Friday, 23 December 2011

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Published by Harlequin 2011

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.

I love Greek Mythology wholeheartedly which drew me to this book in the first place, so this review might be slightly biased. 

That aside, I have to say that this book is fabulous. There's plenty of romance and twists and turns. Kate was likeable and relatable, although her reactions sometimes didn't suit the situation. Henry was a swoon-worthy love interest (I want my own Henry) and he was very sweet, despite being the God of the Underworld; nothing like what I'd expected, which goes along the lines of the Hades presented in Disney's version of Hercules. I think the book's blurb is a bit misleading when describing Henry. Yes, he's dark and tortured, but not in Edward Cullen sort of way some people might be lead to believe. The book was also quite dark and the plot was mesmerising. I couldn't put this book down and I had to force myself to stop reading to eat and stuff like that. Carter had me guessing throughout the story and it made me second-guess myself just as Kate was as she was trying to figure out what was going on. I also loved how the primary relationship within the book was given room to develop and blossom; this wasn't "insta-love", which I appreciated. Carter has successfully managed to craft an original story involving the Greek myths and I loved it. The only flaw, I would say, was that there was talk about the tests, and worrying about the tests, but I never really felt as if the tests were actually present in the book. However, this does add up in the end and makes sense; it completely caught me off guard and I didn't expect any of the twists and turns that Carter wove into the story. Needless to say, I'm eagerly awaiting to see where she'll take the story next and can't wait for the next book. The Goddess Test definitely makes it into my read-2011 top 20. 

5 stars 

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