Thursday, 22 September 2011

Review: The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Published by Mira
Challenge : DAC
Source: Review copy


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.


***
I really enjoyed reading The Goddess Test and loved how the book was based on the ideas of Greek Mythology.The characters were interesting and the plot line was really engaging.

At the start of the book the reader meets Kate. She has just moved half way across the country to allow her mum to be able to die in her hometown. From the first page you feel for her as she clearly has put her life on hold to help her mum.

Kate starts her new school after moving and meets the popular girl who invites her to a party. The party isn't what it seems and the evening ends in a terrible accident. Kate is offered an offer to opportunity to put things right and to help her dying mother but at a price.

The main storyline is linked very much to ideas and stories from Greek mythology. While no expert at all on Greek mythology I loved the way this was done and how it made them more accessible for a YA audience.

Once the story gets going it follows Kate as she is put through seven Goddess tests. I loved how this was done as the entire story keeps you guessing about what the nature of tests. I loved how the story finally twisted in the end as it was revealed what the tests actually were and who the judges of the tests actually were.

All in all an interesting and engaging YA title which I really enjoyed.

3 comments:

Vivienne said...

I wondered whether you would enjoy it with your historical background. I think a lot of people have struggled with it if they had any greek mythology knowledge.

Clover said...

So glad you liked this one, seems to be hit or miss with a lot of people!

Kate said...

I started reading this today and I'm loving it so far :) Glad you did, too