I’ve been told that I might not like it. I have “small” fascination with Greek mythology. Small, you say? Well, before, when I was a kid (or a teen, I barely remember my age — that time) I love memorizing who’s who. Who is the god of war, goddess of wisdom, etc. But I never get to the point where I’m really into it, that I wanted to learn their history and stuff. But the fascination is still there — almost.
So yeah, I’m vaguely familiar with story, not completely ignorant, um, yeah. The point is, I wanted to read something that related to mythology, or based on it. So I decided to pick up The Goddess Test despite the number of negative reviews I read. They, to soften the blow, did not like it. I, on the other hand, like it. Yes, it came as a surprise to me too. I just see myself enjoying it and I noticed myself I’m half way there and didn’t want to stop, thus finishing it in a very fast pace (with few hours of sleep, no less).
The story is about Kate Winters, her mom is diagnosed with cancer and she wished she and Kate stay in Eden until she died. Moving, means transferring to a new school, there she met Ava, the typical high school queen. Since “her boyfriend” seems interested on her, Ava pulled a prank on her, which unluckily turns out to be a deadly thing. The prank turned back on Ava… and she — died. Kate didn’t know what to do, until a guy named Henry arrived and helped — brought Ava back to life. He asked Kate to read the story of Hades and Persephone. Little did she know that story will be her story too, and when she refused Henry’s proposal of staying with him for six months a year, Ava died. Felt guilty about it, she accepted the deal, and just like Persephone, she will stay half year with Henry, who is in fact is Hades, and much to her surprised, the mythology she thought was made up — is actually real.
Although, at first, she stayed there out of obligation and part of the deal, but she learned what he’d been through, and empathizes with him. She didn’t want him to fade, or more, she didn’t want him gone, because she is now falling in love with him.
Ok, so I need to stop, I might actually tell you the entire story. The thing is, it wasn’t bad. Like I’ve mentioned, I was told that I might not like it. I already read a few pages of Abandon by Meg Cabot, which happen have the same theme as this book — Persephone/Hades story. And believe me, it wasn’t impressive (Abandon). So I’m putting the book on hold for the mean time. Getting back, so with that I have a little apprehension reading it, I’m glad I still read it. It was good, more than I thought it’d be. I read a much better book than this one, but I still feel sad that they didn’t like it as much as I do. It has charm that took me by surprise; it has the same appeal like Wither, you like it but still feel something is missing, and yet it’s ok because you still enjoy it, regardless. Yes, that feeling.
So if your strict with your mythology and didn’t like the liberties Ms.Carter had done, then you’ll be really pissed. Actually, not that much. I mean she isn’t the only who did this, right? Tons of them already did. Although I wish the author made the character (who are actually the Olympians) much distinctive, you know, for the benefit of the readers. I know Henry is Hades, duh? She is in “Persephone’s shoes” who else can he be?! But the rest don’t have that striking features that I might associate them as gods. Although, that’s just my preferences. So far, I kinda like it the way it is now.
The characters are ok, like I said it reminded of me of Wither. Rhine and Kate have the same character resemblances, kinda restrained but not that bland. Although I have lots of question with Kate’s back-story, like why she was chosen, so is she a demigod (granted her father was a mortal, or was it a god too?) since her mom is Demeter, or not because she was brought by Demeter in her mortal form, stuff like that. I just hope that it will be disclose in the second book.
I like Henry too, I was this close believing that it was him that suffers not Persephone, as popularly known. The romance part is ok, if we follow the story that Henry is just a guy — er, a god who just want some happiness in the company of someone who loves him, then yes, I like it. I’m glad he has Kate now. So, yeah, I approved, and like the relationship. James is ok too (who is Hermes) but I want him just a friend, not another love prospect.
It was subtle, not completely riveting but enjoyable. I like subtleness; sometimes I just like simplicity of the story. I rather read book like this than books that — yes — might have more depth but too complex to my standards to completely appreciate the story. Overall, it is enjoyable and a good twist with the popular mythology story.
PS. I’m reading Percy Jackson, which guess what, Greek mythology – again.