The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Young Adult Genre293 pages
Published in 2011 by Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Every girl who had 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 succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review:

I’ve probably read The Goddess Test trilogy at least five times. I absolutely LOVE these books.

This spin on the Greek gods is amazing. It’s so different and refreshing. In this book, Kate has a big task ahead of her. Passing the seven tests are difficult, but what happens after winning is almost as difficult, if not more so. But let me just say, she has the ability to pass and do well after doing so, she just doesn’t quite believe it herself.

You get to read about a lot of different characters, each one is very different and has their own little quirks and faults. Some of them being Ava- Kates best friend who is a flirty, boy crazy young girl who has a hard time keeping her hands to herself; Calliope- a quiet, obedient servant who shows Kate support; Ella- Kate’s bossy attendant who loves to dress her up in awful dresses; and Diana- Kate’s loving mother who is dying but visits Kate through her dreams.

If you’ve read any of my past reviews, I’m sure you can guess who my favorite character is. Henry, of course. Dark and mysterious, secretive and scared to let himself feel anything close to love. In the summary it says he’s tortured, and let me tell you, he is beyond tortured. I just wanted to jump into the book and hug him tight. Henry is full of secrets and he’s very private, which Kate doesn’t really like, but she slowly starts to unravel his true self.

If you’re into Greek mythology and enjoy some romance, then The Goddess Test is totally for you. I love this book; I actually love the whole trilogy to honest. It gets so much better after reading the first book. Kate and Henrys’ relationship is rocky and complicated. They have to learn how to trust each other and be open for this relationship to work; and hopefully get through the tests. It’s an amazing journey to watch unfold.

Rating: 4.3/5

Unblemished by Sara Ella

Young Adult Genre352 pages
Published in 2016 by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins

Goodreads Summary:

Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

Review:

Let me start off by saying that the summary reeled me in, but once I read the book, I realized the summary wasn’t very good. BUT! The book was worth it.

I really enjoyed reading Unblemished. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was not disappointed. I genuinely liked El’s character. She’s relatable in a way that made me like her, and worry about her. She has insecurities, and fears just like any other person. As you read through the book, her character keeps on building up, learning new things about herself every chapter.

You also get to meet two boys, Joshua and Ky, who are VERY different; but I fell for them both. I think those differences are what draws the reader to both characters. Joshua is reserved, and kind of quiet. He’s loyal to his job as a Guardian, and it seems as though nothing will distract him from his duty. Whereas Ky is stubborn, a bit reckless and more rough around the edges. He doesn’t care about breaking rules, but he also has a soft side.

In this book you learn about Callings which are special abilities some people have. They are attained before a persons 18th birthday. I can’t remember them all, due to the fact that at times I felt overwhelmed by all the information given throughout the book. Oddly enough, many people don’t fully understand the Callings nor a lot of other things happening in their world.

As much as I liked reading Unblemished, I had some trouble getting through some parts, especially towards the end. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, there was a lot of information given and I had difficulty understanding. I had to reread a lot of parts to try to follow what was going on. In the end, I think I understand enough.

Thankfully for me, since I liked the book and want more, I found out this is the first book in a trilogy. The second book will be out July 11th; so only in a couple weeks! The third book is expected May of next year. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fantasy or contemporary fantasy. It’s worth a shot!

Rating: 3.2/5