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The Goddess Test

(Goddess Test #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  57,503 ratings  ·  5,250 reviews
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
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
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Jo-Jo There was nothing explicitly sexual, however, there is one part of the book where the main couple takes things too far. The book does not go into deta…moreThere was nothing explicitly sexual, however, there is one part of the book where the main couple takes things too far. The book does not go into detail as far as a sex scene. Hope this helps!(less)
Neha Try reading other books by her, and you might like them, because she is definitely quite an amazing author... I would suggest Nefertit or Cleopatra's …moreTry reading other books by her, and you might like them, because she is definitely quite an amazing author... I would suggest Nefertit or Cleopatra's Daughter, but these books focus on Egyptian history rather than Greek mythology(less)

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Dear Ms. Carter,

Since you appear to unable or unwilling to stretch your research skills so far as to google the Greek gods, I have prepared for you a small primer, in the hopes that your future endeavours will not gratuitously and flagrantly denude one of the oldest mythologies in the world. Following is a (very short) account of some of the major Olympian gods who apparently play a role in your “book”.

Zeus: The ruler of the gods. That means what he says goes. This is a pantheon of the gods, no
Kat Kennedy
*This ARC was provided for me by Harlequin and no money was exchanged.*

I requested this galley because, after reading the blurb, I immediately decided that the concept was awesome and that this book would be made of win. I tried to rationalize with myself that it might not be the fantastic story I was imagining, but it still had to be good, right? RIGHT?

Of course the concept of Vampire has already been taken, murdered, chopped into little pieces, jellified and poured into a modern, PC mould of s
Jan 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Morgan F
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Wrath- Zeus (or should I say Walter) shooting a lightning bolt at some poor soul

Greed, (and a little wrath) - Prometheus, the guy Zeus chained to a rock for all eternity because he gave fire to man

Pride - The Parthenon in Athens, of which Athena and Poseidon fought tooth and nail to be the patron of the city I need to show a montage of all the women, other goddesses, and the nymphs that some of the gods impregnated? (Not that the other goddesses, such as Aphrodite, the g
Mar 01, 2011 added it
This explains a lot.

Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This was a truly terrible book, but I feel so bad giving it such a low rating. It's like I just kicked a puppy. A really stupid puppy that's wet my bed for the 47th time, but still...kicking a puppy.

I've read a lot of unrealistic heroines in my day, but Kate tops the list. She's not all that terrible: I'll give her some points. She is kind, caring, with a soft spot bigger and more tender than a newborn's head. The first sentence of the story gives us a preview of her character:
"I spent my eighte
Savina M.
It's official. Aimee Carter is now on my list of Authors who are fucking idiots didn't do enough research, right next to the Casts and dear Alexandra Adornetto.

Seriously. How can someone fuck up Greek Mythology that bad? Even my twelve-year-old cousin, whose only knowledge of Greek Mythology is from The Lightning Thief, knows that there are twelve Olympians, not thirteen, and mortals can't dole out punishments to gods.

Okay, I've calmed down a little. Now on to the rest of the review.

Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book took me FOREVER to get!! And you know what it's like when you finally have access to the book you've always wanted.....

But seriously, even 5 MONTHS is still a little hard to take in....I mean, 5 MONTHS!!
Seems like Carter is a little famous in the book world!! :)

Ok, enough with the music and happiness. We're getting serious.
*puts on biker jacket and pretends to look cool*

This book was an EPIC read!!! As in- "when I was a 10 year old, I liked every single book th
Steph Su
Um…did I read a different book than many others? After reading rave reviews all over Goodreads and the Internet, I was expecting something swooningly romantic and highly inventive. Instead, THE GODDESS TEST read like a first draft of sorts, full of character clichés and a meandering plot that takes the excitement out of, well, “excitement.”

I stopped reading about a quarter of the way into the book because, at that point, still nothing pertaining to the main plot had occurred. It’s actually quite
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I always, always love it when Greek Mythological deities and characters get resurrected, recreated and put in present settings. Goddess Test is another novel that sets an enjoyably creative take on Greek mythology. I also love how this book uniquely centers its story on one of the least liked Greek gods-of course you know him- Hades. I'm reading the sequel in the near but not definite future. Lol. ^^ ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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I...just realized I never posted this here.

I was excited about The Goddess Test from the moment I first heard about it. The myth of Persephone and Hades has always held a certain fascination for me, and I enjoy reading adaptations of it and seeing what different authors do with the story. In Aimée Carter’s version, Persephone left Hades some time ago and Hades needs a new queen to help him rule the underworld. The queen candidates must first pass a series of tests, however, and someone keeps mur
Feb 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I love Greek mythology. I love Greek tragedies. I love the gods and goddesses and what they all represent and the timeless stories that accompany them. As with all people who love something, I am weary with re-imaginings and modern day updates of these tales. Some can be brilliant and really update the text to fit with the modern era, others can fail miserably. I was holding out hope for Carter’s debut (with a sequel in the works) since I have always been fascinated by the Hades and Persephone m ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Okay, this was just so messy and meh and just BAD i don't even know how i got through it and actually finished it, so i'm giving myself a star for my hard work. ...more
Natalie Monroe
I was extremely disappointed with this book. I read the blurb and thought it'd be great and guess what, it wasn't.

This book like Shiver and Fallen were Twilight descendents. The writing style is similar as well as the characters. Katherine, oh I'm sorry, Kate(Warning lights already, remember Bella and her Isabella issue?) states she's not particularly pretty but a whole line of jocks notice her. James and Dylan are immediately mesmerized by her and want to hang around her. (view spoiler)
Kate Winters has always had her mother by her side, but now she's dying and Kate is driving to Eden, her mothers childhood home, for her last request. Kate only wants to take care of her mother and spend as much time with her before she goes, but her mother insists she go to school. So Kate reluctantly goes, but is quite content to stay invisible. She's not here to make friends, she's here to take care of her mother.
Soon she meets Henry. Lonely, haunted, and claims to be the god of the Underworl
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hmmph... Is it just me, who wanted to read this book so bad just because of the beautiful cover and the amazing plot, or did this also happened to everybody else? *bigtimesigh*
I was counting the days for when this book is going to be released. But why, why Lord does this quote, "Do NOT judge a book by its cover" beat me every single time?
I mean, okay. Covers were always my weak spot, but the plot? Even the blurb betrayed me in this one. The theme of this book looked so exciting, I nearly shouted
Hannah G
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm rating this book 3.25 stars. This book was good. Originally I thought the tests would be more dramatic and not as underwhelming as they were. That was a bummer. But the way the author did do the tests which was do them in plain sight without the heroine knowing was interesting. Overall I liked this and it was a quick read. One thing I didn't like was that Kate was so selfless. Yes. Yes. I know that's what most heroines are made of. But what really bothered me was that to save Ava's life afte ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin-teen
Aimee Carter is a debut author (and only 24 years old!) and her Goddess Test series is definitely one to watch for (planning on being a three book far; GODDESS INTERRUPTED will follow in February 2012).

To start with, I felt abashed that this book made me cry so easily! The book opens with protagonist Kate and a rundown of her role as caregiver for her dying mom. Carter's description of this heart-wrenching process is mature and well-written.

This book also pays homage to one of my f
The Goddess Test is the first installment in Aimee Carter's young adult, fantasy trilogy titled Goddess Test. I've had this title on my TBR list for quite a while but never picked it up until it coincidentally became BOTM on one of the goodreads groups I participate in. Don't you love it when you get a little nudge to knock a book off that long list!

Overall, I liked The Goddess Test. I enjoy mythology, and despite the title (duh!), I didn't expect the book to incorporate so much of the subject s
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Goddess Test is an awesome debut. It was a hypnotic yet comfortable read where the pages just flew by.

It is such an eloquently written story that I am surprised that this is Aimee Carter's debut novel. It is just a seamless read and a really remarkable debut. And the premises was incredible. I loved the way the mythology was weaved into the plot. It was creative, unique and easy to follow. And for a book that is part of a series is has a completely satisfying ending. YAY!

Kate, the female pro
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty fast and entertaining read! I love books revolving around Greek mythology and this was no exception.
Ren The Booknerd
Love the cover,

love the characters,

love the plot,

love the book,


it's Aimee-zing!!!

P. S. : It's Greek Mythology!
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, netgalley, arc
What an incredible debut from author Aimee Carter!! The Goddess Test was absolutely amazing!!! I’ve always had a love for Greek Mythology and Aimee has just set the precedence for Greek Mythology lovers.

The story is about a girl named Kate and her mother who is deathly ill. Kate’s mother wants to go back to her hometown where she was born and raised to die. Kate has taken care of her mother for the past four years and that’s all she knows. She doesn’t have a life outside of home and school. Kat
I’ve actually been meaning to review this for a while. But I guess I just didn’t know hoe. So, after much care and consideration I have put together this review.

I picked this book up because…. I have no idea why I picked this book up. I mean it has gotten some really, really bad reviews. But I guess my subconscious mind wanted me to read it. So I bought it along with Glow and The Girl in the Steel Corset. Out of the three this was the first that I read, I picked it up first and I read it first.
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
As an audiobook, the story was told beautifully – the problem is: the story was awful.

From the synopsis I was intrigued by a plot which looked so promising, and it could have been with the intricate references to Greek mythology but the characters ruined it. I couldn’t stand a single one, and even after discovering their true identities (something I predicted from the beginning) they continued to annoy the hell out of me.

Kate was by far the worst. It largely fell down to the fact that she blamed
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I love Greek mythology! I'm a fan of any sort of mythology and folklore, but Greek mythology is one of my favorites! I especially love when an author recreates a myth, spinning an old favorite into something new. There are so many great novels featuring Greek mythology and The Goddess Test has quickly become one of my favorites!

My favorite book despite their subject matter are ones that have great characters, a captivating story like and are well written. The Goddess Test possesses all of those
Caz (littlebookowl)
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Original review from Little Book Owl

Full video review found here: Youtube

The Goddess Test is a unique take on the Persephone and Hades myth. The plot was very intriguing, keeping you in the dark about several mysteries throughout the entire story.

The writing style was quite nice, simple. However there are a couple of questions that still have me a little confused.

I loved Kate. She was a very strong main character with a moral and compassionate attitude. She was selfless, putting her life and
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Goddess Test is a romantic fantasy book that has a good balance between the two, also adding in a healthy dose of mystery and action. Anyone who loves Greek mythology will likely enjoy The Goddess Test. Carter was successful at having the traditional Greek myths mixed with her own fictional touches, though sometimes I felt that the two could have been blended together a bit better. Overall 4/5 stars, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the modernization of Greek myths and how there was an adorable romance added in. I couldn't give it a full 5 stars because I was confused for most of the book and as a result, I couldn't fully immerse myself into the story. However, I will definitely continue on with the series as I hear that the books only get better from this point on!
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Aimée Carter is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the author of over a dozen books, including The Goddess Test series, the Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series for middle grade readers, now a #1 international bestselling series under the title Animox. Her newest middle grade book, Curse of the Phoenix, will be released in June from Margaret K. McElderry Books.

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