Friday, July 12, 2013

review: THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter

THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Harlequin: Harlequin Teen
Released: April 19, 2011
Source: NetGalley
Page Count: 293

Rating: Really liked it!

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

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 . . .
My Thoughts

First impression: The cover art is beautiful, and the title font is perfect! I don't think I've ever not liked one of your covers, but this one sets the bar even higher. Kudos once again to the Harlequin Teen art department.

Greek mythology is one of my favorite not-so-guilty pleasures, and on top of that it's set in Michigan and written by a Michigan author, so it should be no surprise that I liked this book! Carter does a fantastic job of weaving modern elements into classic Greek mythology and molding it to fit her story. Kate was an easy character to like, as she was actually a rather pleasant person, and all of the secondary characters were well-developed enough that it was easy to see why Kate liked them, too. I thought the ending of the story was fantastic, though I won't spoil anything for you. I am really looking forward to book two!
While I enjoyed the story, I was a little disappointed by Kate's easy acceptance of her fate. I don't think I could fall in love with someone who constantly gave me the cold shoulder in favor of a dead lover. It would be too easy for that person to constantly compare me to the other woman. That was really the only part I didn't like, though.

The Goddess Test is the first book in Amy Carter's first trilogy, and she has sold the first two books in a second, unrelated trilogy as well. It's going to be a long wait for these next books to start rolling off the presses!

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