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Are tests and a second chance enough to earn the trust for the birth of a new true love?
on 13 June 2012
I initially came across this book through amazon. I admit that I ummmed and ahhhhed a bit, and got the final shove when a very good friend (and bookworm) recommended it to me.
Having now finished it I'd wished I'd ummmed and ahhhhed a lot less and just read it so now I could know how it ends! I really enjoyed it and once I started I couldn't really bring myself to stop!
Before I go any further I should confess that I have a weakness for paranormal romance books containing ancient gods and myths. Therefore my opinion is somewhat biased... but only a little :p
Although Kate was the main character, my interest and attention was just as caught by Henry, and that was not entirely due to his looks (although I am only human!). He was indeed mysterious, charming and a gentleman but that wasn't it either. What really caught my attention was the strong theme of trust that he brought to the story.
Unlike most paranormal/romance YA that have an obviously strong love theme, Aimee Carter added and underlined the importance and vitality of trust, faith and the ability to believe in someone. It was soon clear to me that these were key themes, that were to go hand in hand with love if Kate was to become a goddess and Henry's bride.
I found refreshing how the possible relationship between Kate and Henry depended on so many variables such as the tests, trust, love and faith. It made it all seem that more magical and at the same time more realistic, because to create a relationship it takes just as many factors if not more.
The Goddess Test flowed well and swiftly as one event led to another. Although the pace slowed down and subsequently picked up again, depending on what was happening, I never felt like I wanted or could put it down.
The more I got into it the more twists there were. I confess that I did see a few of them coming, but the ones i didn't took me completely by surprise; and I caught myself more than once with my hand slapped across my open gaping mouth (thank heavens I wasn't reading it in public as I would have looked like a right idiot).
Reading The Goddess Test felt like stepping back in time to meet the gods and then yanking them forwards into our present time. It was a beautiful combination of ancient and new, trust and uncertainty, belief and second chances. I enjoyed every moment and didn't waste a second to dive head first into the sequel Goddess Interrupted (review to follow when finished). This is most definitely a very promising series to be watched!
If you liked this I would recommend reading the sequel Goddess Interrupted (review to follow when finished). Something similar but completely based in ancient greece would be Destined by Jessie Harrell. Another mythological paranormal romance involving gods and ancient heroes, that I strongly recommend, is Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. If on the other hand you enjoyed the idea of tests, love and trust the I would suggest reading Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.