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Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter

Title Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimée Carter

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series: The Goddess Test (Book 2)

Publication Date: March 27, 2012

Format: Paperback, 296 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373210450 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210459 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Emmy

Synopsis:

KATE WINTERS HAS WON IMMORTALITY.

BUT IF SHE WANTS A LIFE WITH HENRY IN THE UNDERWORLD, SHE’LL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Quick & Dirty: Old loyalties are tested as Titans and gods fight for control and love becomes a tool of trust and betrayal in the second Goddess Test novel. This angst ridden installment will leave you wanting more!

Opening Sentence: When I was a kid, each fall my teachers had the class write and present one of those horrible “What I Did Last Summer” essays, complete with pictures and funny anecdotes designed to make a classroom full of bored students pay attention.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kate cannot catch a break. Like, seriously. In the first installment her mother is dying, in the second, Henry has to face his would-be murderer head on in a battle that even the united gods of Olympus might not win. After all, the Titans came first. As long as the Underworld doesn’t have a Queen, Henry’s weak. And if Henry is weak, everyone’s favorite Titan has a chance of getting free. Especially with the help of a certain meddlesome someone from The Goddess Test.  Betrayal and trust come in all shapes and sizes in the second book. The hardest is trusting Henry to stand by her.

This book is an emotional roller coaster. While that’s not a flaw, per say, it is exhausting to read Kate’s inner monologue when she’s having mood swings. However, we do delve deeper into characterizing the other gods this time around, which is both fascinating and fun. Because of the Titan in this novel, we get to learn more about the theogony of the gods and the way Carter has twisted their mythology to fit her ideas. There’s more danger in the sequel than there was in book one, because it’s not just the gods that are being threatened, but the mortals on earth who have no idea a divine war is going on in the Underworld.

One peeve of mine is the fact that almost all the Kate-Henry drama revolved around a lack of communication. This is not exactly a new problem for the couple, so you’d think they’d learn from it and move on. They don’t, and we get copious scenes of angst and heartbreak because of it. Kate is new to the whole queen of the dead thing, but she’s not stupid.  Henry wouldn’t have married her if she was. So the fact he’s treating her like she can’t handle herself, when in fact he and his family are the ones who keep getting into trouble, quickly begins to make no sense. There’s a sense of uselessness that’s forced on Kate by the Olympians, and it makes the middle of the novel drag a bit.

Sequels are hard — especially when they’re the middle of a trilogy. While Goddess Interrupted does have its low points — the introduction to the cliché love triangle being the one that comes to mind — the action scenes and characterization definitely make up for it. The way we left Goddess Interrupted not only has you begging for the final installment, but leaves us with stronger, more individualized characters to love.

Notable Scene:

“We were always better as friends anyway. Besides, it made working with Henry awkward.”

It was one thing to sneak around behind Henry’s back, but it was another to have a relationship with his wife when he was fully aware of it. “He knew, and he didn’t try to kill you?”

“Of course not,” said James, chuckling. I didn’t see what was so funny about it. “Everything’s an open secret with us, Kate. You’ll see eventually.”

I wasn’t so sure I wanted to anymore, if I managed to make it out of this alive, but it wouldn’t matter anyway. I decided right then and there that if I stayed, if Henry still wanted me here after this mess was cleaned up, I would never cheat on him, not even during the summer. And especially not with James.

Yet I’d spent my entire six months away with James, hadn’t I? What had for me been a break from the mayhem with a friend could have easily been construed as a romantic vacation by Henry. If he really hadn’t checked in on me the entire time I’d been in Greece with James—

Oh, god.

The Goddess Test Series:

1. The Goddess Test

1.5 The Goddess Hunt

2. Goddess Interrupted

2.5 The Goddess Legacy (July 31, 2012)

3. The Goddess Inheritance

FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of Goddess Interrupted.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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