Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter Review

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter @aimee_carter
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal
Page Count: 304 pages
Book Type: e-galley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210268

Picture from Amazon

From GoodreadsIt'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 Review: I love the writing on this cover. It goes perfectly with the whole Greek mythology theme. I love the use of the sigmas for the “e’s.” What I am not too wild about is the blurb from Cassandra Clare. I’m sure it will attract readers, but I don’t generally like blurbs on the front cover. I would rather them be on the back cover so they do not interfere with the image. The tagline, “Become immortal or die trying”  is interesting. Would you rather risk your life immediately for a chance at becoming immortal or just live a normal life knowing you will die eventually? The idea of immortality is intriguing--imagine all of the things you could learn, the places you could see and, most importantly, the books you could read! On the other side, imagine all of the people you know and love eventually dying and you surviving over and over again. It’s something to think about.
I’m pretty sure this is the first book dealing with Greek mythology that I have read. If I have read one before, it is escaping me right now. The Goddess Test has me wanting to read more! I’m glad I requested this galley because it has opened me up to a whole new genre of books. I have read some complaints about the book not following Greek mythology specifically; however, I didn’t find that to be intrusive. This is a work of fiction, so I feel that some liberties can be taken. That’s all I’m going to say about that one. 
Kate and her mom have an amazing relationship. This relationship is really the driving force of the book. Nearly every decision Kate makes revolves around her mother and their bond. 
Even though I figured out a few of the secrets in the book, it still kept me guessing. I loved the setting of the novel and Carter described everything vividly. 
Overall, I really enjoyed this debut novel by Aimee Carter! I will definitely be checking out the sequel. I am also excited for the dystopian novel Carter is working on.
Would you risk your life for a chance at immortality? Are you looking forward to The Goddess Test? Let me know in the comments! 
Thanks to Harlequin Teen for this e-galley!


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