Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Title:  The Goddess Test
Author:  Aimee Carter
Series:  Goddess Test #1
Genre:  Young adult/Mythology retelling
Pages:  293

Rating:  A-


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 that 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.


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The Goddess Test is a far more satisfying Hades/Persephone retelling than Abandon.  With better characters, a more interesting plot line, and a way more believable romance, I feel much more invested in finishing this series.

Kate is totally believable as a girl struggling with the inevitable upcoming death of her mother, whom she's been caring for throughout high school.  You can feel her tension and sadness.  So when an opportunity to help her mother arises in the form of Henry (Hades), it's understandable that she'd take that chance.  Henry is an awesome new take on Hades.  Rather than the forceful and stern ruler of the Underworld, he's quiet, lonely, and a little sad, but still powerful.

There's no love-at-first-kiss in this book, thank goodness.  The relationship between Kate and Henry feels real because it develops slowly as they actually get to know one another.  I love every scene where the two of them are together.  I also love the relationship between Kate and her friend Ava.  Ava is Kate's complete opposite, yet they work well together.

The story itself was really good.  Despite the fact that it wasn't heart-stopping action and suspense from beginning to end, it never dragged or grew tedious.  It kept my interest throughout, thanks to the great character development.  I love the twist at the ending, although I saw it coming from a mile away.  Perhaps that was my only problem with the book; it was just a little too predictable at times.  A-

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