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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Published April 19, 2011 by Harlequin

Pages: 293

Series: The Goddess Test, #1

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy – Mythology

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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 that 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 suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.


My thoughts

Maybe you’ll win when hell freezes over.”

He raised an eyebrow.

“That could be easily arranged.

I love Greek mythology and I love retold stories. That’s why I thought I’d enjoy this book more. But sadly, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.

Kate’s mother is about to die from cancer, and her last wish is to return to her childhood home. Kate doesn’t really want to, but she can’t bear to deny her mother the one thing she wants. So they move to New York City to tiny Eden, Michigan. Kate tells herself that it’s just for a little while, and then she can move back home and figure out how to move on without her mother.

Then she’s invited to go to a bonfire in the woods, and despite her misgivings she goes anyway. But it turns into a prank gone wrong, and a girl dies. And while Kate’s freaking out, a handsome stranger named Henry appears and offers to bring her back to life, if Kate agrees to do something for Henry. If she wants to know more, she just has to read the myth of Persephone.

And of course Kate agrees.

Kate eventually figures out what she’s agreed to do- she’s agreed to play the part of Persephone, spending six months of every year with Hades. Now, if it were me, I’D BE PISSED to find out that I’d been manipulated. But conveniently, Kate doesn’t have a reason to stay in the real world once her mother dies. And conveniently, Kate falls in love with Henry/Hades, so why even go back to the real world? It’s nice and dark in the Underworld anyway. Probably toasty warm, too.

Or maybe it’s cold down there. I wouldn’t know.

It’s okay up until here, but then the story completely derails.

I haven’t studied Greek mythology, but I know that they were really manipulative with no morals whatsoever. They did whatever they pleased and the rules never applied to them. But most of the gods in this story don’t match up to the myth, and that makes it hard to believe. On top of that, there’s the annoying naming thing that Aimee Carter does by giving the gods normal names. Like renaming Hades “Henry”. Oh, and making Henry seem like a normal 22-year-old guy, though a bit moody. Henry, you’re supposed to be THE GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD. ACT LIKE IT. This makes it hard to keep the gods straight. I keep thinking they’re normal people, not gods with power to snuff out life on a whim.

It’s just not believable enough.

Then there’s these tests that Kate is supposed to be undergoing to prove that she can be Queen of the Underworld. Great, but there’s one problem. The tests are impossible to study for and you don’t even know when Kate is going through one. So Kate spends a lot of time walking around a mansion wearing dresses and eating fancy food and reading. Fascinating.

I thought this book was going to be great. It had promise, but the whole point was the mythology, and it was butchered. Therefore, the story didn’t work. But I still liked it enough to give it three stars. It’s mildly entertaining and it’s easy to read. I was totally wrong about who the assassin would be. I’m curious enough to wonder what else could possibly happen in the next two books of the series.

Rating: 3 stars

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