Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Daisy's Review of The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Title/Author: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter
Publisher/Date published: April 26th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
How I got this book: received it from the publisher through NetGalley

Goodreads summary: "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."


So, now I got that out of my system, onto the review:
I have a thing for Greek and Roman mythology. But more for Greek mythology. I'm not even sure why, I just do. I was obsessed with it when I was younger and these stories are probably one of the first things I read in English, cause there wasn't enough translated to Dutch in my humble opinion.

And this book, gosh, it brought together everything I love about Greek mythology and everything I love about YA. I fell in love with the characters, they are amazing. Kate is a great heroine, she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to speak up and do something about it if she doesn't like what's going on. I also loved how close she was to her mother. I'm a bit tired of the whole absent-parents going on in YA, so this was really nice. I'd want to be friends with Kate, that's how real she felt to me.

And Henry, OMG, sweet, dark, tortured and broken Henry! How I love him! He really seems to care about Kate and I thought the chemistry was just wonderful. I don't get how anyone could ever leave him.

I was a bit annoyed by Ava now and then, but nothing too distracting from the storyline. Another thing which made me go a bit 'really?':
***SPOILER WARNING, light up to read***
I get the whole secretive thing with the test and everything, but really, did they have to keep it a secret from Kate that her mother was really a goddess and actually wasn't going to die for real?? It seemed a bit cruel.

Oh, and another thing for those who've read it:
Did any of you guess about Demeter being Kate's mom? I figured something was going on, but for some reasons I thought she might be Persephone's daughter.

Anyway, I'm love, love, LOVING this book and I'm SOOO looking forward to the sequel!! That'll be a loooong wait...
My rating: 5 stars


  1. I have this one waiting for me on my eReader so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! I feel like there have been a lot of mixed reviews lately - looking forward to checking it out for myself!

  2. I just got this one from the library. I can't wait to read it!

  3. Yay! I'm glad you loved it. I loved it too. It's the mythology thing.

  4. You're so right about the absent parents in YA. Sometimes it's laughable, but I understand that these teens would not be able to do 80% of the things they do if there parents were involved and present.

    What you mentioned about Kate's mom... I thought was slightly cruel as well. I mean... COME ON. Everyone knew how torn up Kate was about her.

  5. I really liked this book too! I thought the portrayal of Henry was very unique. Not at all the Hades I was expecting.

  6. I'm dying to read this book. It sounds like something I'd enjoy, what with the greek mythology angle & people seem to be loving it. Great review!

  7. I have heard mixed thngs about this book. I NEED to read it for myself. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for he great review :D

  8. I loved this book!! I love the entire trilogy actually haha. Have you read the others in the trilogy? There's also another book to it, called Goddess Legacy with the short stories. I fell in love with the whole thing. I'm like you, I have a deep love for Greek myth. Henry is really awesome haha


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