Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mira-Ink (16 Sep 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1848450400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848450400

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.

Cover:  I'm not normally a fan of the whole 'girl-in-a-dress-on-cover' thing, but I love this cover.  The Greek feel is beautiful and RELEVANT which I know I bang on about a lot but it just makes me appreciate the cover that little bit more. 

It has taken me a long time to get around to reading this book, but I thought with the upcoming UK release of book two, now was the time.  I have heard mixed things from other reviewers so was kinda wary about picking it up.
But I'm glad that I did.  I love Greek mythology, and if I'm honest have a soft spot for Hades. 
This was a great quick and light read.  I was heading towards a reading slump but this got me out of it!
I loved the re-working of the Hades and Persephone myth (my favourite re-telling remains Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast). The romance I really enjoyed but felt it suddenly sprung out of thin air, I wanted it to develop more but the actual characters I felt worked well.  And Henry, oh Henry, Henry, Henry.  Dark, brooding God of the Underworld...ahh yes he was my kinda guy.  I loved his character.
I give The Goddess Test 4/5 stars.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and found it hard to put down.  I can't wait to see where it goes from here in Goddess Interrupted.  I do recommend this for fans of paranormal YA.  It's a light and simple read, and you don't have to have a in-depth knowledge of Greek Mythology to enjoy it, so I recommend picking it up. 

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