Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Goddess Test by Amiee Carter

I received an e-galley of this book from Librarything's Early Review program.

Summary:  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 love good books with a take on mythology. So this was a good read for me.

What I liked about the book:  1.) Kate. She's a strong character, very well developed.  Life has been tough for Kate. Her mother is dying. She's moved to a new school.  She makes a new friend (though an unlikely one) only to have her die.  Instead of whining about how life has mistreated her, Kate sets out on a course to try to make things right and to try to save her mother.  Kate is not your stereotypical spoiled teen.  2.) It's a modern twist on Greek mythology. (Did I mention how much I like mythology?).  Granted Carter has put her own spin on the Greek Gods, but that actually makes the story better. I like how she thinks outside the box.  3.) It's not your typical paranormal romance.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good vampire/angel/werewolf romance, but it's refreshing to find a well written different take on the paranormal romance.

What I didn't like about the book:  There really wasn't anything I didn't like about the story. If pressed, I would say I might have liked it better if Kate didn't take so much blame on herself. She feels guilty  about what happens to Ava and she even feels guilty when she has to pass judgement on her.   Yet, I can't really say this is a bad thing about the book. It's part of what makes Kate who she is.

If you enjoy books about mythology and a you enjoy the teen romance, this is a good read for you.

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