The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publication date: April 19th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of pages: 293
Series: The Goddess Test (1#)
Genre: YA mythology/fantasy
Source: Gifted. This is my honest review.
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…
This book has left me completely ready to go and grab the sequel off my shelf right now. It was so addicting and I can just tell that I’m going to be in love with this series.
I seem to be on a really lucky book streak at the moment. I don’t just give out five star ratings for nothing and this book deserved it. It was unpredictable and ok, I might have predicted one thing that was going to happen but that’s it. The ending left me kind of gobsmacked – I had no idea! The ending also left me really wanting to marathon the other three books, that’s not something I say often because I get bored when books in a series are four hundred pages or more. Sometimes less, especially if the book is really slow paced or I just can’t get into it.
Let’s just say I am curious as to where the story will go. Since the tests are over now, what on Earth could be in the next book?
The characters were great – there were some really sweet moments and I ended up taking to characters I never thought I would have. There is one character I’m still not sure what to think about but the next book will surely reveal whether I should be wary of them. Kate was a really good protagonist, she was smart and selfless. That’s one thing characters I have recently read about haven’t been. Selfless. Well, not as much as Kate. So that was a welcome change.
The writing was so addicting and I was so surprised when I realised there were only 30 something pages left. Disappointed actually – I genuinely didn’t want it to end! The Goddess Test was a fairly short book (I classify anything under 300 pages as short. Even if this one only needed 7 more pages to reach 300. Whatever.) and so much happened in it compared to loads of other books I’ve read that are 400 pages long. So what I’m trying to say is that Aimée Carter did a brilliant job in that sense.
I would recommend this book whole-heartedly and can’t wait to finish this series. It was just SO good.
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Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
Although I still really liked this book, I was in no way as impressed with it as I was with The Goddess Test.
The most likely candidate for my knocking off a star would be the relationship between Henry and Kate. So, so frustrating. I felt really sorry for Kate a lot because she tried absolutely everything she could and he still sort of ignored her. Grrrr. She got kind of annoying about it after a while.
There wasn’t as much action, it was more a case of reading about Kate and Henry’s relationship and Calliope after the last book. It was still alright and enjoyable though, especially when it got to the more exciting parts involving titans. It got waaaaaaay better towards the ending.
The first two paragraphs aside, I really enjoyed this book. This series so far has been probably the most addicting one I have read in a long time. I’m a huge fan! I actually thought it was a four book series because when I saw the box set online there were four books but I’m quite sad it’s only a trilogy. At least there are the legacies for me to read,
There are plenty of great characters galore in this series: Ava (Aphrodite), James (Hermes), Diana (Demeter), Ella (Artemis), etc.
Out of the above, Ava is probably my favourite because she is always there for Kate and understands what’s going on.
I would definitely recommend this series, it’s fantastic!
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The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others – but never knew true loss before….
Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope….
Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
The Goddess Queen
The Lovestruck Goddess
Goddess of the Underworld
God of Thieves
God of Darkness
I loved this book! It was so good! I was unsure about whether to read this or a Goddess Inheritance first but since this was 2.5 I went with this. To be honest I don’t think it really would have mattered but I guess I’ll just have to see.
I loved each story the same, which really surprised me. I even felt sorry for Calliope/Hera! It was pretty useful actually, to get a good backstory on the characters. I never knew about a lot of things concerning the characters *cough, James, cough* and Ava/Aphrodite’s story taught me a little about two other characters as well. Plus we get to find put how they chose their names!
This was such a good book and a must read for anyone who considers themselves a fan of this series!
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The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.
During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.
The Goddess Inheritance was everything I could have hoped for a series finale to be! I can’t (and don’t want) to believe it’s over. Please don’t read anymore of this review unless you have read the other books!
There was action, there was conflict, there was frustration, there was sadness, there was happiness, there was a happy ending (almost completely happy) – it was just perfect in terms of that. I just adored this book and had no idea what was going to happen at the end the entire time while reading it.
Kate had so many tough decisions to make and when she made them things always got a whole lot worse or better – which were a major game-changer. It would throw the story in one direction (no, not to the band) and bring on the action and conflict.
Oh the conflict. Whether it was conflict between Kate and Cronus or Ava or Henry or Calliope or even Walter, it was fairly critical to the story. In this sense, Kate had an unbelievable amount of pressure that fell on her to do the right thing and the consequences or mucking up wouldn’t be pretty. Though these conflicts could be very frustrating.
Things frustrating proportions came a plenty. This is not what I’d usually say to describe a book I love but it kind of added on to emphasising how difficult and important her decisions to make were. Sometimes the sadness or happiness that followed was impossible to avoid.
Near the end of the book, I began making predictions after I saw Harlequin Teen Australia talking about this book and she said there was an event that was very, very sad. Typically this sent my mind whirring and I conjured up a theory that turned out to be…correct. Unfortunately. Oh well, it wasn’t all sad times. There was happiness too!
Thank goodness there was some of this. Remember how at the end of the last book there was a certain baby that came into the picture? Well, I had totally forgotten until I read a certain passage at the beginning of the book. Luckily, there was some happiness in this book – including a happy ending.
The Happy Ending:
I’m so glad this book ended well – especially after the last book. I am content with the way it turned out and fairly happy.
I would recommend this series to everyone! It was so amazingly fantastic that I think everyone should read it!
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Goodreads author bio:
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. Her first novel for young adults, THE GODDESS TEST, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 19th, 2011. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will follow in January 2012.
Find her on Twitter at @aimee_carter.