23 March 2012

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter

Published: 19 April 2011 by Harlequin

Pages: 293 (paperback)

Genre/s: Paranormal, Young Adult

Source: Own library

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Synopsis

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

Mythology and fairy-tale re-tellings are hot property right now in the YA-literary world, and understandably so.   There are thousands of inspirations out there, just ripe for conversion, or revision into a new, shiny tale, and The Goddess Test takes Greek mythology and spins it into a modern(ish) tale.

Kate is 18 years old and has a lot on her shoulders - her mother is dying and she is leaving her home in New York to spend some quality time with her mother in the small town of Eden.  After making a deal with Henry to keep one of her new 'friends' in the land of the living, she finds herself plunged into a world of myth, intrigue and possibly deadly consequences.

I have to start by saying that Ms. Carter is an excellent writer - the story flows freely and the character dialogue is completely in sync with their characteristics and personalities, ensuring the majority of characters are fully imaginable and believable.

However, there were a few holes in the story - Kate forms friendships incredibly quickly for someone who has spent several years being socially isolated, and is also pretty accepting and easily believes the situations she finds herself in, where the rest of us would be shouting 'you CANNOT be serious' from the rooftops.  And Henry?  Well I get that he's attractive (although I struggled to understand exactly what made him so supposedly attractive), and obviously as god of the Underworld there's a whole sense of power and control thing, but personality-wise....I really didn't find him that attractive. 

The twists in this story aren't really twists, as one of the big ones is actually indirectly revealed in the 'prologue' at the beginning, and some of the others are easily guessable.  

BUT I actually did enjoy this book - I liked the references to Greek mythology (if they are accurate or not I've no idea) as a basis to the story, I liked Kate as a character despite her overly-gullible nature, and as I said earlier, the writing is engaging and the 'one more chapter' feeling is definitely present.

I will read the rest of the series (in fact I've already started reading book two) and I'm hoping it will get a little darker as the story delves deeper into the Underworld, and that Kate develops into a more mature, strong character.

2 comments:

  1. Aww I had hoped you would like it more :( But I'm glad you're going to continue the series. I still have to read this one.
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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  2. Hi!
    I really enjoy this book! Can't wait to read the sequel and I agree with you, I hope it will get a little more darker in the rest of this series! The author could involved her own characters in much deeper and strong/dark feeling, because the storyline is based on the dark legend of Hades and Persephone! Great review!

    Proserpine Craving Books

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