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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Greek Mythology

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 whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone.
Okay, this is going to be an interesting review.

If you read my review of the first book, The Goddess Test, you will see that I wasn't a fan of that one. I gave it 3 stars, and had hopes that the second book, this one, would be better.

And here's where it gets really tricky.

I'm not sure where I stand on Goddess Interrupted. I liked it better than The Goddess Test in some aspects, but then I hated it in others. I guess it's because I'm so close to Greek mythology, and just really close to the myth of Hades and Persephone in general because it's my favorite myth and the one that I've researched most heavily.

I'm not really going to dwell on how there are so many inconsistencies between the actual Greek myths and the gods and goddesses in this story, because it's not worth it, and most of the people reading this book probably aren't as focused on that aspect. I'm simply saying that they just don't match up. (For instance, if Demeter arranged the marriage between Persephone and Hades as she did in this book, then how would the creation of winter ever have come about? The whole point of that is Demeter grieves over the loss of her daughter once she finds out that Persephone has been taken behind her back and she lets the whole world die as a way to strong-arm Zeus into forcing Hades to return Persephone.)

Those issues aside, I liked this story better in the aspect that now we're finally getting some action! Cronus, the king of the Titans, is breaking out of his prison in the Underworld and if that happens, well, everyone is dead. Everyone, gods and goddesses included. So, now we have an actual purpose instead of just "I have to save Henry from fading away because he's wallowing in a thousand years' worth of self pity!" Except, Kate never gets to actually do anything. I get it, she's young and inexperienced, but everyone is shielding her from the problems. Let her fight, dammit! Teach her, show her how to tap into her potential power! She's a goddess now, she can take it!

However, Kate herself annoyed the everliving crap out of me. Persephone is brought back into the picture, which spells trouble for Kate and Henry's relationship, because Henry is still madly in love with Persephone. So, I did empathize with Kate a lot, whenever they would show Henry and Persephone together, and Henry was basically making googley eyes at Persephone. I understand how much that must hurt, and Kate had every right to feel that way. But there just came a point when I wanted to yell, "Stop whining, and fight for your man!" Kate complains that Henry hasn't kissed her once since she returned. Well, you know what you should do? Grab him by the fucking hair and KISS HIM. Show him that you're his wife now, not the annoying blonde bitch, and he needs to remember that. I wanted Kate to confront Henry, and she did, but not with the authority I had hoped. She lets him turn the situation around on her, making her feel bad for him ignoring her, and she should have stood her ground and not caved.

Which brings me to my next point. Henry. I like him in general, and I think he's a good representation of Hades, but in this book I swear I wanted to get a freaking crow bar and smash him over the head with it. He was so cold to Kate! There were a few gestures, a hand on her back here, an arm on her waist there, but it's like I said earlier, did he kiss her? Nope. Did he make love to her? Not once. (Well, until Kate finally blows up on him at the very end.) She's his freaking wife, and he's treating her like she isn't even there! I understand that he's stressed, but come on. And what the fuck about Persephone? There's one scene between him and Persephone that Kate witnesses, that I swear, if I was Kate, I would've divorced Henry's ass right then and there. I really have no sympathy for Henry in his 'tortured unrequited love' for Persephone, because honestly, you can't pine after someone who won't love you for so long. For a while, you can grieve over the loss of her love, but you just have to pick yourself up and find someone who will love you. And he did! In Kate! And yet he treats her like crap. Ugh, men.

Even though we saw very little of Cronus, I found him really interesting, and I want to see what happens with him. He seemed to have a... fixation with Kate, and really want to know where that goes. I feel like that will be a very important aspect in the next novel, and something that will greatly influence the course of the future plot.

I have to give Aimee Carter credit, though. She knows how to write a freaking cliffhanger. That ending alone was SUCH a cliffhanger, that even though I'm not fond of this series, I honestly need to read the next book just to find out what happens. I can't not continue now, after it ended like that.

I'm not going to give this book a starred review, because I'm not sure what to give it. So, I'll just leave it at that.
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  1. Henry pissed me off so much in this book, I already didn't really like him from the first book. As far as Kate I just wished she would stop whining so much about her insecurities but somehow I still enjoyed the book and with that cliffhanger I'm looking forward to the next book to see what happens.Great Review!

  2. @Book Flame, I know! He irritated me sooo very much! But yeah, I really do want to see what happens, because that ending was just crazy.

  3. In this yet another amazing book, Kate has proven her compassion once again. Her loving and understanding nature just provides a heartfelt story full of challenges that she must face. Carter is an amazing and talented author and you have got to be crazy not to fall in love with her books. So go on and pick this sweet dream of a book.
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