Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

Summary/Cover Image from Author's Website:

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.

If she fails...


Review:

Every year comes the books that completely blow me away in the best way possible, and Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test is one of those books. Unique, romantic, and full of fantastic characters, this book was brilliant in more ways than one way to say the least.

The Goddess Test tells the story of Kate, a girl who's always got the short stick so to say when it's come to life. For one, her mother is deathly ill and may not even live to see the following months let alone years. Secondly, thanks to her mother's illness, she wants to move back to her hometown as her last wish- a place where Kate knows no one. Kate quickly complies  because truth be told she loves her mom more than anyone and would do nearly anything to make her happy. But with the new school and location come things she could have never imagined. For one, she quickly makes new friends in not only James, a nerdy but lovable dweeb, and Ava, the queen of mean who may just have a nice side. Then comes Henry. Dark, mysterious, and handsome, he quickly captures her attention, especially when he offers her something she can't refuse- the chance to let her mom live a bit longer; but only if she'll take the seven step Goddess Test. Kate quickly complies, not knowing that this decision will quickly change her life in more ways than one, as she's just made a deal with Hades, the king of the underworld...

This book was so spectacular and mesmerizing that I don't know where to even begin...

For one, I loved the characters in The Goddess Test because not only where they richly described to the point where I could easily picture them in my head, but they all had such distinguishable personalities. Though, the one I loved the most would have to be Kate, the main character. I know I say I love the main character in books a lot, but with this it's especially true. Simply because Kate is fantastic. Brave, strong, and full of spunk, there was nothing to not love about her. I loved her dedication to her mom as well as the goddess tests and her friends. Plus, she showed a lot of heart when she begin to show Henry a different side to life, one that showed life could still be great if he gave it a try. I also have to add that I adored the secondary characters such as Ava and James.

Though, the thing I loved the most about The Goddess Test was the plot and all the fun, twists, and turns it contained. I have to admit I've always held a strong love of Greek Mythology, but with The Goddess Test this especially rang true. Because not only did Aimée provide lots of Greek fun, but she present it in such a unique and promising way that I simply can't wait to see what she has up her sleeves next. Adding to this, I loved the setting of The Goddess Test. Creepy and described vividly, Henry's estate was simply the best place to set the story.

Last but not least, I have to say that Aimée is just as fantastic as everything else. She is so talented for a new commoner I simply can't believe it. So yet again I simply can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

In all, The Goddess Test is one book you simply MUST read. Though, word of warning, you'll be dying to read the sequel once you're done.

Grade: A+

The Goddess Test is now out!

Source: Harlequin Teen via Netgalley

9 comments:

  1. The characters sound amazing in this book...Wonderful review, Lauren! You definitely have me intrigued :)

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  2. I am with you there, Lauren! I couldn't love a book more than I love this one. Loved Kate from the start! I can hardly believe this is a debut book. Aimée Carter has made my automatic buy list!

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  3. This sounds like a great book, I'll definitely have to pick it up. Great review :)

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  4. I love that this book has blown you away, that makes it stand out. ;) Got to read this one.

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  5. Have you read PC Cast's Goddess of Spring, another wonderful version of Hades and Persephone but it is adult romance. I love all stories containing Greek mythology and I loved this book as well

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  6. I am SO excited to read this, I love anything to do with Greek mythology! Great review :)

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  7. Wow, excellent reveiw lauren, after reading it, it has moved up on my list of books to read! Im heading to the bookstore today and will defintiely check it out! Thanks for your always honest and fun reviews. Their the best :)

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  8. I can't wait for my copy of this to arrive. You and Lori have both made me so excited!

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  9. Hi! Sorry to bother you but I'm going round blogs that have read The Goddess Test, me and another blogger are hosting a discussion on Saturday at 11pm GMT, where anyone who's read the book can discuss it with other bloggers. I was wondering if you'd be interested? You can find out more about it here: http://comacalm.blogspot.com/p/read-along.html

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