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The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter This review was completed by Camille Morales, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.Wow. Just…wow. Greek mythology has never really interested me. Sure, it’s by far the coolest subject in history class, but nothing else. It has all changed now. This book is about the story of Persephone…sort of. It’s about a girl named Kate Winters, whose mother has had cancer for a long time now. Her mother is dying, and her last request was to go the town where she’d grown up, Eden. There, she meets friends instantly. One of them, James, is sort of an outcast, but he’s so nice and awesome. Another one is Ava. She’s in the popular crowd, and has a boyfriend named Dylan. So, one night, things go badly and Kate ends up meeting Henry. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld. When a prank goes wrong and Ava dies, they make some sort of deal: if she stays with him for six months of the year (starting with the fall and ending with spring) then he keeps her mother alive long enough for her to say goodbye in a proper, easier way. She wants to have more time with her. So, she accepts. But it isn’t as easy as it seems. She needs to go through seven tests to determine if she’s worthy of being married to Henry, as Persephone once was. The characters were awesome. I loved Henry. Even if he was old-fashioned and just plain weird sometimes, I loved him. And Kate had to be one of the most relatable main characters ever. She was so kind, and just…awesome. I don’t know how to describe how amazing they all were. Even the bad one was really cool, because the person fakes it so well. Ava was one of my favorites, though, because there is more to her (and to everyone) than it seems. Oh, and Kate’s mom has to be one of the best moms ever. The romance was really well written. It was all at the right time, and the one thing that seemed a bit out of place had a reason to be. I liked it a lot, I really did. It wasn’t too fast, but it wasn’t excruciatingly slow. And it wasn’t all of a sudden. It was just really well done. The plot was unique, the characters were relatable, and this story made me interested in Greek mythology. This is also the first book I’ve ever read that has to do with Greek mythology, unless you count my history textbook (and I’m sure you don’t.) I may have to borrow a Greek mythology book from my friend. And the cover is gorgeous. I can’t wait for the sequel, Goddess Interrupted! I give this book a 5/5 stars  I definitely recommend this book to every reader out there!