Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Details: e-galley, 297 pgs. (published in paperback)
Published: April 19th, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
isbn: 0373210264 (ISBN13: 9780373210268)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, Harlequin Teen for review purposes
Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
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...
I enjoyed every minute of this fantastic story! I thought it was completely unique, I loved the take on the Gods and Goddess's and the characters were all fascinating. The writing was also terrific and the romance was good as well. It was a fast paced read that was hard to put down. That's it in a nutshell. Want more description of my thoughts? Keep reading!
I thought that the author did a fantastic job with this story line. I didn't think it was predictable at all. I thought I had it figured out only to get a twist in the story. Some I did guess but I was kept guessing because of different issues thrown in that threw me off track.
I loved the main character, Kate. She had a fantastic personality and never got my nerves. She had patience and strength that you don't always find in young adult books.
Henry was also an amazing character and although I liked him well enough from the moment we met him, he really grew on me to where I really loved him. He was suppose to be attractive but it was his personality and his calm and quiet demeanor that really drew me to him.
This is definitely a book where all the side characters are important. Every person your introduced to in the story plays a major part in Kate's life. They help shape who she is and who she becomes. We don't get to know them all real well, but the ones that we do get to know quite well are fantastic. They have personalities that are interesting and they are all memorable so you never get anyone confused.
The romance in this book is different. There's no instant love, it's something developed over time and with plenty of ups and downs in it. Although I ended up loving it I found myself having a bit of a hard time picturing things at first. I think in the beginning I was imaging Henry as old, though he's suppose to be quite young looking. The whole being around for hundreds of years just kind of messed with my head. Once I actually got to know him and things developed more I was able to see him differently and I really grew to love how things went.
This is book that's maybe for a bit older young adults. But it's not one that's easy to say that with. There's no bad language or violence but it's the sex that's hard to rate. I was pretty sure that it was going to be completely clean, but then there was a case of something happening. It was mostly just talk, we didn't 'see' any of it. But we knew 'it' happened. Also a friend talks about sleeping with guys. So although not descriptive I may hesitate to have a real young reader read it.
This is the first in a series and I'm very anxious to read more by Aimee!
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Disclosure: I received an egalley of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.