Review: THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1) 
Aimee Carter
304 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Source: Finished copy from Author
Rating:  LOVED

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.

   In a world full of young-adult fiction, The Goddess Test is a debut that stands out amongst the rest. Aimée Carter weaves together Greek mythology and our modern world into a beautiful, fairytale-like must-read. I gulfed down its 304 pages before I realized I’ll have to wait quite a bit to journey into Kate Winters’s world once again.

   When we first meet Kate Winters, she’s driving her dying mother to the small town of Eden – its so small, it isn’t even on the map. Her mother’s days are counted, and Kate would do anything to keep her in this world.

   So when she meets Henry, who brings back the life of a girl who plays a prank on Kate, she gets a surge of hope. Maybe her mother can live after all. But Henry needs a favor in return – a big one.

   And now, Kate’s pretty sure her mother will outlive her.

   She has to pass seven tests, and at the same time, be wary of someone set to murder her, the same way that person had murdered the eleven girls before hee. While I guessed the murderer before Kate did, I still enjoyed the suspense building up to the reveal.

   The Goddess Test is Beauty and the Beast meets Greek Mythology, plus a murderer and seven tests. I loved the story, the characters, and Kate’s realistic attitude – I know I’ll be visiting Kate Winters again soon.

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April 24, 2011



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    Gina @ My Precious

    April 22, 2011

    I thought this book was a fantastic read. A great review. I'm impressed you figured out the killer, I didn't guess until a few pages b4 things went down. Only then, was I starting to get suspicious, but never b4.

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    April 23, 2011

    I've heard a lot of good things about this book and of course it's on my tbr list. I love the rich green color of the cover too.

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    April 24, 2011

    Fantastic review, Hafsah! This one has been getting a lot of attention lately and it does sound super great. I have to say that I love the cover and the font too. Again, excellent review =).

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    Rachel Morgan

    April 24, 2011

    Oh, that cover is beautiful. Thanks for the review. I think I had heard of this but didn't know anything about it.

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    October 19, 2011

    thanks for the review! I've heard this is really good and can't wait to read it :)

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    November 25, 2011

    I like how this novel ties in Greek mythology with the modern world. Plus I am intrigued by the seven tests. Great Review! I really want to read this book.

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    January 24, 2012

    I haven't gotten a chance to read this one, but that doesn't mean I haven't wanted to. I'm a huge Greek Myth fan….so I'm really interested to see where the author takes this one. Sounds fabulous!

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    January 26, 2012

    I just recently won this one and I haven't got to read it yet. Thanks for the review I look forward to reading it soon :-)

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    February 29, 2012

    The Goddess Test is one of the best deubt books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Aimee Carter has created a story world which pulled me stright in and held me the whole book.

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    November 10, 2012

    Awesome review! I agree with you I LOVED this book!