The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publication Date: April 19th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback, 297 Pages
Source: E-galley from Netgalley courtesy HarlequinTeen
"Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now 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 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..."
Review: ***** = 5 Stars
There were three major points that had me initially interested in reading this book. First, just by looking at it I knew I wanted to read it. The cover is lovely and I don't care what anyone says, a cover can most certainly sell a book. Second, the blurb on the front comes from none other than Cassandra Clare, who just happens to be one of my all time favorite authors. If she has good words to say about it then... I want to read it! Lastly, the summary.. did you see it ^^^ up there. It just sounds amazing. Add all three things together and BAM you have just created a book I consider a MUST-READ.
Everything about this book drew me in. The characters, the relationships between those characters, the setting, the greek mythology that was weaved into it, the romance, the mystery. Need I go on?? It was like a big pile of awesomeness was combined into one book, and wonderfully done I might add. I couldn't set it down, I even got a headache from reading on my Nook for too long but I still had to finish it. I mean, I sacrificed my own health to continue reading.. that should be a cue to how much I loved this book.
Kate and her mother head back to her mother's hometown, Eden, when her mother's battle with cancer goes downhill. Kate adjusts, willing to do anything to make her mother's remaining time pleasant and as happy as it can possibly be. She enrolls at the small school in Eden, and quickly makes a friend and an enemy. Her whole life is turned upside down when a prank goes horibbly wrong and she makes a deal with the devil, or in this case, Hades. The world that unfolds to her is one of make believe, but soon she realizes she has two options. Pass the tests, or possibly die trying.
There are so many surprise twists and turns, a few times I had to close my mouth, not realizing my jaw had dropped at the shocking revelations. Aimee Carter has managed to combine an array of elements, and do it well, leaving an end product of a remarkable debut that will have readers feeling a mixture of emotions, but mostly leaving them clamoring for book 2!
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Since I loved this book so much, I'm going to give away a copy from the Book Depository... so its international.. YAY! The book will be released on April 19th, 2011 so we will have this contest end on April 15th so I can get the winners info and have the book ordered before the release date.
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