Monday, April 11, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Pages: 297.
Release Date: April 26th, 2011.
It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
I tend to avoid books that focus on Greek mythology. I’ve had bad experiences with them, being left confused and bored and dizzy with the information overload that the authors unleashed. Admittedly, I even slept through Greek mythology in high school classes as well. I just never got into it.

So imagine my surprise when I found myself completely wrapped up in The Goddess Test. I think part of the reason was because Aimee Carter didn’t throw information at us left and right. I didn’t have to backtrack to remember what had been said to follow the storyline. Another part was probably the developing relationship between Kate and Henry. Of course, Kate acknowledged right off the bat that he was handsome, but that didn’t really alter her opinion of him. I loved how it grew. And another reason why I loved this was because amidst the tests and mythology and romance, this is partly a murder mystery. It’s set up differently from the conventional whodunit, but it’s still a guessing game to keep you on the edge of your seat.

If I had one tiny complaint about this novel, it’d be how quickly Kate eases in to her surroundings and the situation she‘s placed in. She’s somewhat skeptical, but I think I would’ve appreciated a bit more disbelief to really make the story authentic to me.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Goddess Test! It’s intense and romantic and informative without shoving the knowledge down your throat. I definitely recommend this to fans of Greek mythology and even to those, like me, who cower and hide at the very thought of it - give this one a chance!

Other reviews for The Goddess Test:
Bookalicious.
Flipping Pages For All Ages.
Nice Girls Read Books.
The Reader Bee.

9 comments:

  1. I actually love Greek mythology. Maybe I will give this one a chance.

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  2. Fantastic review. I can't wait to read this. I love Greek mythology so it should be an interesting read.

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  3. I recently read this too. I've been hearing such wonderful things about it and love greek mythology, but for some reason this book just didn't do it for me.
    Thanks for the great, honest review!

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  4. I just might read this when I get the chance! :) And the only Greek Mythology I've read is Percy Jackson which is probably less intense than this, I bet. Bring on the intensity! >:D

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  5. Love Greek myths. Not sure if I'll like it if it isn't going to through with the true story of how Hades got his wife...Liked Percy Jackson for it still connected with the old stories but I think regular greek mythology is just as intense of any book!

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  6. I felt the same way! I really wasn't expecting to like the book, but WOW! It was fantastic and unputdownable!

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  7. I totally agree about Kate's adaptability, but other than that, I really enjoyed this novel! Great review!

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  8. I agree with you about how easily she slipped into her life at the Manor but I enjoyed this one and can't wait for the next.

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  9. The Goddess Test is wonderfully unique and almost whimsical read that anyone could enjoy. The story is unlike any other and Carter takes the age-old mythology we know and spins it into her own tale; one that is always interesting and full of twists. I thought I knew what to expect at times, but was completely wrong when things turned out a different way.

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