Sunday, April 17, 2011

"The Goddess Test" by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)From Goodreads: "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."

So I feel kinda like a booger in saying this, but I feel like how I recently felt when reading Julie Kagawa's "The Iron King". There had been so much hype in the blogosphere world surrounding both of these books and the vast majority of people seemed to have really enjoyed them, but I personally don't feel as if they have lived up to my expectations at all, I  feel like they both had really great potential, but they didn't entirely live up to said potential.

I found, like with "The Iron King"'s Ash, the male lead, Henry, was very flat for the majority of the novel. We only see a glimmer of his personality at the end of the book but unfortunately it came too late to do any good.

The premise of this story is quite interesting, I personally haven't read all that much in the way of Greek mythology. When Diana stated at the end of the novel that it would be quite obvious to tell which character was which Greek god all I could think was "Huh"? I didn't think it was all that obvious (in fact I tried to guess and I was wrong on every count).

My favourite character would have to be James but James in the beginning of the book (kinda like how I loved Puck in the beginning of "The Iron King"). He was just a goofy yet utterly sweet kind of guy. Though I also did like Ava quite a bit which I find kinda surprising since she is pretty much a complete 180 from what I like in characters.

All in all, while the book didn't live up to my expectations it wasn't the worst book I have ever read before, in fact, I feel like with the "Iron Fey" series each book with get progressively better, therefore I am really excited to see what the next book in this series has for us).

Rating: 2/5

I received this book from the publisher/ NetGalley to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review. 


  1. I feel like this one has been really hyped up too, and often when that happens, books are a letdown for me. That's why I wish I could wait until the hype dies down with this one, and then read it, but I can't because my e-galley will expire!

    Thanks for the honest review! :)

  2. Great Review (: I happen to LOVE this book, but yes there is some flaws..and when it came to knowing who was the greek god I was also wrong on each guess, but still I am very excited to see what happens next (:

  3. You said "booger"... *giggles*


    Perhaps it was more about the hype. Sometimes expectations can ruin a book. Well, you still see potential in the series... so that is good. Can't wait to read it myself. Now I know what to watch for... so thanks!

  4. Aaw, sorry to hear that The Goddess Test didn't live up to your expectations. Thanks for the honest review but I still thought the book was fabulous. :)

  5. this doesnt sound like something I;d enjoy =/ Thanks for the review hon!

  6. Fantastic review Avery, I had a similar reaction to this one. I was surprised with how little of a role the mythology actually played, and like you, I had no idea which god was which (with one exception). Henry I really wanted to like but it was hard since he was so withdrawn, but I'm hoping things will change in book 2 now that some of the melancholy has lifted:)

  7. Like you I wasn't blown away by the first book in the Iron Fey series. But by the third book I really got to love all the characters, especially Grim.

    And I completely agree about the "huh" when Diana said it would be obvious. Even after I read the list of who was which god I still didn't see it. But I am someone who likes the idea of the Greek myths but actually hasn't paid that much attention to them. Which is why I love these modern takes.

    I hope to learn more about Hades and Persephone when I read Abandon and I hope we get to learn a lot more in Goddess Interrupted about the gods and their powers.

    Love this review! Even though I seem to have adored it a bit more than you, I see what you mean!


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