THE GODDESS TEST
Not groundbreaking, but so fun, this feels a little like Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast, only the beast is sexy right from the start. The characters are poorly developed, their motivations are unclear and situations and attitudes change so rapidly you’ll wonder if you’ve skipped a chapter. Still, Carter’s ancient Greek fairy tale manages to be satisfying and sort of delightful.
All Kate Winters wants is for her mother to die peacefully in her hometown. Kate’s not interested in school or dating, and she certainly isn’t willing to waste her time thinking about the supernatural. She refuses to believe her best friend’s spooky return from dead is the result of divine interference. But Kate would do anything for more time with her mother, even something she barely believes possible. When Kate joins the dark, lonely Henry at his manor for the winter, she may end up saving both her mother and herself. (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Apr., 304 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780373210268, PB, 12 & Up)