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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

April 15th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: April 19, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now 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.

I love reading about the Greek gods so this book was right up my alley.  It started off a little shaky with Hades bringing someone back to life as a favor to Kate and makes a deal with her that she’s required to stay with him for half the year.  While she’s some what stunned she definitely was not as freaked out as I would think someone would be if that happened to them.  Then there is the fact that her two friends, Ava and James, also seem equally accepting of the situation. My one other minor problem with the story was at one point Henry asks Kate to stop eating altogether to pass a test proving she is not glutinous.   I wish the author could have found a different way to test Kate. I know that while she is living with Henry she doesn’t need to eat but I don’t care for the idea that in order not to be glutinous she has to totally stop eating.

Kate was a wonderful character that you can’t help but love.  She was a strong female heroine who unlike many of the female characters I’ve read lately does not make a bunch of stupid choices because she is mooning over some guy.  Henry (Hades) was also an interesting character because he is so different from every other portrayal I have read about Hades.  In fact it was kind of trippy because I was listening to the audio book, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and the Hades in that story is as different as you can get.  In this story Henry is brooding and sensitive but unfortunately got dealt a bad hand ending up with a woman who never loved him for eons.

The story is paced nicely and has a lot of twists and turns that makes you eager to get to the end to find out what happens but at the same time want to go back and re-read sections to see if you can find clues as to what tests Kate is being given.  The ending had some predictable parts but there are still enough surprises that will keep you on your toes.  If you are a fan of Greek mythology I definitely suggest you pick up this book.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Linda

    I’m waiting for this one from the library. Sounds wonderful. Great review!

  2. Michelle

    I’ve keep seeing this book around, pausing, and then passing right by it. But I think the fact that I keep pausing means that I should give it a try. :)

  3. Pam

    ” I know that while she is living with Henry she doesn’t need to eat but I don’t care for the idea that in order not to be glutinous she has to totally stop eating.”

    That is lore. The Tests that all demigods had to go through so with that she was true to legend. Anything else and others would have picked her apart for not staying true to the story.

    I generally liked it but I am a big fan of mythology from way back.

  4. Michelle

    I really enjoyed this one. It started a little bit slow for me but then picked right up into a page turner to the end. I liked the infusion of Greek Mythology it was an interesting twist to things.

  5. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oh this looks very good! I’ve been seeing a lot of stories based in greek mythology, lately. Interesting stuff!

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