Monday, 18 July 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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. (Taken from Goodreads)

*Spoiler Free*

If I'm honest this book was okay, I thought it would be a lot better. The story is basically a modern day retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone. I know next to nothing about Greek Mythology so I just thought I would give this a go.


At the beginning of the book we learn that Kate's mum is dying, there are some touching exchanges between the two but overall it was to be expected, if the summary didn't give any indication. The whole story is how she goes to live with Henry - the greek god Hades - in order to keep her mum alive. Her mum however doesn't even get cured of cancer, Kate just gets a few more months to be with her, which was a bit of a downer really. The other characters were okay but I mostly found them annoying. I did not like Henry, I just felt he was not a likeable character.


The 7 tests were also quite bad, they involved no action at all so there was little suspense in this book. 


And the ending, it was not good, awful to be precise. It just felt like the author wrote it on a whim, with a why not kind of mindset. It made no sense to me at all and I was left thoroughly confused. I mean the characters themselves were so confusing and the whole book felt pointless after the revelation at the end. I found it really ruined the whole story, just when I had started to warm up to the storyline...BAM... I hated it again.The ending does however set up for the next book quite nicely, but I'm not sure if I'll read it.


THE VERDICT
2 stars - Mediocre story, mediocre characters and an awful ending.


Whilst I didn't overly enjoy this book click here for an alternative review by Farrah at I Eat Words.

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