The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
No, really. Besides BUY IT RIGHT NOW is all Rachel and I can think to say. We really really really like this book. Maybe it’s the mythology side of things or Aimée’s cool heroine or having a hero that is a total badass (and hot and sexy and Iwannamarryhimrightnow(dibs)).
The Goddess Test is the start of the trilogy (and we can’t wait for the rest of it!). It’s character driven–but not excessively so. We spent the whole read desperately wanting to hang out with Henry (and just plain wanting him). Well, Henry and hoping Kate’s mom never dies.
The story’s heavy on the relationships between the characters which helps generate conflict (high school mythological drama? check!), keep the reader engaged and move the plot forward. And what a plot…
Neither of us could put the book down after starting it – you know those books you read in a day, even when you have a bunch of other stuff you should be doing? This is one of those books. The plot is equal parts romance, adventure, mystery, and challenge that keeps you on your toes.
Not to mention the guessing. Guessing what will happen, guessing what the tests are, and the best part of all, guessing which character corresponds to which Greek god!
Speaking of the gods–we really enjoyed seeing how the gods had evolved over the thousands of years since their origination. Some reviews have pointed out that the characters are very different from the traditional Greek myths. I would equally agree and disagree with this. The foundations of the original Greek gods are there – but The Goddess Test takes place in the modern day! Even though these are immortal gods, it would be foolish to expect that they hadn’t changed and evolved after thousands of years – just look at their Roman counterparts! In classical antiquity AKA the Ancient World (nerd alert, Emmy’s a classical studies major) evolved to fit the culture they were in, and Aimee does the same thing to the gods in this series.
We’re really glad our first review has also turned out to be one of our new favorite books! Stay tuned for the sequel Goddess Interrupted coming out March 27th, 2011
And check out more about the series: http://www.goddesstesttrilogy.com/
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