I had the pleasure of meeting Aimée Carter at the launch party for Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. She is such a lovely person and it was great hearing her talk about The Goddess Test and how it came to be. I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology, so I was eagerly awaiting the book’s release day so I could purchase a copy. Well, I finally had the time to sit down and read it and guess what? I loved it!
Although this is Ms. Carter’s debut, you would never know it because of how great the writing is, and how well put together the story is. She has taken a popular Greek myth and given it new life, bending it to her needs and fleshing it out to give it more depth. I did figure a few things out before they were revealed, but even if others do the same, they will still be captivated by the story and how the events unfold.
Kate’s voice is another noteworthy aspect; it’s authentic, relatable, and mature, but not too mature. She is such a kind, thoughtful, and human character that it’s hard not to form an attachment. Despite being unable to relate to having a dying mother, I could still relate and understand Kate’s grief thanks to Ms. Carter’s delivery. Readers will see Kate change and grow as the story unfolds, and this progression makes for a wonderfully dynamic character.
The romance develops slowly, but in a good way. I’m sure many readers will fall for Henry as Kate does, and it’s nice seeing how she’s able to peel back his many layers. Right from the beginning, Henry is shown to be rather compassionate, which is a nice spin on Hades. This compassion not only makes him loveable, but it adds a sense of humanity to his character.
Overall, The Goddess Test is one book you don’t want to miss out on. It’s exciting and fresh, with enough romance and action to please all kinds of readers. The tests are excellently woven in and will sneak up on you, as well as keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. And even when they reach the last page, readers will still be craving for more.