Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Review: The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test

by Aimee Carter
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Release date: 19th April, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 281 (paperback copy bought by me)

Summary from Goodreads:



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 that 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.


Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

My opinion about this book is kind of complicated... Although I loved it and almost finished it in a day it lack a few things that I considered important for the plot.

For instance, the background story was very good, Aimee did an amazing job bringing the old myths to the present time and making them very appealing. Especially Henry (AKA Hades), a character always misunderstood by people who picture him as a terrible god, capable of doing horrible things and ruler of Hell. But the Underworld has nothing to do with christian's hell and Hades has nothing to do with demons or Lucifer.
So, as I said, Henry's personality was good and believable, he had all the things necessary to create a tortured character that will appeal to everyone. His background history is so heartbreaking that I did cry for him a little bit.
As for the other gods, since I don't do spoilers I can't say too much about them, sorry.

Kate's character was also amazing. Her relationship and the love she shared with her mom was very sweet and warm, I admire Kate's willingness to put her life on the line for the sake of the people she loves. One of the things I liked the most was to see her develop her personality as the plot unfolded revealing a fitting girl to become a queen.

I really enjoyed to see Kate and Henry's relationship develop little by little, no rush, no insta-love and no silly things getting in their way. They both gave what they could in every situation and by the end of the book the support they showed for each other was great.

But as far as the tests go I was not very happy. I understand what the author tried to accomplished with these tests that the future queen of the Underworld would have to face but I really wanted to see Kate going to each and every one of them... and it never happened. So yes, that was a disappointment.

Saying that I also have to point out one very important thing: the ending was SUPERB. The identity of the gods and the truth behind the tests blew me away and kept me reading until the last page no-stop.

Overall I think the book was good and the ending, that doesn't finish with a cliffhanger, well thought. That's why the next book, Goddess Interrupted, is already in my TBR pile.
If you like Greek mythology then this book will please you for sure.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. I enjoyed this book - her portrayal of the characters was so much fun! I liked the second book but not as much. I'm looking forward to the third.

  2. @Gina: Glad to know you also enjoyed it :D Now I really want to read the second book, hopefully I'll like it as much as this one, hehe.

  3. I didn't think about it till you pointed it out, but I kind of felt the same way about the tests. I kind of wanted her to be doing something, for at least one of them. Good review. You can see my review here.

  4. @Lisa Mandina: It was truly a shame that the tests doen't have more magnitude, right? Sigh...
    But I'm glad yo liked the book and my review :D I'll check yours right now!

  5. I love Greek mythology so this is going on the "must-peruse-at-bookstore-list"!! :)

    Thank YOU for a great review!! :) You always pick great title... :)

  6. @Musings in Red: Oh, a fellow Greek lover, good to know ;)

    And thanks for the compliment, you just made my day :D

  7. OOh nice! I loooove this series!! Very fun and nice spin on the Persephone and Hades myth! Great review!

  8. I absolutely liked reading The Goddess Test. I also agree I expected a bit things from the tests.

  9. This series has my favorite covers in YA. And I love Greek mythology, so it's already on my wishlist.

  10. I still need to read this one. I love anything to do with mythology. :) Thanks for the review, it sounds like a good book.

  11. I am from Greece and I am very suspicious when a book or movie based on our history because they usually make the story messed up. But I have heard many good things about this series.
    Your review is great!

  12. Love mythology stories! Sounds interesting! Thanks for the review:)

  13. I loved Greek Mythology back at school and your review makes me really curious about this book. I shall have to add it to my TBR list! :)

  14. I have this book and really need to read it. Not sure why it's been sitting on my shelf for so long. I guess there are just so many good books to read.

  15. I'm a Greek mythology fan too! Will check this out soon, thanks for the review. ;)

  16. Still haven't read the book, although it seems interesting! :)
    Nice review! :)

  17. Nice review. I actually disliked this book, but I won't say why, but it was nice reading why you (and lots of others) enjoyed it :)

  18. Great review! I love Greek Mythology and I can't wait to get my hands on this, sounds amazing

  19. Great review! This series sounds great - I can't believe I haven't read them yet!

  20. I read The Goddest Test recently, and I liked it :) The tests weren't what I thought they'd be, but the identity of the gods/goddesses didn't surprise me because I accidentally looked in the back.

  21. I really enjoyed this book too! Just like yourself though, I was disappointed that there wasn't more on he tests. It would have been good to see. I really enjoyed Henry as well as a character, and I hope you enjoy Goddess Interrupted when you get to it! It's very good!

  22. Glad that overall you did like it, because I liked it too =D

    Thanks for reviewing it!

  23. I enjoy this one as well. It was not the best mythology book I've ever read but it's really entertaining. Kate is one tough cookie! ;)

    Great review!

  24. I love Greek Mythology! Have you tried reading Percy Jackson?


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