Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Author: Aimee Carter
Teenager, Kate Winters is dealing with one of the toughest moments in life. The death of her mother. For the past few years, Kate has nursed her mother through her illness in New York. As part of her mother’s dying wish, she requests that Kate takes her back to her home town, Eden, so that she can spend her last days where she was raised.
Bizarre occurrences keep cropping up in the town of Eden, from Kate nearly hitting a cow, to watching her newly made friend drown in the river. But it’s not until she meets Henry that light is shed on the situation.
In the past, Henry has desperately trying to fill the gaping hole in his heart created when his wife left him. He has long since given up on fulfilling this mission, until he meets Kate. Now he will do anything to hold onto his goal and dreams. Regardless if that’s what Kate wants or not.
My favourite part of this book is at Christmas time. Kate has just decorated an enormous Christmas tree, and when Henry steps into the room, they do an exchange of gifts. These gifts are so personal to each of the characters that it shows great insight into the character development, relationship building, and understanding of the individuals that has gone into the creation of this novel.
This book is written in a fairly straight up style, aimed at the teenage market. It’s easy to understand, and therefore allowing it to be a fast paced novel. I found this book extremely hard to put down. And when I did, I was yearning to pick it up again.
Conclusion and Recommendation:
If you love Greek mythology (with a bit of poetic license), the supernatural, mixed in with a bit of thrilling romance – you will love this book. Aimee Carter will eventually release the next book, Goddess Interrupted, which will hopefully give further depth and advancement to the characters and their lives that I am so captivated by. I didn’t want this book to end, and felt that it was over far too soon. I can’t wait for the next book. Bring it on, Aimee Carter! Aimee Carter has done an incredibly good job of modernising Greek Mythology.
This is a book that I will probably buy for my bookshelf, and read over and over. The reason why I am rating this début novel as a 4 star at this stage, is because I want to read the rest of the series. There is much more to this story than what’s been written in The Goddess Test. If the advancement and depth of this story lives up to my hopeful expectations, then I would project that the series would definitely earn 5 stars.
My guess is that this series is going to help bring Greek Mythology into the 21st century. Aimee Carter – your debut work is heading towards 5 stars, straight off the bat. Well done.