Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5) by Aimee Carter (Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Publication.Date  March 1st 2012
Published By:  Harlequin Teen  | 
WebsiteAimee Carter 

The Goddess Hunt - Goodreads
My review copy:Purchased via Amazon (Kindle copy)
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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' 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.... (Goodreads)

Hades' massive three-headed guardian of the Underworld couldn't hurt the dead, but Pollux wasn't afraid of a dog. He was afraid of the god who trailed him.
Six months. One hundred and eighty-four days. That was how long I had to stay away from Eden, where Henry, my brand-new husband, waited for me to return in September.
"I never claimed we were the good guys," said Walter evenly. "Any assumption on your part is yours alone. We do what we must to uphold out laws--"
They like to pretend they're the good people every now and then. Let them keep their high opinions of themselves. But you'd do well to remember that the council does nothing unless they can reap the benefits."

     The Goddess Hunt did not disappoint. I was impressed at how compelling and readable it was. Usually when it comes to in-between novellas (you know, those additional stories that are supposed to keep the reader interested/entertained while they patiently await the release of the next book in the series), they are nothing more than that - sloppy fillers (*cough* Portrait of a Starter *cough, cough*). Rarely do they actually entertain or enrich the main plot line in any way. In most cases they seem like something written in between lunch and dinner - rushed, short, meaningless. Well, guess what! That's not the case with The Goddess Hunt. This great little story surpassed all my expectations. It was written with exceptional care for details. Thoughtful and informative, it brought something new to the table by telling us about Kate's time away from Henry and the Underworld. Most importantly, it's a novella that is perfectly capable of standing on its own - it has it's own unique plot that gets resolved in a very satisfying way. Being 71 pages long, it's quite a treat for all the fans of Goddess Test series. No, it's not an absolutely essential part of the story - you could probably do without it, but, having read the first two books and the short, I can tell you one thing - you WANT to read it. It will help you understand the second book, Goddess Interrupted, way better, giving you more insight into the dynamics between Kate, Henry and James, but also giving you a glimpse of Zeus' stubborn and vengeful character.

     Besides, it is just so fun to read! You get to meet some cool new characters, you visit Greece, you learn more about the Olympians, their history and true nature (which, as you'll soon learn, is not as honourable and admirable as they'd like to believe). Plus, The Goddess Hunt explores a very interesting Greek myth, the one about the Gemini twins. It's quite a heartbreaking story of devotion, sacrifice and brotherly love, and I'm sure fans of Greek mythology will greatly enjoy it!

     So, instead of paying $2.25 for 15 pages that are as good as blank, treat yourself to this deliciously captivating novella that makes every of its 71 pages count (and costs only $1.99)! Next to Patrick Ness' New World (which, by the way, is FREE!), this is by far my favourite original short/novella.

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roxanne s. sukhan said...

Sigh. TBR.

Anonymous said...

I have this one! Even though I haven't read The Goddess Test yet, but I'm putting it high on my to-read list. It's sounds so amazing!

T said...

I'm literally waiting for the UK Kindle store to carry this - at the moment they don't!

Completely loved this series, so fingers crossed!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Yay! We're getting this in the UK on June 1st!
So glad that this is a novella that's actually worth reading! :)

Amy said...

I thought this was a fantastic Novella. I loved that it really stood on it's own. I especially loved getting to hear from Henry's POV too!! I am excited to see what the next novella The Goddess Legacy will be like!

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I love that this book can stand on its own. I really enjoyed The Goddess Test. It would be really interesting to find out about her time away.

And btw your comments just put the BIGGEST smile on my face. I have actually been a bit down about not having enough time lately to cultivate some of my blogger friendships and I have a post going up about it later today actually. haha you have impeccable timing.

And oh boy, I can imagine that living with the in-laws is interesting to say the least. Hope everything is going well and hopefully ill be around more this summer so we can chat. (bc you know im a silent daily stalker of yours too! lol)

~Enamored Soul~ said...

You know what my BIGGEST problem with trilogies and series of books is? The fact that I have to WAIT for the next installment. I think with the Goddess Hunt, Aimee Carter did the fans/readers a big favor by putting out something that is both a stand-alone, and a tie in into her novels. I love that you put the quotes in your review, because those are my favorite parts. I also enjoy the fact that you and I seem to enjoy the same quotes. Excellent review, yet again :)

SweetShenanigans said...

Wow- 5 stars! Looks like I'll be looking into this one as well

Bookie Bee said...

I have never really read a novella. And you have given it 5 stars! Definitely going to check this out!

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