Monday, March 24, 2014

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (audiobook review)

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: audiobook
Length: 8hrs & 20mins
Description from Goodreads:
 Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
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 that 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.
If she fails...

My Thoughts:

      Kate Winters has had to grow up fast. Her mother has terminal cancer and as her last request they have moved back to her hometown of Eden. Having given up her childhood and her senior year of high school to take care of her dying mother Kate isn’t exactly social. On her one attempt at being normal she attends a party, things go wrong, and tragedy occurs. In order to right a wrong Kate makes a life changing deal with potentially deadly consequences. She is introduced to the gods of the old world. Hades is in need of a wife and Kate is his last chance. She must pass seven tests to prove herself worthy, evade an unknown foe whom has killed all before her, and convince the god of the underworld to give their life together a chance. Will Kate survive a killer, will she fail and forget everything, or will she pass and become Queen of the Underworld? Death and betrayal lurk around every corner. What would you do for immortality?
      Kate Winters may not have superpowers or the ability to kick serious evildoer behind, but she is definitely someone readers can admire. She doesn’t give up no matter how hopeless a situation seems. As you read The Goddess Test you will notice that nothing will stand in the way of her doing the right thing. She is courageous and tenacious. The other main character in the story is Henry/Hades. His character is very dry and distant. The narrator does a wonderful job voicing him and lets readers get a real sense of how old, separated, and hopeless he truly is. Henry isn’t your typical love interest and the relationship between him and Kate isn’t the typical YA romance in general. As for the rest of the book…I really enjoyed it. The other characters really showed their personalities. My favorites were definitely Ava and James. Ava in particulary is enjoyable with her romance centric train of thought.  As for the mystery in the book, readers gradually get a hint of who the killer is. I liked that it didn’t come out of thin air and it actually seemed plausible. The only potential “negative” aspect about the book is that there isn’t a lot of action. There aren’t any “kick-butt” moments or awesome magical displays. It was a little dry in places. I just think that with a cast of mythology's greatest powers a more could have beendone.  Lastly, the ending drops a big bombshell (one I didn’t see coming) and I absolutely loved it! It is sure to make the next installments of the series interesting. The narrator was very entertaining and the story is intriguing. I will definitely be picking up the next installment. I give this book a 3 ½ STAR rating.


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