Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Review: The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)
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...


Paperback, 293 pages

Published April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2011)



The Goddess Test is part of my Series to read, I have once read it before but I never posted a review and soon after I couldn't remember what happened. But since this was a series and I had the next two books, I added it to my books to read for this year.

Review
Kate Winters didn't have much outlook to life, taking care of her mother was the only thing on her mind everything else was disregard because it wasn't important to Kate. Moving to Eden, Michigan per to her mother request, Kate didn't expect to be in Eden long enough . . . She was wrong. 

Due to a freak accident, Kate plead to save a life then Henry appeared granting her plead ONLY if she is willing to give up six months of her life spending it with him. But there's a catch . . . always a catch, once 

Kate is at Eden Manor she learned that she must pass a series of tests in order to prove herself that she is capable of immortality. 

The question is can she do it?

I give this 4 Cat's Tails UP, even after reading it the second time the book drew my attention but I wish there was more somehow. i can't explain it but I felt it lack actions or such.


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Now that I have read this the second time and could actually enjoy it better, I've dabbled on a few Greek Mythology and found it interesting but I didn't realize that someone actually wrote an book using Greek Mythology influence. 

Kate Winters is a very shy and quiet girl but I can see that she does that so people wouldn't constantly feel sorry for her due to her mom's sickness and nearly on her death bed. But when arriving in Eden, things are not what she expected to be.

Meeting James was one thing, befriending Ava was another and Ava unexpectedly dies from a freak accident and Kate couldn't bare to see someone her age, so young to die because she was being reckless. 

That's when Henry comes in, Henry seem very brooding but handsome at the same time he offers Kate an ultimatum however from the beginning Kate didn't realize what she was getting herself into and when she refuse him not believing in what he said about the deal. Ava dies AGAIN. 

Now Kate has to believe but she couldn't bring Ava back to life but Henry was willing to give her more time with her mom until she was ready to say goodbye. When she agree with the deal, she knows that passing the test is important because it wasn't about having more time with her mom, it was saving Henry as well.

HENRY a.k.a HADES, he seems a pretty decent guy but because of the past he distant himself from Kate fearing that everything that had happen in the past will happen again. But soon he grows fond of Kate, and in a small way believes that she could pass the tests. 

The tests were mention here and there during the time Kate was at Eden Manor and I was wondering what kind of tests was the gods going to throw at her. I expected like sequences that would challenge her, not like the hunger games or such. But something where it's surviving each task at a time. 

Her first non-official test was on what she knew about the Greek history and failed. I was glad that Henry had shared his failure on the test as well and I think after that point is when the two of them starting growing together. Kate admittedly believe that the more time she has spent with Henry, the more she was falling in love but did Henry in return? She was thinking will it all be worth it in the end, but the last thing she wanted was to feel responsible for if and when Henry will fade if she does not pass the tests.

I guess when facing a chance of immortality, the biggest series of the test was to be the seven deadly sins however while Kate had passed most of them there was one that she couldn't passed because the gods saw it as what it was, LUST and not influence by an scheme by Calliope. Kate wasn't guilty, she couldn't be and Calliope true colors finally shows when she get too close to Kate.

Soon it made sense to who had killed the other girls that didn't pass the tests or. Ever had a chance to, Calliope was madly in love with Henry but Henry didn't in return. Her success of killing Kate works but Kate's mom offer her life to save Kate. Even Henry was too late when he tried so hard to protect her, he took Kate mom offer and Kate was brought back to life. 

Kate knew that only she could determine Calliope punishment, she gave her the hardest one of all spending time with each girls that she has killed until they could forgave her.

Kate is on her way of becoming immortal, she has to believe in herself that she can help Henry rule the underworld.

Overall it was a good read/re-read, I'm already midway on the second book Goddess Interrupted which has a lot more excitement once Kate has arrive back from her six month but face even more danger.

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