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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Posted by Irish in Review5 Comments

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Gift
Publication Date: 19 April 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0373210264
Format: Paperback
Pages: 293
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Place(s) Traveled to: Eden, Michigan
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: “How did it happen this time?”
Goddess Test  Series Order
Book 1 – The Goddess Test
Book 1.5 – The Goddess Hunt
Book 2 – Goddess Interrupted
Book 2.5 -The Goddess Legacy
Book 3 – The Goddess Inheritance (~April 2013)

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter is one of those books that I was really excited about when I first heard of it but never seemed to get around to reading once I had a copy sitting on my shelf. I’m not sure if it was a timing thing or a fear of being disappointed in yet another book that kept me away but whatever the reason it wasn’t a very good one. Recently I was shipped off on a business trip and I did some serious agonizing over which books to bring with me. At the last moment I tossed in The Goddess Test and I was really glad to have done so. 
The book I read right before this was a little slow and so I was really happy to find that the pages just flew by with this book.  I really enjoyed the modern adaptation of the Persephone myth and had lots of fun trying to pick out who was who of the Greek gods in this story. I also really liked how this story was told. The pacing was just right and I adored the natural progression of Henry and Kate’s relationship. Yes, it was still a bit weird and creepy that she was kinda sorta initially forced to give up half of her life for all eternity but it wasn’t told in a weird or creepy way if that makes any sense at all.
The dialogue and characterizations were all very realistic and I almost hated for my plane to land coming home as I didn’t want to stop reading. As I mentioned above the story just flew by and before I knew it, it was over. Which was pretty bittersweet for me as I didn’t want this one to end. But I also liked how the story was pretty well self contained. Taken by itself this book could stand alone and that makes it stand out from the bulk of other series books out there today. I really like how I’m not forced to read the next book in the series and because of that it makes me want to read it even more. I am very curious to see what happens next for all of these characters and where Carter will take this story. Its taken a myth that I know well and has really updated it into something new and interesting and I just can’t get enough.  If you’ve been holding off on reading The Goddess Test then stop because it is worth your time.

5 Responses to “Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter”

  1. fakesteph

    So glad to hear this one moved fast and was fun. I missed it last time, but I’ve been wanting to read it since everyone started talking about the second one. I’m really looking forward to getting to it.

    • Irish

      It was a fun read, not super complex but enjoyable. I am looking forward to reading the novellas and the sequel.

  2. Liyana

    I loved this book too. It’s sweet and really heartfelt. There were a bunch of complaints that Henry was quite unbelievable as a reimagination of Hades, but eh… it was cute.

    • Irish

      I think some people wanted a more literal interpretation of the story or something. But I liked Carter’s take on the various characters. I look forward to seeing what happens to them all in the next book.