Review: The Goddess Test

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Goddess TestThe Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 19, 2011
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 293
Format: Paperback
Source: NetGalley

Every girl who had 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 succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

If she fails...

I really do not know why I did not read this book sooner! I’ve had an ARC copy of it for a while now and just didn’t have a chance to get to it, but, had I known how good it would be, I would likely have bumped it up the queue. While the book wasn’t perfect, as I had some concerns with the pacing, I wholly enjoyed reading every page.

First of all, my one complaint: the pacing. This may be an issue that has been resolved in the print version, but, as I read an ARC, I cannot say. In this version, a few times the plot seemed to jump from one point in time to another without warning, as though a scene were missing. One example I remember off of the top of my head is that Kate receives a puppy and then, in the next chapter, a dog named Pogo is mentioned, without any mention having been made of the puppy being named Pogo. I figured it out, but it was a bit clunky.

The writing was fantastic, though. I really enjoyed the characters and the story line, even though it was rather strange. So far, Aimée Carter is doing something really new and I’m loving it. The ending of the book was totally not what I was expecting and I have some serious questions. I really wish I knew someone else who had finished this, so that we could discuss the book’s conclusion!

If you love mythology, don’t miss this YA romance!

9 responses to “Review: The Goddess Test”

  1. I do enjoy mythology so I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet. It’s been on my radar for a while but I just haven’t picked it up yet. I’ll be getting it soon. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. rachchan2006 says:

    I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology and was planning on reading this, but my friend recommended against it. After hearing your praise for this book, however, I’ve decided to give it a try.

  3. Bookie Bee says:

    I have been interested in Greek mythology! Can’t wait to get my claws on this!

  4. Daizymoon says:

    Ok. So I read this book and the Goddess Interrupted and the Goddess Hunt(an inbetween excert). I love all these books! Henry is one of my favorite male figures. I did not notice any time lapses in the book but now that you mention it, I think I will reread them and look for them. No matter what the “mistakes” are though these are still awesome books! I suggest them to all my friends.

    • Christina says:

      Well, I don’t remember specifically what I noticed any more, but whatever issues I encountered may have been fixed in the finished version. So who knows?

      I didn’t like the second book, but I thought this one was really fun. *shrug* I know tons of people loved them all, though!

  5. ohdamnbooks says:

    I read the Goddess Test and just loved it! I also read the sequel, Goddess Interrupted, and it just made me cry. ):
    I can’t wait for the last installment! 😀

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