What do you get when you take Greek mythology, make the gods and goddesses hot instead of stodgy or helpess-looking, and set the story in modern times? The amazing The Goddess Test series.
As divine as the dieties in the trilogy, the series is infused with great characterization, angst, and action. I was especialy impressed with the way its author Aimee Carter took the Greek mythology and made it completely her own. She acknowledges the old stories, but builds upon them. It’s like a fun review of ancient Greek history with new, relatable stories.
There are clear references to which ancient Greek diety matches with the modern version of that character so the heirarchy and some of the politics are clear. But, once you get that James can’t tell Walter what to do, the characters move beyond their mythological role and take on more layers. Carter stops the gods from being a caricature of the myths passed down through time and changes them into well-rounded, flawed beings.
In college, I majored in Art History, so I adore the mythological tie-ins with art, too. While I did not picture any of the characters or settings like what I have seen in the scupltures and paintings that depict the Greek myths, the series did allow me a trip through memory lane to look at some favorite pieces. For example, the back story of the myth, the rape of Persephone, has been immortalized by artists a thousand times over. Some of my favorite renditions include
(though Hades looks more how I picture Zeus or Chronos in this piece and
If you don’t like beginning series that are only partially released, you are in luck! The Goddess Inheritance, the final book in the series, releases next week. If you have already started The Goddess Test books, you are likely as sad to see the series end a I am. Aimee Carter has crafted a multidimensional world that I have grown to love.
About The Goddess Inheritance
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.
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2013
About the Author
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time continuing with The Goddess Test series and working on new projects.
Win a copy of any book in the trilogy (The Goddess Test, The Goddess Legacy, or The Goddess Interrupted) through this Rafflecopter. You will also be entered to win the grand prize, a Kindle Paperwhite with a The Goddess Inheritance cover art skin. The giveaway ends on February 17, 2013.
Aimee is also running a giveaway on her website. If you order The Goddess Inheritance before March 4th, she will send you a signed bookplate and enter your name for a chance to be a character in her next book, The Blackcoat Rebellion.