Saturday, January 7, 2012

THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen Books
Date published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780373210268
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher

Aimee Carter’s THE GODDESS TEST is a story of hardship, personal growth and overcoming adversity with Greek Gods and Goddesses embracing Christianity? Really.

Kate is bringing her mom back to her childhood home to die peacefully even though Kate knows no one there and has no other family to help her. Then she meets Henry, and promises to live with him half of each year as his bride in order to save the life of a new friend. After all, she didn’t really believe him when he claimed to be Lord of the Underworld. But when he also promises to keep her mom alive, her choice is made. Now she just has to pass seven tests of the Gods, or die trying.

New author Aimee Carter is a talented writer with an interesting writing style. What she lacks is research. Unfortunately, there is a lot of research that goes into writing a really interesting story. And THE GODDESS TEST really suffers because of this lack of research. This reader realizes that Carter’s target audience is young teens, but young doesn’t equal unknowledgeable. Carter’s complete rewrite of the Greek myths, with Gods and Goddesses undergoing complete personality changes was confusing, slowed the story pace and just wasn’t right. Then these Greek Gods administer a test resembling the Christian concept of the seven deadly sins?

Young adult readers who aren’t put off by some extreme creative licensing will enjoy THE GODDESS TEST because Aimee Carter is a talented writer with an interesting way with words. For this reader, this author will go on my “keep an eye on” list.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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