Tue, April 19, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter Review

The Goddess Test
By Aimee Carter
April 19, 2011
Harlequin, 304 pages
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.

— Amazon.com description
Whoops, maybe this accidentally just became mythology week on Anna Reads. But I couldn’t put off talking about The Goddess Test as soon as I finished it and, besides, the book comes out today.
It took me a little bit to get into this one, but about one-third through the book, I was completely sucked in to the story. What changed it for me? The young adult literature equivalent of finding a unicorn: A female main character who has to chase after the object of her affection.
Okay, okay so I know these stories exist. But do you realize how rare they are? Kate had to do the wooing, and I loved every bit of it.
Granted, I think a lot of aspects of this book were rushed. Kate adapted to the insanity of her situation a little too quickly and forgave her enemies a little too easily—but I still really enjoyed it. Looking forward to Goddess Test book 2, out in February 2012!
You might also like: Wither by Lauren DeStefano … did anyone else see similarities here?

Thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for my review copy of this book.

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10 Comments

  1. Lamia (The Book Eater) said:

    Great review! Thank you for pointint out the wooing aspect. I just got approved for this, and after seeing so many mixed reviews I wasn't so excited for it anymore (although Greek mythology= excited Lamia, no matter what people say), but now I'm definitely going to devour it… Right after I finish my current book. Which is a bind up of a trilogy. UGH. Book ADD.

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  2. MiaandSofia said:

    Nice review! It seems like a great book, I going to give Wither a try seeing as they're similiar 🙂

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  3. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) said:

    Hmm…I do see the similarities now that you say that! I loved both stories, too!

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  4. LinWash said:

    Yay! I've been waiting for this one! I can't wait to read it!

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  5. SM Reine said:

    Great review! This sounds great. I hadn't heard about the "unicorn" aspect of the story before, and that intrigues me. 🙂

    Sara
    http://smreine.com/

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  6. Em said:

    Thanks for the review! I love greek mythology in YA books! 🙂

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  7. Jenn said:

    I read and reviewed this book as well. I loved it. I was on the fence about the mythology part before I started the book, but quickly realized that it was going to be great.

    I agree with your "dislike" though. 🙂

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  8. Michelle said:

    I'm with you, the beginning of the book was a bit slower but once it hit it's stride it was so fantastic. I enjoyed it a great deal and am looking forward to the next.

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  9. Miss Page-Turner said:

    Great review! I still have this on my electronic TBR pile, but your thoughts definitely let it climb to the top:)

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  10. SC said:

    FINALLY it's the girl doing the chasing and not Mr. Handsome Paranormal Dude. Thank God. And I've wanted to read this book from the first second I heard about it. It's most definitely on my TBR list.

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