Title: The Goddess Test

  Author: Aimee Carter

 Genre: Young Adult,Fantasy

 Publisher: Harlequin Teen

 Publication Date: April 2011

  Source: Netgalley

  Paperback: 304 Pages

  Stand Alone or Series: First in Goddess Test Series

  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… 

Review

Become immortal or die trying

I see the cover.I liked it.I am not judging a book by its cover but yes it made me look at it.Then i read a line on the cover ”Become immortal or die trying”.Wooaaa!!!!!!.I have to see what this book is all about.So i read the description.Young Adult.Fantasy.Hades.Greek Mythology.Only greek mythology story I know is Percy Jackson.I have to read it.

Kate is eighteen.She has been taking care of her mother since four years.She does not have a usual teen life.It has been all about her mother and she would do anything to keep her alive.Her mother is dying of cancer and she takes her to Eden where Kate spent her childhood.In Eden, Kate meets Henry.Henry is god of Underworld,Hades.He asks Kate to spend 6 months with her every year after she passes Seven Tests and in return he will keep her mother alive.After passing the Seven Tests, Kate will become immortal and Queen of Underworld.

Now, the book starts with a prologue with Henry and a dying girl.The prologue is so amazingly written that it just adds to your expectation.Also the trip from New York to Eden by Kate and her mother is described beautifully  and is mysterious.After a perfect start, I feel the book doesn’t keep up to the expectation.It weakens.The rest of the book I was trying to find the magic created in first few pages.

The myth of Hades and Persephone is well thought and used to develop a story.And the story revolves around the myth.Thumbs up for it.After all, the entire story is based on one myth.The seven tests are good as well and perfect for  a test to become a Goddess.But i do have one minor complain.I would have liked if Kate could have figured the tests on her own.

Kate is smart,honest,hard working and good at heart.I also like the mention of conflict she faces with herself and how her good side overcomes her bad side rationally.This just shows how level headed she is.I think it wold have been nice if relationship between Kate and her mother was given more effort in the book.Because Kate was doing everything mentioned in the book for her mother.

Kate befriends James in Eden.And I found James as a character very strong,mysterious and anything for a friend kind of guy.I really really want Aimee to write more of James or a character alike in upcoming books in the series.I was not satisfied with some random mention of James in the book.

Now Hades.Hades is God of Underworld so I expect hime to be a bad guy and tough nut to crack.But instead I found him sweet,caring, moody and a bit of sissy.It would have been nice if he was introduced as bad guy and Kate then exploring a good side of him.But  he seemed like a guy Kate would fall for with very first encounter.Henry as Hades is so so so different than Hades everybody knows.

I would have given a rating of 2 for characters [Hades and Kate”s mom] and for a very very amazing strong start but leaving a story weak in middle.I appreciate the way the story ends.

The extra point is for giving us Greek mythology + the myth + Lovely Aimee Carter.

Although I didn’t like The Goddess Test, I am waiting for the books in the series.And Aimee has become a auto buy author for me.I expect a lot from her in the series ahead.

I rate:3/5

Additional thoughts

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From Goodreads
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future. Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

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                   Goddess Test #3 – Harlequin Teen – November 2012
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