Review : The Goddess Test, Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter (Goddess #1)

April 19th, 2011 (US)
Harlequin Teen

Description

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

The Goddess Test is a new paranormal series by a debut author of 25 years old. The plot is intriguing and appealing but unfortunately the characters are not fully developed, even if the story is very surprising in the end.

To save her friend’s and her mother’s lives, Kate agrees to spend 6 months with Henry, a strange guy who rules the Dead, and to pass several tests. If she succeeds, she will become Henry’s wife and the Queen of the Dead. Kate has a complex nature. She cared of her mother for 4 years since she discovered her mother’s illness, and she grew up very fast and she became more mature than her schoolmates. However, she keeps an extremely annoying feeling of guilt and regret for every single problem in the world. She can’t help always saying sorry to everyone, even if it’s not her fault. Every decision she takes is led by these feelings, which is not the healthiest way to live. But she thinks it’s hers. It’s very sad in the beginning but it becomes boring, we want to shake Kate to stop that!

The love story between Kate and Henry is weird too. Henry doesn’t want to care for her and repeats he can’t love her. In the same time, Kate suffers from Stockholm syndrome as she fell in love with her kidnapper. It makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable. Kate doesn’t recognize the oddity of the situation and undergoes what happens to her, it’s very strange and not very likely.

The mythological aspect is renewed in a different and contemporary way, as the story takes place in a modern world. There are several surprises in the book, particularly in the end, which is well done. Some strange things in the story are explained thanks to these revelations.

Goddess Interrupted will release on February 2012.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 17:35:13

    I really love the cover of that book ! Green is a mysterious color.^^ But I don’t think I’ll read it because of Henry as you said he didn’t care for the girl… I don’t like that kind of guy. Moreover, I think that Missy won’t read it too, because she can’t stand girls who apologize or thank every time looool, it’s not a book for her !

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  2. Missy
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 21:51:08

    Lisa, you’ve so right! LOL
    The departure of book intrigued me but the sequel in your review Fran cooled me.
    The only point who interest me is the mythological aspect but this isn’t sufficient.

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