. The tests that Kate is put through are mostly subtle, some are noticeable and big events but the majority are very subtle and in the end, appropriate. The story I felt was more of a look at how we live our daily lives, make our every day decisions and how they effect others and our futures. As a reader you do not get to know which events were tests until the very end.
The romantic aspect was very nice, it was slow and developed well. There are fun twists in Kate's thinking process that sometimes you do not know which way she will decide but all the decisions made seemed very appropriate and thought-out and well done.
I had a very nice time reading this story, it was compelling and kept me interested, couldn't wait to see how it ended and when it all did, I thought that this is one I would read again.