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The Goddess Test - Book Review

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Published October 28th 2012
Debut author Aimee Carter has chosen to put a brand new spin on Greek mythology with her Goddess trilogy.

These books focus on Catherine "Kate" Winters, an American high-shchooler who returns with her dying mother, Diana, to the latter's hometown of Eden, Massachusetts. While there, she meets Henry, the main resident of the opulent Eden Manor, who claims he can prevent Diana's impending demise, but Kate must spend six months of the year with him, which harks back to the legend of Persephone.

One night, Kate's new friend Ava jumps into the river near the manor and seemingly dies, only for Henry to bring her back to life. After that, Kate's life is never the same, as she learns that the residents of Eden are not what they appear to be, but are themselves the real stuff of legend. Even her own mother has a surprise for her at the very end.

If you had liked Twilight and other supernatural romances, this one is not quite what you had been hoping for. The plot is fairly cliché, with few twists along the way, and the revelation of Diana's true nature somewhat falls flat. That said, we hope Goddess Interrupted, the second part of this trilogy, would be an improvement.

New spin on old legends: The Goddess Test, upcoming novelist Aimee Carter's attempt to bring fresh air to Greek mythology

Carter's maiden attempt may not exactly have had a really strong impact, but she deserves some credit for daring to put a fresh spin to Greek mythology and transplanting the Greek deities into modern America. Still, each main character managed to retain some characteristics of their Greek counterpart.

For those who cannot get enough of Homer's Odyssey, this may be something you might enjoy.
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