What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

This book has been on my TBR list for a while. I'm a big fan of mythology and stories like that, so I knew I'd be interested. Y'all know how those TBR lists pile up though!!
Here's the summary from 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 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess. IF SHE FAILS...
What I Liked: 1) This was a new take on mythological stories, at least as far as the ones I've read. It isn't really a re-telling of the Hades/Persephone story. It's more like, what happens after. And to focus on what happens in the afterlife that Hades rules, this was definitely a cool take on everything. 2) The concept of the tests. It's all a big mystery until close to the end, and that made it more mysterious. I was guessing the whole time what the tests could be, and even once I figured it out, I was still like, okay, how did they test her on that?? This was incredibly cool. 3) My favorite part of the story was the very end, finding out who it was that was testing her. She knows (or me, as the reader) that it was Henry's siblings, or the other gods that were going to be testing her, but who and when and what, those were the questions. I wish I could say more about it, but it is probably the biggest mystery of the story and I don't want to give anything away! 4) Ava. I liked Ava, after the initial meeting of her. It all ended up making sense later, but she was a big brat, but then ended up being one of Kate's closest friends. 5) The big bad. Okay, at first, you know that it's the test that everyone is worried about. But there is this other little thing to be worried about, whoever it is that is killing the girls who've come before Kate. I mean, she's got someone who tastes her food to make sure it isn't poisoned. Seriously, this is bad news. And I didn't see it until it was right on top of me.

What I Didn't Like: The first...half of the book almost really drags. I nearly put the book down because I just wasn't getting into it. But then, near the middle, everything picked up.

Overall Thoughts: Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test is a new take on a mythological story, like a continuation of an old story that we're all familiar with. There is tons of mystery and some definite surprises that jump out from the pages. If you like the Greek myths, I'd definitely recommend taking an adventure with Kate and giving Goddess Test a read. I'll be reading book 2, Goddess Interrupted soon, and give y'all my thoughts on that one afterwards!

My Rating: 4 shots

8 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book - you are right about the beginning, but there was something about Henry. Though I will admit Henry really makes me angry in the sequel. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, he makes you angry? I'm starting the sequel this weekend, so I wonder if he'll make me angry?
      Courtney

      Delete
  2. I have heard millions of things about this book and have, yet to read it. I must get my hands on it.Hopefully I don't get annoyed with the beginning. I hate books like that.

    Great review.

    Kandee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, if you can just stick it out through the beginning part, the middle and end are much better! Sometimes I have to push myself to give books a chance instead of putting them down, just in case. And that's how it was with this one!
      Courtney

      Delete
  3. I really enjoyed this one too. I agree it was slow to start, but I never considered putting it down because I found Henry so intersting. I didn't know the next one was coming soon. I'll have to look out for it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it's already out! But if you haven't purchased it, I'll be offering a giveaway next week, courtesy of Harlequin Teen! :)

      Delete
  4. I loved the spin on the Greek Mythology found in the book plus I thought making her tests revolve around The Seven Deadly Sins was clever. Personally I didn't like how Kate left at the end of the book...I mean if she loves Henry, fought to keep him alive, and slept with him why leave for six months with another man? Anyways I guess there's a point to it involved in the next book.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, you'll definitely find out more about that ending in Goddess Interrupted! I have a giveaway going on for it right now over on the bottom of the Goddess Interrupted review! Make sure you check it out and enter to win!
      Courtney

      Delete

*I'm sorry I've had to turn Captcha back on, but I get soooo many spam comments that it's just become a necessary evil.* I love comments, and read and cherish every one of them! I try to respond to everything! Thanks for taking the time to visit me here at Fuzzy.Coffee.Books!