Ooooo....Ahhhh....Me Wants It!

~ Title: “The Goddess Test”
~ Author: Amiee Carter
~ Publisher: Harlequin Teen
~ Release Date: April 26, 2011
~ Source:  NetGalley                                                 

Summary via GoodReads:

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

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...

My Review:  4/5 Stars!

Sorry it took me so long to write this review!

First of all, I love Greek mythology! It one of the many reasons I wanted to read this book. I found this book to be refreshing from all the vampires, angles, fairies, etc. books running around these days (not that I have a problem with them…I love them all!). Debut author Amiee Carter has woven a wonderfully captivating tale of love, forgiveness, and strength.

I have seen quite a bit of negative reviews for this book which surprised me at first. But, then I thought about it and I can see where the reviewers are coming from. The two main characters do come off as somewhat “weak.” Kate is naïve and VERY trusting, while Henry is rather bland for a God (he does have his sweet moments, though). But maybe they were meant to be that way. Everyone has flaws; characters in books are no different…that’s what makes them real and relatable.

 Were they areas in the plot that could have been elaborated on or done differently? Sure, but I think, all in all, it was well written. Carter's writing style is easily to follow and understand. And, I loved how she described the entrance to Henry’s manor. I had no trouble “seeing” the scenes Carter painted with her words.

I thought the book was well written. Even though I saw most of the “plot twists” coming from a mile away, I still enjoyed them. One thing that was real and powerful was the relationship between Kate and her Mother. I liked how the author mentioned other myths and how Kate is “schooled” in mythology. It also lets the reader into that world more.

I gave “The Goddess Test” 4 stars because I really enjoyed reading the book. It drew me in and maybe that had something to do with my love of mythology. I think it’s worth picking up if you are looking for a nice, quick read.  I will definitely be checking out the sequel “Goddess Interrupted” (January 2012).

I hope this review was helpful and made at least made some sense. Lol

Let me know what you think … about the book, my review, whatevers   ;-)

Also, I'm sorry for being away for the past two weeks. I will try to get my butt in gear and start posting more.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh, this book is on my want list. :) I'm really liking the things I'm hearing about it on the blogs too. Thanks for the great review here.

And thank you for following the blog. :)

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