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41 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

From Missy's Reads & Reviews

I guess I should put a disclaimer on reviews of books that deal with Greek Mythology, so here it is: I am a lover of all things in Greek Mythology, so usually I'm incredibly giddy before I even open books that deal with the subject matter.

Having said that, I can tel...
I guess I should put a disclaimer on reviews of books that deal with Greek Mythology, so here it is: I am a lover of all things in Greek Mythology, so usually I'm incredibly giddy before I even open books that deal with the subject matter.

Having said that, I can tell you that this book did not disappoint me in the least. The more I read, the more it won me over. Besides the mythology, I can tell you what impressed me so much about this book: no insta-love! Oftentimes in YA books, the main character falls instantly in love with the object of her affection at the very beginning and then the rest of the book is swooning and talking about how perfect he is in every way for the other 250+ pages. This isn't the case with The Goddess Test. Instead, we get to see a relationship from what starts as an extreme dislike, then morphs from empathy to friendship and eventually, love. It's a realistic process, slow to start and blossoming into something incredible, something we can all relate to with love.

All of the characters seemed to pass the test (pun not necessarily intended). There was something that first irked me about Kate, but her actions and personality really won me over through the book. The rocky start to her friendship with Ava added even more layers to their relationship, again making it completely believable and all the more true to a real friendship. I think I said enough about Kate's relationship with Henry and the lack of insta-love, which in turn made me love them more. Henry's character was a more humble character, though I must say that I expected him to be a little more dark and fierce considering who he truly was. Same with James, whose character was also a little predictable but it didn't make me like him any less. Dylan's character seemed a little left-field and I was confused by his presence. I understood closer to the end, yet the whole opening scenes with him felt a little more like a page-filler than anything that was truly necessary to the story.

Despite some minor character issues, I can't say anything bad about this book - which means that those issues are so minor that they can be completely ignored. The story was amazing, the characters and intertwining of mythology equally so. I predicted some of the ending, but it ended up taking on more of a twist than I had initially expected. It was a pleasant surprise. It was also a fairly quick read, so there was no room for a lot unnecessary details. I enjoyed this book immensely and cannot wait for the next in the series to come out.

posted by MissysReadsAndReviews on April 20, 2011

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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

So much potential, fell a little short

Okay, so I'm going to be a tad on the harsh side here. I know this was written for a younger audience, and therefore on that level, this book might be great. But, that's not an excuse for me. First off, I love everything that has to do with Greek mythology and when y...
Okay, so I'm going to be a tad on the harsh side here. I know this was written for a younger audience, and therefore on that level, this book might be great. But, that's not an excuse for me. First off, I love everything that has to do with Greek mythology and when you add in romance, I couldn't wait to read this book. The writing is simple, straight forward, but lacks depth and doesn't tie things in well. When the main character tells her friends about her unusual offer and the situation, her friends just blindly accept her statements and believe in the supernatural all of a sudden. Isn't that quite suspicious, not right, or predictable? James is an interesting character but is not developed as much as I would like, more of him would be nice, maybe the author is holding out for that in the next book. The main god is quite weak for being a god; he's supposed to be caring and considerate, but he came off as too vanilla for me. I can see what the author intended to do, but it isn't developed or written well enough. It was a nice quick read with so much going for it, but I was a little disappointed by the end.

posted by risuena on July 14, 2011

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    Not qiute sure yet....

    The book was a quick read for two reasons; the first is Aimee Carter's easy writing style. I like the way she writes and I felt transported into the world she created. The whole book had a dreamy feel to it. The second reason is because I kept hoping something exciting would happen on the next page, but it didn't. Everything moved along at a very even pace.

    The point of the book is that the main character will experience a series of tests and I was looking forward to seeing how these tests would play out. As in all good tests of this nature, the main character never knows when she is being tested and what she is being tested on. The only problem in this case is neither does the reader, until the very end, and at that point the book is almost over and you fell like you are playing catch-up, and I think things were taken beyond "subtle" and into "barely there".

    I love retellings of the classics and I adore Greek mythology so I was a sucker for this book. I was desperate to see how the author would incorporate Greek mythology, but I feel that is what this book lacked, the essence of Greek mythology. Yes, there is one or two reference to it that is all.

    A bunch of the major gods and goddesses go "undercover" for the majority of the story. I liked this idea, but it is again done so subtly that there is very little connection between the characters and their mythological counterparts. I even peeked at the back to see which characters were supposed to represent each god, and I still had a hard time seeing the connections. I also don't really think the characters' personalities matched the personalities of the Greek gods and goddesses very well. Some did, sort of, but very loosely.

    Aside from the tests and the myth references, I wanted to read this book because of Hades. I love the bad boy, and for that can you get any better than Hades, god of the underworld? I think not. And yet, this Hades didn't even have a shred of bad boy in him. However our Hades here is a very sensitive character who has been hurt by the lose of Persephone, which I think could be more appealing considering this book is aimed at teen readers, but giving him some badness couldn't have hurt either.

    This is the first book in a projected trilogy, but it ends pretty well on its own. I think this would have been much better as a standalone book than trying to stretch it into a trilogy, however I will probably read the rest of the books, just to see where the author take this story.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

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    I almost don't know what to do with this. It was a very short b

    I almost don't know what to do with this. It was a very short book, and a very quick read, so it was some quick entertainment, but there were parts of this book that frustrated me. I think I'm going to read the rest of the series, but I don't really understand how they'll be a continuation of the story, it kind of all got solved in the end...

    What I liked:
    - It was a very creative retelling of the Persephone tale, I'll give it that. That's an interesting Myth, and to be honest one of my favorites.

    - Kate. She wasn't the best heroin ever, but I have definitely seen worse. She was a good person, and she wasn't weak.

    What I didn't like:
    - The names. I feel like all the gods were just given completely random new names. Hades --> Henry? How does that work? I feel like it was just to keep us from catching on to who everyone was, but it was a bit annoying.

    - The beginning. If that was not the most awkward and fast-paced way to get into a story, then I don't know what is. Everything happened so fast. And I don't understand why she would have agreed to Henry's deal right away. She didn't understand what she was agreeing to. She didn't know him. She was basically the only person who didn't believe what he told her about who he was, and yet she just instantly agreed when he offered to help her. It seems like maybe there was a little writers block involved, so the plot was just hurried along.

    - How is this going to be a series? The plot was resolved at the end, so there's no where to go that really makes sense. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.


    So, basically, if you enjoyed the book Wicked Lovely, you'll probably like this one. (I didn't like Wicked Lovely, but I liked this one a little more) They have a similar kind of guy who chooses a girl to be his queen thing going on.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Twilight series copycat

    The headline talks for itself.

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