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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.

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"In Carter's first YA novel, the Greek pantheon isn't just down to Earth, it's occupying Eden, Mich., and attending high school. Kate Winters doesn't notice anything special about classmates Ava, James, and Dylan, but pale-eyed Henry gets her attention when he appears to resurrect Ava from the dead after a malicious prank goes horribly wrong. Kate can't quite believe that Henry is the god of the underworld, as he claims, but she also can't dismiss him. Kate's mother is dying of cancer, and Kate is willing to grasp at anything that might win her one more loving maternal conversation. The bargain she strikes with Henry is a grim one, but the full enormity of what she has undertaken — 'live forever or die trying' — is not revealed until it's too late to recant. Carter wears her influences openly, with many passages reading like outtakes from Robin McKinley's Beauty by way of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Nevertheless, the narrative is well executed, and Kate is a heroine better equipped than most to confront and cope with the inexplicable. Ages 13 — 18. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Aimée Carter was born in 1986 and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys seeing movies, playing with her puppies, and wrestling with the puzzles in the paper each morning.

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Lonerose, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Lonerose)
This was a very enjoyable quick read. It is a nice modern twist on a Greek myth. If you like Greek love storys then i would recommend picking this book up for a quick summer read :)
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Stormy, August 15, 2011 (view all comments by Stormy)
I really enjoyed this one.
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moiraethefatesbookreview, May 8, 2011 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
 The Goddess Test by Amiee Carter
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews



Every girl who has taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now 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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I wanted to like this book more then I did. I love the Greek Myths, but I felt that this was way too far from the original myths. I have seen other people call it "PC" and I have to agree with it. I didn't find the characters believable. I felt that the myths have been ripped apart which was a huge disappointment to me. The Greek gods were a far cry from how they were portrayed in this novel. The Greek gods are not who they are in the original mythology. They were moral in this book now, there is nothing wrong with morals, but when you change the Greek gods, I have a problem with that.

What I did like was I thought the writing style itself was strong. Carter is a good story teller, I just didn't like this book very much. Kate is a great original character and I did like the fact that it wasn't a love at first sight book. I would read another novel by Carter, just not one like this one.

Overall rating: ** 2 out of 5 stars

Coverart: I LOVE the Greek keys!

Obtained: I got a copy via Netgalley thank you.
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ISBN:
9780373210268
Author:
Carter, Aimee
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
A Goddess Test Novel
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.38 x 0.76 in 9.275 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Carter's first YA novel, the Greek pantheon isn't just down to Earth, it's occupying Eden, Mich., and attending high school. Kate Winters doesn't notice anything special about classmates Ava, James, and Dylan, but pale-eyed Henry gets her attention when he appears to resurrect Ava from the dead after a malicious prank goes horribly wrong. Kate can't quite believe that Henry is the god of the underworld, as he claims, but she also can't dismiss him. Kate's mother is dying of cancer, and Kate is willing to grasp at anything that might win her one more loving maternal conversation. The bargain she strikes with Henry is a grim one, but the full enormity of what she has undertaken — 'live forever or die trying' — is not revealed until it's too late to recant. Carter wears her influences openly, with many passages reading like outtakes from Robin McKinley's Beauty by way of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Nevertheless, the narrative is well executed, and Kate is a heroine better equipped than most to confront and cope with the inexplicable. Ages 13 — 18. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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