Review: The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

Author: Aimee Carter
Others In Series: Goddess Interrupted (March, 2012)
Format: Trade Paperback, ebook
Pages: 304
Original Release Date: April 19, 2011
ISBN#: 978-0373210268
FTC Disclaimer: book was purchased by reviewer

How far would you go to fulfill the dying wish of the person who’s been the center of your world since you were born? That is just the question Kate Winters has to answer in Aimée Carter’s riveting debut novel, The Goddess Test. Kate makes the choice to go with her mother, leaving behind the life she knows, for one filled with the unknown in her mother’s childhood hometown. Once she is there she meets Henry, the brooding and mysterious, yet oh so yummy “guy next door”. He claims to be Hades, God of the Underworld, and he has an offer Kate just can’t refuse.

From page one I was absolutely hooked! I actually finished this book in a day because I couldn’t put it down! Aimée’s writing style has a way of putting the reader right in the middle of the story. I loved that we really got to know Kate, how she felt as she’s dealing with everything that’s being asked of her. Kate is such a strong female character, because she is only eighteen and forced to grow up way before her time. She deals with issues that would break some adults, and she comes through beautifully. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like that about everyone in the story. I wish we could have gotten more information about some of the supporting cast, they could have offered so much more character to the story. Even Henry suffers from having a presence, but not a distinct personality. This makes the budding relationship between he and Kate feel a bit forced. I get the sense that both are trying a little too hard to be together. I’m hoping as their story continues, we’ll learn more about our present day Hades.

That being said, I love the overall plot line. I’m a fan of  “modernized” mythological stories. Aimée does a spectacular job creating a stand-out tale in a genre that is quickly becoming saturated. I can’t wait to see where she goes with Goddess Interrupted, due out in 2012!

*** Check out our Q&A with Aimée, and ask some questions yourself. She’ll be stopping in during the day to read comments and answer YOUR questions about The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted, or killer bee costumes!***

Q&A with Aimée Carter

One of the hottest debuts this spring in YA was Aimée Carter’s The Goddess Test. The story of a girl fighting to fulfill her destiny without losing herself. [You can read our review of The Goddess Test HERE.] Aimée was kind enough to take time away from writing her follow up, Goddess Interrupted, to answer a few questions from us… and will be popping in during the day to read comments and answer questions from YOU!!

1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I prefer background noise, actually to drown out anything that’s going on around me. I’ll put a song on repeat and listen to that over and over and over again, until I’m focusing on the writing, not the music. Typically those songs will match the mood I’m trying to match in the story, but I don’t make playlists or soundtracks. I listen to either classical or pop/rock, and some country and random songs as well. I typically tweet what song I’m listening to on repeat each day, so if you’re curious, check out my Twitter feed! (@aimee_carter)

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I tend to write in bookstores, but I can theoretically write anywhere so long as I don’t have an internet connection. I prefer to be left alone, and I hate having people I know around when I’m writing. It’s a weird quirk. I do have a few friends I exchange work with, and they’re much faster readers than I am and give SUCH terrific feedback. I can’t tell you how helpful they’ve been.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

For the release day of The Goddess Test, my father was in the hospital, so it was very atypical. My plans before that happened were simply to go around and check out the bookstores in the area to see if they had the book in stock – no major plans or anything. And I definitely don’t watch lists and numbers. That sort of thing would give me an ulcer. :) I prefer to stay in the dark about numbers. I wasn’t stressed out on the release date, but a few weeks before it, I definitely was.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

My favorite was the time I dressed up as a killer bee – wore a bee costume (more like a dress, must admit) and accessorized with a plastic machine gun. Hence ‘killer bee’. :)

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

London and Dublin for sure. I loved it in both places, and I’ve never been much of a beach person. I’d definitely bring my laptop – can’t live without it! I’d also bring a book or two. And a friend.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Oh man. I’m not sure. I have a lot of songs I love because they relate to stories or they’re just awesome, but none that I say “THAT defines my life!” If I had to pick a band to write and perform a song just for me…let’s go with Train. They’re at the top of my favorites list, and their lyrics are ridiculously creative.

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

The character I would pick is actually from Masked, a dystopian book coming out in 2012, but since no one knows that character yet, I’ll go with James. Or Henry. Or James. Or Henry. Can I say both? I don’t know what we’d do. Go somewhere fun. Disney World, maybe. And I’d probably ask a million questions and annoy the heck out of them before lunch.

8 ) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

Fastest book to hit ten million sales. Is that too obvious? Fluent in the most languages. I would love to retain a language other than English. I’m passable in French and was once decent in German as well, but not so much anymore.

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

“Whatever”. I hate that word with a passion, and it’s one of the biggest turn-offs I have. If I could add a word…I don’t think I’d add a word. I think I’d ask that everyone learn how to smile at strangers. That’s sort of like a word, yeah?

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

Excellent question. I’m drawing a bit of a blank. I love to talk and listen, and I’m very much an extrovert, but am also socially awkward and deathly afraid of dominating a conversation, so sometimes I’ll keep my mouth shut to make sure the other person’s talking more than me. If we ever meet in person and I’m being weirdly quiet, just tell me to talk. Or ask questions. I love questions, asking and answering them.

As for stories…I’ll talk about nearly anything. There’s very little I hold back, and I’m very much an open book. Ask and you shall receive.

Big thank you, again, to Aimée for joining us today. OK, people… you heard the lady… it’s time for YOUR questions. What would you like to know about her books, mythology, killer bee costumes, lol… anything (I almost said, “whatever”… O_o!!) … ask away :-)