April 19, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Review Source: eARC from Netgalley

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been having a bit of a hard time putting my thoughts into words for this one, because I'm sort of conflicted. On the whole this book was enjoyable. I can see why people like it because it was well-written and engaging. The love that Kate feels for her dying mother is completely touching, and I felt real pain in my chest reading about it. I’m super close with my Mom, so while I didn’t want to try and relate to what she was going through, I could completely empathize.

My main problem with this book, though, is the Greek myth aspect. The correlation between Greek mythology and the mythical world that exists within ‘The Goddess Test’ is questionable. Even a middle grade series like Percy Jackson acknowledges the selfish, lustful ways of the gods, so I wouldn’t expect a YA book to shy away from that the way 'The Goddess Test' does. I’m all for changing up a myth and adding to it, but I could barely see any aspects of the original gods and myths left in the story.

The thing is, I liked this book well enough while I was reading it, but when I stopped to think about it, it really began to bug me. The moments between Kate and Henry were cute (and even quite swoony at times), but I wanted to know why she fell for him, not just that she did. I needed to see more of the attraction to him beyond his looks and the fact that she wanted him to ‘live’. Also, when a book is based on the premise that you need to pass tests in order to survive I expect those tests to be epic, but instead they were quite laughable. I expected daring adventures, not incredibly simplistic tests that were based upon Western Christian values.

One awesome aspect of this book is that while there will be a sequel, there was no cliffhanger to this book. Hooray! On the downside, I thought it was incredibly predictable who the ‘bad guy’ was, and the twist with Kate’s mom was definitely more than expected. So again, I’m a bit conflicted. I actually enjoyed the writing of this one, and it kept my attention while I was reading it, but I’m afraid that it failed to live up to further scrutiny. Many people seem to adore this one, but I would probably give it a pass if you already have a large 'To Be Read' pile.


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  1. I had conflicting feelings about this one as well Ashley! I was involved while I was reading, but when I finished I found I wasn't overly in love with any of the characters the way I like to be. I did like both Kate and Henry at the end much more than I did at the beginning, so I'm hoping that only grows with the next book. Really nice review:)

  2. Thanks for the honest review. I enjoyed it, and liked the mc a lot.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Great review, Ashley! You made a LOT of excellent points. I really didn't know that much about this one, but I feel like I know more about it now and will be a much more informed reader thanks to your review!
    And high five for the PJ reference :D

  4. Thanks for the heads-up Ashley! I've read several reviews now for The Goddess Test and most of them have been positive but there's been a few lately where the opinion has been that they weren't so impressed. And I trust your judgment so much more than those reviews so even though I've been really looking forward to reading it, I'm going to be a bit more open-minded now that it may not come to be the novel I expect (or hope) it to be.

    I'm a bit disappointed to hear that the tests aren't so grand as you might think and the romance isn't so well done, but finger-crossed I'll still enjoy it! :)

  5. Liz, thank you! It's really awesome to hear that people trust my book judgement.

  6. Hi! Sorry to bother you but I'm going round blogs that have read The Goddess Test, me and another blogger are hosting a discussion on Saturday at 11pm GMT, where anyone who's read the book can discuss it with other bloggers. I was wondering if you'd be interested? You can find out more about it here: http://comacalm.blogspot.com/p/read-along.html

  7. I really liked your review, very honest. It's refreshing to read reviews when you can definitely tell there is honesty there! Thanks for the review!


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