Book Review : The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Kate is only 18 but, her mother has been dying of cancer for the last four years. As her final request she has asked Kate to take her home to Eden, Michigan. Starting in a new high school is never fun and Kate is dreading school because it takes away her last remaining time with her mother. In the first few minutes of school she meets James, who befriends her, Dylan, who flirts with her and faces the wrath of Ava, Dylan’s girlfriend. To try to make peace with Ava, Kate agrees to attend a party, however, it was a trick to leave Kate stranded on the other side of the hedge. Ava’s plan does not work out as she expects, when she dives into the river she hits her head and Kate, who doesn’t swim, jumps in to save her. When Kate pulls Ava out she is obviously dead, and then Henry shows up with a cryptic question, a solution and a deal if Kate is willing to sacrifice herself for others and pass the goddess test.
Adult Point of View
The Goddess Test is a first published novel and is pretty good. There are moments when the writing is a little clunky, particularly for Kate who is portrayed as being very mature for her age and then will fall into more childish speech patterns. The reason I kept reading this novel was because of Aimée Carter’s new ideas. There are points when it is a predictable story line, but there is also a quality of mystery and discovery.
At the very end of the book I realized I had not been looking for clues that would have helped me identify the gods who were testing Kate. At the ball Kate saw the empty thrones and she never expected to know who the gods were, when in fact, she was interacting with them daily.
Clues to look for would include, who seems motherly, who is flirtatious, who signature animal is horses, who had a limp, what is a form of modern war and who has a twin? That is not everyone but gives a good cross-section of the gods included.
This is a big spoiler … stop reading if you don’t want to know more.
Kate does not know what her seven tests will be and there aren’t any strong clues to help the reader. Kate studies extremely hard for a test about the Greek gods and fails, however, the test was not one of THE tests. Her level of preparation was THE test for SLOTH. The tests are the Seven Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. Kate realizes that she has been asked not to eat as a test and figures out that the test is for gluttony. The one thing I can’t wrap my mind around is why would the Greek gods use the Catholic Seven Deadly Sins which probably developed in about the 4th Century. Even though that didn’t make sense to me I didn’t have a better idea for the seven tests to become a goddess. And Unlike Kate I don’t think I could have passed her seven tests, it would have been the last one on pride that got me because I like to see justice and I could not have easily submitted to the committee’s will.
Also, as a warning for parents Henry sleeps in Kate’s room and when given a potion they succumb to their passion and have sex. The scene is not overly explicit, and it is part of the plot line. The language is fairly clean and the violence is also fairly minimal. The majority of the readers will be girls because the whole book is relationship oriented.
3.25 out of 5 stars