Monday, April 18, 2011

REVIEW: The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test
by Aimée Carter
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 19th April 2011
Format: Paperback

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.

The Goddess Test is definitely in my top five debuts this year. It was extraordinarily spectacular. (long words FTW)

The Goddess Test begins with 18-year-old Kate, who is driving her dying mother back to her childhood home. Kate's only going for her mother's sake and she wants to spend as much time with her as she can before she passes, but alas, Kate's mother wants her to enroll herself in the town's high school. But things take on a dramatic turn when Kate is invited to a party by one of the most popular girls in her new school, Ava, who ends up lying dead in her arms. But then a mysterious guy appears, and offers Kate the chance to bring her friend back to life, but on the condition that she agree to his proposition. Shocked and confused about what exactly just happened, Kate agrees to spend six months of the year with him. But she has no idea what exactly she has just signed herself up for.

Kate is such a mature, wise character. She's had an incredibly rough life, having to care for her mother for most of her teen years, but she manages to stay strong throughout it . Every choice she makes in the novel is understandable, I could see some of myself in her, and it reflected her personality.

I really liked Henry's character. The relationship between Henry and Kate was different from that of other YA leads, because Henry is more than some gorgeous stranger that Kate met on the street. He might possibly be marrying Kate is the near future. And another difference from other novels, it wasn't *love at first sight*. Kate didn't see him and decide he was the most beautiful man in the universe and she had to have him, no, and that little fact gave the relationship lots of depth because we got to see their relationship build up as Kate uncovers more about Henry. The romance is totally delicious and I'm SO looking forward to where it takes them!
As well as Henry and Kate, all the other characters we are introduced to have been developed magnificently, each of them unique, and interesting to read about. I particularly liked Ava and Ella; their witty banter was cute and I found it hard to keep myself from laughing everytime they were talking to each other.

I especially loved the ending. It was surprising, and I haven't read many books recently where I haven't already guessed the ending before I got to it. It's an incredible trait to have in a book, that unpredictability. The Goddess Test is full of so many exciting twists and turns that will leave you craving more and more of Carter's writing. You can tell from the writing alone that a lot of thought and love went into the story and that Aimée Carter is definitely one to watch out for!

The Goddess Test combines mythology, suspense and deception as well as incorporating this idea of a love story, to create a novel like nothing else in the YA world. The novel is an engrossing, fresh, modern re-telling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. It's so beautifully told, a total page-turning frenzy. You know how bad I'm wishing it was 2012, so that we could have the sequel already?!




  1. Sounds like a good read, but something the younger teens might enjoy like yourself. Great review! :)

  2. I've been meaning to read this for ages! Good to hear it's so good! ;D (repetition FTW ;P) Great review!

  3. So excited to read this book I love the sound of it, glad you enjoyed it :)

  4. Great review! I've read some mixed reviews of this one, so I'm hoping I love it when I get around to reading it!

  5. This sounds really different and enjoyable! Fab review.


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