Monday, April 18, 2011

The Goddess Test, by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test
Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date:
April 19, 2011
Goddess Test
Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Paperback, 304
5/5 (Avg 3.5/5)
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 guess I should put a disclaimer on reviews of books that deal with Greek Mythology, so here it is: I am a lover of all things in Greek Mythology, so usually I'm incredibly giddy before I even open books that deal with the subject matter.

Having said that, I can tell you that this book did not disappoint me in the least. The more I read, the more it won me over. Besides the mythology, I can tell you what impressed me so much about this book: no insta-love! Oftentimes in YA books, the main character falls instantly in love with the object of her affection at the very beginning and then the rest of the book is swooning and talking about how perfect he is in every way for the other 250+ pages. This isn't the case with The Goddess Test. Instead, we get to see a relationship from what starts as an extreme dislike, then morphs from empathy to friendship and eventually, love. It's a realistic process, slow to start and blossoming into something incredible, something we can all relate to with love.

All of the characters seemed to pass the test (pun not necessarily intended). There was something that first irked me about Kate, but her actions and personality really won me over through the book. The rocky start to her friendship with Ava added even more layers to their relationship, again making it completely believable and all the more true to a real friendship. I think I said enough about Kate's relationship with Henry and the lack of insta-love, which in turn made me love them more. Henry's character was a more humble character, though I must say that I expected him to be a little more dark and fierce considering who he truly was. Same with James, whose character was also a little predictable but it didn't make me like him any less. Dylan's character seemed a little left-field and I was confused by his presence. I understood closer to the end, yet the whole opening scenes with him felt a little more like a page-filler than anything that was truly necessary to the story.

Despite some minor character issues, I can't say anything bad about this book - which means that those issues are so minor that they can be completely ignored. The story was amazing, the characters and intertwining of mythology equally so. I predicted some of the ending, but it ended up taking on more of a twist than I had initially expected. It was a pleasant surprise. It was also a fairly quick read, so there was no room for a lot unnecessary details. I enjoyed this book immensely and cannot wait for the next in the series to come out.

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Unknown said...

Nice review and I love the cover. But just an honest comment Missy, the text are so small that I've to open my eyes widely to read. =)

CJ @ Coffee N Crackers

Najela said...

I have this on netgalley as well. I can't wait to read it.

Savannah said...

I really enjoyed this book Henry captured my heart! Nice review!

Giada M. said...

I love to read about Greek Mythology, so this is another book for me. Great review! :D

Life's Simple Pleasures said...

this sounds cool. i am a mythology freak too so that's interesting! the cover doesn't really grab me so i never actually read the reviews for this book before. BUT after reading yours, I think i might just need to put it on my wishlist! didn't like that Henry is "Hades" bit and that she has to be his bride but it sounds really cool! i wonder what tests she needs to go through!

Book Flame said...

I enjoyed this book as well, only for me I did not fall in love with Henry. For a character that is supposed to represent Hades he was just too subtle.

Belgie said...

To describe this book I would use the words, cool, unique and intriguing. Basically, a teenage girls' mother is dying, she moves to Northern Michigan to live out her last weeks. Girl starts new school and is immediately sucked into a deal with Hades. She really does not have a clue what is going on and has to wing it. Everything is happening behind the scenes in this one and it's very cool when all is revealed at the end. I am thrilled the author is writing a sequel.

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