Monday, June 27, 2011
Review of The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Author: Aimee Carter
Published by: Harlequin Teen
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 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.
I love Greek Mythology so I was very excited when I heard about this novel. I've never been a big fan of Hades so when Aimee Carter recreated a Greek Myth surrounding the story of Hades kidnapping Persephone and forcing her to be his wife I was intrigued.
I really liked the character of Kate from the beginning. She was protective and loyal and it broke my heart that she had to deal with all the emotions of her sick and dying mother by herself. I kept wondering where her other family members and friends were. I thought she was all around a great person and someone I'd love to have in my life. Henry was a character that I grew to like. At first, I didn't really feel any connection to him, but by the end he earned my friendship and compassion. I only wish that we would have got to dive into his feelings and personality a little sooner than we did. Maybe in the next novel we'll learn more about him.
The story itself was confusing at times and I found myself having to go back and reread parts, especially at the end. I wasn't sure if it was something I just missed or if it was the way it was written. I did, however, love the mystery surrounding the tests. I was trying to figure out what all the tests were during the story, but they were so well placed that it was hard to pinpoint them.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I think it's a great novel for anyone who likes Greek Mythology (in it's happy form and not it's hardcore 'facts' form) and I'm looking forward to reading the second novel in the series.