The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter – 9/10

“Everyone believes in you except for you, Kate”

This clever re-imagining of the Persephone myth sets us in the USA – Kate is caring for her dying mother, who has decided to return to the town of Eden to die. Kate starts to settle into a new school and falls foul of cheerleader Ava (imagine Quinn from Glee). An accident brings her into contact with the mysterious Henry who wants her to make a deal. I don’t want to write any more because it was the untainted-by-spoilers approach to this book that made it so riveting.

Anyway, I thought it was excellent. Good writing, moments of wisdom (particularly a poignant line about being the spouse of a ruler and the dichotomy of personality one must deal with in that position), and some cracking characters.

Kate is a bit perfect for my tastes, but her constant self-doubt is something that will resonate with YA readers and I suppose she is supposed to be Everygirl. Ava is a right little princess, stroppy, promiscuous, thoughtless but good-hearted underneath it all. Calliope and Ella both have more to them than meets the eye, and the key cast list is kept quite small, which is good for a short novel like this one.

There were any number of plot twists along the way, hardly any of which I saw coming, and the whole thing was just very enjoyable. The humour is gentle but recurring, and wholly appropriate in register. I would recommend it to readers from age 12 up – my 14-year-old sister bowled through it in an afternoon and gave it a resounding endorsement. I look forward to reading more of Carter’s writing.

Other reviews: Iris on Books

Additional info:
Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 3129 locations (Kindle)
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4 thoughts on “The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter – 9/10

  1. BermudaOnion 1 June 2011 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I love plot twists that surprise me! This sounds so good!

  2. Lulu 2 June 2011 at 8:36 am Reply

    Yes, the 14-year old loves this book! Very enjoyable reading 🙂

  3. The Best of 2011 | Reading Fuelled By Tea 27 December 2011 at 9:34 pm Reply

    […] Sadness of Lemon Cake, Alan Bradley’s A Red Herring Without Mustard, Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test, Jane Green’s The Love Verb, Casey Hill’s Taboo, Penelope Lively’s Moon […]

  4. The Best of 2011 | Reading With Tea 1 January 2012 at 5:05 pm Reply

    […] Sadness of Lemon Cake, Alan Bradley’s A Red Herring Without Mustard, Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test, Jane Green’s The Love Verb, Casey Hill’s Taboo, Penelope Lively’s Moon […]

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