Paranormal Book Club: The Goddess Test

For the newcomers: Alexa, DJKristin and I unofficially formed the Paranormal Book Club and the goal is to re-read (or in some cases, read for the first time) old YA paranormal books. The plan is to read a book/series per season (which I'm tracking here) and after, we'll answer five questions.

Today I'll be talking about our latest read: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter.

Here are my thoughts:
  1. What were your initial thoughts about the book? Were you excited to read it?
    Having last read The Goddess Test in 2012, I was curious to see how it would hold up 10 years later.  To be honest, it was never a favorite but I did look back on it fondly since I had enjoyed the lore and I remember getting quite invested in the romance. It's about Kate, who has just moved back to her mother's childhood town to honor her dying wish, and is struggling with being a teenager at a new school and the reality of caring for her terminally ill mom. Then she meets Henry, who claims to be Hades of the Underwood and brings a young girl back to life to prove it, and asks her to accept a bargain to pass seven tests. In return, he'll keep her mother alive. As you can imagine, it's an offer she can't pass up. 

  2. What was your favorite quote or passage, and why did it resonate with you? 
    "Keep trying until you have no more chances left." As a reader, this resonated because I was rooting so hard for Kate to pass every single test and to get her happily ever after with Henry. But on a personal level, I believe I'm type of person who will always try hard to succeed, no matter the circumstances. 

  3. Which character did you relate to the most, and what was it about them that you connected with?
    I related to Kate the most. The situation with her mom hit very close to home and I think her single-minded devotion to her mom, especially in her time of need, was something that resonated with me. 

  4. Was there anything you wanted to see more of in the book, like more page time for a secondary character or a plot point you wish was explored more?
    I would've liked to see more of Henry's side of things and maybe a bit more development overall but at the same time, I think the story was well-paced and the amount of time spent on each character made sense for this first book (especially since I do know what happens in the later books). 

  5. What are your final thoughts? Would you read this book again and/or continue with the series? Would you read another book written by the same author?
    The book held up! I more or less rated it the same, which was roughly 3-3.5 stars. I think it's the writing that prevents me from rating it higher but overall, I still liked the story and the lore. I don't have any plans to reread the rest of the series but if the author came out with a new YA book, I think I would check it out from the library.

Don't forget to check out what Alexa had to say about The Goddess Test!

And if you want to learn more about 
Paranormal Book club and our past reads, go here.

1 comment

  1. I can't believe how long it's been since this book came out! I remember that series vaguely but wow, 2012!


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