Book Review: The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
ISBN: 9780373210268
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

Eighteen year old Kate Winters has brought her mother home to Eden, Michigan to die in peace.  Kate doesn’t know what she is going to do without her mother, so she tries to focus on the gift of each day rather than what will happen next.  She also is trying to fit in at the local high school.  When one of the girls at the school plays a prank on Kate, it ends up having surprising consequences, leading Kate to the mysterious Eden Manor.  As she is forced to make a difficult choice, she sees Greek mythology coming to life around her.

Review:

The Goddess Test is a difficult book to review, simply because it’s hard to discuss it without spoiling the storyline.  A lot of the enjoyment of reading it derives from the twists and turns at the beginning.  Once the entire story is set up and the main storyline takes over, it’s almost a different book.  Getting to that central plot takes time, and it’s an enjoyable process to watch it unfold.

Kate is a lovely main character, and her love for her mother is very inspiring.  She will do anything for just one more hour, one more minute, one more second with her mom, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold.  When I saw how much she loved her mother, I knew all I needed to know about her.  She’s fiercely loyal and driven, and will fight for those she loves.  She’s also trustworthy and dependable – I really enjoyed getting to know her.

Once the main storyline of the book takes over, however, I didn’t love where it took me.  I kept finding myself asking, “Why?”  There were too many questions and too little explanation.  I was surprised that Kate was so willing to deal with people who neglected to explain anything to her.  Kate is forced to make decisions with little to no explanation as to what the consequences will be.  Additionally, it seems as though she is deceived at every turn, and the explanations given are completely unsatisfying.  I had trouble buying the premise of the book simply because the details were so sketchy and so many of my questions went unanswered.

The Goddess Test had a lot of potential, especially with the incorporation of Greek mythology, but I didn’t love how it turned out.  That being said, I am willing to put aside my uncertainty and read the sequel once it is released.  This book had a lot of promise, and I hope that will shine through in the next book, especially because I really did like Kate a lot.  If you’re a fan of the occasional YA novel for some lighter reading, I’d recommend this one, otherwise I’d choose another book.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this–it’s been on my list to pick up for a while… I’m not sure I will now though, I don’t like my characters to do inexplicable things with unsatisfying explanations and sketchy details. 🙁

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this–it’s been on my list to pick up for a while… I’m not sure I will now though, I don’t like my characters to do inexplicable things with unsatisfying explanations and sketchy details. 🙁

  3. I think I would enjoy the mythology aspect, but I’m not sure about the rest of it.

  4. I think I would enjoy the mythology aspect, but I’m not sure about the rest of it.

  5. Oh, it sounds as if this one started off great and had a great premise, but then just sort of wandered into the realm of unbelievable and improbable which doesn’t really bode well for me. I agree with the above poster when she says that she can’t get in line with characters who do strange things for no good reason. Still, the mother daughter relationship in this book sounds excellent. Now I am torn!

  6. Oh, it sounds as if this one started off great and had a great premise, but then just sort of wandered into the realm of unbelievable and improbable which doesn’t really bode well for me. I agree with the above poster when she says that she can’t get in line with characters who do strange things for no good reason. Still, the mother daughter relationship in this book sounds excellent. Now I am torn!

  7. I have been a bit curious about this book, but haven’t really thought beyond that. I am not sure if it would work for me, to be honest…

  8. I have been a bit curious about this book, but haven’t really thought beyond that. I am not sure if it would work for me, to be honest…

  9. Not a hundred percent of the reviews have been glowing on this one, so I think you are in good company. The fact that you are willing to give the sequel a chance speaks volumes though.

  10. Not a hundred percent of the reviews have been glowing on this one, so I think you are in good company. The fact that you are willing to give the sequel a chance speaks volumes though.

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