Thursday, March 1, 2012

EARLY REVIEW: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (start of MARCHing through book 2)

Goddess, Interrupted by Aimee Carter


Pub: MARCH 27th 2012
by: HarlequinTeen


Review Copy: ARC from NetGalley



Kate Winters has won immortality. 


But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, 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.
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**Spoilers for The Goddess Test (#1) and some minor plot points from Goddess, Interrupted are discussed. 


When I first read The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, while I overall really liked the story and the characters, there were a couple of things that made the book less great for me. I sometimes felt like Kate was too dependent on others to determine her feelings and worried too much about what her mother, or Henry or Ava or even James thought about her or what she was doing.

After I thought about the book for awhile I realised that this actually made sense when looking at Kate’s life prior to Henry and the Tests. Kate gave up her own life to take care of her mother, she was groomed by Diana to be everything she needed to be to pass the Tests and marry Henry.  She never had a chance to be her own person and as a result she does lean too much on others to define her self worth. 

All Kate really wants is a family and to be loved. It’s the one thing she wants more than anything else. She craves the safety and security of a loving family she can trust. Henry represents the chance for all her dreams to come true. When we understand that, Kate’s somewhat obsessive brooding over Henry begins to make sense. Henry is not just a man she wants to love her, if he can love her like she wants, all of her dreams can come true. She’s so afraid to be alone. She is terrified if Henry rejects her she’ll lose every bit of love she’s begun to cultivate and that, combined with Henry’s inability to let go and reach out to Kate combines to make her insecurities grow throughout the book.

Goddess, Interrupted takes place as summer has come to an end and Kate is returning to the Underworld to begin her new life.  As they begin to prepare for the ceremony which will officially install Kate as the Queen of the Underworld, things start to go bad for Kate.

Henry seems detached and not the loving husband Kate was hoping to return to. Sensing his distance Kate’s doubts about her creating a successful and loving marriage to Henry begin to rise.

At the ceremony itself, things go from bad to worse as Cronus, King of the Titans, has been partially freed from his prison in the underworld (it turns out that just a little bit of Cronus is bad enough). Calliope has betrayed her family and is helping Cronus to get her revenge. (FYI this happens really early so it’s not a spoiler).

The Gods are attacked before the ceremony can be completed and Henry is one of the gods captured by Chonus and Calliope. To rescue her new family, Kate goes in search of Persephone, who is the only one who can help. Kate can’t help but be jealous of Persephone. Everything Kate wants, Persephone had and rejected. 

There is a lot of action in Goddess, Interrupted. While book one took place in one location. This second book leads the characters throughout the underworld. The first two thirds of the book are full of physical action, but Kate only seems to regress backwards emotionally. She can’t find the confidence in herself to believe she can have the family she wants. The last third of the book address Kate and Henry’s relationship to the exclusion of anything else. Frankly, I was glad for this. I needed those two to talk and finally get everything out in the open. The return of Persephone means that Henry finally has nothing to hide behind. With Persephone right there, everyone’s feelings are put out in the open. 

Honestly, I took my time with the first part of the book, but when I hit page 200 there was no way I was putting Goddess, Interrupted down. It was so satisfying to finally have Kate admit what she wanted to herself and to Henry and to see her stand up (at least a little bit) for what she wants for herself.

Goddess, Interrupted sets up the third book nicely and we get a nice idea about what’s going to happen (at least in the beginning) of the third book. Then, right at the end we get a rather wild surprise cliff hanger that will leave you spinning.

Overall, Goddess, Interrupted really cemented The Goddess Test trilogy as a series I’d highly recommend. Kate is more complex than I gave her credit for in The Goddess Test, in the second book, and I admit that I do kind of love Henry. Kate and Henry are both very emotionally damaged characters who have the chance to heal each other if they can let themselves trust the other not to let the other down.

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Since this book was a second in a series I really liked it’s the kickoff book for my MARCHing through book two. Remember to leave a comment & if you’ve got one, a link to your reviews of this book or The Goddess Test (Then you can enter HERE for details and my Rafflecopter giveaway form.) 


1 comment:

  1. I've already added both books to my wishlist, simply because I love the covers:)

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