Novel Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter was one of the goodies I received from the NetGalley. It’s actually the first book I’ve read from NetGalley. As a lover of Greek mythology and a new fan to the Young Adult genre, I couldn’t help but want to try this out. Before we hit the review, let’s take a look at the blurb from Ms. Carter’s website:

Every girl who has taken the test has failed.

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…

This was one of those books I had mixed opinions about. By the time I reached the end, it felt like a 3 to 3.5 out of 5 star read. I liked the premises of the story but wasn’t at all fond of the characters–except James.

We have Kate who agrees to spend six months in Hades in order to receive a little extra time with her mother who’s knocking at death’s door. Plus, if Kate passes a series of tests, she becomes the Queen of the Underworld and is granted the gift of immortality. One of the things I like about this concept is Kate isn’t Persephone. Though we have the old Hades (aka Henry), it’s not about taking an old myth and changing it up to make it fresh. Everything about this story is new and original. Awesome!

For me, the shortcoming came in the delivery… namely the personalities and the way the characters interacted with one another. Looking at my notes, I see I made quite a few comments about the weirdness of the people and their behavior. Yet by the end of the novel, I understood why the situations were so odd. The thing is, Ms. Carter did an excellent job staying true to the storyline. All the information was revealed at the appropriate time. I knew what the main character knew, and the world beyond was hidden. Kudos to Ms. Carter for staying in deep POV. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting past the oddities that came with the lack of outside knowledge. So much so that it made the story unbelievable.

As for the main character, Kate was a cranky one which made her a bit unlikeable. However, I could see someone not having the best of personalities when dealing with a mother on a deathbed. That was reasonable, but add that to her many, many not so wise choices and overboard compliancy, and it didn’t make her a very appealing character, at least not at the beginning. Really her story was sad, but the way her character was portrayed,  I couldn’t muster the empathy to care about her situation.

Then there was Hades, God of the Underworld. Let’s call him Henry, shall we? 🙂 He rather lacked spunk. For the most part, he was alive but not living… just biding his time until the end. It was unfortunate, because Hades typically has a tendency to really steal the show. As it were, he didn’t have enough spirit left in him for me to care about his situation. Sorry about the broken record bit.

Let’s end on a positive note. Though this is classified as a young adult (YA) novel, at least I believe it is, it really had more of a New Adult feel to it. Kate is 18 and in high school, but she’s not dealing with adolescent issues. She’s beyond that and transitioning to the next stage of her life–adulthood. In many ways, she’s already there, and her attitudes about life and responsibilities reflect that. It was nice to see a character leave her childish ways behind and embrace the future with maturity.

So… not so great characters but interesting storyline.

You can find The Goddess test by Aimee Carter at the following locations:

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository

Sunday Showcase #1

So I’ve decided to add yet another feature to this poor blog, called Sunday Showcase. What’s this all about you ask? I’m going to use this day for one of two things. First and foremost, a chance to share the reading goodies which have come in. The thing is, the arrivals I receive are so sporadic, I can’t guarantee a mailbox post every week. To supplement and on Sundays I’m a sad little girl with no new treats, I’ll share some books I’ve read in the past and have enjoyed. Sort of a recommendation Sunday kind of thing. 🙂 Some may have been books I’ve reviewed here, others may just be oldies I’ve read and want to share. So that’s that.

This week, I was a lucky one. I signed up for Netgalley and was approved for three releases. Behold!

Savannah Grey needs to keep moving. She doesn’t know why, but she can’t let herself get tied down by too many people. It’s almost like she’s being chased by something. And now something strange is happening with her neck—with her throat.

Then she meets Reece—a guy who seems to understand her needs. He even knows about her neck. The same thing is happening to him. It’s as if their voices are becoming weapons, warming up for some kind of attack.

Nature has been preparing for battle with the universe’s ultimate monster for millennia. The time to fight is almost here. The weapon is Savannah Grey.

Why I picked this book: The cover art of this book caught my attention. Wasn’t quite sure what was going on with it. To be honest, it doesn’t look like my kind of read, but I decided to move on to the blurb anyway, just because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t passing up anything good… because like I said it did catch my attention. The first paragraph of the blurb was rather vague and NOT catchy, but the doom and gloom of the last paragraph seemed like my thing. I’m taking a chance on this one. Let’s hope this hops into the excitement, bad guys and all.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository

New York City’s spirit has been crushed. People walk the streets with their heads down, withdrawing from each other and into the cold comfort of technology.

Teenagers Mal and Laura have grown up in this reality. They’ve never met. Seemingly, they never will.

But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.

Why I picked this book: Okay… I’m totally eager to get more dystopia in my hands. And this looks like YA dystopia, right? RIGHT? And it seems so, so, so very weird. I’m really looking forward to this and hoping it’s a rockin’ book.

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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 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…

Why I picked this book: Basically, I’m a fan of Greek mythology, especially the big names (Hades, Zeus, Poseidon, etc). Add Young Adult to the mix, and I’m stoked. Plus, it’s a modern take, which is totally cool.

Available: Barnes & Nobles and The Book Depository