Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review of Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter

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Author: Aimée Carter

Title: Goddess Interrupted
Series: A Goddess Test Novel (book #2)
Release date: 27th of March 2012
Published by: HarlequinTeen
Reading level: FICTION – YA: Romance, Greek Mythology
URL: http://harlequinteen.com/  http://www.aimeecarter.com/  http://aimeecarter.wordpress.com/
Pages: 296 in Paperback
Source: Review copy received from HarlequinTeen

Summary:

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.


My review:

Let me rush ahead a little and say, that I liked Goddess Interrupted much more than the Goddess Test. Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter was a very good book and it is a perfect summer read. I enjoyed the characters and I also think that in Goddess Interrupted the author manages to create some similarities with Greek gods.

Regarding the plot:

After Kate Winters passes the tests for becoming a queen of the Underworld, it’s time for her to have her 6 months away from Henry. After she returns from Greece she is hoping, that Henry is gladly welcoming her back, but the reality is very different. There are extreme dangers waiting all the gods, because Calliope has been planning a perfect revenge for the fellow gods and goddesses. Calliope has released Cronus, one of the Titans who is seeking his freedom. Cronus was captured by the Greek gods after the war between Titans and Greek gods.

When Henry and some other gods are imprisoned, Kate is the only one standing up for them. When other remaining people in Eden Manor are convinced that it is a lost cause, she takes action and seeks help from Henry’s ex-wife – Persephone. This is where things get complicated, because Henry hasn’t gotten over Persephone and Kate is struggling with her feeling towards Henry.

There were lots of things I liked in the plot. First of all, the gods were more god-like in the novel. There are more similarities to the Greek gods and you can easier separate who is which god. There is still a way to go, but as it goes for Ava and James and especially Calliope the similarities are visible.

I also liked that Persephone was brought into the book; it made the plot more interesting and tense. The relationships between Persephone, Henry and Kate were interesting.

I think the author should also get praise for describing Kate’s feelings. Even though I did not understand everything about Kate and her actions in this book, I could relate to her.

There was also enough action and some twists and turns in the book. I think that the author did an excellent job with the end of Goddess Interrupted. Just when you thought that the tension is disappearing, something new and unexpected happens and the beginning to the sequel to Goddess Interrupted is created. I think the ending of the book was brilliant and I wanted more!

Regarding the characters:

Kate created quite mixed feelings to me. I did not understand her until the mid of the book. Why would she put herself through all that pain because of her feelings? She seemed like a weak woman who stayed with a man who does not seem to love her. And then it happened! She stood up for herself! I loved that! The scene where she is telling Henry what she thinks about him in front of all the gods was perfect. This was the Kate I wanted to see! Brave, strong, with some self-respect. She grew on me.

More or less the same goes for Henry. He was so annoyingly distant, weak, not being able to express himself and his feelings to Kate… until Kate flipped and decided to leave the Underworld. This was the turning point for him and also for me as a reader. Before that he was a flat character and after that he was the god I could like. I loved the dramatic end of the book and I truly hope that the author will show more of his masculinity as a god and as a man in the next book.

I loved Persephone! Persephone created the basis for stronger relationship between Kate and Henry. She was feisty and lovable.

I think Calliope was the closest to the goddess she is supposed to represent in the novel. Since Calliope is Hera – a goddess of marriage and childbirth, she is powerful, capable of doing anything what it takes to win the love of Henry or to destroy everything dear to Henry. She was vindictive, determined and ruthless and still vulnerable.

The other character who was similar to the goddess she presented, was Ava – Aphrodite – a goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. She lived up to all of that in Goddess Interrupted.

Generally:

Goddess Interrupted is an interesting book after you have gotten through the first third of it. When the pace is taking up and leaves you breathless until you turn the last page. The end of the book is very good and dramatic, so it compensates the beginning of the book fully. I really liked Goddess Interrupted and definitely recommend the book and the Goddess Test series!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

 
Buy links:
 
HarelquinTeen.com  
amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Thanks for HarlequinTeen for the review copy!

Come by tomorrow, when I post an interview with the author of Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted - Aimée Carter. There will also be giveaway!

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you liked this book but I had problems with it. It seems like people either really, really liked it or they didn't like it at all. But after that ending, I'm really itching to read the third book! Great review!

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

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