Monday, February 13, 2012
The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Rating: 0 stars
Summary: 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 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.
Review: Spoiler Alert, not that it matters because you won't want to read this book anyways.
I'm wondering if Carter knows anything about the Greek gods other than their names and domains. She paints them as moral and civil individuals who are part of a democratic counsel. Number one, Zeus is the king of the gods; he is in charge, so there was none of that voting stuff. These are the Greek gods; they could care less about the seven deadly sins, especially lust. They married their siblings and slept with their relatives and random mortals. Hades was not a sweet and sensitive guy: he forced his niece into marrying him and most definitely did not go around bringing people back to life. Why must the author insist on renaming the gods and goddess? I understand if it's for the purpose of hiding their identities from the main character, but why call Hades 'Henry' when Kate already knew who he was? Not only is Hades/Henry Kate's uncle, but he used to be married to and is still in love with her sister, Persephone. Calliope was the one killing all the girls, but she was Hera, queen of the gods. She hunted down all of Zeus' other wives, random affairs, and the kids with the intent of killing them, which she sometimes succeeded with. The other gods and goddess wouldn't care about punishing her. If Kate wanted to stay all year, why didn't she just eat another six seeds? Also, why did Cerberus appear as a regular dog? I could get if he was normal size at the Eden Manor and then his regular size (huge) in the Underworld, but he's supposed to have three heads. That's what makes him Cerberus. Oh, and if my mom turned out to be a goddess, I'd be way more freaked out.