Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: Own
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Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology. I knew I had to read this book. I loved the writing, the story, and the characters. It kept me intrigued from beginning to end. It was a good steady paced book. It's sweet and romantic and there are a few unsuspecting things it throws at you. I can't really say that a lot of it surprised me, but I like how it was done.

Kate is new in this town, and ends up making a deal with Henry. I really liked getting to know her. She cares so much about others, and will risk anything to save them. She really feels like without her mother there is nothing for her. She doesn't really know who she is. It's great to see her discovering herself throughout the book. She is under a lot of pressure, but she stays strong and she really matures. 

Henry is just dreamy. I mean of course, he's a Greek God right? But besides that, as we get to know him, it's impossible to not fall in love with him. He seems to be really hot and cold, but there is a lot on the line for him. This is his last chance and he has put all of his faith in Kate, and completely believes in her, even if he doesn't believe in himself. He really shows so much compassion for her and tries to make sure she is perfectly happy.

Watching Kate and Henry get to know each other is like a treat. It's so honest and natural to me. She knows why she is there, and she has no expectations. The only thing she knows is that she refuses to fail Henry, and she will do everything to make sure that doesn't happen. There are some tense moments, and some heart melting moments. I absolutely adored their budding romance. 

This book was so wonderful, and I really liked the idea of the tests for Kate to pass to see if she is worthy of becoming a goddess. It's great how she has no clue when she is being tested either. I liked the mystery aspect of trying to figure out who the gods are too, and other things. I had a few things figured out early on, but it was still fantastic. Also there is a guide in the back that tells you who each god and goddess is which is super cool. I love the non cliffhanger ending this book had too. I am really looking forward to Goddess Interrupted, but it wasn't an ending that leaves you wanting to rip out your hair. 4 out of 5 stars.

12 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this when it came out. I almost felt it was as much about Kate and her mom as it was Kate and Henry. That was so sad. I also loved the relationship development between Kate and Henry. I really felt sorry for him. I'm starting Goddess, Interrupted in a few days, cant wait to find out what happens next!
    Nice review!

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    1. I am really curious to see what happens next. I just read The Goddess Hunt which takes place when she goes to Greece for her six months free. I can't wait to dive back into their world. I think this review is one of the worst I have done recently. I couldn't think of what I wanted to say. :(

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  2. I really have to read this series. I wasn't sure when it first came out but it does sound good and I've been enjoying mythology more since I read Percy Jackson. I love the sounds of Henry and their relationship. I hate insta-love, plus it's so common that a natural feeling romance is always refreshing. I think I'll be able to get to it this summer I've been accepting less review requests and requesting less on Netgalley so I'll have more time for me-books this summer/fall :)

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    1. I had wanted to read it for a while, but there was always something I wanted to read more. When I say Goddess Interrupted on NetGalley, I decided requesting it would be the push I needed to finally get to The Goddess Test. I'm glad I did.

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  3. I like your review. I'm excited to read this one. Right now I'm reading Oppression by Jessica Therrien. It's about Greek Mythology too so you might like it if you liked this book.

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  4. Thank you for the recommendation. I will have to check it out.

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  5. Yes I agree Henry is dreamy. I have Goddess Interrupted but I keep getting distracted.

    Thanks for the review.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. I have it too, I just have to get through a few other books first.

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  6. Lovely review! I've heard very mixed things about this one, but I adore Greek mythology enough that I think I'll have to check it out. I'm always interested in seeing different authors' take on the traditional myths.

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    1. I had been wanting to read it for a while. I finally decided it was time.

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  7. It was absolutely amazing and the romance was perfect. I felt like their love was not forced and it slowly got stronger, it was not rushed at all. I have always loved learning about Greek mythology and this book was spot on, making me love it even more.

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    1. Yes, that is how I felt. Their romance seemed very natural. I liked it.

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