Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Page Turners: The Goddess Test

I am currently reading:
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Okay, I know this book has had mixed reviews from people writing raves to others slating it as one of the worst books ever written. So far it's taken me three days to read just 18 pages because it's just so...boring. That and I would also like to know why gods would have normal people names (Walter. Seriously?) and care at all about what mortals think or do. Ancient gods generally only took notice of mortals when they were giving them what they wanted, or weren't paying them enough attention, or when the gods were bored. Gods liked to play games, they liked testing mortals so that they could become gods. Real tests too, ones where you'd mostly likely end up dead or at the very least lose most of your limbs. Gods also, especially Zeus liked to drink a lot and have lots of sex, often with their relatives. I'm not getting even a hint of awesome godliness so far in this book. My teen angst sense is tingling, and there's nothing more annoying than an all powerful god with angst.

I know I haven't read very much, but so far I'm not impressed at all. Which is a pity because the blurb promises so much. It's part of a trilogy too I believe, with book two already making it's way towards publication.

From Goodreads:
Every girl who has taken the test has died. Now it's Kate's turn.
When her mother's dying wish is to return to her home town, Kate's willing to do anything to make it come true. Even if it means starting at a new school with no friends - and no hope. Then she meets Henry. Dark, tortured and mesmerising, Henry offers Kate a reprieve. She thinks he's crazy. Yet when he brings a dead girl back to life right in front of Kate's eyes she's not so sure any more... Claiming to be Hades, God of the Underworld, Henry's prepared to make Kate a deal. He'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
If she succeeds, she'll become a goddess - and Henry's bride.
If she fails she'll never see her mother again...

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