Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: E-galley from Netgalley
First line: “How did it happen this time?”

For Kate, family has always meant just her mom and her, and they’ve managed just fine. But now Kate’s mom is dying and Kate is facing a future alone. Her mother’s dying wish is to return to her hometown of Eden, a place Kate has never been. Kate enrolls in the local high school and is trying to simply get through the days, wishing for more time with her mom. When a girl from Kate’s school dies right in front of her, a mysterious man named Henry brings her back to life, claiming to be Hades, the god of the underworld. Could he be telling the truth? Because if he is, he claims that he can give Kate more time with her mom – as long as she comes to stay with him and undergoes a series of seven tests, tests to determine her suitability as the queen of the underworld. And, just in case that’s not freaky enough, while she’s trying to pass the tests, someone will be trying to kill her.

It was Pam’s review of The Goddess Test that had me seeking out a galley from Netgalley and devouring it. It got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but about a quarter of the way through I got sucked in and didn’t want to stop. My kids and I love the Percy Jackson series, and in some ways this book is like that but for older teens.

There is so much to love about this book: Kate’s character and her relationship with her mother; the chemistry between Kate and Henry; the way the tests were carried out; the fact that I was surprised to discover who the person trying to kill her was; the way the Greek mythology was modernized. Aimee Carter has hit on a truly page-turning premise and peopled it with wonderful characters inside an amazing setting. And while I sometimes sigh when I realize yet another book I’m reading is only the beginning of a series, I am excited to read about the next phase of Kate’s life – and the inevitable temptations she will face. I only hope I don’t have to wait too long for book two.

If you’re looking for a YA fantasy series that doesn’t involve vampires, zombies, or faeries, this is one you won’t want to miss. (Of course, I love my vampires, zombies, and faeries, but it’s always fun to find something completely new.)

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15 Responses to Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    You answered my question, which was whether it was a series. What is it these days with series? One book isn’t enough? Crazy! And maddening!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – When I was talking to Lynne Hinton, author of the Hope Springs series, awhile a go, she said that it is getting very difficult to sell a stand-alone book, that the publishers are asking for books with series potential. It especially seems to be true in the YA market.

  2. Christa says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book I can’t wait for it to come out! Great review.

  3. Pam says:

    I am so glad you liked it! The release date got bumped to the 26th though 🙁

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Pam – that’s so weird – Amazon is still listing it as available?! And here I thought I had scheduled my review for release day. Oh, well. 🙂

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I bet my sister would love this book!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I’ve had really good luck with the YA novels that I’ve tried this year so I wouldn’t mind adding this one to my list either!

  6. Michelle says:

    I loved this book as well. For all the plot and character based reasons you mention here. Glad you enjoyed it as well.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – will be fun to see where she goes with book two, especially with how book one ended!

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  8. ComaCalm
    Twitter: ComaCalm

    Hi! Sorry to bother you but I’m going round blogs that have read The Goddess Test, me and another blogger are hosting a discussion on Saturday at 11pm GMT, where anyone who’s read the book can discuss it with other bloggers. I was wondering if you’d be interested? You can find out more about it here:

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      ComaCalm – I will be staying at my parents’ house this weekend – without my computer, so won’t be able to participate. I will, however, post your link on Saturday morning for anyone else who might be interested!