Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A review for The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Posted by Jess
Published Date: April 19th, 2011
Finished Date: July 20th, 2011
Source: Bought 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 293

The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.

The Review: Well, what can I say. Not only do I love this book, but I love anything to do-or influenced-by Greek mythology; so naturally this book was right up my street. I've wanted to read it for so long, it's been sat on my shelf for ages, and I eventually picked it up and I was totally not disappointed with it. 

The Goddess Test is a beautiful, fast paced and fascinating book. As I mentioned a minute ago, I love anything to do with Greek mythology and the Gods in particular. That's what made this book so fascinating, it was a fun new twist on the Gods, who they are, how they work etc. 

Aimee Carter has manged to bring together a new world of the Gods. I found myself liking Kate immediately she didn't bug me one bit. I didn't find her irritating and all her actions were selfless. Even after finding out who the killer was she remained calm during the punishment and ultimately was brave enough to make the decision. She's a great heroine and one that I think most young girls will want to relate to. All the characters were gradually introduced and in the end who you thought were minor, actually had a bigger role to play in the story. I wasn't prepared for all the twists that Aimee Carter throws at you in this book, and I most certainly wasn't prepared to find out who were in fact the Gods, 2 especially shocked me. Excellent.

Now let me move on to Henry. Well, what can I say. When I think of Hades, I get the image of Disney's Hades, tall, ugly guy with fire for hair who's minions are called Pain and Panic. This Hades is nothing like that! He's tall, gorgeous, lonely and troubled. He lost the woman he loved and was going to give up and then Kate comes along. I loved how Kate and Henry's relationship started out as a friendship and gradually as Kate remains for the 6 months they end up falling in love and it was slowly built, it didn't feel rushed like some YA romances do. This romance was timed to perfection, and made you want them to just hurry up with that first kiss. Speaking of first kisses. That was a gorgeous moment and I had the whole scene playing out in my head. As I kept reading on I found myself looking forward to reading more Henry and Kate scenes; just as much as Kate looked forward to spending her evenings with Henry.

Overall this was a fun read and that's what I needed after having read Forbidden a week ago. I would totally recommend this to anyone who loves new and fun takes on the Greeks and their myths. For anyone who likes to fall for the dark and tortured guy (like me) this is definitely for you. Before reading this book I honestly didn't think I would ever say that I am definitely 100% in love with the Lord of the Underworld that is Hades. 

I am immensely looking forward to Goddess Interrupted and 2012 publication is just too far away. Please hurry Miss Carter!


Jules said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I think that I was one of the few that just really couldn't get into the story.

Dana said...

I have read so many good things about this book. I'm going to have to try it.

haleyeliseread said...

I loved this book (:

l0raah_ said...

I have this book on my TBR list, thanks for the review!

Alba said...

I loved this book!!!

Alexa said...

I think you won me over by talking about Henry. I will have to add this one to my wish list. Thanks for the great review. :)

Danielle Smiley said...

I've heard good and bad things about this one. I guess I'm just going to have to read it for myself.

Thanks for sharing!
Danielle Smiley

Alyssa_Susanna said...

I haven't read any of this series yet!!!! That's kind of hard for me to say, seeing that I love all things Greek/Roman/Egyptian/any mythology. I don't like how the Hades and Persephone myth is being completely obliterated these days (Everneath by Brodi Ashton, Abandon by Meg Cabot), but it seems like this book came before those did, which is nice I guess. You gave it five stars, and I've heard a lot of great things about this book. I think I would like it! Especially since Henry is like, dreamy :) Thanks for the review!!!!!

Alyssa Susanna