Friday, January 16, 2015

[Review] The Goddess Test (#1) - Aimée Carter

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In THE GODDESS TEST, the Perspehone/Hades myth gets retold for the bazillionth time- but this time with a lot more Stockholm Syndrome and less chemistry. 

What intrigued me: I love Greek mythology.

Wait, haven't I seen these people before?

I got very excited when I found out about this novel after being massively disappointed by the sequel to Meg Cabot's ABANDON. Same myth, new characters, another chance, I thought. I felt the entire time like I was reading a very bad fan fiction to a well known novel, which mostly results from the characters being essentially the same. First we have the protagonist Kate, who is forced to grow up very fast despite being a young teenager, because she's taking care of her single parent more than they are taking care of her. She's a loner, she moves to a new town and makes friends.

Enter the bitch friend Ava and the nice guy James who'll probably be part of a love triangle that'll be the base for book two. Then Henry, the mysterious, virgin, super-hot, super educated, millenia-old dream guy comes along, who hates himself and just wants to die. But oh no, he's falling for her and suddenly his life makes sense again. Come on, guys. He also has a bunch of adoptive sisters and brothers, among them are essentially all TWILIGHT characters.

No suspense!

The worst isn't even that the novel doesn't have original characters, it's that there is almost no suspense at all! The most interesting thing about a novel about Greek mythology and gods is finding out who's who, isn't it? So much room for intrigues! But no, Carter simply makes every single character who appears in the novel a god. Aside from Kate and her family. This isn't fun, this is just boring.

And then having the mysterious god no one has ever in 37293729 years caught doing it, trying to kill every lover Henry ever had, I just. No. The story only takes place at Eden Manor, the gate to the Underworld. There is no spin on the myths. We have the river Styx, Cerberus, The Pomegrenade Seeds, it's all in there. I mean, it's okay to base your novel on something, but this is nothing but a YA retelling in the most literal sense.



Overall: Do I Recommend?

There are so many great stories about Greek mythology and especially the Persephone Myth that you really, really don't have to torture yourself through this mess of a novel.

"Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

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

If she fails..."

Have you read THE GODDESS TEST?


  1. OMG! Okay, so I know I'm way late with this comment, but I had to comment because I feel like we're on the same page. I was so underwhelmed with this book and its characters. Especially Henry (a thousands-of-years-old virgin?)!! Really, though, my biggest problem was the way the author handled sex in this book. Anyway, I'll just leave my review here because I just have this feeling like I want us to bitch about this together.

  2. The book is a just a mess! I'm a sucker for everything Greek mythology and this is just a major disappointment. Your review is almost as bitchy as mine haha, how awesome! I think that the author didn't even bother to do the research, because the characters are jut so poorly characterized, ahh! I didn't finish the novel so I don't know everything that happens and it's been like 6 months since I read this.

    Holy shit though, I knew that there was a lot of slut-shaming going on already but I can't believe Kate openly said that to Ava. I loved Ava though as a character, but Carer screwed it up as much as she could basically. I think you had a beter chance of getting through this piece of crap novel because you listened to the audiobook. I think I made it barely to page 100 or 150. Maybe I'll give this another shot in the future. (You know what's super weird - all this slut-shaming and lusting after things, but yet Kate gets pregnant in one of the sequels. What shoudl we bet that they go married first at like, 19? Ugh, this book.)


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