Monday, October 24, 2011

REVIEW: The Goddes Test

By Aimee Carter
Harlequin Teen
April 2011
ISBN-10: 0373210264
ISBN-13: 9780373210268
5 out of 5 

The Goddess Test is the debut novel for author Aimee Carter. For those who like Greek Mythology and/or a not cheesy love story, you will enjoy this book!

Kate’s mother has cancer and despite all the doctors best efforts they have run out of options.  So, to fulfill he mothers dieing wish the two of them move back to her home town of Eden.  Kate almost immediately makes enemies with the schools reigning queen bee Ava and is tricked into going to a late night party. Unfortunately it is not a party and she is about to be stranded when she hears an awful sound.  Just as Ava is about to hightail it she misjudges the distance and when diving into the water (the spot she brought kate to is surrounded by a lake) she cracks her head on a rock and dies even though Kate is able to get her out of the water. While Kate is sitting near Ava a man comes walking by with his dog, he says his name is Henry and asks Kate if she would do ANYTHING to bring Ava back.  She says yes.

What ensues is a deal, Henry is actually Hades King of the Underworld and is searching for a Queen since he is sick of doing the job alone.  It will not be an easy task however, she must pass seven tests. 

There is a bit more too it then that but, if I tried to write it all it would leave you, lovely readers, more confused.  This book is one of my Top 5 for 2011!  It is not a lame romance, you pull for the both of them and admire Kate easily for her strength and courage. The story is well developed and when you reach the end I am sure you will gasp once or twice, just like me!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

REVIEW:Then Came You

By Jennifer Wiener
July 2011
Atria Books
ISBN-10: 1451617720
ISBN-13: 9781451617726
5 out of 5

Then Came You is the latest novel by Jennifer Wiener.  I have always loved Jens books from the time I read In Her Shoes I was hooked.  Though one of the things I love about chick lit books is the rich fabulous looking Carrie Bradshaw type woman Jens characters are more real. 
            Bettina for example is one of the women in this book, she is the daughter of a wealthy businessman whose mother left her family for an ashram some years ago.  Ever since then Bets has been very protective of her father.  So, when he marries someone more then 10+ years younger she is enraged.  She smells a gold digger and doesn’t want her father being hurt again.  She hires a team of private detectives to do some digging about her past.
            The new wife, whose name is India is enjoying being a newlywed. Having had a hard upbringing with emotionless grandparents and being dismissed by her mother when she is sent to live with her as a teenager, India has had to fight for everything she’s gotten in life. Now she can reap the rewards of that hard work and enjoy the spoils.  Her and her new husband Marcus are even planning to have a baby! Though due to more then one failed IVF, they have decided to go with a donor egg and surrogate.
            The Surrogate is Annie, the same age as Bettina she has taken a much different path. Marrying soon after graduating high school before her husband went into the army, she is now the proud mother of two children.  Though she loves them dearly, she is looking to do more, but money is tight and she wants to be able to help provide for her family, but really does not have the time or the skills for a regular job.
            Last, but nowhere near least is Jules who is about to graduate from Princeton when she is approached by a man while eating at the food court at a local mall.  He says to her that she is very beautiful (which she is very used to) and asks if she has ever thought of donating her eggs.  Though this is something she ordinarily would never consider the donation payout is rather considerable and she might finally be able to get her dad into rehab.
            After reading all this, I am sure the storyline seems a little heavy, but it is very readable.  Jennifer definitely did her research on this topic and each character in there own way was an ingredient towards making the story a whole. Each has their own part to play and lessons that they need to learn.  Each of these characters too, I could easily see bits and pieces of myself in.  Though some situations and personality quirks seem a bit exaggerated at times the story is solid.  This novel is for sure one of my top reads for 2011!


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