Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Published: 19th April 2011
Publisher: Overseas Editions
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: **** (4/5 Stars)
About: It’s always been just Kate and her momand 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.
Review: I am very intrigued when it comes to reading books that are based around Greek myths. However, I sometimes felt that with this book it was lacking something. I really did feel as though it needed something more.
BUT it did get me gripped right from the very start and I finished this book (and admittedly the rest of the series) quite easily.
The story premise is interesting and there are certainly a few twists and turns along the way. It definitely likes to go for the shocking factor early on in the story, plunging you straight away into the story. Normally, I don’t really appreciate this style because I feel as though it doesn’t give me enough time to get to know the book. But it actually worked for this story.
I think that if it had not been action from the start, then this book would have flopped. But it definitely works for this book, because it shows Kate’s character in an admirable way. She is an incredibly strong and likeable person, and it is clear that she puts people first (and not in a forced way, but rather that she doesn’t even need to think twice about her decisions).
My main concern with this book is that it just felt like it wasn’t very well written, as if the author just splurged all her ideas onto the paper first without planning and sometimes it was a little bit hard to keep up. I mean I got the general idea (and I did like it), but at times I just felt a little left behind.
However, it still is an interesting read. It’s easily written, and at times there is just the right amount of detail.
This is a book which is perfect to read on holiday, but you do get through it quickly and sometimes when I’m reading a book I get left in that awkward place where you want it to finish just so you know what happens, but at the same time you don’t want it to end.
This book, although, a very quick read actually has quite a good pace to it and is definitely worth your time.