Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review : The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Release Date: April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 293

The Story:

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.

--via Barnes & Noble

RatingTHREE Gold Stars!!!

My Review: One Word: CHARMING

The book opens Eighteen-year-old Kate Winters spends her birthday driving her mother from their lives back in New York City to Eden, Michigan. Why? Because her mother wants to go back to her childhood home before she dies. Suffering from cancer, Diana doesn't have long to live and Kate won't deny her mother's request even if she aches for NYC. While in Michigan, she attends Eden High where she meets Loner James who she quickly makes friends with, and Queen Mean Ava who plays a deadly prank on her that backfires. As Ava laid bloody and broken, mysterious Henry appears with a proposition for Kate. He'll bring Ava back from the day if Kate agrees to join him in the Underworld. Her selfless act opens up an entirely new world for Kate beyond her wildest imagination. She soon discovers that she isn't who she believe herself to be . . . and there is a such thing as Greek gods. But before she can claim the throne as Queen of the Underworld she must prove herself capable. Seven sins, seven tests.

And it all comes down to this, either Kate Winters becomes immortal or . . . dies trying.

For the most part, I liked Kate; she's strong-willed yet considerate, mature yet innocent, strong yet compassionate and a great daughter. Her relationship actually reminds me of my relationship with my own mother. And it is always nice when you can relate to the character you're reading about in some way. But, there were times that I wanted to tell her: "Really, get a grip." For example, this girl was practically scared of saying the word "sex." Seriously, she's eighteen and freaking gave up being a teenager and uprooted her life to care for her dying mother, traded her freedom to save the life of a girl who was mean to her, she agreed to marry the King of Hell to help him rule, and put her life in danger to save Henry's . . . but she could not say the word "sex." It seemed so childish and out of character for Kate that it just irked me to no end.

All in all, there aren't many Hades-Persephone style YA novels so when I spotted Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test I had to have it. Much to my delight it was a quick, enjoyable read. And I could not wait to see what would happen in Goddess Interrupted.

***Check out Aimee Carter's website for more information about her and The Goddess Test: HERE

Happy Reading!


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