Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on 05/01/2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Ebook
Source: Library

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...

I’ve had The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter on my To-Read list for years now.  It’s a book I was curious about, even though I heard mediocre things.  And, honestly, I just think the cover is super pretty.  I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and I’m sad to say that this definitely applies to The Goddess Test.  I was underwhelmed.

Kate is the main character of The Goddess Test, and I found her to completely uninteresting.  At first glance, I thought I would like Kate a lot.  She’s had a lot of responsibilities heaped on her shoulder for the last four years.  Her mother has been fighting cancer, and she’s about to lose the fight.  Kate’s mother wants to go home to Michigan, and Kate agrees.  So I was definitely in Kate’s corner at the start of the book.  But, friends, she’s just so bland.

After Kate meets Henry, she agrees to live with Henry for six months in his large estate, and in exchange Henry will keep Kate’s mother alive a little longer.  Kate also has to try to pass seven tests, given to her by different Greek gods and goddesses.  But she won’t know what these tests are, or even when she’s being tested.  You guys, the tests where seriously ridiculous.  I won’t say what they are because, you know, spoilers, but suffice it to say, totally ridiculous.  Not to mention that what they were testing her on, and things that the gods and goddesses would have totally failed at!

As for the romance between Kate and Henry – ugh!  There’s absolutely no chemistry.  I never felt a connection for Kate or Henry, and certainly no connection between the two.  If there was a little more character development, perhaps this would have worked, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

There is also a middling mystery about the dead girls who have tried to pass the tests before.  Like the rest of the book, it wasn’t anything special, and parts of it were actually quite silly.  I also have to touch on the ending of the book, which I also found outrageous, and not in a good way.  I couldn’t believe what Kate did.  I mean, did she have to?  And if so, why?  I know I am being extremely vague, but I do not want to give anything away.

I know I haven’t had many nice things to say about The Goddess Test.  I really didn’t love this one, but it was a quick read, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.  However, I will certainly not read any more in this series.


13 Responses to “Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter”

  1. Valerie

    Ahaha this kind of reminds me of Meg Cabot’s Abandon series. It sucks this book was only mediocre, because I’m trying to find a good Hades and Persephone kind of theme story, but with no luck.

    • Quinn

      I’ve heard the Everneth series is decent – by Brodi Ashton. I’ve never read it. Have you?

  2. Finley Jayne

    I’ve looked at this book before, but I’ve seen enough bad reviews that I haven’t picked it up yet. Think I’m going to label it a dud and not bother with it 🙂

  3. Amir

    I agree with you, I think the cover’s really, really pretty. Too bad the actual story’s disappointing. I’ve seen this around too but saw the mediocre reviews so I was never really interested with it. It sucks when you get a bland main character, because s/he serves as your first impression in the book. Great review 🙂

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I have had this on my wishlist for awhile, but I may take it off after reading some of the reviews. I hate bland characters and plots that are ridiculous for no reason. And don’t even get me started on couples with no chemistry. Thanks for the honest review!

  5. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    Sad face you didn’t like this one very much. I have some issues with the series, mostly with Kate, but there was something about it that made me really enjoy the series. I think his name was Henry. 🙂

  6. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    This book had me rolling my eyes the entire time I was reading it. The romance KILLED me, and the parallels between the characters and the Greek mythology was so tenuous that it would have sold better without that comparison I think.

  7. alisa selene

    Hey Quinn! I haven’t had a chance to read your new digs here! I totally agree on this book! I haven’t had much luck with greek retellings I enjoyed Everneath more than this one though!

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