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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Title:  The Goddess Test
Author:  Aimee Carter
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Publish Date:  April 19, 2011
Source:  NetGalley

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  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.

If she fails...

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this book!  I liked how it was totally different from the usual vampire/werewolf/fairy theme.  Plus, I love Greek mythology!  Was the book accurate in the Greek Gods?  Not exactly but I didn't mind because it worked for the book.

I really liked Kate.  Her mom is dying, her friend is dead and she goes to Henry to take him up on his deal and seal her fate for six months out of the year for the rest of eternity (if she passes the tests).  She never turned into one of those pathetic, "feel sorry for me" characters, thank goodness!  While she was devastated that her mother was dying, she stayed strong and able to carry on.  

Henry is a great character as well!  I loved how you never really knew what his feelings were for Kate.  He's dark and mysterious but protective as well.  I like how he cared about what Kate wanted and gave her a true choice instead of making her feel bad about staying or leaving.  

Ava was a fun character.  I hated her at first and then really enjoyed her character.  She was fun and flirty and yes, a little self-involved but she brought some fun and lightness to the story.  

I liked how all the characters came together at the end.  It tied in the whole story and showed how important each character was in Kate's life.  

I loved the mystery in this story.  Not only did you have the great story of the Greek Gods but you have a suspenseful murder mystery as well.  The whole time you are wondering if Kate is going to be able to make it through to Spring.  Plus, you have a great romance that isn't too mushy.  The romance between Kate and Henry moves at just the right speed to be believable.

I enjoyed this book a lot even though it wasn't completely accurate when it came to the Greek mythology but like I said, it worked for the book and I had fun reading it.  

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