This page contains major spoilers. Do not read unless you have read The Goddess Test.
The Goddess Test Edit
The Goddess Test is a fantasy Greek Mythology novel by Aimee Carter. It was published on April 19 2011 by Harelquin Teen and continues to be immensely popular.
Win immortality or die trying or... Kate Winters is a young woman with a mother dying of cancer. She wants to die in her home town of Eden and there she meets Henry, a mysterious man with supernatural powers. After bringing a girl from the Dead Kate agrees to take seven tests and if she passes, she'll win immortality and become the Queen of the Underworld. But eleven girls came before her and not one of them lived to fail.
Moving to EdenEdit
Kate hadn't planned on making any friends when she moved and so she as surprised when James suddenly appeared. He was sweet, self depreciating and considerate. But she earned the emnity of Ava, the most popular girl in school. When she invited Kate to a party, her mother insisted that she go. It turned out to be a trap, and as Ava left her in the middle of the wood, she accidentally killed herself. And then the mysterious Henry appeared, offering to save her in exchange for something. Guilt ridden Kate agrees and Ava wakes up. But upon finding out his condition (living with Henry for half of every year) she changes her mind and Ava dies. Realizing that Henry could help her Mother she sets out for Eden Manor, where Henry agrees to extend her Mother's life in exchange for Kate's company.
Whatever Kate expected it wasn't this. She falls asleep and dreams of her mother in her favorite place in the world and wakes up to a pair of bickering girls talking about how she was different to 'the last one'. One of them, Ella dress her up like a doll in 19th century clothes, Calliope (the other) tastes her food in cases it's poisoned and everyone addresses her as 'your highness'. Confused and upset Kate proceeds to yell at Henry (who claims to be the ruler of the dead) proves he's truly a god by bringing Ava to Eden. much to Kate's relief. She also discovers that she will be presented with seven tests; if she passes will be granted immortality and become Henry's Queen and if she fails he will fade (as gods do not die).
Everyone (including the council who will pass or fail her) wants to meet Kate so a ball is organised. She continues to hear disturbing whispers about her predecessors and suspects they all died. The council remains in the crowd, heightening her nerves, but with Ava by her side babbling about boys and Henry watching her closely she felt safe. She survives the night and slumps into bed finding Henry waiting to spend time with her. After politely kicking him out she falls asleep and dreams of her mother.
Kate's tutor Irene announces that Kate will have a test on Greek mythology. Kate studied in literally all of her time all of mythology (or history as it was called there), day and night. Even when she slept her mother would test her on the names of Hera's children and she didn't let anyone distract her, until Henry insisted that she relax the night before. The test was 200 questions and she could only miss 20. After completing the test Irene marked her 173. Devastated, she runs away and tried to escape Eden. Henry chases her and explains that the exam was not a test. That she had faced three and passed one impeccably and he only scored 164.
As a reward for beating him on the test Henry organizes a new wardrobe for Kate. Sweaters and jeans. Ava stares in a amazement at the hoard of clothes and Kate offers her any that she wants with Henry's consent. But then Ava ruins the day by taking her somewhere. Henry is arguing with someone. He said that he'd stopped Kate from leaving when she wanted too even though she didn't understand. And then Kate sees who it is.
Apparently James is Henry's nephew, who'll take over the Underworld if Henry fades and he seems to want her to fail so that he can rule the dead. But he really just cares for Kate and he breaks the rules revealing he's on the council. Henry leaves and James tells her about Persephone and how much Henry loved her and how could Kate compete with that. Infuriated she tells James to leave and not come back till Spring. Henry then apologizes for deceiving her and gives her a puppy.
James hijacked one of Kate's dreams to convince her that he's not the killer and begged her to be careful. Ava jumps from guy to guy and Kate tries to become closer to Henry and show him her idea of Christmas. But a mysterious present turns up under the tree with poisoned chocolates inside. Henry sends the Manor into lockdown interrogating all the staff. Kate insists that afterwards the servants get their dinner and that Henry spend the evening with her. They ending up kissing and Henry stayed the whole night.
The next morning they are woken by a furious Ella demanding that Ava leaves. She'd spent the night with Xander and then Theo (her twin and Ava's other boyfriend) found them. They then fought and Xander died. Ava was distraught and Theo horrified at what he'd done. But Ava seemingly doesn't know what happened and it makes Kate angry and when she is wrongly accused of jealousy she loses it and tells her to stay away from her, Ella and all the men in Eden. Henry accepts her judgement as final.
She fails this test because Calliope (Hera) puts aphrodite in Kate and Herny's drinks.
She is ever so slowly falling love with Henry as they share more and more. He tells her the truth of Persephone and shows Kate her corner of the Underworld. He says he loves her 'as much as he is capable of loving someone else' which disappoints her. February slowly passes by and there were still so many tests remaining. Then in March Henry tells Kate abruptly to stop eating. After giving some terrible excuses he tells her it is a test and she stops. Calliope then tastes their cocoa and leaves them alone. The begin to talk and end up being together.
Henry wakes up, furious and angry and Kate thinks it's because she'd said she loved him. But apparently their drinks had been spiked with aphrodisiac, designed to make Kate fail lust. After Henry interrogated everyone Calliope talks to Kate about hat happened apologizing profusely but Kate said it probably would have happened anyway and Calliope invites her on a picnic.
Callope and Kate discuss a myriad of things; what she'd be doing if she'd never come to Eden, eating and (after sending Nicholas away) they dealt with the aphrodisiac. But Calliope begins to rant on and on about Kate and Persephone and how much she's in love with Henry. And then she pulls out a knife and plunges it into Kate's heart. She tries to fight back but slips into the void. She sees her mother who says she's sorry and kisses her goodbye forever.
Kate has survived Death, Her mother giving up her own life for hers and Henry and Theo try desperately to heal her. Calliope has been apprehended and will be punished for her actions . But best of all Henry says he loves her and she makes up with Ava.
Decked out in white Kate goes to meet the councils verdict. The twelve file in. Walter (Heny's valet), Irene, James, her guard Nicholas, Sofia, Phillip the stablemaster, Ella and Theo, Xander (very much alive), Calliope and Ava. They all apologize for deceiving her, claiming it was the best way for her to be tested. Before they began she's decide Calliope's punishment. Kate decides that she has to spend time with each girl that she killed and make amends with them. And then they revealed their decision.
Pride and HumilityEdit
Irene passed Kate for Sloth, being tested on her study habits rather than the exam.
Sofia passed Kate for Greed, sharing her new wardrobe with Ava.
Ella, despite her knowledge of the test, passed Kate for Gluttony.
Ava passed Kate for Envy, not allowing jealousy to interfere with her judgement on her punishment.
Calliope, to Kate's shock passed her for Wrath.
But Walter knew that Henry and Kate were together and that for Lust she had failed.
Henry contested this and strangely, so did Calliope. They were administered an aphrodisiac and that they were responsible. But Walter said the rules were firm. Kate says it wasn't Lust because she loves him and she says she'll do anything if they don't let Henry fade. Walter says that all the Council wants is for to accept her failure. She says she accepts she failed and understands what it means but hated they were letting him fade. And then the last missing goddess appears; Henry's sister and Persephone's mother. But the woman who sat on the throne made of flowers was better known to Kate as Mum.
She says she's sorry to Kate and that for the final test of pride and humility that Kate passes. The Council then agrees that she's passed and will wed Henry. Kate embraces her Mother confused. She hadn't failed Lust. They had to say that in order to test her Pride. And she had passed. Diana apologizes again and says that she'd only lied so that she could decide, not be influenced by her family. Kate and Henry are married at sunset, but she has to leave Eden the next day. She knew she could return early if she wanted but her mother said she had to spend her first summer without Henry.
Waiting for her outside the gates is James, exactly the way he was six months before when he'd dropped her off right down to his headphones. She invites him to spend the Summer with her. They then set off to Greece. Kate writes 'I may not have planned on living forever, but now that I was, I was going to make the best of every moment'.
It's always been just Kate and her mum - but now her mother is dying. And when her dying wish is to move back to her childhood home, Kate agrees. So she starts at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live much longer. Then she meets Henry. Dark, tortured and mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, the god of the Underworld. If Kate accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while she attempts to pass his tests. Kate is certain Henry is crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride - and a goddess. But if she doesn't...