Monday, April 25, 2011

The Goddess Test - By Aimee Carter

Release Date: 4/26/2011
Website: Aimee Carter
Purchase Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depo

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...

The Goddess Test takes the Greek myths that we've fallen in love with over the years and spins them into a tale that is magical, heart wrenching and full of laughs.

Kate is probably one of the most selfless characters that I've ever read about. Giving your life up for someone you don't even know, and who is frankly a bitch, would be hard for anyone to deal with. But when it requires you to give up your winters to live with the God of the Underworld, yeah that would have me second guessing myself. So when Kate decides that Henry (who is Hades) is basically off his rocker and says no, because honestly who would believe he's a God? She faces the reality of her decision and instantly regrets it. Now she finds herself begging Henry to change what he's done, she'll stay with him for how ever long he wants, just as long as he can reverse what has been done.

When Henry can't reverse it, he offers Kate something that means more to her then she could imagine. Time with her dying mother. Next thing she knows Kate finds herself trapped in Eden, with the pressure to pass 7 mysterious tests, living with food tasters, tutors, guards, and someone who even picks her clothes out. And they're ugly clothes at that. This all seems a little much, but when Kate finds out that the other "Queens" that have been trying to pass Henry's test have all turned up dead, well that puts everything in a whole new light. Fighting for not only is her life, but Henry's as well. Kate is determined to do whatever it takes to pass.

Henry and Kate's chemistry in this book seems so one sided for the longest time. I mean you can tell that Henry cares for Kate, and that he wants her to pass, but would it hurt the dude to show it every once in a while?! Geez! Though I know that Kate didn't go into this thing in love with Henry, she knows that her heart isn't lying. Not only is she struggling with the stress of the tests, but the overwhelming feelings she has for Henry too. So needless to say by the end of the book I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering, not only what would happen with these two, but if Kate would pass her tests! And let me tell you this book has one HELL of a twist for an ending! Something you would NEVER, EVER have seen coming. It makes me so hopeful for the next book in the series, because something like that will be hard to top.


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