Apr 16, 2011

{Review} The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: YA Fantasy, Romance
THEME: Greek Gods/ Mythology
AUTHOR: Website
PUBLISHER: Harlequin


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.


Greek mythology has always been extremely intriguing to me and I was really excited to find a book that was a breath of fresh air from the vampire craze. I’ve been pretty pleased with a lot of the debut authors recently and Aimee Carter did a great job to keep me hooked on her book The Goddess Test.

Kate Winters and her mother move back to her mothers childhood town, with an illness that is fatal her mother wanted to be with Kate there for her last days. After an accident with a friend Kate makes a deal with the Mysterious Henry that will change her life forever.

I’ve always liked the story of Hades and Persephone, which was a major factor that pulled the story along. I always seem to have a soft spot for a guy who is broken and needs a big hug it seems. Henry is just that type of guy. Carter added a modern twist to the Greek Myths and having it revolve around one girl who is to be tested to see if she can handle being a goddess. There were lots of fun twist and turns that I enjoyed. I felt it was a little easy of a read than some of the other Young Adult books that I have read, but that didn’t take away from how much I liked it.

Kate was a very smart young heroine; she really would do anything for anyone even if they wronged her. Her maturity was important because she needed to be strong for her mother, which grew even more through the coarse of the book. The interaction and love between mother and daughter was really touching and defiantly had me emotional as I read on. Henry or should I say Hades, was dark and broken as I said before. He was portrayed as fiery and evil, but just that his presence was all power and strength by just being there. He was timid and sometimes I felt like shaking him out of his mopy self, it was an interesting take on this god. The romance that developed was not rushed and very sweet I felt and I was smiling at many scenes with Henry and Kate together.

Overall I liked this book and I was really pulling for Kate and always wondering what test would she have to scramble through next. The story carries a lot of wonderful emotions and great characters that were memorable. I will be looking forward to the second book Goddess Interrupted that is to be out in 2012.


This is a Young Adult book with a bit of adult content. Fans of YA Paranormal Romance and Fantasy will defiantly enjoy this. Also fans of Courtney Allison Moulton and Lauren DeStefano should check this out.


  1. I am so excited to read this book. I am glad you really liked it. Kate sounds like a wonderful character.

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading this book as the subject really appeals to me.

    Great review

    Jules x

  3. Thanks Kathy and Jules! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

  4. I have this on my kindle. It sounds really interesting, and I'm all for stuff that isn't vampire/werewolfiness. The greek mythology makes it more so.