Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review for The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter

3 Stars. A fun read, but not enough action and too little relationship development. I loved Kate in the beginning of this book. She was a tough young woman dealing with the responsibility of caring for her dying mother. She was so strong, but as the story went on I felt her character weakened some. I liked seeing her devotion to Henry (Hades) and they had a really interesting dynamic. He was very distant and protective and she was always trying to get him to open up. But, I don’t think Aimee Carter did a good enough job of explaining why Kate was so into him. I admired Kate’s dedication to the goddess test, but I didn’t see enough of why she fell for Henry.
I wanted to know a little more about who Henry was. For a good chunk of the book the only thing the reader, or Kate, knew about him was that he was old, honest and attractive. And, while those were all great traits, I wanted more. As the story goes on Henry and Kate started spending more time together, but I wish we’d gotten to see more of it. I never really felt a strong spark between them.
Also, this book it set up with a twist. And, it was a good twist. I didn’t see it coming, but the way the story is set up makes parts of the plot drag because you don’t understand how important certain small moments are until the end. <spoiler>You don’t find out who the gods are or what the tests were until the very end. It was a nice twist, but it made the plot drag. I spent a lot of time waiting for Kate to take a test just to find out she’d been taking them all along. </spoiler> I also felt like the tension in the story could have been upped a bit. It’s mentioned a number of times that it may be dangerous for Kate to stay with Henry as someone has been killing all the girls Henry bring to take the test. I would have liked to have seen a few more attempts on her life.
Overall it was an enjoyable read, and I’ll give the sequel a shot.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Returning from Hiatus

It's been over a year since my last blog post. I can't believe that much time has gone by, but the good news is that my life has finally settled down to the point where I think I'm ready to jump back into my writing - not that I ever completely stopped. The wedding is over, my major home repairs are finished, and I've put my masters degree on hold (possibly permanently). I've been going a little crazy being away from this world for so long, and I can't wait to get back at it.

So, what can you expect from me now that writing and blogging are back on my regular "to-do" list?

First, Unearthed After Sunset is on it's way! It will still be another few months before it's published, and I'm not ready to set a release date yet, but the end is in sight. It has also gone through some major revisions, and I'm getting really excited to publish it.

Second, I'm going to be blogging regularly again. I may not have been very active on social media over the last year, but that doesn't mean I haven't been reading. I have a stack of book reviews to post. I also have some blog post ideas and I'm going to work on getting back to a regular posting schedule. You can expect to see a new post from me every other week from here out (hopefully I'll get back to once a week soon).

Finally, my blog and all of my social media outlets have gotten a make over! Expect to see more revisions and new elements in the near future. I'm hoping to have an official website up and running before I publish my next book.

So, stay tuned, there's more to come.

I will be posting every other week on Thursdays!

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