The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publisher/Year: Harlequin Teen April 19th 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy with Greek Mythology!
Other Books From Author: Goddess Interrupted (Book 2)
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 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 that 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 suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS…
/shudder/ Didn’t that last line give you the creeps? Though I’m not Professor Greek Mythology, I loved the full fledged drama between the Olympians!! In fact, I flipped over the cover with so much gusto that it earned me some raised eyebrows… And a goodbye kiss to “Rave Reviews Club”, because after all the expectations and excitement, the only word that escaped my lips was: meh.
Don’t get me wrong! The Goddess Test has its fair share of romance, back-stabbing and twists to the Greek myths, but it failed to deliver the roller coaster ride I was paying for. In most parts, Kate is a decent character, yet it’s difficult for her to grow on me. Her life is plain, simple and dependent on her mother to the point where she lacks depth and surprise. She acts out of duty rather than motivations, even in the end when she loves Henry, because she truly does? Or because she’s supposedly Persephone?
Henry is very… what’s the word I’m looking for… Bland? Dull?… I went from thinking,“Ok, maybe he’s just hardcore old school. Total gentleman.” to “AHHH! Henry, you’re supposed to be the King of the Underworld; ACT LIKE IT!” In his defense, Henry is cold yet sweet, but I don’t feel attached to him. As for the relationship, there are some nice ups and downs and tension-powered moments, but not enough development for me to be fully invested. Somehow, their emotions rarely gripped me enough to let their personalities ring true.
With the name of The Goddess Test, it’s not hard expect the seven tests to be a challenges that push one to undiscovered limits since it’s immortality we’re talking about. Kate, however, is completely oblivious when she is undergoing a test, and spends her days being pampered. When I start to realize that she won’t be faced with obstacles to overcome, and only asked to simply “be herself”, the anti-climatic conclusion killed all eagerness in me.
Truthfully speaking, I see a ton of potential in The Goddess Test but the story didn’t carry out the way I expected :( Although this wasn’t the epic tale, it seems like a good set-up for things to come so here I have my eyes peeled for more action and suspense in Goddess Interrupted!