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{March 26, 2012}   {ARC Review} Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #2)

From Goodreads: 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.


Carter is a phenomenal writer; I fell in love with her writing last year when I read The Goddess Test, so you can imagine my excitement when I received an ARC of the sequel, Goddess Interrupted, from Harlequin Teen!  Pure elation!  And, of course, this novel is amazing, just like the first, as it continues the breathtaking tale of Kate and Henry, entwining ancient mythology with the present.  I was pulled into the story from the very first page, wrapped up in the drama and suspense as the King of the Titans begins to rise, the gods and goddesses become endangered, and Henry starts to pull away from Kate.

Once again, Carter has left me enthralled, and with her killer cliffhanger at the end of the novel, I am already on pins and needles awaiting the third book, Goddess Inheritance, which I believe is slated to release in March, 2013.

Goddess Interrupted begins six months after the conclusion of The Goddess Test, as Kate is coming back to the Underworld for her coronation ceremony that will officially mark her as queen.  But, while Kate has been touring Greece on her six month sabbatical (check out The Goddess Hunt to see what she did over the summer), the King of the Titans has begun to wake, producing a frenzy in the Underworld and leaving Kate feeling bereft in her relations with Henry as his preoccupied mind leaves her feeling dejected.  While Kate has always had somewhat of a low self-esteem, in this novel she ultimately hits rock bottom.  She is very indecisive, and her constant questioning of her relationship with Henry did initially make me upset with her on some levels.  But, I understand her predicament as well, especially with Persephone now back in the picture, and though I wanted Kate to be a bit stronger and self defined, especially since she seems so strong in the in The Goddess Hunt, I was hoping Kate would maintain that strong vibe.  However, in reality, I think that if Kate had suddenly adapted a strong demeanor concerning her relationship with Henry, then the story wouldn’t be as valid.  Therefore, I am under the belief that Kate acted exactly as she should based on her personality in the first novel and the circumstances within the second.  Though some readers may not agree with me, I think Kate’s personality is defined perfectly, though I do hope to see her become for self-assured in the third installment.

Now, Henry made me mad on many an occasion.  While I think Kate has an excuse for the way she acts, Henry’s is a little more hard-pressed.  Perhaps it’s a male trait, but the fact that he is evasive and won’t just state his feelings outright is partially the problem with his and Kate’s relationship.  His lack of assurance, even when she outright asks, drove me insane, and some of his actions made me want to slap him—strong feelings for a reader, I know, but Carter has written this story so well that it’s impossible not to react. 

Persephone is, of course, a completely different issue all together, and I’d be happy if she never set foot in the books again, though I know that won’t happen.  It’s very easy to fault her for the mishaps within the story concerning Kate and Henry, but in reality, she’s not fully to blame, and the fact that Carter continually brings that to the forefront makes it a really intriguing read as all the events unfold.  Overall, I really enjoyed this novel!  Four stars.

I received an ARC of this novel from Harlequin Teen, via Netgalley, prior to its release on March 27, 2012, in exchange for an honest review.


Jolene A says:

Great review!! I just got ahold of the first book and cannot wait to get started :)

Dovile says:

This one is already on my wishlist. I love Greek mythology, and the cover is simply gorgeous.

franchie15 says:

This sounds like a great book. I love to read anything about Mythology! :) Great review!

I just finished The Goddess Test and I’m really looking forward to Goddess Interrupted. Thanks for such a helpful review! I’m glad to see I didn’t waste my money pre-ordering it on my local bookstore’s website.

I really enjoyed this one too as well as the first. It seems like we agree on a lot of things about the book and we both love it, but I gave it five stars. Still, I’m glad to read your enthusiasm. Carter truly is talented!

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