Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Goddess Test (ARC)

Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 297
Date Scoot Read: April 2011
Source: eGalley from NetGalley & Harlequin Teen

Scoot's Rating: 6- Good read with small flaws.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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 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...

Scoot’s Review:
Kate’s mother is dying and she wants to die at home; home being an old and tiny town where she grew up far away from the busy New York City where Kate was raised. So Kate takes her mother home and is thrown unexpectedly into a world she didn’t even know existed. To save her mother’s life Kate makes a deal that she will be hard pressed to keep with a mysterious young man. Thrown into a world of dangerous tests and putting her own life at risk Kate hopes to prevail where none have succeeded before her. I found this book to be an interesting read, but I wasn’t fully satisfied with it. For some reason I just expected a lot more of the tests and I feel that some betrayals and plot twists were too breezed over. Character development was not strong, or equal. For some characters I felt they were well developed, but it was Kate herself that I couldn’t get much of a handle on. We didn’t really get to know her, so it was harder to connect with her as lead. The romance of the novel didn’t feel too rushed but once again seemed to be lacking depth for me. I did enjoy the mythology twists in the novel and how the mythological characters were adapted to function in the modern age, such as a young man named Henry being Hades, etc. This book was a decent read and for some it might be amazing, but I just never really connected with it. Although I am curious enough to know what happens next in the story to keep an eye out for the sequel eventually.



The Library Owl said...

I love the cover to this book. That with the synopsis makes it sound intriguing, so I'll definitely read it eventually. Great review :)

Celesta said...

Agreed! The execution of the novel was good enough to keep me interested, but it could have been better.


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