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Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Publication Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Goddess Test #1
Young Adult
Pages: 293
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

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. 
*Finished copy provided by Harlequin Teen for an honest review*

Let's get this straight: I adore mythology. From whatever culture. In whatever country. So reading The Goddess Test gave me the tingles that Percy Jackson gave me the first the I started reading and I began craving the myth all over again. 


With a dying mother's last wish, Kate Winters is subjected to wander back to her mother's home town of Eden, a series of unfortunate events takes place. As a prank, Ava, the girl from school that invites the main protagonist to a party in order to scare them into submission for even peeking a glance or batting an eye towards her main interest, ends up succumbing to her downfall and bashes her head open on a rock when jumping into the river to get away. Plot deepens when Henry, the mysteriously handsome, midnight-eyed Dane steps into the light and offers Kate a deal in order to bring Ava back from the afterlife. Kate makes the deal and the story begings! To Eden Manor!

Notwithstanding my snarky introduction to the tale, I adored The Goddess Test from cover to cover. It was a nice take on the myth of Persephone that kept my interest and had me wondering what would happen next. Kate as a character was strong through and through from beginning to end and even grew a little more during her time at Eden Manor. Intelligent, cunning, and during the final moments of the book captivating. There was never a dull moment around Kate, and the way she executed actions and dialogue ceased to amaze me.

Definitely take this book of the shelves of your nearest library or bookstore. And for the mythological lovers out there, get your hands on this right now. It's cute. It's a quaint read. And definitely perfect to sit outside in the warm sun and light breeze because it just adds to the magic.

First Line: "How did it happen this time?"
Story: S
Cover: A


We Fancy Books said...

Ohh I love your review! I really like the mythology that The Goddess Test incorporated with the unforgettable love story of Henry and Kate. I can't wait to read the sequel!

Love your blog!

We Fancy Books

Carina said...

I really enjoyed THE GODDESS TEST, so I'm glad you did too. Crossing my fingers that you'll like the second book, too, which is a little bit more action-packed but very intriguing as well. :)

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elena said...

I adore mythology too so I was excited for this book! Unfortunately, I didn't like it and it fell flat for me. I really liked reading why you enjoyed it. I did like the idea of the story a lot and the cover is really pretty. Lovely review!

rachchan2006 said...

I'm a huge fan of mythology and was going to read this book after it was released, but a friend of mine advised against it as she said it wasn't that enjoyable. After reading your review, however, I'm probably going to go see if I can get a copy from the library and hopefully it's as enjoyable as you say it is!

Toshia said...

Amazing review.. I'm a huge fan of anything that has Greek mythology in it.. So when I stumble upon this book in 2010.. I was so excited when it came out last year and couldn't wait to read it.. I mean... Just look at that cover.... It's beautiful.. So I'm very looking forward to reading the second book to see what happens to Kate and Henry in their next adventure....

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Great review! I love that first line! Very intruiging start, indeed. I won this book a while ago but haven't gotten to it yet. Shame on me.

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