Jun 142011

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from HarlequinTEEN via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

Kate’s mom is dying. They move to back to Eden, her mom’s hometown, so she can die in peace. Shortly after starting school she meets Henry, a dark and mysterious boy who claims to be the Greek god Hades. He’s willing to keep Kate’s mom alive if Kate agrees to live with him and take the Goddess Test. Kate wants time with her mom more than anything, but how will she survive the test when no one else has?

I thought this was an interesting use of Greek mythology. I don’t know a whole lot about Greek gods, but I did find the interpretation of them interesting. I wasn’t able to guess who the gods were, and I wonder if I would have been able to with more knowledge of the myths.

I found Kate to be a very dedicated daughter who focussed all her energy on her mom, to the exclusion of the rest of her life. Even knowing this, I did find her complete inability to accept her mother’s impending death a little extreme. I’m sure it’s everyone’s wish to get a time reprieve with a dying relative, but I found some of Kate’s reactions and thoughts a bit too out there.

Along those lines, I also found her immediate friendship with some of the other characters a bit unusual as well. Going from no friends to an exclusive best friend she’ll do anything for seemed a bit of a stretch.

That being said, I did thoroughly enjoy the story. It was delightful, and surprising. I wasn’t able to guess the tests until they were revealed. I am impressed this was a debut author, and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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