Goddess Test

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I tried something new with the photo this time. It looks better this time right? Less boring and yeah.

I received The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter before winter break, but I never got around to blogging about it until now. 

I'm a huge fan of Greek myths since elementary school. I think it was the Magic Tree House series that started it, or something but I've been reading Greek myths and Wikipedia-ing the myths ever since. I was excited to read The Goddess Test, but also wary, since many Greek myth spin-offs tend to disappoint me. 

The first 60-pages or so seemed to disappoint me. Perhaps it was do to the author introducing and setting the scene, but it was so boring. It was like reading a diary of a high schooler, with every detail. Every single unnecessary detail. 

Kate Winters is going back to the place where her mom grew up so that her mom can spend her last days in peace, in the place where she grew up. However, high school doesn't seem to be very exciting for Kate since everyone seems to be pretty distant. Kate's first day at high school is described in detail, and sometimes the reader wonders if it's necessary to know every single detail.  Kate seems to be making some friends when James, a quirky boy who likes to wear headphones everywhere he goes. 

The real story starts when Kate and a popular girl Ava go to a "party", which is actually a prank played by Ava. The "prank" goes wrong and Ava ends up dying. Kate is hysterical, and Henry, a mysterious resident of the town, says that he can bring Ava back to life if Kate is willing to do anything. Kate agrees, and Ava is brought back to life.

Fast forward a couple of pages, and Kate is living with Henry, who claims to be "Hades", because Kate has to fulfill her end of the deal. Henry needs a bride who is willing to spend half the year with him in his home. However, to truly be his bride, Kate has to pass a couple of tests or lose her life in the process.

The rest of the story is pretty flat, and the so-called "tests" aren't really major tests of character. The biggest problem I have with the series is that without the list of Greek gods in the back of the book, it's nearly impossible to tell which character in the book is which god/goddess. In addition, the myth of the gods are used very loosely, which I don't mind so much, but it would be more interesting if the connections were made more obvious. 

Probably though, Kate's actions are a mystery to me. Why would she help Ava? No, why did she beg Ava to be alive again? Hello, Kate? She tricked you, and she wasn't very nice to you in the first place. Also, Kate, would you trust Henry, who you've never met, and say, "I'll do anything"? Isn't he just a bit shady?

I think the book had promise, and could be better. I'm giving the book 3 stars out of five.


The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin
Rating: 3/5

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