Book Review–The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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This is the seventh book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

The Goddess Test (Book #1) by Aimee Carter

Published April 19 2011

 

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

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 succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

***This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk***

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. The synopsis sounded intriguing and then there’s the book cover. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is very hard for an artist to ignore (or at least that’s what I believe).

The writing style was easy to get into and I liked and sympathized with Kate right away. Despite it starting off similar to many supernatural YA books (main characters moving to a new town and having guys immediately like them), I was happily surprised with how the plot progressed in a much different route than I was expecting.

I also enjoyed Kate’s friends, James and Ava (although Ava at times seemed a little cliche’d). I really didn’t care for any of the other characters–and yes, that includes Henry. No, it doesn’t include the animals.

See, I was really enjoying the story until Henry began to make more of an appearance. The story didn’t seem to keep me as interested, especially once Henry and Kate made their “deal.” This book kind of reminds me of Fallen because I had the same problem with it–liking the first part of the book a lot and then hating the second part. Except I didn’t hate the second part of this book–I just didn’t enjoy it. I actually felt it was boring at times.

I’d probably be more angry if I knew more about the gods and goddesses. I’ve read some of the other reviews (after I finished the book, of course) and many are mad about how they were portrayed. I tend to agree with them. The tests made no sense because they weren’t even based on Greek mythology. It’s kind of bizarre to see how the Greek mythology got mixed up with what I believe is Catholicism. Which makes a really weird combination.

I also didn’t really get into Kate and Henry’s relationship or understand why Kate would feel bad for Henry. It was hard to relate to Kate once more of the Greek elements began to show up. It was an interesting book and I liked the first part of it well enough to deem the true rating at 2.5. I struggled with the Goodreads rating, but decided to keep it at 2 because thinking about the second part kind of killed any generosity I might have had earlier for the rating.

I would have liked this much better if it had had more Greek mythology and less Catholicism/Christian elements. It made Henry into the most pathetic Hades that I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t have even known that these characters were supposed to be based on Greek gods (except perhaps Ava) if they hadn’t come out and told us so. I still can’t remember who all the characters are supposed to represent unless I look.

2halfstars

Disclaimer: These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

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