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Thursday, December 6

The Goddess Inheritance (GoddessTest Series # 3) By Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Series:  The Goddess Test Series # 1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback: 293
Pub Date: April 19th 2011
EVERY GIRL WHO HAS 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.IF SHE FAILS
Goddess Test is the debut book of this trilogy. It’s about the retelling of Hades and the Greek gods… and though I’m a big fan a Greek mythology, this book had me right from the very beginning! I loved it, I couldn’t stop reading and I kept reading until the very end!  Henry is a deity, ruler of the dead! Kate Winters is a teen that has given up on life due to her mother’s illness. All Kate wants is to be left alone and to stay with her mother until the cruelty of Cancer takes her. However, the unexpected happened… Kate watched and friend/enemy die and brought back to life, by a very cute guy, Henry (that’s how they suck you right in… the cute apart!) Kate was terrified yet happy that her friend got to keep her life… Soon Kate realizes that everything isn’t at it seems. Who is Henry?  Can he save her mother too? And did he really bring her friend back from the dead? Aimee Carter Is a new author I started reading and I love the way she writes! She writes passionately and ardently she tells her story as it is and no annoying page fillers! Or unnecessary fuss!  I especially adore the heroine, despite the fact that Kate is a teen, she is well grounded and selfless, she knows what she wants and she acts on it! She is fair-minded and loving… I also like the twists and thrillers rendered in the book. The mystery and the brilliance behind the story of Hades, god of the underworld as told by the author, was outstanding and satisfying and I know I will be reading this book over and over again…
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As a big fan when it comes to Greek mythology based stories, I must say that this book starts of as one of the best. A great romance novel focusing on the myths of Persephone and Hades.  Kate is the last candidate in a long line of girls up for the throne to the underworld. But the obstacles that face her are plenty, unknown and deadly to her. Will she be able to overcome this?- when the tests are unknown to her. Can she win the love of Henry- a god who is ready to fade into the unknown?  The story basically starts of with Kate moving to the middle of nowhere with her mother who is at the end of her lifespan fighting cancer. While adjusting to her new life she meets new people and makes a few friends, but when she is given a chance to spend more time with her dying mother Kate grabs at the opportunity, the only problem is her payment for this favor. Henry needs help, and he is just about to give up- but there may be an answer- Kate- can she? Is she good enough? That’s where the test comes in. James is Kate's best friend all he wants is what's best for her- will this lead to something even deeper than friendship between him and Kate? Goddess test will have you captivated from front to back a great thrill. I definitely can't wait to see what Aimee has in store next.
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Title: The Goddess Hunt
Author: Aimee Carter
Series:  The Goddess Test Series # 1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
EBook: 92
Pub Date: March 1st 2012
A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades's wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn....eBook
The Goddess hunt was a quick and fun read. The only problem is that it was too short. This story was written from Henry’s and Kate’s POV and I loved Henry’s POV better than Kate’s. I got to see inside Henry’s head and heart and how much he cares and loves Kate and how he values their marriage. Henry would pretty much do anything for Kate even go against Walter (Zeus) for his new wife. Kate on the other hand is clueless as usual, believing James to be her friend, why James is using Kate to torment Henry. All in All, I enjoyed knowing Henry and James’s “Stands” when it comes to Kate. It comes down to this; Henry loves and wants only Kate. James feeds Kate’s insecurity and is using Kate to best Henry, Also, James is manipulative!  Plus, I couldn’t help but wonder why James is … well cruel to Henry, why is there and animosity between Henry and James (mostly on James’s part) and why does it seem like James wants everything Henry has. Curious.  James is adamant to show Kate things that would make Kate abandon Henry, why?  Also, after reading “The Goddess Interrupted” and “The Goddess Hunt”, I know James has flexible Morals. Yet Kate seems to see a friend in James. Well! Aimee carter did a great job and she indeed peaked my curiosity! It would be a long wait until the third and final book, since I have read The Goddess Interrupted. Well-done.
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OMG thank you for giving me something to hold me over until the next one. But this was such a tease. A short story showing a little insight on Kate's trip to Greece during her six month break from ruling the underworld with Henry. But could this be part of her test as well? James' has accompanied her but with this comes trouble, and soon Kate finds herself fighting against her very own family she recently inherited. Henry is forced to choose sides, either his newfound wife or his Brother, King of the Greek Gods. What will he do? And can Kate remain faithful to Henry?  Definitely a good story but I need more how much longer till Goddess Interrupted?

Title: The Goddess Interrupted
Author: Aimee Carter
Series:  The Goddess Test Series # 2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ARC: 384 pages
Pub Date: March 27th 2012
Kate Winters has won immortality.But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future. ... Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
Goddess interrupted is an amazing read and I love every Sentence! It was an emotional roller coaster, still engrossing.  I was rapt from the very 1st chapter and I couldn’t stop reading. I read the story in one day, one seating. Aimee Carter has written another captivating tale.  Though, the foundation of this was based on the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone, Carter added more facets and twist and romance and surprises and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep your heart racing for the entire book! It was astonishing.  Each character in this book had a role to play and something to contribute in this beguiling story, yet Carter wrote this book in a way that you couldn’t fully blame anyone for the actions or the path they chose to take.  Kate I believe is the victim, yet she perseveres she might be young and very insecure, but she is strong-willed, a character I admired. Kate Winters is a queen in making.  Henry, hasn’t had hope or seen the in light at the end of the tunnel in a very very long time, so when he finally found hope, I don’t think he knew how to deal. His actions were understandable and yet, well what can I say after all his losses and a major heartbreak from his first wife, I can’t blame him for his form of self-preservation when it feels like or should I say looks like history might repeat itself (James).   All I can say is I, wow!!!!  It was a great story and in the end the cliffhanger, was Jaw- dropping, heart wrenching, and left me breathless!  My only hope is…  well it just CAN’T be!  I can’t wait for the 3rd and final book in the series Goddess Inheritance, which I plan to savor by the way because this is just a brilliant story.  Well-done Carter!
 A big thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin publishers for the Advanced Readers Copy of Goddess Interrupted expected publication date March 27, 2012
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What a freaking awesome cliffhanger at the end. Wait what am I saying now my brain can't stop wandering what the hell is going to happen next. Aimee has definitely done it again keeping the story addictive as ever. I could not put this down. Kate and Henry are facing their biggest challenge yet when it comes to their marriage, not to mention the end of the Gods is closely approaching. Can Kate help save her new family? Or is all lost? After sentencing Hera to a lifetime of humiliating groveling to make up for her evil deeds, Hera is hell-bent on exacting her revenge on all the Greek Gods, especially Kate. The threat of the Titans' Cronus release has all gods in a hiatus. Hera has kidnapped the big six and the only person who can help right now is Persephone. Kate finds herself searching for help from the one person she can never live up to. ill Persephone help? And can Kate make it in time to save the Gods? Will Cronus escape? Aimee I must say I need more now. Can't wait Definitely two thumbs up ten toes all the way up.
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Title: The Goddess Legacy
Author: Aimee Carter
Series:  The Goddess Test Series # 2.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback: 304 pages
Pub Date: July 31st 2012
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimé e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness...Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal...Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another...James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before...Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope...Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
Wow! What an amazing journey!  I am astounded. Sensational!  Five great stories, heart –wrenching, exciting, wincing and cheering, though I can’t bring myself to feel too badly for any of the Greek gods, well …Er… except for Hades- Henry because they are all psychos!
Aimee Carter is a very talented writer! Carter is just too much and I can’t wait for the next chapter of her writing career… after the Goddess test series because Carter tells stories that captivates and bring old tales back to existence anew.  I never get tired of the way Aimee Carter portrays her Greek gods and it’s amazing to read about their actions and reactions to certain issues. Honestly, its just plain weird! And the Drama! OMG!  Kate has a lot to fix in her new family, and I am glad she has the strength to take them on because after reading this book, I am certain she is what the gods need. The Goddess legacy was no different from Carter’s books it was enriching, fascinating, emotionally draining and I loved every minute I spent reading this masterpiece. I love how some of our questions where answered and I smiled at Henry’s reaction when he’d first seen Kate and hers to him! The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short especially Henry/Hades tale, but no matter I would let my imagination go wild.
Okay… when they say “the gods must be crazy”, this book took that phrase literally! Take Hera/Calliope for instance, I understand everything she’d went through and I understand she didn’t get the life she’d wanted, but in the end… she became the worst of the lot! She is prideful and ruthless and bitter! I almost felt sorry for her… Almost. I didn’t! Serves her right! Zeus, well what can I say? He is the male version of his wife; the only difference is that she believes in fidelity in a way and Zeus not so much!  The maddening aspect, in a good way … of this book, is seeing that the gods act like teens, and are ruled by their emotions, it was comical and I finally realized that each one of the gods doesn’t really merit to be called a god…. Er… Well… Hades does and Kate too. All I can say is that this book rocked! And I will read it over and over again despite how royally messed up and dysfunctional this family is... er… except for Hades …Agh! Henry.  I can’t wait until the third and final book The goddess Inheritance! Well-done Aimee Carter!
A big thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin publishers for the Advanced Readers Copy of The Goddess Legacy expected publication date July 31st, 2012

Title: The Goddess Inheritance
Author: Aimee Carter
Series:  The Goddess Test Series # 3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ARC: 384 pages
Pub Date: February 26th 2013
Love or life.Henry or their child.The end of her family or the end of the world.Kate must choose.During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.Even if it costs her eternity

Goddess Inheritance, the last book in the Goddess Test Series like all the other previous books is an emotional roller costar, but this conclusion rankled! Secrets were spilled, a new beginning is promised and death isn’t far from the Horizon. BUT fOR WHOM?

 It was worth the wait!  Kate and Henry’s struggles just might have come to an end… although Happily ever after? HUH!
 I can give too much away, but lets just say I was beguiled and ended up muttering, “fucking GREEK gods”! I loved it. It was an engrossing story, yet it felt unfinished… I wanted more Henry!

Goddess Inheritance had an edge of my sit twist that left me with a bitter taste in my mouth yet…  WOW! What and ending though!

A Big THANKS to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the ARC of Goddess Inheritance…


Mirjam said...

It reminds me of P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series, which I really enjoyed. I'll have to remember Aimee Carter! :)



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