by First Mate Keira
Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Format: Digital ebook
Page Count: 304 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grade 7+
Summary: At the last wish of a dying mother, Kate moves them both to Eden, her mother’s childhood home. There she meets Henry, a dark handsome stranger wrapped in enigma. When a deadly prank reveals his true powers, Kate can hardly believe it. This could be the answer she was looking for – a way to keep her mother alive. A deal is struck and Kate agrees to move into Henry’s mansion for the winter and to pass seven tests. If she succeeds, she’ll become his bride and a goddess, his companion to help him rule the Underworld. If she doesn’t, chances are she’ll be dead like the other girls who tried before her.
Why I started this book:
I requested a copy from the publisher and I got it.
- Kate is a great heroine. I rooted for her. She just wants more time with her mom and Henry gives her that chance in a dreamscape where her mother can be younger and freer.
- Henry is a tortured hero, the kind I really dig. His actions are open enough to the reader to see into his character better than Kate. You can really feel his pain over the loss of Persephone and the other girls.
- The relationship between Henry and Kate developed perfectly—very slowly and very thoroughly. The Greek mythology lends itself wonderfully for Beauty and the Beast. I sincerely hope their romance keeps on getting sweeter and richer in the following installments.
- The seven tests are hidden within the story. As I was reading I kept wondering when they would happen and what they would be. I was expecting them to be difficult and sort of like the tasks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with obvious preparation for them. When you get to the end of the story the testers reveal their test and evaluation we realize that the tests were designed to weigh Kate’s character. It’s not a bad approach just very different than what I was expecting. Can you spot the tests as they happen? They’re obvious on a second read through.
Last Minute Thoughts: Why must I wait so long to read the second installment? I want to get my hands on Goddess Interrupted now!
Rating: 5 Treasure Chests