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The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen) (edition 2011)

by Aimee Carter

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Title:The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
Authors:Aimee Carter
Info:Harlequin (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:75 Book Challenge of 2012, Your library

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The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (megtall)
    megtall: Mythology in contemporary YA lit.

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Twilight but with the Greek gods. It was alright. ( )
  kelsey.hintzman | Feb 10, 2015 |
Reading this book made me want to tear my hair out. It was so boring, full of cliches and bad characterisations. Really, it does bewilder me how it got high ratings. I don't remember much from reading it, as none of it struck me as interesting. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 2014 |
Now I'll be honest, first of all I didn't know what to make of this book. I've been dying to read the series for some times now and I got them at Christmas so I thought I would finally get around to it, it took me a lot longer than it normal would not because the book was bad, but because at the start of March my little girl turned 4, so with her birthday and the business in the weeks that fallowed, I was left without much time to read. Or motivation for that matter.

It started of rather slow for my liking, which is ironic because the story was moving forward way too quick, and I think that's why it dragged for me. Kate moves to Eden, the birthplace of her dying mother, so that Kate can experience the place that she once called home. Her mum is dying from cancer, has been for years, and wanting to spend as much time with her before it happens Kate agrees to move, that and she doesn't want to turn down what could be her mothers dying wish.

From the start Kate notices little things out of place, and when a prank goes wrong, Kate is thrown into the world of Henry aka Hades, and is forced to live with him as part of a deal. But that's not all, not only does she have to stay with him for 6 months, she also has partake in 7 tests to see if she's worthy or not of becoming his wife. And for Henry its his last time, countless girls have tried before but with him time is nearly up, Kate is his last hope.

This is maybe the 2nd series I've started about Greek Mythology, first being Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini, and even though it doesn't live up to the story between Helen and Lucas, it was still an ok story. I'm trying not to judge it too harshly as there are more books yet to come but even though I've given it 4 stars, it wasn't without faults. Kate's friendship felt fake, her relationship with Henry moved to quickly and I found a lot of the storyline and plot twists highly predictable. (not the authors fault as such, I just know what's coming half the time) but even that being said I found my self really liking it once I pushed myself back into reading. I loved Henry, really loved him, and sometimes felt rather fondly of James too. Kate did however get on my nerves, I don't know why, but she did.

Like I said, it started of slow but picked up and became a book I was happy to read. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and just hope that it picks up a bit more :) ( )
  Staciesnape | Sep 14, 2014 |
I knew a high-pitched voice signified a backstabbing bitch! Maybe it's just me, but anyone who is grinning ear-to-ear and jumping up and down to taste my food for poison, should probably be marked as a suspect . Gotta say,I did learn a few tricks of the trade from that oh so evil villain. the next time my arch nemesis makes a pass at my man,I won't take the obvious route and throw a little arsenic in her chile. Hell no! Send that bitch's libido into overdrive with some funky hot chocolate! Give some to the man of my dreams too! they'll be getting freaky all night long! That'll fix em! ....yea ...no. being a thousand years old hasn't taught your dumbass anything. ( )
  abigail33 | Aug 20, 2014 |
* spoilers *

Kate Winters's life isn't like other teenagers'. Her mother has terminal cancer and she has spent years taking care of her mother through chemo treatments, sickness, and health. Now, the fight is over and her mother's dying wish is to move back to her childhood town. Kate wants to finish high school, but wants to be there for her mom as much as she can. At school, she's the center of attention as a novelty, but no one except odd yet friendly James befriends her. Ava is jealous and tries to play a mean trick on her, but ends up dying instead. Henry, a dark and mysterious stranger, offers to save her in exchange for her fulfilling the role or Persephone to his Hades, who he claims to be. Kate has to decide if he's jut some crazy person or if she should take his offer seriously.

The Goddess Test is honestly kind of a mess. It's very Twilight like with Henry being the dark broody dark creature who just wants to be love with plain Jane Bella/Kate. I actually enjoy Twilight as a guilty pleasure, so I didn't have too big of a problem with that part. Their romance, while based on essentially nothing, was sweet. Kate's all over the place. I like her background taking care of her mother and having to grow up very fast. However, she makes some the dumbest decisions ever. All the other girls to take this test were killed by an unknown person and she thinks it's a great idea to open a random present. Girl, really? I was willing to let a lot of things slide to get my romantic guilty pleasure, but the last quarter of the book just pushed me other the edge.

At the end of the novel, the 7 tests administered to Kate are revealed to be on the 7 deadly sins, which is a Christian concept. These gods predate Christianity by thousands of years and reveled in the 7 deadly sins. They slept with each other, killed people, raped people, went to war, fought over lovers, and a whole slew of other petty, unpious things. As gods, they are above human morality. Suddenly, they hold Christian morals and it becomes earth shattering if Kate wants to eat food or sleep with her soon to be husband, which she was manipulated into doing because good girls don't have sex. Seriously, stop with the slut shaming, which is particularly heavy handed here with Kate's situation and with Ava (Aphrodite), who slept with 2 men who ended up trying to kill each other. It was ruled to be Ava's fault and she was condemned to be ostracized. It's especially important for teenage girls to know that their sexuality isn't something to be ashamed of. Female sexuality is viewed in the most bizarre way in our society where women who have sex are slutty and dirty, but if they don't they're prudes or frigid. Narratives like this simply reinforce this ridiculous double standard.

The Goddess Test ended up being a ridiculous novel that tells women that their worth is whether or not they have sex. I was on board for a guilty pleasure romance book, but this filled me with rage at its obviously Christian, puritanical message. ( )
  titania86 | May 21, 2014 |
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In Carter's first YA novel, the Greek pantheon isn't just down to Earth, it's occupying Eden, Mich., and attending high school. Kate Winters doesn't notice anything special about classmates Ava, James, and Dylan, but pale-eyed Henry gets her attention when he appears to resurrect Ava from the dead after a malicious prank goes horribly wrong. Kate can't quite believe that Henry is the god of the underworld, as he claims, but she also can't dismiss him. Kate's mother is dying of cancer, and Kate is willing to grasp at anything that might win her one more loving maternal conversation. The bargain she strikes with Henry is a grim one, but the full enormity of what she has undertaken—"live forever or die trying"—is not revealed until it's too late to recant. Carter wears her influences openly, with many passages reading like outtakes from Robin McKinley's Beauty by way of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Nevertheless, the narrative is well executed, and Kate is a heroine better equipped than most to confront and cope with the inexplicable.
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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 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.

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Eden, Michigan, high school student Kate Winters strikes a bargain with Henry, Greek god of the underworld, if he'll cure her dying mother of cancer. The bargain she strikes with him is a grim one, but the full enormity of what she has undertaken--"live forever or die trying"--is not revealed until it's too late to recant.… (more)

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