Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: The Goddess Test (TGT #1) by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Test
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Author: Aimee Carter
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Library

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.
Review: Hopefully it’s not a surprise that I love mythology. Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Celtic, I love it all. I also love books that re-tell a myth. While the Percy Jackson books weren’t re-telling, they’re some of the best books on myths out there. So when I heard about The Goddess Test and that it was based on the story of Persephone and Hades, I was immediately interested. It was a much anticipated book for me and hoped that it wouldn’t disappoint. Not surprisingly, it didn’t.

The plot was rather interesting and I liked how Aimee Carter wove the story into modern times. I felt bad for Kate because of the condition of her mom and all the sacrifices she had to make for her. From the beginning of the book, Aimee Carter delves into re-telling Persephone and Hades’ tale. For this reason, the plot moved rather quickly and progressed well over six months. We met many, many characters who were all different but we eventually learn that they are the 14 main gods and goddess in Greek myth.

I liked Kate as a character and I felt that she took her situation rather calmly. It bugged me for a while but then I realized that she took care of her mom and in a way, she learned to take in a lot of things. Her voice was rather calm and collected but there were times when she slipped from her cool and collected state and let herself cry or swoon, something she’d (kind of) programmed herself not to. I think the one thing I liked was that she did it for her mother. Not for a guy, not really for her friend, but for her mother. You defiantly knew that she loved her mother.

I felt really bad for Henry. Poor guy has gotten his heart broken so many times (mainly by Persephone) and thank goodness he was hesitant to get close to Kate. It really showed that Henry didn’t believe in any of it and he was just plain tired from getting hurt.

Good writing, an interesting myth, mystery, romance, danger all woven in together gives you The Goddess Test. I can’t wait for book two, Goddess Interpreted to see what happens next!

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—There’sjust something about the model’s eyes, her pose, the green leaves, and the titlefont. It works so well together and looks super good and mysterious!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one, though I did have a few qualms with it upon my re-read. Love your take on it! :)