Monday, April 9, 2012

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

[descriptions from goodreads]



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 that 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.



I am truly a sucker for any book with a Greek mythology background, and thus I could not resist The Goddess Test despite my eye-rolling at the description of Henry in the summary and subsequent belief that I would not enjoy it that much. I liked it more than I expected, but certain aspects are so obnoxious that I wouldn't be able to handle the sequel.

Since I already briefly mentioned it, I may as well begin the melodramatic parts of this book and how I did not enjoy them in the slightest. Henry's first appearance in the novel is so brief but "epic" that I half expected "Requiem" or a similar dramatic piece to start playing as I read. His early appearances are mostly brief and highlight the power he has, but even as he and Kate spend more time together and he appears more often, he never stops being so melodramatic. Especially when Kate is involved-- he tries so hard to make her pass the tests and whatnot that her resulting stupidity and rapid pace of her decisions are just as annoying. Kate's surroundings are pretty melodramatic as well; although I liked the included twist on the myth of Persephone, the way other mythological elements were included was a stretch at best. The mythological aspects were introduced far too late for them to make much sense, let alone have much of an impact.

However, despite how annoyingly over-the-top I found much of this book to be, there are things I like about it too. Although Kate's mother is often shafted in favor of further details of Kate's time with Henry, I did like the relationship between the pair. It's easy to see Kate's feelings about her mother's imminent death, for although she often describes them in detail, they're evident in her actions too. I also like how this book dealt with the tests Kate must face. It wasn't exactly a surprise as to what they were, but it fit into the story seamlessly and managed to be explained well in the short time their full information was revealed.

The Goddess Test has a nice premise and enough action to keep my attention, but it's too melodramatic for me to really love it.

Book details: Harlequin Teen/Paperback/$9.99

Source: Harlequin Teen Panel

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