The Goddess Test by Aimée CarterThe Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test

byAimée Carter

Paperback | April 19, 2011

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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.
Aim\u00e9e Carter was born in 1986 and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn\u2019t stopped writing since. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys seeing movies, playing with her puppies, and wrestling with the puzzles in the...
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Title:The Goddess TestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.23 × 5.42 × 0.81 inPublished:April 19, 2011Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0373210264

ISBN - 13:9780373210268

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Series! I just recently finished rereading the series, and I can say I enjoyed it more the second time. The first time that I read it, I didn't enjoy it as much. Now I am unable to recall why I didn't, as that is now replaced with me loving this book and the ones that follow. Though I did wish that Kate wasn't so blinded to not see that Henry really did love her, even when everyone told her so. Me being a fan of Greek Mythology since the Percy Jackson books, I did catch the "plot twist" way before it happened. Yet I still enjoyed figuring it out throughout the story. And I love how this series paints Hades as not the villain everyone seems to think he is. That he's just a man who rules over the dead and helps people who have passed. This book, as well as a few others, has definitely opened my eyes to seeing Hades in a new light. Maybe even making him my favorite Greek god, while Artemis remains my favorite goddess. So if Greek Mythology interests you, I would recommend this book, and this series, in a heartbeat. Because now it will sit in my list of favorite books. P.S. There is three books in the series, plus a novella between the first and second book, and a book of short stories about some of the Greek gods. Just so you know ans don't have to look up how long the series is to tell if you want to read however many books there are.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read So if you enjoy reading about Greek Mythology, you will like this book. But, because you know things about Greek Mythology, you can guess what is happening and how it will end. So if that is a big deal with you, you may not want to read this book. Otherwise, it was a good book, and even a good book series. Each book did end with me wanting to read the next. But, for me, I don't know if it had enough there to have me want to read it again. Any who, if the story sounds interesting to you, read it and you may very well enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Flawed, But Entertaining As someone who loves the idea of learning about Greek mythology, but never really took the time to sort through all the details, I mostly enjoyed the Goddess Test. There was some romance, some back-stabbing and some twists, all delivered in a fairly readable manner. But while being entertaining on the surface, once you dig a little deeper The Goddess Test starts to crumble and fall. Kate is an ok protagonist. She's not overly strong or independent, basing most of her decisions on the fact that she doesn't feel she can survive without her dying mother, and anything Henry will make her do will be worth the consequences if she can just spend more time with her. Some people might argue she made her decisions based out of love, but I would argue that her decisions were based out of the selfish fear of being alone. She did make sure her mother wouldn't be in pain, but Henry admitted that all he would be able to do is prolong the inevitable. So while she ultimately was able to spend more time with her mother, it was at the expense of delaying her the peace that comes after fighting a debilitating illness for several years. I didn't dislike Kate, but I did question her actions several times. After Henry seemingly brought Ava back to life, Kate continued as if nothing special happened. When it came time to explain what had happened, Kate was able to explain the situation without pointing out the impossibility behind it; it was just another fact of life for her, and warranted no special attention. Later however, when Henry is explaining that he is in fact a god and ruler of the Underworld, she questions her sanity and has a hard time believing him. I just couldn't understand how she could so readily believe he could bring someone back to life, but then completely disbelieve his claims to immortality. Being quite ignorant of Greek mythology, I was ok with the liberties Carter took to use it as a backbone to her story, and I enjoyed learning the mythology behind the story of Persephone and Hades. I can see how making gods feel accountable and giving them some semblance of a moral compass would have other people bashing their heads in though. From what I do know, the ancient Greek gods wouldn't have worried about the seven deadly sins (a staple of Christianity) which were used to test Kate. Greek gods didn't conform to any human notions of morality or sin; they took what they wanted when they wanted without repercussion, as they were gods. If they did decide to grant immortality to a human (for whatever reason), they would send them on a quest, meant to test their strength, courage and intelligence - not the ideals behind a religion created thousands of years after they came into being. Speaking of testing, I would expect that if I were given the chance to win immortality, the test(s) involved would prove to be quite difficult, pushing me to limits I wasn't aware I could reach. Kate, however, is completely unaware when she is undergoing a test, and spends her days being pampered, passing most of her time however she deems fit. When you start to realize that she won't be faced with obstacles to overcome, but is asked just to "be herself", any suspense is drained and you are left feeling disappointed with the anti-climatic conclusion. The subtle hints dropped as to whom wished to hurt Kate allowed for me to successfully pinpoint the assassin, and the "surprise" twist at the end was something I expected from the prologue. As a reading experience it wasn't necessarily well-done, but it also wasn't poorly-done; it sits in the land of the mediocre.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I enjoyed it very much: this is an interesting read, good plot (unexpected, plot twists,etc), great characters, captivating writing style. Overall, this was a very good read and I am pretty interested in the sequel.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Mythology Retelling Nice story, but there aren't a lot of action in it.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting twist, and a step in the right direction for a new author Being that this was (at least I believe it was) Aimee Carter's first book, there is some clear disorganization and stumbling amidst the chapters and the character building, but nonetheless, I still found this to be a refreshing and enjoyable book. The re-exploration of historically known myths and other fabled characters is interesting, and the juxtaposition of perspective with a modern day youth felt endearing, even when it was a little forced. This first book was a step in the right direction for this writer, as the series only got better--both in quality of writing, and the story itself. I found myself savouring even the cringe-worthy parts, because the ones that were well-done made them feel so worthwhile. The main characters of Kate and Henry are not perfect, by any means, but their painfully-specific humanness (even Henry, who is in-fact a God, and not human at all) makes them grounded and relatable in a story whose basis relies, at its roots, on connection and love. My fondness of the story grew as the characters themselves did. A worthwhile achievement for any new writer. If you enjoy Greek mythology and fantastical coming-of-age love stories/quests, you are likely to enjoy this book. Fair warning: there are lots of brooding males and swooning females, but knowing the genre, that is something that comes with the territory. Stick with it, and you may just also fall in love.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This may be a young adult book but I fell in love with the story. I enjoy Greek mythology and it was the perfect amount of fact and fiction to create a great story
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This Twilight cookie-cutter missed the mark I had a lot of problems with this book. The author’s writing itself isn’t that bad, but it’s not very good either. She has the tendency to use YA clichés, over-complicates her story to the extreme, and sets up her characters like Edward and Bella from Twilight. Except worse. Right off the bat, the first chapter was pretty cheesy. Over-dramatic Henry acts like this the entire book. “It’s all my fault,” “My life sucks,” “I didn’t protect her” blah blah blah. Plus, just because a character is a god, doesn’t mean they can’t have personality. Every single character was shallow, under-developed, and lacked depth. Believability When we are introduced to Kate, I kind of liked her. She was a little whiny, but I thought she was alright. Then everything went off the deep end. First, the most popular girl in school (who is immediately a terrible person, what a surprise!) Ava, pranks Kate in the worst possible way and ends up dying. Only it’s okay, because Henry can bring Ava back to life, for a price. So yeah, this is the part where Kate should be kind of questioning this guy on how he raised her friend from the dead. Nope, instead she looks up the story of Hades and Persephone like Henry told her to, and doesn’t even clue into the fact that he’s Hades. Like, legit Hades, not symbolically, allegorically, metaphorically, whatever. That piece of information goes right over her head, even when Ava is walking around, alive, without her brain bashed in like it was before. Now, all this stuff happens really fast, right at the beginning. When Kate moves in with Henry, all of a sudden everything is at a standstill. Things move at a snail pace. Most of it is Kate figuring out whether or not she likes Henry, and then she ends up loving him (shocker), which I didn’t understand because the build up to their romance was non-existent. The author told her audience about Kate’s feelings, rather than showing them. Gender Stereotypes Kate has servants, and when one of them asks her to wear a dress (when she doesn’t want to), instead of putting up a fuss, she just gives in. She even has a to wear a corset. Umm, so much for feminism. Let’s subjugate our character to physiologically altering lingerie for the purpose of being pretty and skinny. This isn’t the end to the gender stereotypes that permeate this book, either. Henry is so over-protective, and Kate constantly reacting to him. He’s active, she’s passive. He’s in a bad mood, it makes her sad (but she barely knows him). She agrees to all these tests to prove herself capable of being his queen. Ugh. The whole thing is setting this girl up to the be the perfect ideal of a woman by passing these tests, which are the seven deadly sins. Um, I don’t remember Henry/Hades having a perfect track records, or for that matter, any of the Greek gods. They mess up each other’s lives throughout Greek mythology. But by subjugating Kate to these tests, it’s only promoting this concept of an “ideal” woman, that nobody can actually be. Another thing was her skinny-ness. At one point she says, “I didn’t gain weight, and that only gave me an excuse to eat as much as I wanted.” (page 135). You should always be able to eat as much as you want, and not have to constantly worry about weight loss or gain. If you’re a healthy person, with an active lifestyle and good food choices, then that shouldn’t matter! Whenever I eat, I want to have a full meal. That’s how much I want to eat. I shouldn’t need an excuse to do that! Plot So the whole idea is for Kate to stay alive, and all the girls that have gone before her have died terrible deaths, and no one knows who is behind them, and for some inexplicable reason, Kate is the last girl before Henry “fades.” Why he’s suddenly fading is beyond me. It doesn’t sound like he has it that bad. Lots of friends, some nice family members, but he’s severely depressed because Persephone left him thousands of years ago. Okay… Anyways, so no girl has stayed alive past Christmas. Kate gets past it with barely a hitch. And then she’s in the clear. She makes clear, moral decisions that anyone would have probably made in her place, but she’s exalted for it in the end because apparently they were so hard to pass. Later on some serious stuff happens, but the whole time I’m screaming mentally at Kate, are you blind?? The whole story just did not make sense in my brain. In the end… This book really fell short of my expectations. The plot was so over-complicated with characters making decisions that really made no sense whatsoever. Henry and Kate are Edward and Bella cookie cutters, except Kate is really desperate for Henry’s love for some reason, and Henry is a depressed robot. Kate is subjected to age old gender assumptions and just lets it all slide. Apparently feminism doesn’t apply to Greek mythological retellings. I know some people really enjoyed these books, but I would personally not recommend them.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Take on Greek Mythology I have a huge passion for Greek mythology, so was excited to read this book, though I put it off for a long time. Now having read it, I'm torn. Kate and her fatally ill mother move to Eden where Kate meets Henry, a mysterious, dark stranger - and who says that he is Hades, the Greek god of the underworld. She makes a deal with him, to live with him and try to pass some mysterious tests, and he will keep her mother alive. I loved the mythological aspect of this book. Carter does a great job combining the traditional myths with a modern story - she plays with it in a fun way. This was, by far, my favorite part of the story. The story of Kate and her tests left me wanting. I liked Kate well enough and felt for her, but her time on Henry's estate felt flat. She spent a lot of time whining about her cloths and I couldn't understand how the future queen of the underworld didn't have any say in what she wore. Then there were the tests - Kate was told at one point that she had passed one, but wasn't even curious what it was. Then the other tests all kind of occurred in an obscure way. I actually felt cheated because there was a loss of conflict. The anticipation was set up, but not fulfilled. I did like Henry. He is sad and brooding, dark and mysterious, but also powerful and kind. All in all, it was a book I was able to tear through quickly and I am curious enough to wonder what will happen next, so will definitely look up the next in the series.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good, light read *May contain spoilers* When I read the blurb for this book, I got really excited for several reasons: 1) Greek mythology is possibly one of my favourite things to read about, and modern takes of them always pique my interest. 2) The myth of Hades and Persephone is one of my favorites in particular. 3) The whole "seven tests" idea is original and made for some serious potential. I haven't seen many YA novels about Greek mythology, so this got instant points for it solely being the first one of its kind to catch my attention. I found Kate insufferable in the beginning, but she grew on me slightly by the end of it. I couldn't get into her as much as the minor characters, though. I liked James and Ava, and even Calliope had more likeability than the main characters even though she was pretty spiteful and the reasonings behind her actions were kind of... ehh. The relationship between Kate and her mother was really sweet and I was rooting for Kate to pull through with the entire thing to save her. There were some weak spots in the book. The accuracy in terms of mythology is kind of (I'm being nice, here) off, and the tests I felt were pretty underwhelming. Doing little tasks in exchange for immortality just isn't enough. It's immortality. I was expecting some Hercules-like stuff, which might have been a bit presumptuous of me because it's pretty obvious that this is a romance novel above all else. When it comes to YA, I usually find myself more in favour of the male lead, and the heroine is the one that gets on my nerves. But in this case, the character of Henry was someone that I just couldn't find appealing; did he love her? Did he not? Was he confused? Or just very angsty? He wasn't very likeable to me. The story was quite rushed, and Kate was swayed pretty easily when it came to forgiveness and believing that the gods existed. The concept itself is fantastic. But when I was reading, I kept waiting for something. It just felt like something was missing under all that potential. I found myself looking forward to the reveals of who was who, and that's what motivated me to finish the book. I have to say, the pay-off was pretty awesome in therms of that. Plus, the cover is pretty. I really love the text, the whole ethereal and greenery feel, and the dress that the model is wearing is just gorgeous. If you're looking for a quick, light read about fantasy mixed with romance, then consider this book. If you're looking for some complexity, hard-driven character development, mythological accuracy and a male lead who doesn't give you Edward Cullen vibes, then maybe skip out on it. You shouldn't go into this book expecting a lot of the original myth to be incorporated. For me personally, I liked it enough to buy the second book, Goddess Interrupted. But if I'm being honest, I haven't read it yet.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book This book was a joy to read, I felt very connected with the characters and fell in love with hades. It felt original even though the story is so old. I bought the goddess hunt and goddess interupted and will read them within the week. Such a quick, but enjoyable book. I recommend reading it.
Date published: 2012-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it ** spoiler alert ** The story starts with Kate and her mother driving to Eden, moving back to her childhood home to spend her last few months before she dies. Kate has no plans to stay in Eden after her mom passes but when she goes to school, a few students are drawn to her. James, a fun-loving goofy flirt, Dylan, one of the more popular boys in school, and Ava, Dylan's jealous girlfriend. Kate's trouble starts when he agrees to attend a party with Ava, which turns out to be a set-up but instead of Ava ditching Kate in the middle of nowhere, Kate ends up facing her fear of water to try to save Ava when Ava hits her head on a rock in the river. Henry appears to save Ava but only after Kate promises him something that she doesn't understand at the time. Kate is to spend half the year with Henry at his home and six months in the real world and she has to pass the seven tests by the council, something that no other girl has been able to do and it's cost them their lives. I can sum up my feelings on this book with two words: 'enough' and 'more'. I always felt like there was enough, enough to keep me reading, enough to understand what was happening, enough to like the characters, but I always wanted more. I wanted more complications and twists to the plot, more about the lesser characters(but I have hope there will be more of them in the coming books), and more surprise. It's a very different re-telling of the Greek myths. Hades isn't evil, the Gods are humanized. Since Kate doesn't really have a lot of knowledge about the Gods and everything is through her point of view, it's hard to determine which person is which God, as they don't use their Greek names, but it's fun trying to figure it out and figure out what her tests are.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read! At least once a week I go shopping in the city. Living in the country means that things aren’t as available as living in the city. Sure, it’s not a long drive to get to the big shopping malls and grocery stores, but enough that I’d rather get it all over and done with in one day. One place I tend to avoid — at least now that I’ve decided to ban any book buying for a while — is Wal Mart. I don’t usually go to Wal Mart to begin with, but when I do, it’s usually to raid the book section. I know where all the books are located: there’s the big book shelf to the left where I usually enter, then down the aisle past the birthday cards there’s usually a big table of bestsellers and paperback books, and then way at the back of the place there’s a small shelving unit with magazines and more paperbacks. Suffice to say, it’s hard for me to go in and come out empty-handed. This is how I came to acquire Aimee Carter’s fabulous debut novel, The Goddess Test. I have a bit of a love affair going on with Harlequin Teen books and this book was no exception, though I will admit that I bought it in the Fall of last year and just finished it at the end of February. A fast reader, I am not. Though, once I started reading, I wondered why I hadn’t read it sooner because The Goddess Test was a fabulous book, a wonderful debut, and a great start to the series. The story is about Kate Winter, an 18-year-old girl who just moved to the town of Eden with her mother. She’s going into high school for her final year, but doesn’t have the same teenage life as her peers because her mother is very sick. In her new town, Kate meets Henry, a mysterious boy who claims to be Hades, the God of the Underworld. I don’t want to give too much away because this is a book that will suck you in right from the beginning and I hate reading a new book equipped with spoilers. I will say that I fell in love with Kate immediately, especially when it came to her dedication to her mother. Aside from Kate, I adored all of the other characters and felt all the love that Kate felt, and harboured the same suspicions she felt. Aimee Carter wrote a book that makes readers feel so connected to the characters that I found it hard to put it down. I felt so invested with the characters that I didn’t want anything bad to happen to any of them. Of course, there was romance, too. Oh, how I loved the romance! I also really liked how it was a gradual climb to two people falling in love, rather than immediate love between two people who hardly know each other. It was such an honest love, too. Very real. I also appreciated the emotion that the characters had, despite the fact that most of them were Greek Gods who had been around for years and years. Their emotion added so much humanity to them that it was hard to see them (sometimes) as such powerful beings. Aside from the innards of the book, I also have to mention that one of the main things that grabbed me when I bought it was the gorgeous cover. I love the deep green leaves contrasted with the white of the girl’s dress. Gorgeous! Also, the chapter headings were pretty, too, with lovely swirls and leaves. I really like it when the pages not only house a beautiful story but also have beautiful art on them as well. I can’t say enough good things about this book. I had read most of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and The Olympians books and enjoyed the Greek God aspect of them, but found this one was so much more grown up. While I loved the adventures of Percy Jackson, I can’t wait to continue reading the adventures of Kate Winter. The next book, Goddess Interrupted, is due out in March. I know I can’t wait that far, can you?
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I am not a reader who would read a book about Greek mythology but Aimee Carter has taken something old and put a modern twist on it, this book kept me wanting to read to the last page and kept me guessing about what happen next. When I finished the book I loved it so much I read it again it is one of my favorite books I could talk about it and remember a lot of it off by heart, and when I finished I had one word and that was wow!
Date published: 2012-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking. Wow, this book quickly became one of my favourites! I didn't realize it had been 7 months since I first read it but it still sticks in my mind like i read it yesterday. Just one of those books you can't put down. I love everything greek mythology as it is part of my minor so I thoroughly enjoy reading a spin on an old story!
Date published: 2012-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Original This book was great! The story is captivating and interesting and it pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the very end. The main character Kate makes for a relatable heroine and the romance in the story feels real and not forced. It's an interesting take on the myth of Persephone, even if you don't know a lot about Greek mythology (or if you do, like me, you will enjoy it even more). Just a great overall read, I was so sad to put it down but am excited for the seque coming out in March!
Date published: 2012-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You NEED to Read this! I absolutely loved this book! After finishing it, I went and searched if the author had written anything else. I was disappointed that she hasn't but found out she is writing a sequel to this! I can live with that. Lol The characters were fun and love was not an instant connection, which makes it more intriguing in my books.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend this one I really liked this novel. I REALLY LIKED IT. I was so into this book, I finished it rather quickly. I don’t know what else to say except I loved everything about it. The plot, the characters, the setting, everything about it was wonderfully done. The most pleasant surprise, was how the tests were done. It was completely unexpected and I thought it was going to go about a different way. Little did I know it was already happening when I least expected it. I liked Ava’s character. I thought at first she was the biggest baddest rudest jerk on the block, but she was also unexpectedly a very important character in the book. I really liked Kate too. She was strong willed, and cared for others above herself. The romantic chemistry between herself and Henry/Hades was great! it was slow growing at first - which is to be expected, but once they hit it off they were so compatible that they were a pleasure to read. Not to mention Henry/Hades does sound extremely sexy (a la brooding tortured soul archetype) but it’s all good! it’s not cheesy, it’s not silly, and you can’t help but have a book crush on this guy too. The plot was very well done. The pace was really good and it was interesting enough to get the reader going (and reading until it’s done!). There’s a good mixture of comedy, drama, and romance, yet also to add into the mix is mystery. The mystery part of the book was good. It did keep me guessing - although the list of suspects wasn’t that big however it was still an interesting read. My favorite parts though (besides Kate’s moments with Henry/Hades) were when she was with her mom in their ‘favorite place’. They were touching moments and you can feel her relationship with her mom was very special. The ending was great! the test results were not what I expected and it was an emotional roller coaster. Some secrets were revealed (although I’m sure a lot more are going to pop up). I’m most definitely looking forward to what’s coming up next in this series. I most definitely recommend this book to YA readers. It used the Persephone/Hades myth and didn’t chop it up, didn’t really deviate from it, and although there were one or two little changes, it didn’t drastically change everything. It’s well worth the read and leaves the reader wanting more!
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely book! This is the story that takes a greek myth, and turns it into a compelling story. It's a love story that's completely unexpected, but very romantic. Anyone who loves a good romance, or who has at least a little idea of what the greek tales are all about. A wonderful read, I recommend anyone to read this :)
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I thought this book was AWESOME!!! It is one of my favorite Greek mythology books. I practically finished it in one day:) My expectations were really high, and Carter did it beautifully and exceeded beyond it. I have always loved talking about Greek Gods and Goddess, its one of those cool subjects in history. From beginning to end you have to root for Kate to pass those 7 tests throughout the entire novel. The ending was really good and some of the scenes were surprising, I was in shock! But with that ending it was amazing. I loved the part where Henry gives Kate a dog (Pogo) because that scene was sooo cute, and also when they kiss for the first time! Kate was an easier character to like because she was a normal teenager, but she focused on her mother because she was dying, waiting for her to pass. But Kate is handed a somewhat miracle of meeting Henry when he saves Kate's friend Ava. Henry is Hades, but in The Goddess Test he is the perfect gentlemen, who would protect Kate. The fact that they both fall in love with each other was really cute in the matter of 6 months for the rest of her life. I actually loved the book, and its unique way of relating it to today's lifestyle. I will give this book 4.5 stars, plus Aimee Carter is awesome, I recommend you read this book!.I can't wait until the sequel to this book called Goddess Interrupted:) Originally Posted: http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Greek stuff I really enjoyed reading The Goddess Test. This book is absolutely something very different from most YA book I've been reading I haven't seen too many Teen books out there about Greek mythology. I loved the characters. I think they were very well built and the relationship among them really grew in a way that you can relate to them and also to their circumstances. However, sometimes I was very confused about Henry's feelings for Kate. I didn't know if he loved her or if he didn't. I didn't know if he was confused or if his heart was with someone else. It always seemed to me that his feelings were very vague. But! by the moment things get a bit clearer I was like... aaah! Now I get it. Then, I realized that all this confusion was meant to be like that. I think Aimee Carter did a great job in that matter because you really get to be in Kate's shoes. You are as confused and as insecure as her. I loved that from the book and is pretty different from most love stories where, since the beginning of the book, you are 100% sure that the guy will ended up madly in love with the protagonist. This doesn't happens here and I think you have to read this book to know how Kate and Henry's relationship is going to end. The setting is wonderful! I wish I was there and even if most of the book's action occurs in this place (Henry's place) you never get tired of being there. I just think is gorgeous! The plot is very entertaining and well built. There is no moment to get bored while reading this book and I loved that. And the end... OMG! I did not see that coming! and of course, I think it has a nice message. Perfection doesn't exist. We do make mistake even with the people we love the most. But what is important in those situations is to look deep inside and see the truly intention. I didn't give 5 star to this book only because at the end there are some unanswered question and now I'm pulling my hair out! I know there is a sequel coming and I guess Carter left those question to be answered in the next book. But still. I just don't understand why Kate did not ask any of them (which is what make me think that it was very weird and unrealistic or illogical). I mean, If I was her, one of those question would have been the very first thing I would have asked. Overall, The Goddess Test is a good book, refreshing and entertaining. I do recommend it, especially if you like Greek mythology and want to get a bit away from all the fairies, demons, vamps and angels. Visit my blog http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2011-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ♥♥♥ Greek Mythology I'm a sucker for this stuff. Ever since Percy Jackson, I've been obsessed with mythology, more specifically Greek. I enjoyed the book , but I had better expectations. Maybe more to do with the myth and the gods rather than her mother. I loved how Kate would do anything for her mother, but some of those dreams were unnecessary. My number one problem though was that all the personification of the gods weren't the best. Maybe I'm influenced with the PJO version of the gods, but they really didn't act like how I imagined the gods would.
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love greek mitholgy i loved this book to me 5 hours to read this book it was gettin late but everytime i tryed to put it down to go to bed i just could not no matter how hard i tryed i love how her mom was dyein and she meet henrey and she said she could not love him but she did ended up loveing her she founda bestfriend and a lover and almost died it was wonderful book
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Quite Make Expectations... I've been so excited to read The Goddess Test for awhile now, eager to discover how Aimée Carter's debut would put a modern spin on Greek mythology! There has been quite the buzz for this novel and I've seen it popping up in so many places with reviews that sing its praises to boot... but while I was reading, I was saddened when I realized I wasn't feeling the same way. It's only recently that I've read a few reviews that told another story and I'm so glad I heard those thoughts because with their forewarning, the disappointment was slightly lessened. I altered my expectations of the novel but still, it kind of hurts that a novel I really wanted to fall in love with didn't quite make the mark... even if overall, I did still enjoy reading the novel. The first half of the novel was slow for me but that might have been partly due to my impatience. Aimée Carter sets up the necessary basics, explaining the myth of Persephone, giving you clues as to the identity of Henry, and building the relationship between Kate and her mother. That last part was integral to the story because it was important to see just how much Kate loved her ailing mother and how she would be willing to do anything to save her. As someone who's quite familiar with the myth of Persephone though, my eyes sort of glazed over Kate and her friends' investigative queries regarding it. I'm sure if you don't know too much about Greek mythology, then you probably really appreciated the background information, but for me, I was just ready to move onto the tests! Other than Kate's close relationship with her mother, I couldn't really relate with her at first. At times, her actions seemed to good to be true. Closer to the beginning of the novel, someone performs a horrible prank on her yet she easily forgave them with no hard feelings afterwords. The justification offered just didn't seem to be enough for me. Anyways, I'm sure you've realized Kate's a self-sacrificing character, always believing in the best of people and putting the feelings of others before her own. I'll point out though that Kate did gradually warm up to me and she made some tough, thoughtful decisions later on that made me respect her so much more! I liked Henry... but I wouldn't really go too much further at this point just yet. He's supposed to be Hades, God of the Underworld, but for some reason, he just lacked this spark and charismatic persona that could make me really fall for him. I mean, he's really kindhearted when he shows his personality and would do anything to make Kate happy, so I should have fallen for him right away, but I just didn't feel the chemistry this time around. He acts sort of distant and it really wasn't until near the end of the novel that he finally broke out of his shell. I won't say much about the actual tests except that they'll probably take you by surprise. I was thinking there would be more complexity to them but instead, I couldn't help but think how ironic they were. If you know anything about the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology, then I'm sure you'll also understand why it was kind of funny to see simple tests based on character when they're supposed to be less than stellar themselves. Anyways, I'm still feeling conflicted about The Goddess Test because on the whole, I really did enjoy the story and liked it enough that I didn't want to put the book down, but in the end... I guess I was hoping for more. The characters and plot fell just a little flat this time around but the second half really picked up for me! Kate's safety came into more jeopardy which added a bit of excitement and Henry finally opened up enough to allow for some wonderful moments between himself and Kate. Aimée Carter's interpretation of Greek mythology and the way she's incorporated them in a very much modern story does still offer a lot of fun... and I'm sure some of you will be kept on your toes trying to uncover the mystery of figuring out who is the villain! I will be absolutely checking out the second novel, Goddess Interrupted, next year because I have a hopeful feeling that it will be better than the first one. Like I said previously, The Goddess Test really began to hit a stride after awhile... so if it can maintain that pace in the second novel, then I'm sure it will be an awesome read! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/goddess-test-by-aimee-carter.html
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected So I was super excited to read this. Greek mythology? Hello! It's such a fascinating idea to begin with and I thought I'd be drawn into this epic story of these tests Kate has to pass in order to save her dying mother. Interesting yes, but not really what I was expecting. My first major gripe was the actual tests. Or should I say, 'tests'. I kept reading, waiting, hoping, to see when the tests would start. Well, lets just say I had to wait a while. A long while. As in you-don't-even-realize-it's-a-test-until-it's-over. It lessened my previous excitement and reason for wanting to read the book in the first place. The majority of the book is Kate taking her role as Persephone, staying at Eden manor with Henry/Hades for 6 months with the possibility of becoming his bride and an immortal goddess. At first I wanted to like Henry. Like the blurb says: dark and tortured. But he's no Hades. If anything he was just a hot teenage guy, albeit one that could raise the dead. I found that there wasn't really any fire to Henry, and you would think there would be! Most of the time I found him a bit boring actually. There was no spark with him, and at times neither with Kate. For the most part, their relationship came off as flat. I realize their love was supposed to be something that grew as time went by, but with Henry's aloofness and Kate's desire to fix him or save him it just didn't feel real to me. I want passion! I agree with other reviews I've read in saying Kate's relationship with her mother was one that definitely felt real. The emotions, the heartbreak, the joy, you could feel it coming off the pages when they were together. Kate's taken care of her sick mother and missed crucial parts of her young adulthood in the process. She doesn't know what to do without her mother and it's such a sad concept, but at the same time Kate is so incredibly strong for taking such a responsibility and handling it in the best way she possibly could. She'd go as far as live with a stranger for six months! I think what you need to keep in mind while reading is, though there's the mythology behind the story, do not go and picture the immortals like the ones in Disney Hercules (that was what I first imagined :P )...or any other stories about them for that matter. These aren't the superviolent, lustful beings ruled by power they're often portrayed as. Or at least, not that we've seen. Maybe that'll change! Review also on my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-goddess-test-1-by-aimee-carter.html
Date published: 2011-04-13

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I spent my eighteenth birthday driving from New York City to Eden, Michigan, so my mother could die in the town where she was born. Nine hundred and fifty-four miles of asphalt, knowing every sign we passed brought me closer to what would undoubtedly be the worst day of my life.As far as birthdays go, I wouldn't recommend it.I drove the whole way. My mother was too sick to stay awake for very long, let alone drive, but I didn't mind. It took two days, and an hour after we'd crossed the bridge to the upper peninsula of Michigan, she looked exhausted and stiff from being in the car for so long, and if I never saw a stretch of open road again, it'd be too soon."Kate, turn off here."I gave my mother a funny look, but turned my blinker on anyhow. "We're not supposed to exit the freeway for another three miles.""I know. I want you to see something."Sighing inwardly, I did as she said. She was already on bor¬rowed time, and the chances of her having an extra day to see it later were slim.There were pine trees everywhere, tall and looming. I saw no signs, no mile markers, nothing but trees and dirt road. Five miles in, I began to worry. "You're sure this is right?""Of course I'm sure." She pressed her forehead to the window, and her voice was so soft and broken that I could barely under¬stand her. "It's just another mile or so.""What is?""You'll see."After a mile, the hedge started. It stretched down the side of the road, so high and thick that seeing what was on the other side was impossible, and it must've been another two miles before it veered off at a right angle, forming some kind of boundary line. The entire time we drove by, Mom stared out the window, enraptured."This is it?" I didn't mean to sound bitter, but Mom didn't seem to notice."Of course it isn't—turn left up here, sweetie."I did as I was told, guiding the car around the corner. "It's nice and all," I said carefully, not wanting to upset her, "but it's just a hedge. Shouldn't we go find the house and—""Here!" The eagerness in her weak voice startled me. "Right up there!"Craning my neck, I saw what she was talking about. Set in the middle of the hedge was a black wrought-iron gate, and the closer we got to it, the bigger it seemed to grow. It wasn't just me—the gate was monstrous. It wasn't there to look pretty. It was there to scare the living daylights out of anyone who thought about opening it.I slowed to a stop in front of it, trying to look between the bars, but all I could see were more trees. The land seemed to dip in the distance, but no matter how I craned my neck, I couldn't see what lay beyond it."Isn't it beautiful?" Her voice was airy, almost light, and for a moment, she sounded like her old self. I felt her hand slip into mine, and I squeezed hers as much as I dared. "It's the entrance to Eden Manor.""It looks.. .big," I said, mustering up as much enthusiasm as I could. I wasn't very successful. "Have you ever been inside?"It was an innocent question, but the look she gave me made me feel like the answer was so obvious that even though I'd never heard of this place, I should have known.A moment later, she blinked, and the look was gone. "Not in a very long time," she said hollowly, and I bit my lip, regret-ting whatever it was I'd done to break the magic for her. "I'm sorry, Kate, I just wanted to see it. We should keep going."She let go of my hand, and I was suddenly keenly aware of how cool the air was against my palm. As I pressed the ac¬celerator, I slipped my hand back into hers, not wanting to let go yet. She said nothing, and when I glanced at her, she was resting her head against the glass once more.Half a mile down the road, it happened. One moment the road was clear, and the next a cow was in the road not fifteen feet in front of us, blocking the way.I slammed on the brakes and twisted the wheel. The car spun a full circle, throwing my body sideways. My head hit the window as I fought for control of the car, but it was useless. I might as well have been trying to get it to fly for all the good I was doing.We skidded to a stop, miraculously missing the tree line. My pulse raced, and I took great gulps of air, trying to calm myself down. "Mom?" I said frantically.Beside me, she shook her head. "I'm fine. What hap¬pened?""There's a—" I stopped, focusing on the road again. The cow was gone.Confused, I glanced in the rearview mirror and saw a figure standing in the middle of the road, a dark-haired boy around my age wearing a black coat that fluttered in the breeze. I frowned, twisting around to try to get a proper look out the back window, but he was gone.Had I imagined it then? I winced and rubbed my sore head. Hadn't imagined that part."Nothing," I said shakily. "I've just been driving too long, that's all. I'm sorry."As I cautiously urged the car forward, I looked in the rearview mirror one last time. Hedge and empty road. I gripped the wheel tightly with one hand and reached out to take hers again with my other, futilely trying to forget the image of the boy now burned into my brain.The ceiling in my bedroom leaked. The real estate agent who'd sold us the house, sight unseen, had sworn up and down there was nothing wrong with it, but apparently the jerk had been lying.All I did after we arrived was unpack the essentials we'd need for the night, including a pot to catch the dripping water. We hadn't brought much, just whatever could fit into the car, and I'd already had a set of secondhand furniture delivered to the house.That night, my nightmares were relentless and full of cows with red eyes, rivers of blood, and water that rose around me until I woke up gasping. I pushed the blanket off me and wiped my clammy forehead, afraid I'd woken my mother, but she was still asleep.Even though I didn't sleep well, I couldn't take the next day off. It was my first day at Eden High, which was a brick build¬ing that looked more like a large barn than a school. There were hardly enough students to bother building one in the first place, let alone keep it running. Enrolling had been my mother's idea; after I'd missed my senior year to take care of her, she was determined to make sure I graduated.I drove my car into the parking lot two minutes after the first bell rang. Mom had gotten sick that morning, and I didn't trust the nurse, a round, matronly woman named Sofia, to take care of her properly. Not that there was anything particularly menacing about her, but I'd spent most of the past four years caring for my mother, and as far as I was concerned, no one else could do it right. I'd nearly skipped to stay home with her, but my mother had insisted I go. As difficult as the day had been so far, I was certain it was about to get worse.At least I wasn't alone in the walk of shame through the parking lot. Halfway to the building, I noticed a boy follow¬ing me. He couldn't have been old enough to drive, and his white-blond hair stuck out almost as much as his overgrown ears did. Judging from his cheery expression, he couldn't have cared less that he was late.He dashed forward to reach the front door before I did, and much to my surprise, he held it open for me. I couldn't think of a single guy at my old school who would've done that."After you, mademoiselle"Mademoiselle? I stared at the ground to avoid giving him an odd look. No use in being rude the first day."Thanks," I mumbled, stepping inside and walking faster. He was taller than me though, and he caught up in no time. Much to my horror, instead of passing me, he slowed so we were walking together."Do I know you?"Oh, God. Did he expect me to answer? Luckily, he didn't seem to, as he didn't give me a chance to respond. "I don't know you." Brilliant observation, Einstein. "I should know you."Right outside the office, he swung around, placing himself between me and the entrance. Sticking out a hand, he looked at me expectantly."I'm James," he said, and I finally got a good look at his face. Still boyish, but maybe he was older than I thought. His features were hardened, more mature than I'd expected. "James MacDuffy. Laugh, and I'll be forced to hate you."Seeing no other choice, I forced a small smile and took his hand. "Kate Winters."He stared at me for longer than was strictly necessary, a goofy grin on his face. As the seconds ticked by, I stood there, shifting uncomfortably from one foot to the other, and finally I cleared my throat."Er—could you maybe…?""What? Oh." James dropped my hand and opened the door, once again holding it open for me. "After you, KateWinters."I stepped inside, drawing my messenger bag closer. Insidethe office was a woman dressed head to toe in blue, with sleek auburn hair I'd have given my right foot to have. "Hi, I'm—""—Kate Winters," interrupted James, falling into place next to me. "I don't know her."The receptionist managed to simultaneously sigh and laugh. "What is it this time, James?""Flat tire." He grinned. "Changed it myself."She scribbled on a pink pad of paper, then tore off the sheet and handed it to him. "You walk.""Do I?" His grin widened. "Y'know, Irene, if you keep doubting me like this, I'm going to start thinking you don't like me anymore. Same time tomorrow?"She chuckled, and finally James disappeared. I refused to watch him go, instead staring down at an announcement taped to the counter. Apparently Picture Day was in three weeks."Katherine Winters," said the woman—Irene—once the office door closed. "We've been expecting you."She busied herself looking through a file, and I stood there awkwardly, wishing there was something to say. I wasn't much of a talker, but I could at least carry on a conversation. Some¬times. "You have a pretty name."She raised her perfectly plucked eyebrows. "Do I? I'm glad you think so. I rather like it myself. Ah, here we go." She pulled out a piece of paper and handed it to me. "Your schedule, as well as a map of the school. Shouldn't be too hard to find—the hallways are color-coded, and if you get lost, just ask. We're all nice enough around here."I nodded, taking note of my first class. Calculus. Joy."Thanks.""Anytime, dear."I turned to leave, but as my hand touched the doorknob, she cleared her throat."Miss Winters? I just—I wanted to say I'm sorry. About your mother, I mean. I knew her a very long time ago, and—well. I'm very sorry."I closed my eyes. Everyone knew. I didn't know how, but they knew. My mother said her family had lived in Eden for generations, and I'd been stupid to think that I could get away with coming here unnoticed.Blinking back tears, I turned the knob and hurried out of the office, keeping my head down in hopes that James wouldn't try to talk to me again.Just as I turned the corner, I ran directly into what felt like a wall. I stumbled to the ground, the contents of my bag spilling out everywhere. My cheeks burned, and I tried to collect my things as I mumbled an apology."Are you okay?"I looked up. The human wall stared down at me, and I found myself face-to-face with a varsity football jacket. Apparently James and I weren't the only ones running late that morning."I'm Dylan." He knelt next to me, offering me a hand. I only took it long enough to sit up."Kate," I said. He handed me my notebooks, and I snatched them from him, shoving them back into my bag. Two textbooks and five folders later, I stood and brushed off my jeans. That was when I noticed that he was cute. Not just in Eden, but cute by New York standards, too. Even so, there was something about the way he looked at me that made me want to pull away.Before I could do just that, a pretty blonde girl attached herself to his side and gave me a once-over. She might've been smiling, but with the way she was leaning against him andclutching his arm, she might as well have peed on him. He was clearly marked territory."Who's your friend, Dylan?" she said, tightening her grip.Dylan looked at her blankly, and it took him a moment before he wrapped his arm around her. "Uh, Kate. She's new."Her fake smile grew, and she stuck out her hand. "Kate! I'm Ava. I've heard so much about you. My father, he's a real estate agent, told me all about you and your mom."At least now I had someone to blame for the leak in my room. "Hi, Ava," I said, biting the bullet and taking her hand. "It's nice to meet you."Everything about the way she looked at me screamed she wanted nothing more than to take me out into the woods and bury me alive. "It's a pleasure to meet you, too.""What's your first class?" said Dylan, craning his neck to look at my schedule. "Calculus. I—we can show you where that is, if you'd like."I opened my mouth to object, figuring there was no reason to tempt fate more than I already was by continuing the con¬versation now that Ava was here, but before I could say a word, he took me by the elbow and paraded me down the hall. I looked at Ava, about to apologize for hijacking her boyfriend, but when I saw the flush of red on her cheeks and the clench of her delicate jaw, the words died on the tip of my tongue.Maybe my mother would outlive me after all.