The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I've said it before and I will say it again, I absolutely adore reading about Greek Mythology. And the Goddess Test was an interesting twist on the traditional Greek lore. This is a great debut which I enjoyed enough to finish the book in one sitting. It is always a pleasure and refreshing to read a young adult book that doesn't fall into the same clichéd approach as many of the others. I will be following this author (and the series) in future.
The summary is from Goodreads today. Sorry but you'll have to buy it and read it to know the rest (evil grin)! Here it goes: 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.
WHAT I LIKED
I really liked the twist on the Greek lore as I have said above and it was interesting to read the writer's take on Persephone and Hades' story. Henry was such a likeable character that I was rooting for him all the way and I really hoped that Kate would fall in love with him. The bit of mystery to the story also brings a different flavour to it the lessons learned and the way that the tests develop leaves with a bit of thinking to do afterward… i.e. would you have passed the tests?
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Although I really enjoyed this book, looking back it does feel a bit flat. I don’t really know how to describe this criticism, but maybe some of you will be able to articulate it better. It was still a sweet and enjoyable story, but I felt like something more was missing. Be sure to let me know what you guys thought of this book!
SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
I verily enjoyed The Goddess Test and I will continue following the series.
The next instalment in the Goddess Series is Goddess Interrupted which seems to be due for release around February 2012.
Thank you to Harlequin Teen through Netgalley for a review copy of this book!
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