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The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter 2.5 hootsThis retelling of the Greek myth about Persephone and Hades is set in modern day and in no way feels like the famous myth that I know and love. However, the subtle influence is there and I thought this reimagining of a really interesting mythical tale was ok. It was hard not to compare Henry to Hades. I know it’s a retelling, but it would have been nice to see a bit of fierceness or enthusiasm. Instead, we get a whole lot of melancholy (understandable, but over the top nonetheless) and indifference. While Henry is a very genuine, honest soul, he was not a very dynamic character. I really wanted him to pack a punch, but he seemed so deflated throughout the entire book.Kate’s initial reaction to Henry and his otherworldly abilities was completely unbelievable and that annoys me above nothing else. She finally questions him but by that point, I would have been long gone or in the psych ward. I know it’s a book and the rules are different, but just once, I would like our protagonist to flip out!I was skeptical of one character throughout the story, but in the end, I was completely surprised by many characters. I enjoyed that mystery and surprise, and I’m still very unsure of one character’s motives. The best part of the book, to me, was the relationship between Kate and her mother. It was heartbreaking at times, and I really thought Kate’s emotional turmoil was portrayed well. It felt real, and Kate’s desperation was palpable. On the other hand, I didn’t necessarily feel the love between Kate and Henry. It felt contrived at times, and I couldn’t connect to their story. I do think their love is one that will grow with time, however, so I’m interested to see what becomes of them