Author: Aimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Every girl who has taken the test has failed. Now it's Kate's turn.
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...
The Goddess Test is the first book in a new trilogy by author Aimée Carter. The book centers around Kate- a "normal" (yeah. right.) teenage girl who, under her mother's request, brings her dying mom to a small town called Eden. Here, Kate's world gets turned upside down. When a girl from school gets into an accident, costing her her life, Kate offers anything to save her- even if that means marrying the ruler of the dead. The Goddess Test takes us through Kate's journey in saving her friends, her mother, becoming a queen, and maybe, possibly, even falling in love.
I was originally attracted to The Goddess Test because of all the publicly the second book, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, was getting on twitter from other book bloggers and authors. From the moment I read the description I was hooked- The Goddess Test was a fabulous first book to this new trilogy!
What I Loved...
I've become a huge fan of books that incorporate Greek Mythology as part of the story. In this case, the Goddess Test tells "a modern-day sequel" (as described by Aimée Carter) to the myth of Persephone and Hades. I can't explain how much I enjoyed this quality to the book- it made the ending, when The Council (a group of Gods that decide Kate's future) is revealed more epic and shocking to read!
I honestly just fell in love with Kate's character! Right from the beginning we are shown how selfless and brave Kate truly is. She sacrifices her old life to make her mother's last days peaceful, and releases her chance for a normal life so she could save a girl that had only ever been cruel to her. It's interesting to see Kate as such a kind character when we know she could possibly one day rule the dead- something I assume is not quite so pleasant. Just a hunch. ;)
The nice little love story between Kate and Henry (AKA Hades.....yup....Hades!) was refreshing. Kate wasn't immediately in love with Henry. Their relationship really built throughout the book- it was sweet seeing Henry actually able to care about someone that wasn't his previous wife Persephone. In The Goddess Test Kate and Henry also do something else that, is ahem, interesting? He he- I don't know what it is lately but all these books I've been reading have people sleeping together right away.....I'm not complaining though....pffft
What I Didn't Like...
The only thing I hope the next book doesn't contain is a love triangle. Although Kate and Henry pretty much seal the deal at the end of the book, Kate's "friend" James looks like a bit of a threat to me.....I don't like that. No, no, No, NO! Uh-uh! Please.....NO. We'll have to see if my suspicions are true of not in the next book *fingers crossed* ........oh please no........
This cover is so beautiful. The Greek style font, the earthy green background, ughh I love it! The combination of everything is just so eye catching- especially online where the colors are so vivid.
“I care," he said in a trembling voice. "I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.” *swoons*
“Maybe you'll win when hell freezes over."
He raised an eyebrow. "That could be easily arranged.”
“Do you think he's cute?"
I rolled my eyes. "He's a god, Mom. Of course he's cute.”
Overall I really enjoyed reading The Goddess Test, and I am extremely looking forward to the release of Goddess Interrupted later on this month on March 27 *cheers loudly* If you find yourself not able to wait one more week for the next book than you can purchase the novella that is before Goddess Interrupted- THE GODDESS HUNT. The Goddess Hunt takes place in Greece where Kate tries to help two immortals, Castor and Pollux, that have been on the run for centuries. You can read the full description here!
Aimée Carter also recently announce the release of another novella THE GODDESS LEGACY that will be released July 31,2012. Aimée Carter explains everything about the novella in the video below- I actually didn't realize how young she is! I think it's safe to say that we all have a lot to look forward to this year! What did you guys think of the The Goddess Test? Are you counting down the days towards Goddess Interrupted? Be sure to check back here on March 21st to see the book trailer for Goddess Interrupted that will be released through facebook. Keep Reading!
Your YA Bookworm,