Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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...

"Ava sauntered back to her table, her hips swaying outrageously as virtually every male eye turned her way."


Welcome to The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, a retelling of the Hades and Persephone’s tale in modern times or at least, that’s what the blurb promised. WHERE IS MY MYTHOLOGY?

The goddess test started out well enough and I liked the writing, it was simple yes, but it flowed well and helped carry the story along. I was intrigued by the mystery at the beginning with Henry and the dead girl, twenty years before our MC is born. They talk about a prophesy, not much time left, everybody dying… you know, the usual stuff. I wanted to know what was going on and how the story would develop from there, what were the tests all about? How would Kate get into that mess?

Unfortunately, the story was a disappointment. Kate’s chapters start with her driving her sick mom home so she can die in the place she was born. Despite the efforts at originality, from this point forward, the story was just one big Twilight fanfiction, from the awkward trip with a parent, to the small town were nothing happens (and that our MC hates), to the small house with no neighbours around, the school where she inexplicably becomes incredibly popular for being new (complete with hot guys after her and mean girls trying to “fake” friendship with her). A bonfire, a trip and lots of nonsense.

I found Kate an annoying character. I know that I should sympathize with her for what her mom is going through, and I did like that she didn’t forget about her only relative the moment she laid eyes on the hot guy, her worry was constant. But still, she was a really annoying and mean person to people who were being nice to her. The second she meets her classmates she’s annoyed that they even breathe in her direction because they are not really that hot to bother anyway.

And not to mention that every girl she meets is a “slut” and therefore baaaaaaad.

If a girl was being nice to her, kate was convinced that she was a fake. If they paid her no attention like to any other regular person, then they were rude assholes. There was no in between, friendship between girls here doesn’t exist, the relationship Ava and Kate have is nothing but a plot device to prop up Kate and show just how good and pure she was by being friends with the “promiscuous” girl and telling her how to behave.


As far as decisions go, well Kate wasn’t the smartest girl I know, to say the least. Her thought process left me baffled more than once, “yeah I’m sure that the evil person who said it was evil was in fact… good?” No, dude it’s right there!

I was looking forward to the mythological elements here, but the author does a blend of Greek mythology with Christianism and a bunch other things that simply made no sense, the “tests” kate has to overcome to become a goddess were based on the Seven Deadly Sins… dude, no. Not to mention that they were incredibly dumb and easy:

“So you borrowed clothes to your friend? BAM Holy mother of sweetness! Turn this child of love and sunshine into a goddess for her purity!”

The relationships between the Gods were nothing alike, their personalities (sadly) were all the same with no particularly meanness, greed, lust, nothing. They were all cardboards with no motivations whatsoever.

I really believe that this could be a fun and easy to read book, were it not for the annoying tropes and carton characters.

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