Showing posts with label the goddess test. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the goddess test. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

10 Popular Books That I Disappointingly Rated 1 Star | Top Ten Tuesday

*Sighs* I know there are quite a lot very popular books in there and I do also realize that taste differs and some of you love these books.

Just because I didn't like them, it doesn't mean they're bad. Live and let live, okay?

10. WITHER - Lauren DeStefano
I just don't like books that mostly take place in fancy mansions. This was really boring.

9. WAIT FOR YOU - J. Lynn
See, this shouldn't be surprising to me because NA Romance mostly weirds me out. But I really like JL Armentrout and am constantly chasing the high/giddy feels I got from her Lux series.
I'm an addict.

8. SHIVER - Maggie Stiefvater
This was my first Stiefvater novel and absolutely scarred me for life. Um... this is literally about a girl trying to make her dog/ pet werewolf her boyfriend.

7. THE GODDESS TEST - Aimée Carter
I absolutely love everything Greek mythology and was very disappointed to find a very bad twilight fan fiction. Yikes.

6. SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi
Having everyone rave about this should've prepared me. Abusive is not romantic??? Wtf???

5. LANDLINE - Rainbow Rowell
I have read my fair share of Rowell novels and not really liked any of them, I don't know why I keep trying. It's still disappointing each time. You'd think I'd learn from my mistakes.

4. CRUEL BEAUTY - Rosamund Hodge
Dear lord, save me. This was basically the YA High Fantasy version of one of those smutty historical romance novels you can buy at train stations.

3. SIX OF CROWS - Leigh Bardugo
*sighs* can people please stop using other cultures for aesthetics and also doing it WRONG. Simply hiring someone to back check facts can't be that hard for a bestselling author.
Also, this book is just bad.

2. THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
This one bored me out of my mind with the annoying insta-love.

1. CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I am allergic to cultural appropriation. How to get on my author blacklist 101.

What's your most disappointing 1 star read?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

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

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?

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