The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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…”

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Hey people of the book domain,

 

I’m Shelby and this is my Weekly Review. That riveting summary you read up there was the plot to The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. I was doing some much needed organizing of my bookshelf when I found this book in the back, I hadn’t read it in years so I curled up in my nook and re-read it. I forgot how much I LOVED greek mythology in modern times. The book goes over many themes having to do with selflessness and what matters on the inside.

 

I found this book by scrolling through my goodreads recommendations looking for something with a Percy Jackson vibe when I came across this. My initial reaction to this book was excitement and anticipation for the next in the series, but once I went back through the book, I found myself finding parts with no plot. How does someone miss an entire filler section with absolutely no action at all? The answer I found while looking through it was that Aimee Carter wrote those sections in such a way that we are fooled to believe there is action where there isn’t. This was very interesting to me and I applaud her for that writing.

 

As I said before, throughout this book there are lessons of self acceptance and how to be beautiful on the inside as well as outside. For most of the book, the protagonist Kate goes through seven tests to prove herself worthy of marrying Henry/Hades. The first thought that comes to mind when I think Greek Gods is selfish and arrogant, so why don’t they just let anyone into their club of gods? The answer is that although they won’t admit it, they want someone better morally than them. Some of the tests are about greed, pride, envy and so on until you get the seven deadly sins. On top of all of this, Kate goes in knowing that if she wins, she is sacrificing 6 months of her life every year forever. Kate still goes through with it because she knows it will save her dying mother. Overall, this book sends a good message with good role models about learning to accept yourself and others.
I recommend it to everyone in the YA community!

I give this book-

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<3 Shelby

For more by Aimee Carter go to http://www.aimeecarter.com/

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