The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)

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The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
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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.

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A Phenomenal Debut
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4.0
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5.0
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter was an absolutely refreshing read with a new twist on mythology that I absolutely devoured! This was a spectacular debut, and I am very excited to see more from Aimee Carter in the future.

Mythology is a topic that in my opinion can never be written about enough, and Aimee Carter has written a series that is so charming and delightful. Her take on mythology was a lot of fun to read about, as I could never guess where the plot was going to lead Kate.

I really liked Kate. The one thing about her that drove me nuts was her fixation on the fact that Ava’s death was her fault. Clearly when the mean girl does what she knows best and instead dies for it, it is not your fault. Everything else about her – I really liked her voice. I have to say I felt that Ava failed at the being the mean girl for the most part. Henry was a really great character – I didn’t like him as much in the beginning, but as Kate grew to know him, I liked his character more and more.

The Goddess Test ended way too soon. I was getting more and more involved with the story, and then it ended. I was really sad. I guess it’s kind of a good thing I waited until now to read it, since now I only have to wait three months instead of eleven. Moving past that, the ending was a ton of fun. I knew something was going to have to happen, but I wasn’t exactly sure how that something would. There were so many shocks and surprises and it was just a whole lot of fun.

The Goddess Test is a book I would recommend to all. I read it in 2 hours and just couldn’t put it down. I am very excited for book 2, Goddess Interrupted. The Goddess Test was a book with a twisty plot and a great cast of characters all wrapped up in a fabulous debut.
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Modern retelling of Persephone
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4.0
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Eighteen-year-old Kate Winters moves with her dying mother to the small town Eden. It's her mother's last wish. While there Kate plans to stay with her mother to the end. In the meantime Kate decides she'll only finish out her senior year and not date anyone. It's safer that way.

That all changes once she's at the new high school. One girl seems jealous of the attention her boyfriend is giving Kate, who wants nothing to do with him. She invites Kate to a party, who reluctantly goes. Tragedy strikes and a handsome stranger shows up. Kate begs him for help and he does on the condition she read the myth of Persephone.

From there even stranger things happen which include bringing the dead back to life with a cost. A cost Kate's not sure she can pay.

I really enjoyed this twist on the Persephone tale. Kate is a very likeable character. When a new mean girl's cruel prank turns on her, Kate doesn't leave but instead faces her worse fear in order to save her. Also she's willing to come to a backwards town(which we later find is not what it seems)in order to stay with her dying mother who she'd cared for since a freshman.

I'm not a fan of prologues but I felt the one in this story worked as it helped set up what would happen later.

The chemistry between the stranger Henry and Kate grows slowly. But when it ignites, wow. The romance isn't over the top either. Another big thing I liked is how Henry isn't stalking her but instead lets Kate make the choice whether she's willing to filfill her agreement.

Other characters include James, a quirky teen at the school who ends up being more than he seems. Ava, the mean girl turn friend who shows her true worth in the end.

But the biggest character has to be the town of Eden which is a unique twist on Greek mythology. This story is fresh and unique with characters you care for. I'm not up on my Greek mythology but this story doesn't go over the top on the antics of the Gods in relation to their dealings with mortals. There's twists and turns throughout the story. A few times I expected one character to be behind the other goddess in training deaths but was surprised at the final revelation.

The Goddess Test is a quick fun read. Can't wait for the next book!
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Modern take on Gods and Goddesses
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4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Background: Kate is about to loose her best friend, her mother, who has been sick for a long time. Since the time is near, her mother decides to move them both back to the town where she grew up, Eden. Once there Kate's mother takes a turn for the worst and Kate is left feeling alone in a new place, with a new school, and new people. Then, Kate meets James, a kid that follows her everywhere and Ava, the head cheerleader; both of her new acquaintances are a little strange and eager to hang out with her. On a trip with Ava, Kate meets Henry, who says that he can help her mother live for just a bit longer, all she has to do is agree to live with him and take some tests. If she passes, she becomes immortal, if she fails... all is lost...

Review: I started this book and in a few hours was finished with it and really enjoyed this modern take on Greek mythology. Kate was a strong female lead and the other characters had very distinct personalities.
Carter gives the characters modern names in place of their Greek god and goddess names, which I found interesting and a little intriguing.

OK - on to it: Characters- awesome, storyline- awesome, mythology- a little off but it worked.

Carter's story of a young girl striving to keep her mother alive is very touching, I found that a few times I was almost in tears because of the affection Kate has for her mother. I was happy that this was finally a book where the girl goes for the 'bad' guy, in this case Hades. Yay bad boys. The way the tests were incorporated into the story were entertaining and it was great to see Kate grow throughout her journey.

Already have Goddess Interrupted ready to read soon
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Aimee has completely butchered and destroyed Greek Mythology
(Updated: January 23, 2013)
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2.0
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2.0
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2.0
Review in 7 words: This book was confusing and a disappointment. I had quite big expectations for this book, but they weren't met.

The characters are disappointing and poorly developed, though readable, I guess. The writing style is not exciting and not really grabbing. Though the plot looked pretty good on the blurb, the romance was not exciting, and Kate didn't really take any real tests that I was looking forward to.

Kate is frustrating and poorly written. She has a self-centered personality, which makes no sense given that she passed the tests. I mean, she gets the deal of a lifetime handed to her, and she's all "no! I don't like dresses!" (SPOILER ALERT) and how is her mother a goddess but she's not? And who is the father, anyway? (END SPOILER)

Okay, so, subject change for a minute. Everyone knows that the concept of vampires has been: killed, butchered, examined, and sown back together in a kind of Frankestein shape (meaning that it is nothing like the original.) I have accepted that. I just never realised that someone would do that to Greek Mythology. I can forgive the few mythical errors in, say, Percy Jackson. As long as there aren't too many flaws, and the material is good. But Aimee Carter has completely killed the original awesome Greek mythology we all know and love (well, I do, at least).

Now, let us compare the original Greek mythology with the Goddess Test. I'll only do one example, but rest assured I could go on forever.

ORIGINAL: Hades was as active as the other gods, in that he was pursuing nymphs left, right and centre, which means he is NOT a virgin. He is the Guardian to the Underworld which is apparently a miserable place. He has an awesome helm of invisibility and a three-headed dog called Cerberus and Hades only follows his own rules. Demeter hates him for kidnapping her daughter Persephone, who also happens to be Hades' niece.
TGT: Hades is a love-sick, twenty-two year old-looking, virgin immortal, called Henry, with a ONE headed dog named Cerberus. His only powers seem to be teleporting, and he has all the romantic tact of a goldfish. The Underworld is a happy place where you can do whatever you want. He does what the council says is right. He's a virgin. Nothing wrong with being a virgin, but you're immortal, lived for thousands and thousands of years, and NOW is the time? Seriously? Demeter also wants to help him in any way she can.

The gods even take new names. Now I don't even know who is who! Demeter is now Diana, Hades is now Henry, then something something something something.

Is anyone noticing anything here? No? Okay, I'll tell you. Aimee has completely and utterly destroyed one of the oldest belief systems in the world.

Let me tell you for a fact Aimee, that there really WERE 12 gods, not 14. And they definitely WERE blood relatives. And you know what they definitely did NOT care about? Anger, envy, greed, pride, sloth, gluttony and lust. They were GODS. They didn't have to conform to some human notion of morality and sin. They didn't have to "test" humans to give them immortality. They didn't have to pass their decision through a "council", because they're GODS. And they can do whatever they want.

Anger: Ummm... but aren't there countless examples of Zeus or someone getting angry all the time?
Envy: What about when Hera was jealous of all the babies Zeus had with other lady friends
Greed: How about the time when Poseidon and Athena battled over Athens because they didn't want to share?
Pride: Has Aimee even GONE to Greece? The Parthenon, all those humongous statues?
Sloth & Gluttony: The gods just loved their feasts and could sit around for days.
Lust: Need I even explain? Pretty much all the gods did was run around having babies. And then there's also Aphrodite, who just happens to be the GODDESS OF LUST.

Onto the "tests". How do these Greek gods even care about the Catholic seven deadly sins? And for Zeus to say that "we don't accept lust" is totally not right. The first thing you know about Zeus is that he has NO RIGHT to say that. And don't you think when you are reading a book about being tested to be a god or goddess, you're kind of expecting something like; get the apple that is floating midair 100 metres up, or, steal an apple from the immortality tree, or, kill a hydra or SOMETHING.

I would like to ask why a man (i.e. Hercules) gets 12 tests that test his strength, cunning, killing power, speed and so on, while a lady (i.e. Kate) gets 7 tests that test her humility and morality. Is Aimee trying to send a message here?

Being coerced into a deal to save your mother should involve a few more hardships than wearing pretty dresses and living in a mansion. And I think immortality is worth a little more than not eating for, like, a day an giving away clothes that you didn't want anyway.

And even the way they were presented was terrible. Greed is measured in wanting pretty dresses that were FREE! And humility is measured in saying that the council is right when the alternative is to have your memory removed (that's another thing. The original Greek gods wouldn't have removed her memory. If she said they were wrong, they would have blasted her into oblivion.)

The ONE redeeming factor in this whole book (Kate's relationship with her mother and suffering at her having cancer) was also destroyed. I won't spoil anything, but if you have read the book, you know what I mean.

The ending was horrible. What a huge cop-out. Just... no other way to say it.

This book is written poorly, the tests are a huge disappointment, and Ms Carter seems either unwilling or unable to even Google these Greek myths and gods. If NONE of this bothers you, by all means, go and read this.
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The Not so Great Goddess Test....
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2.0
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The first thing I have to say is that this book is a let-down. The characters are poor, the writing style even more so. The plot seemed okay on the blurb, but the romance was dry, and the tests that I desperately wanted Kate to do well on were completely non-existent.

The Goddess Test is a book about Kate, an eighteen-year-old who's mother is dying. With her mother's last wish, of dying where she grew up, Kate drives to Eden, her mother's childhood home. There Kate meets Henry, just after her friend dies, and he offers to bring her back, in return for her to live with him, forever.

From there on the entire books is only really about Kate living in a big house for six months, where nothing really happens. The plot is boring, as nothing happens except right at the start, where Ava dies. I thought the tests would be all big and important, but they weren't even that important, hidden underneath all the boredom of the plot. I was hoping that it would be tests with monsters, and riddles, but the seven tests were basically the seven very unimportant decisions, not good at all.

Kate was such a useless character. She didn't think through things through when she made her decision about living with Henry forever. Even Henry said that prolonging her mother's life was a very cheap price. I reckon that she at least thought things through before she made a fairly useless choice. Henry wasn't dark, like the blurb suggests, but just off-putting. He didn't really have a personality, and the one he does is nothing like the god of death had. I didn't like him, he just was a boring person, just like everything else in the book.

What really got me angry was how causally Kate told Ava that she died, and then brought back to life. And Ava hardly reacted, the only thing that happened was that she brought out a Greek mythology book and started reading. I think there should of been some disbelief involved, not just blind acceptance.

The Goddess Test is a boring version of modern greek mythology. I can easily say that everyone, EVERYONE, would be better off reading Percy Jackson or Half-Blood, which are so much better than this very boring book.
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Fresh take on Greek Mythology
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4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
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3.0
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4.0
One of the things that initially drew me to The Goddess Test was the incorporation of Greek Mythology. I fully admit that I am a mythology nerd in all senses of the term. There is nothing that makes me happier than diving into stories about Persephone, Demeter and all the other fascinating Gods and Goddesses. That being said, I really adored how Aimee Carter wove this fascinating topic into an even more intriguing new story! The Goddess Test is everything a good read should be. Fast paced, full of intrigue and deception, and of course a little bit of love.

Kate comes onto the scene a broken shell. Her mother is dying, and she's not sure what she is going to do with herself when the inevitable finally comes. To be honest, Kate was tough for me to love at first. I understood her need to have her mother in her life, but I kept hoping that she'd see the good that comes with moving on alone. A new life, a new start. Her attitude bordered on depressing sometimes, and I really wanted her to see something positive about her situation.

However as the book progresses, Kate definitely does change. It's like a metamorphosis actually. One minute she is a shy, quiet, and lost girl. The next she meets Henry and everything changes for her. The Kate that develops is bold, brave, and full of life. I loved her so much. I won't reveal how this all comes about, or what happens afterwards, but I will say that if you feel the way I did at the beginning just make sure to read on. It gets so much more amazing.

Story wise, I couldn't have been happier with the way that Aimee Carter wove Greek Mythology into Kate's story. Henry was dark and mysterious, and each twist brought about a new aspect for me to fall in love with. The tie in of the story of Persephone definitely gives this book an added element. Watching Kate struggle to let go of her mother, learn to love herself, and try to help Henry, made for a fantastic read. I devoured the book from beginning to end and then lamented the fact that there was no more left to read.

In all honesty, The Goddess Test far surpassed my initial hopes for it. The story line, characters, and setting, all mesh into a wonderfully immersing read. I, for one, eagerly await the second installment in Kate's story. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
(Updated: September 29, 2012)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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Goddess of Boredom
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2.0
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My 5-word review: I expected to be amazed…

This was my first book from Harlequin Teen Panel and I was so excited to get it, with its beautiful cover and all the hype. But I was sorely disappointed. I had expected to read something filled with mythological references and enough action to satisfy a bored, carsick teenager. Instead I found a dull romance with weak and depressing characters and a senseless plot.

I read the first few pages of The Goddess Test as soon as I received the book, and since there was also a chat with the author at the Teen Panel, most of us (me included) said we loved it. And I did. In the beginning. First off was the extremely suspenseful prologue, and then you were introduced to the protag with the dying mother and then there’s the guy in the middle of the road who disappeared(!). All very intriguing. I loved the indescribable affection Kate has for her mom, and when she goes to school, all the characters seemed so vivid: the bubbly but jealous Ava, the mysterious jock Dylan, and of course, the unpopular nice guy James. Kate herself seemed highly relatable. I saw myself in her: the way she put up a wall and was disinclined to make friends (she was going to move back soon anyway), her quietly strong personality (I know that sounds like a compliment to myself LOL), and how she never really did learn how to swim. The scene where Ava tries to leave Kate by the river, but hits her head on a rock and dies, and is brought back to life by the hot and mysterious Henry (in exchange for her reading about Persephone and “being ready”) is both scary and gripping. Unfortunately, that was the book’s high point and it just went down from there.
The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)
Awesome alternate cover

Now I hate trashing books and I also hate spoilers, so without going into too much detail, I can say that
compared to the beginning, the rest was very slow-paced and romance was the main element, which bothered me. It might just be my dislike of romance novels in general. It’s possible that it’s my own taste and not the author’s sudden change of writing style, but you know what? I enjoyed Virtuosity. I adored Geek Girl. Heck, Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite classics ever. So why not The Goddess Test?
• The slow pace. For most of the book, you’re just slogging through each of her insignificant little problems where I could have been spending time on Henry’s job as Hades, or more of the backgrounds of other characters (I know virtually nothing about Ella) or even a little more action in there somewhere.
• It just flew through the tests. I do like how she quietly inserted them in during every day life, but quickly narrating them in order to hide that they are tests also makes them seem really easy.
• Henry. I’m sorry but Henry just seemed like a watered-down version of Edward from Twilight – the same dark, pessimistic mood, the same extreme protectiveness, the quiet, fierce, inexplicable love.
• Speaking of which, the love. Inexplicable is exactly the right word for it. Just like Edward/Bella, Kate and Henry are just suddenly attracted to each other for some unexplained reason and before you know it, they’re deeply in love. Why? How? *shrug*
• The end. The way the gods’ identities and the judgement and the explanation of the tests was hurried, you’d think there was a tornado coming through when Carter wrote it. Could’ve at least told us why these gods were these specific people.

Overall, I’m very disappointed with how this book turned out. I’ll want to read Book 2 (or rather Book 1.5) just to see what happens, but I’ve kinda lost interest. Sadface.
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It was amazing
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
I absolutely love this book. I am a Geekaholic[?] (is that even a word? oh well). I have been studying about Geek Mythology since... FOREVER! I was a little bit skeptical about this book but I was totally in love with it after the second chapter. The main character, Kate, was a likable character. She is brave, strong, and independent. Henry was awesome too. He is, uhm, very calm and.. in controlled[?] o_O. The character that i dislike the most, but later i kinda like her, was Ava (Psh! it have nothing to do with the fact that she is Aphrodite :P)I also kind of on the edge with James, he is just so...sad. I felt bad for him, but it is kind of his fault that he like Kate. There is a LOT of twists and turns in this book. I'm not going to say it because i dont want to spoil it to everybody. This is an awesome book and if you don't read it, it totally your lost.
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modern twist on greek myths
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4.3
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4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
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5.0
I really enjoyed this book.

this is my first ever greek myth book and so far i loved it.

It kinda reminds me of picking up the pieces - a song by Paloma Faith
The relationship between Kate, Henry and Persephone is just like that.

I liked how it was modernised to fit the 21st century and not the normal traditional one.

My favourite character is Ava. Even though she was a bit mean at the begining, she's still my favorite. She's a bit wild but she's a faithful friend and she helped Kate out of the river even after Kate punished her.

I recommed this book to anyone.
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A modern take on ancient Greek mythology
(Updated: June 23, 2012)
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3.0
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3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
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3.0
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/review-the-goddess-test-by-aimee-carter/

Books based on Greek mythology have taken a backseat ever since the huge outburst of paranormal romances. And it’s a pity, because Greek mythology is one of my favorite parts of fiction. Just trying to remember all the names — from Acheron to Zeus — is what makes it so satisfying for me.

The Goddess Test was a bit different from what I normally expect of mythological fiction. Instead of embracing the traditional Greek names of the gods, Aimée Carter adopted American names for each. Hades became Henry, and the other gods whom I will not name (no spoilers!) had Americanized names too. Even the characteristics of the Greek gods were Americanized. They were modern. They were not traditional. And I don’t like that.

I tend to be more oriented around tradition. Maybe it’s because of my being educated in a conservative private school. I don’t know. But I like sticking to the same old. And I admit that change is good for you, except sometimes too much change can ruin the entire thing.

So basically, I wasn’t a big fan of how the gods had changed in this book. But on the other hand, I did love our protagonist, Kate. Kate was pretty. Sweet. Nice. Caring. Determined. Devoted to her mother. At times, I paused and thought that she seemed a bit like a Mary Sue, except I truly did like her character. She was strong-willed, though not kick-butt like my other favorite heroines. But she was determined to keep her mother alive and to pass her test of becoming a goddess. And that’s what I loved most about her.

I enjoyed the romance in this book between Kate and Henry, though I thought it was a little abrupt at first. These two had a rocky relationship at first, and suddenly they were kissing? I was just a bit surprised. But I took it well and read to the end, where I was left with the feeling that these two may have been meant for each other, despite their relationship’s complications.

Oh, and the mystery! The mystery! I’ve always been a big fan of mystery, and this book did not disappoint in that area. I always caught myself thinking, “Who’s killing all these girls trying to pass the test?” And when the murderer was finally revealed, I admit that I was surprised. Never would I have suspected that (ahem) would be the one behind all these killings!

The Goddess Test was a very modern take on ancient Greek mythology. Even with its ups and downs, I loved watching as one determined girl fell in love and showed the nature of a true goddess.

Source: ARC/galley received from publisher for review
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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
ISBN: 9780373210268
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 293

Become immortal or die trying.
It's always been just Kate and her mum - 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 mesmerising. 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.

At first I wasn't keen on reading The Goddess Test because of some of the reviews I had read, but I actually really enjoyed reading this book! I loved Aimee Carter's modern twist Greek mythology! My favourite character was Diana Winters, Kate's mum was my favourite character because despite everything that appears to be going on in her life she still has time to listen to her daughter's worries & problems. Diana was also my favourite character because of her determination and faith. I really like the cover of The Goddess Test! The image alone is great, but coupled with the text and the Greek patterns it's amazing and suits the book perfectly!

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"'Dating My Best Friend' (former title: 'The F Word') by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven delves deeply into themes..."
Pawns (The Wielders of Arantha)
 
5.0
"Pawns by Patrick Hodges is the first book in the Wielders of Arantha series. Complex and creative don’t begin to..."
The Reader
 
5.0
"I devoured The Reader by M.K. Harkins. There’s no other way to describe it. I read it in one sitting..."
Adaptive
 
4.8
"The story: Lune Avery has survived the Elite Trials and escaped the clutches of her tyrant father,..."
 
4.8
"This darker and grittier sequel of Issaura's Claws, steers readers on a journey outside the kingdom of Elysia into the..."
Winter's Captive
 
5.0
"YA fantasy has always been my favorite. However, the past few months, I'd been in a slump. I struggled getting..."
The Fractured Empire
 
5.0
"I don’t know where to start! The Fractured Empire by Robin D. Mahle is the first in the World Apart..."
Tin Men
 
4.8
"Tin Men by Amalie Jahn The story: After losing his estranged father, Charlie Johnson’s..."
Tin Men
 
4.5
"Would you risk your future to discover your past? What I Loved: The premise of..."
Perfectly You
 
4.3
"What I loved: Ivy's character is strong, driven, and even a bit inconsiderate at times. Giving her character flaws..."
COLD DAY IN THE SUN
 
4.3
"An adorable story that has a lot to say. The story: Holland is the only..."
Lily and the Wedding Date Mistake
 
4.0
"'Lily and the Wedding Date Mistake' by Seven Steps is a story of friendship lost and found between main characters..."