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The Goddess Test

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It's always been just Kate and her momand 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 Underworldand if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazyuntil 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. "show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Mills & Boon
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0373210264
  • 9780373210268
  • 15,997

About Aimee Carter

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 paper each morning.show more

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Fearing the inevitable death of her mother Kate strikes a deal with a man she just met, Henry or Hades, god of the underworld. She has to take a few tests to prove worthy of becoming Henry's new queen in order to save her mother. I was looking forward to an impressive test marathon. These kind of stories with game character are often very active and daring and belong to my favourites, like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. THE GODDESS TEST didn't make use of all its possibilites. No grand arena, or crazily exciting tests to endure. The tests are nothing spectacular and often even passed by Kate without us knowing or being told. Greek mythologies are full of quarrels and tests, wars and epic love stories and I was drawn to THE GODDESS TEST after reading its summary. I was disappointed to find out Kate and Henry's story was nothing like that. Henry's still in love with his wife Persephone. I appreciated his honesty but ignoring Kate and keeping something important from her is just no way to treat your potential partner and so I just couldn't think of Henry as a genuine love interest. Their romance is defined by the ever same circle of arguments, whiny statements, excuses, I couldn’t hear it any longer. 3,5/5 ***/* THE GODDDESS TEST – A Greek mythology YA debut for beginners. Kate's story was one that had so much potential, especially with the tests she has to pass in order to save her mother. THE GODDESS TEST is a well-written debut and even though I wasn't overly enthusiastic about its characters and their romance, its world building and Greek mythology background made for a promising sequel.show more
by MissPageTurner
We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-goddess-test-goddess-test-1-by.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: "This is the gate between the living and the dead", he said. "You are still living. The others on the grounds died very long time ago." A chill ran through me. "And you?" "Me?" The corner of his mouth twitched. "I rule the dead. I am not one of them" About The Book: Kate's mother is dying and her last wish is to move back to her childhood home. How she can say no even if she's starting a new life, with no friends, and fearing her mother's death? She starts her new life there but a girl's prank turn out with her death and Kate decides to safe her. How? She makes a deal with a stranger. Even though the girl was mean with her, she tries to safe her and that's why Henry claims her to be the queen of the Underworld. Kate thinks that's another prank, but when Ava dies again, this time with no return, she decides to try to safe her. Instead she's finds another deal: keep her mother alive until she's prepared to say goodbye, if she takes the test. When dealing with the God of the Underworld could be an easy task, Kate finds out that he's not the only God around her and the astonishing thing is that she doesn't even know. What Kate doesn't know either is that every girl who had taken the test had died. If she fails, it's not her life that's only at risk... "I care," he said in a trembling voice. "I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too." Review: I had this series on my to-read shelf and it was about time I give it a shot. It turns out that I'm in love with this books. Aimee Carter not only finds the way to keep the story with sense and interesting for the reader, but adds a little of Greek mythology in it. Thing that I love. It was nice to see a good Hades, God of the Underworld, tormented by the loneliness that Persephone left in his heart. You could think that being a God is an easy task, but keeping the Underworld in order is taking everything from Henry and he wants a partner with him, to help him and to ease that loneliness. To be at Henry's side, each candidate must take a test and pass it. The trouble in that? No one knows who is killing the candidates and what seemed an easy task, turns out to be a deadly test. However this time is not only the candidate, Kate, that will die. Henry has made an ultimatum. If Kate does not succeed, he'll let himself vanish forever. Because Gods don't die, they vanish, with no turning back. Kate was a brave and strong character that even though she's not in the obligation of saving a girl who was nothing but mean with her, she safes her and that's what brings Henry's attention. She's a good girl with a big heart and she even cares for Henry. Although we can understand her distress at first, when someone, from out of the blue, claims to be Hades, God of the Underworld, and that he wants you to be Persephone 2.0, can be a little bit stressful and made you judge the sanity of that person. Henry is the tormented character with the little hope of finding a partner to share the Underworld. He's not asking for love, but for caring. He's sweet, but distant and is the one that keeps the mystery in their relationship. James, on the other hand, is supposed to be geeky, but handsome. He truly cares for Kate and he's really cute and friendly. When we found out his secret, we were like OMG! That one we didn't see it coming. However we were glad to know that he'd be around for a while (*wink*). We had mixed feelings with Henry and James, so we would keep them both! As for Ava, she's mean at first, but then she changes completely. She's more sweet and a little bit childish, but is something that suits this character. We don't know how to explain it, but she's a sexy, but childish character that brings the fun to the friends relationship in the story. With a terrific and wonderful plot and fantastic and original characters, this story is full of unraveling twists and unexpected secrets that would captivate you from the first page. Not only we have romance and mystery, but we can see a peek of supernatural and being truthful to the original mythology. We can only tell you that we have already read the other three books of Kate's story. So don't hesitate, Book Addicts, and read this marvelous story full of Greek Mythology. "Maybe you'll win when hell freezes over." He raised an eyebrow. "That could be easily arranged."show more
by TUABFC
I had a lot of problems with this book. This is the first book since I've started blogging where I not only didn't enjoy it, but was also kind of angry with as well. The author's writing itself isn't that bad, but it's not very good either. She has the tendency to use YA clich�???????????????�??????????????�?????????????�????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�©s, 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 an immediate bitch, 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.show more
by Janita Van Dyk
My opinion about this book is kind of complicated... Although I loved it and almost finished it in a day it lack a few things that I considered important for the plot. For instance, the background story was very good, Aimee did an amazing job bringing the old myths to the present time and making them very appealing. Especially Henry (AKA Hades), a character always misunderstood by people who picture him as a terrible god, capable of doing horrible things and ruler of Hell. But the Underworld has nothing to do with christian's hell and Hades has nothing to do with demons or Lucifer. So, as I said, Henry's personality was good and believable, he had all the things necessary to create a tortured character that will appeal to everyone. His background history is so heartbreaking that I did cry for him a little bit. As for the other gods, since I don't do spoilers I can't say too much about them, sorry. Kate's character was also amazing. Her relationship and the love she shared with her mom was very sweet and warm, I admire Kate's willingness to put her life on the line for the sake of the people she loves. One of the things I liked the most was to see her develop her personality as the plot unfolded revealing a fitting girl to become a queen. I really enjoyed to see Kate and Henry's relationship develop little by little, no rush, no insta-love and no silly things getting in their way. They both gave what they could in every situation and by the end of the book the support they showed for each other was great. But as far as the tests go I was not very happy. I understand what the author tried to accomplished with these tests that the future queen of the Underworld would have to face but I really wanted to see Kate going to each and every one of them... and it never happened. So yes, that was a disappointment. Saying that I also have to point out one very important thing: the ending was SUPERB. The identity of the gods and the truth behind the tests blew me away and kept me reading until the last page no-stop. Overall I think the book was good and the ending, that doesn't finish with a cliffhanger, well thought. That's why the next book, Goddess Interrupted, is already in my TBR pile. If you like Greek mythology then this book will please you for sure.show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
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.show more
by Linda
The Goddess Test was a book I, initially, wasn't interested in reading, but when I was offered a review copy along with a copy of Goddess Interrupted, to be reviewed at my leisure, no pressure, I accepted. And I'm really glad I did. I hadn't realised I was missing out on a fantastic book. This has become one of my favourite series. I was caught up from the first few pages and I just couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the mythology in this book. It is loosely based on the story of Hades and Persephone. Having never had much interest in mythology, I really know very little about it. I've learned some in the last few mythology based books that I've read. This was very easy to keep up with though. I didn't feel like I was getting lots of mythology information thrown at me to try to remember throughout the book which I have in the past. Our protag, Kate, agrees to spend the Autumn and Winter with a stranger, Henry, in exchange for the life of her friend. Her mother is dying and she doesn't want anyone else around her to die. She figures she will have very little in her life once her mother dies anyway as she has spent the last four years nursing her mother. The world that Kate creates around Eden Manor is fascinating and exciting, I really enjoyed being immersed in it. Kate finds herself living among the dead and enjoying it. There is some mystery too. Someone wants Kate dead, and has killed the eleven girls who were there before her. Kate has ladies in waiting, a food taster and personal guards. She is rarely left alone. During the six months that she stays with Henry, she must pass a total of seven tests, then she can become immortal, Henry's wife and the Queen of the Underworld. Then she will be required to spend the autumn and winter of every year for eternity with Henry, but for the other six months, she can do as she pleases. I really liked Kate. She steps up to the mark for other people constantly. Even when she has no real feelings for Henry, she wants to pass the tests for him, so she can see him happy and keep him from fading. She is fair when she has to judge and treats people equally. I liked Henry too. But when he was first introduced, I wasn't sure if he was supposed to be a good or bad guy. Was he just a jailer who would lock a young girl away for six months of her life. After all, he had kidnapped Persephone. Henry was quiet and distant with Kate at first but he made sure she was comfortable and had everything she required. She just couldn't leave the grounds of Eden Manor. He was always kind and friendly, with a sadness about him, and I really warmed towards him. He is still deeply in love with Persephone and heartbroken over her leaving him. He tugged at my heart strings, but I also felt for Kate, as she really tries hard to get close to him. The interaction and relationship between Kate and Henry was well done and I enjoyed it thorougly. Things move really slowly and we see Kate making most of the advances, which was different. There is an enemy within the walls who wants Kate dead and it was interesting to find out who it was and the reason behind it. But Kate does make a couple of good friends in Ava and James. The ending has a few twists and turns, some of which I did see coming. From the way this ends, I do have a small concern going into the next book, a love triangle. I really hope not.show more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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