Wednesday, March 21, 2012

[Review]: "The Goddess Test"

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 19, 2011)
Series: The Goddess Test, 1
Genre: Teen Fantasy/Romance

Summary (
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.

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Other Books in the Series:
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Book 1.5: The Goddess Hunt

Book 2: The Goddess Interrupted

My Review:

Kate Winters has spent the later part of her teenage years preparing for the moment her mother would die, the day the cancer would win and take her away. Kate thinks of her life only in terms of “now”, with her mother still here, though very sick, and “after” when she will be all alone.

Following her mother's wishes, they move to Eden, Michigan, the place where her mother was born—and the place where she wishes to die. Kate doesn't want to move; what does it matter where they live if the outcome is still the same? But Kate never dreamed of the friends she would meet in Eden—or the future she would find waiting for her...

When something horrible happens to Kate's classmate, the dark and mysterious owner of Eden Manor, Henry, offers Kate a way to fix everything. Soon Kate finds herself in the middle of a new world, one where ancient myths and gods are not fiction, but rather true history. Can Kate survive the tests and become Henry's salvation—and his Queen?

Mythology + romance = a perfect story in my book, so it goes without saying that I loved The Goddess Test on principle. But as I read more of Kate's struggle, I realized that I also loved the book because of the way it was written, not just for the story that was told.

It was a bit difficult for me to connect with Henry, and I couldn't see much character in him. But I still liked him, and I hope to see his character emerge more as the series unfolds. Considering which god he is, there's so much potential for how he acts, who he is, and while I was a bit disappointed in him during this book, I have not given up on him yet!

4 STARS! A fresh new take on Greek mythology, The Goddess Test manages to flawlessly combine the age-old stories we've all grown up hearing with a modern setting we can more easily picture. Romance, mythology, and great story-telling make this a book that any fan of the genre will love! As wonderfully captivating as book one was, I cannot wait to see where this series leads.

I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Sidenote: Is it just me or does the cover model for this book look like a cross between Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox? In the face, at least? ....


Until Next Time,
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Book Flame said...

I loved this book even though Henry frustrated the heck out of me and continued to do so in Goddess Interrupted. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

The_Book_Queen said...

:) Good to hear that I'm not alone, then. He's still that way in the next book?! Tsk tsk... I think someone needs to whip him into shape (*cough* Kate *cough*) or else I'm going to head down to Eden Manor and do so myself!

Still, I do look forward to reading the rest of this series. :)