Book Review: The Goddess Test



*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from

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.

After just finishing the True Love trilogy, another Greek mythology based series, The Goddess Test just didn’t impress me.

First, the beginning of the novel moved way to quickly. I think Aimée Carter just really wanted to get to the part where Henry reveals who he is and what Kate is going to have to do. By the end of the novel I understood why the beginning was the way it was but at first I almost stopped reading this book because the plot seemed so wacky.

For example, everyone’s actions, including mean girl Ava and fast friend James just seemed either too mean or too easy. Again it later becomes clear why all the events of the first chapters occurred but I think Carter should’ve slowed down the beginning of the novel. It just seemed like the first few chapters moved very quickly and then once Kate got into the goddess test everything slowed down.

Besides that though, the book was pretty good. I fell in love with Henry (Hades) and Kate wasn’t so bad either. Their chemistry was great and I appreciated the novel’s twists. Although I can’t see myself rereading this book anytime soon (read: ever) I’m interested enough to read the sequel. Maybe the next book will be better. Here’s to hoping.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Not worth the money but a nice, quick read.

Favorite Line:

“I care,” he said in a trembling voice. “I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.”


3 stars


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12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Goddess Test

  1. Shame you didn’t enjoy it that much. I have started it but not yet finished it. It just wasn’t holding my attention. Maybe someday I will finish it though.

      1. Is that my go to comment? I do finish books just I have a bad habit of not if it’s not holding my attention. I am trying to recitify that. The current book I am reading, I would normally have put down by now, but I am struggling thorugh and finishing it.

      2. It’s not your go to comment (I don’t think so anyway). But you said you struggle to finish books before. What are you reading now?

      3. The forbidden Library by Djanco Wexler, it’s not terrible just a little boring. What about about, what’s the next book you are reading?

      4. Hmmm I’ve never heard of it. I’ll look into though. I just finished The Carrie Diaries (review coming soon!) and I’m about to start City of Bones … for the second time.

      5. And by second time I mean I didn’t finish it the first time not that I’m rereading it.

  2. i have never heard of this book before, but it looks good. i was looking for more books to read this summer and i might add this to my reading list. thank you

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