Sunday, August 28, 2011

Book Review: Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Paperback: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

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. {Goodreads}

First off let me say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But with that said, I did have some issues with the plot set up and some of characters were a little contrived…at least in the beginning when the stage is being set. If you can get past the rough start I think you’ll start to see the potential for a charming romantically read with a dash of adventure mixed in.

I liked Kate. She is kind and a true friend. The relationship with her dying mother was written beautifully. I believe I may have even cried at one point. Amy wove a nicely packaged story in a mere three-hundred pages but I think the reader will need to consciously choose to ignore signs of a forced plot. Once you decide to accept these gaps in story, you will begin to be enchanted by the lush world Aimee Carter has created. When we are introduced Kate’s conditions to become Henry’s possible wife I thought we’d witness some kick ass scenes, but most of the test Kate has to endure are done without her knowledge. There is a few plots twist; I pretty much was able to determine how the story would play out.
I think book two, Goddess Interrupted, will prove to be more action packed with a growing romance between Henry and Kate.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it anyone who enjoys mythology, romance and books you can read pretty much read in one sitting. Perfect summer read.


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