On my old blog, I used to do one of these on the first day of the month. Well, since I was moving everything over and reposting and all that jazz, I have not been able to do May's yet, and I apologize.
For newbies to my blog, this isn't really that complicated. A book that I really like, and the author, will be selected each month. And I will also read and review a different book by that author. So, May's Book of the Month is:
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Number of Pages: 293
Genres: Romance, Greek Mythology
Books like it: Starcrossed, Of Poseidon
My favorite quote: "Whatever obstacles you face, remember you can get through anything if you want to badly enough."
Brief Synopsis from Goodreads: 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...
My Summary: Kate's mom is dying. When Kate moves back to her mother's home to make her happier, she realizes she is almost out of time. Then, she meets a man named Henry, a man who brought a girl back from the dead right in front of her eyes. He proposes a deal: if she agrees to stay with him for six months and pass seven tests, he will keep her mother alive.
And although Henry is strange and claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld, she finds herself falling for him. If she passes the test, she will become his forever, and a goddess. If she fails, she will face a dark path no one dares to travel.
I loved this book, it was SO beautifully and flawlessly romantic. Henry just has a way with words that makes you read the pages over and over.
“I care," he said in a trembling voice. "I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.”
And even though Henry is really dark and depressed and you would think that he is a soulless, emotionless,
He raised an eyebrow.
"That could be easily arranged.”
Lots of people have given this book a really bad review, but I actually loved it. I think part of their problem is that they don't know enough Greek Mythology, which I love. The main male character, Henry, is the Greek God Hades, the god of the Underworld. One of the stories of Hades that is really important is the story of Persephone's Pomegranates.
This myth is about a goddess named Persephone who goes to the Underworld and meets Hades. She hates him, and eats six pomegranates while she is there. When she leaves the Underworld, Hades comes to her in an outrage and tells her since she ate six pomegranates, she must spend six months of the year with him in the Underworld every year.
In Goddess Test, Persephone was Henry's wife and she gave the life up for a mortal man that she loved. Now Henry is alone, and he needs to have a new wife. And guess what? Kate is the next contestant! Sorry if this part was kind of confusing, but it will explain it a lot better in the book.
In conclusion, this was a romantic twist on Greek Mythology and I enjoyed it. I realize I usually like every single book, except for a few, but it doesn't really take much to impress me. :) But this book is really, truly, good. Read it!
Pros: I liked the mystery, the trial, and the mythology. Carter is a really unique writer and I can not wait to read the rest of the series.
Cons: Some parts of this book were really weird, but the good outweighs the bad. I won't spoil anything for y'all. :)
My review: 5 stars
Author: Aimee Carter
(from her blog)
I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying I was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. I write. I watch a lot of new movies. Read a lot of books. Tweet too much. Love dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.
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