Books Review

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

May 31, 2011
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. (GoodReads)

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.

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    Kelley Vitollo
    May 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yay! I want to read this.

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    May 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I have this sitting on my shelf, I’m SO looking forward to reading it– I keep hearing such nice things about it!

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    June 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I agree. This isn’t a book that readers should miss out on. I read this so fast. Aimee is one of my favorite authors ever and I love her debut. Henry was a very wonderful character. I loved the twist on the mythology.

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    February 29, 2012 at 1:44 am

    The Goddess Test is wonderfully unique and almost whimsical read that anyone could enjoy. The story is unlike any other and Carter takes the age-old mythology we know and spins it into her own tale; one that is always interesting and full of twists. I thought I knew what to expect at times, but was completely wrong when things turned out a different way. Reading that last page doesn’t feel like the end, but the beginning of something even bigger.

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