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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter: Review & Giveaway!

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!
To find more about debut author Aimee Carter, check out her webpage here or
go follow her on twitter.
GiVeAwAy TiMe!!!
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.
Please fill out the form to enter, no comment entries will be accepted, but review love is always graciously accepted. :)


Jessilyn (Jessica's Vision) said...

I love anything that has to do with Greek Myths. I love the cover too. Thanks for the review! I love Cassandra Clare too and If she says its awesome I'm sure it is!!

Jessy said...

I'm so glad to see you enjoyed this one so much! I'll be sure to add it to the TBR list.

Cait said...

Great review, I just finished this book as well! My review of it is here, if you'd like to check it out:

Mel B* said...

Thank you so much! I can't wait to read it!

Elie said...

I just finished this book today and I agree, it was great. Excellent writing and world building.

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! Makes me want to read this one right away!!

alice priday said...

great review. i so want this book now, thanks for making it international

Riv Re said...

Wowsers. You liked it, huh? I've heard some awesomeness about this, and I think I should pick it up...eventually. Great review!

Wilde.Dash said...

Cute site, I'm loving what an active community book blogging is. Wish it were that way with the film bloggers!

Loony Linh said...

This sounds so good! Really nice review ^^

Sniffly Kitty said...

Really looking forward to reading this ^.^

Sniffly Kitty
Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

Deea said...

I just finished this book too, and I LOVED it! I totally agree with you, it's like a big pile of awesomeness was combined into one book. Ah-ma-zing! And your review is great, btw!:D Thanks for the giveaway!

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

thank you! :D

aloveforbooks said...

thanks for the giveaway!

RachyBee said...

Great review!
I was lucky enough to review this book off Netgalley and I was blown away with it too.
I pretty much mirror your feeling Sherry and I'm soooo excited for the next book, Goddess Interrupted--it's gonna be brilliant!

Aleetha said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

I plan to download it from netgalley. But I keep postpone it since I still have tons of books to read.

I am glad you like the book. I hope I will enjoy it as well

Minas said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Giada M said...

Thank you for your review and giveaway! :D

louisa said...

Sounds interesting!

katrinao said...

Thanks for making it for everyone xx

Karla Vollkopf said...

Thank you very much for this fantastic international giveaway!!! @vollkopf

Vanessa said...

Thanks for making it international!

~The Book Pixie said...

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this. It sounds really refreshing and original and well as exciting. So glad to see you loved it too. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway. :)


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