Book Review : The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #1)

Greek mythology has been an obsession for me. The stories and retellings has always fascinated me. Thanks to Goddess test, i am going to look for a new obsession now. Seriously, i love you for ruining one of the most appealing and mysterious character of greek mythology for me. Hades. Pick any stories from Greek mythology and you will see how Hades is comparatively the only one that comes across as less womaniser except for the case of persephone. But even so, compared to other stories, his story is still a nice and romantic one. When in Goddess test, the story was reincarnated about hades and persephone, it felt more like Hades was a whining school boy. So if you don’t see the problem let me just explain it you. Hades is the lord of dead, underworld. He is the original dark, brooding, lethal alpha male character and to portray him as a love sick puppy tore my heart Well technically the story deals with the heart break but somehow the treatment went too soft and cliche to digest 

The Goddess Test Official Synopsis

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…

The Goddess Test RWAT Take

Apart from my whining , which comes out of my habit and senile brain functioning, the goddess test as such is not a bad read. If you are a greek mythology fan and kind of dangerously obsessed with it, like in my case, then this book would be disappointing for you. But look at the book like an ordinary young adult fantasy romance, then it is much better to digest. I seriously can’t see and digest the book to be a story of hades. It simply couldn’t touch that frame for me and that was my major disappointment. The way the book moved too quickly into weird scenarios without proper progression makes it even more tough to digest the plot developments

The book kind of fizzled out for me after the beginning , where it opened to the typical scenario of the new girl in the high school, bumping into the high school’s dream boy, leading to get listed high in the queen 🐝 bee’s nemesis list. Rope in an instant friend on the first day and you cover almost 90% Ya basic premise setting . So now you can understand why i had so much trouble with the book. Because be it anything, the last thing i wanted to see was Hades as a high school teenager and roaming around canteen searching for dates.

Its the potholes in the plot that kind of disappointed me. In terms of narration and language, the book does scores well. I didn’t like the male centre character because it couldn’t encompass the role of eternal God of underworld but rest of the important characters kind of did worked. Although i would say that somewhere something always seemed to be missing to form a seamless plot. That is the another issue i had with the book. That things were happening too mysteriously or too conveniently. More like it is just jumping major milestones to rush towards the end. 


In conclusion as a young adult fantasy romance, the book is a good read but if you are looking for greek mythology retelling, it kind of fizzles out and fails to replicate the actual stories and nature of Greek Gods which was why i couldn’t enjoy the book much. I kind of couldn’t relate it as a greek story retelling with so many elements in between plot development left untied or unexplained. 


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