Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

“The Goddess Test is a fabulous mesh of fine contemporary writing and Greek Mythology. The Underworld has never been so chic.”

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Title:The Goddess Test (Goddess Test 1)
Author:Carter, Aimee
Publisher:Harlequin Teen

From Goodreads: It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now 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.

If she fails…

There is something you should know about me. I am a bit of a mythology geek. I spent my whole year in fourth grade nose in a book reading anything I could get my hands on and then profiling the gods in notebooks. Hades was always my favorite. I thought he got a raw deal, pulling the short straw and having to deal with the dead.

The Goddess Test was a mesh of all of my favorite myths. The tests for immortality that the demigods had to surpass in order to become a god, and the story of Persephone that I thought was oh so romantic. At ten years old who doesn’t want to become a Queen by any means?

I went into The Goddess Test very excited, and hoping that I wasn’t setting myself up for a disappointment. I am oh so pleased to announce that Aimee Carter did a brilliant job with the myth and adding in her own contemporary vibe and fresh new outlook on the story. I loved The Goddess Test.

Hades God of the Underworld

Kate was a smart girl, she wasn’t the kind of character that grated on your nerves with whining or making tons of bad decisions to move the plot along. Carter was able to write Kate as a strong independent teenager who has spent the past four years caring for her mother who was given six months to live. Kate did not whine about missing dating or High School or anything else that teenagers care about, Kate just wanted her mother to live and wouldn’t have had it any other way. She wanted to spend as much time as possible with her mother for as much time as her mother had left to live.

Kate’s mother wanted to go back home to pass on so Kate drove them from her beloved New York City to a small town named Eden. Kate meets Henry and he offers her a deal that she can’t refuse. Stay with him six months out of the year and he will keep her mother alive until Kate can bear to say goodbye.

The plot moves forward at a lightening quick pace and there are so many twisty bits in The Goddess Test that make you want to read even faster to come to the conclusion of the story. I love that this book is one of the very few that make you sympathetic to Hades, because he never has been as evil as modern literature paints him. He just happened to draw the short straw when it came to who would rule where. Poseidon took domain of the sea while Zeus grabbed dominion over the air and Hades was left to deal with twisted underworld and guard The River Styx.

I think no matter what level of love you have for mythology you will appreciate Carter’s retelling of Persephone’s troubles. This book is great for those who stick towards the contemporary side of YA as well because there isn’t much of the paranormal going on here just some awesome contemporary writing meshed with fabulous mythology.

The end of the book is a fantastic conclusion that isn’t the crazy I want to throw the book against the wall cliffhanger but it still leaves you waiting with bated breath for the next edition. I truly cannot say enough good things about this book.

I have a feeling these books will become just as popular as Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey for us Harlequin Teen readers.

FTC Disclosure: I downloaded this book from Netgalley as an ARC.

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14 Responses so far

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    This sounds really good! I think mythology is interesting too.

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    Oh yay I’m so happy to hear that you loved this because I love the Persephone myth and my expectations for this book are pretty high I was afraid I’d be disappointed. I’m with you Hades really did get a raw deal. Zeus is possibly my least favourite of the Greek gods.

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    I was always fond of the Persephone myth, too, although my favorite is probably Psyche & Cupid. So many of the Greek deities got a raw deal! Like poor Medusa.

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    This book sounds amazing.

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    This does sound good. I’ll have to start reading soon. Thanks for letting us know that it has more of a contemporary vibe. I like mythology, but prefer the a little less complex setting.

    And I like knowing, going in, that the character is strong and independent which I think is important, esp. with mythology. No whiners needed!

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    Yay! So glad this is so good. I love mythology as well and am looking forward to reading this one too.

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    Now this one really has me excited. I’m a fan of mythology – and Hades – myself! Great review and recommendation.

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    Thanks for your review, Pam. I’ve been hearing a little bit of the buzz surrounding this book and its author, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick it up or not. I think that I will have to do so after checking out your review.

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    This is such an exciting book. From the title alone, I can sense that every reader has to learn and enjoy about it. Will include this one to my wishlist.

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    [...] was Pam’s review of The Goddess Test that had me seeking out a galley from Netgalley and devouring it. It got off to [...]

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    I loved this book so much i went to the store and bought it! But i have been looking for the sequel and cant find it..i don’t even remember what it was called as far as i know I’m pretty sure i saw there was a sequel but I’m still not sure.. can anyone tell me what its called????

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    Hi Kathryn,

    The second book is called Goddess Interrupted and comes out in April!

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    Thank you that helps me out alot!

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