Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Published: Harlequin Teen (April 19, 2011)
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Series: Book #1
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Rating: 4/5

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.

My Thoughts: So I'd heard a bit of early hype about The Goddess Test through some trusted bloggers.

I love it when hype is justified. And that cover is breathtaking.

The book starts out awfully heavy. Kate's mom is extremely sick and has been given only a limited number of months to live. Kate basically goes through each day expecting her mother to die. That being one of my largest fears, it really tugged at my heart. Aimee Carter did a great job of showing us Kate's grief and fear of life without her mother. I won't lie to you, my eyes welled up at least twice in the first half of the book. I was a little nervous that I'd get bored with Kate in the beginning, but she proved to be a strong, determined girl. She is smart and determined and will do ANYTHING for her mother. I love selflessness in a protag. Though I do think she adjusted to her new surroundings and situation way too quickly, as if it were the most normal thing in the world.

The romance in TGT is something of an rarity in YA--the girl is seeking out the guy, where the guy is resisting. And I'm not talking the "I can't love you because I'll kill you" pseudo-resisting. I'm talking "she's just a friend" resisting. THIS IS GOOD STUFF, PEOPLE. The intrigue is played up and it is pretty frickin' suspenseful. Not to mention that the resistance is not only an amazing Muse song, but fuels the SLOW BUILD that I love ever so much. And it makes you love Henry all the more.

The one thing that bothered me was the friendship with Ava. Maybe I'm evil, but if some chick pretended to be my friend and then vengefully--and unjustly--taunted me with my biggest fears (my two biggest are spiders and tornadoes. Picture a tornado of spiders. PICTURE IT.) Seriously. Yeah, no thanks. I went through the first 3/4 of the book despising Ava.

I do wish I would've brushed up a bit on my Greek mythology and the 13 Olympians before reading this book, but how was I supposed to know exactly what to read? I thought my freshman year of high school class would be enough. Halfway through the book, I remembered that I usually ditched the first half of the school day, so I missed that class. HOWEVER, this did not detract from the experience. I will be anxiously awaiting book two, despite the fact that I TOTALLY called the ending of book one.

15 comments:

  1. I just finished this book up last night. I've heard some mixed reviews, more positive than negative. My Greek Mythology knowledge is zippo, so I may not have received the full benefit of this read. Overall though I liked it, found it unique and creative, something I've not seen done before.

    Your review was insightful and a pleasure to read. I totally agree with you on Ava. I didn't like her one iota. I couldn't believe Kate could forgive her so easily, not to mention become best friends with her.

    PS my review will be up on Friday, stop by if you like and check it out.

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  2. Ooo, this looks like a great book. I love the Greek mythology theme!

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  3. Meh...I really wasn't crazy about it. Maybe it's because I'm an uber Greek mythology geek, though. ;D The romance felt uncomfortably Edward Cullen to me, but that is a great point about the resistance being more along the lines of "just friends" than "I vant to suck your blood."

    Great review!

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  4. That's it! I'm preordering this book! I've heard too many god things. And your review just proves that I need this book in my personal library.

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  5. I have this on my Nook and I can't wait to read it! I'm glad the hype was deserved :)

    A tornado of spiders? When would that happen? You've just given me something else to be scared of! Oh! I guess if there were spiders on your ceiling fan and you turned it on...

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  6. I read this one and loved it. I can't wait for the sequel!

    I think my favorite part was the buildup of the romance. I never did buy the love at first sight stuff that we get so often in YA, and I love that Henry totally holds back. This was just my speed.

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  7. I thought you were on holiday! Not that I'm complaining... I have this book! Cannot wait to read it now. Yay!

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  8. I have this on my nook, and your review makes me that much more excited to read it! :D
    -Farrah

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  9. I love this book. I'm so glad you liked it as well. I can't wait for the sequel.

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  10. Seems like everybody is talking about this book. New follower by the way. I like the header. Also, come on by my blog.

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  11. I love it when the hype is correct too!

    Also, the way the romance works? Sounds just like my 'romances' back in the day.

    Yay for The Goddess Test actually being good :-D

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  12. I am really looking forward to this one - I'm glad to hear the hype is right. I love the cover. I can't wait to read this one!

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  13. I need to read this soon- it sounds wonderful. I definitely have an interest in Greek mythology :) Great review!

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  14. I'm really looking forward to The Goddess Test, so I'm glad you liked it! Yay! I've read some mixed reviews.

    You have me really looking forward to her going after the guy!

    Great review. :)

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

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  15. *swoon* I love your blog!

    I cannot wait until my copy of TGT arrives!

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