Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimee Carter
Release Date: March 27th 2012 (US) / April 2012 (AU)
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
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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.
6 months have passed since Kate accepted the offer of immortality and Henry's hand in marriage. 6 months separated from her lover, exploring the world with best friend James by her side. Now she's to return to home, be officially inducted as Queen of the Underworld and spend her eternity in Henry's arms. Right? Well... she's not exactly treated to the welcome home she imagined. Henry barely even speaks to her, lest embrace her in a passionate kiss that you'd expect from lovers who haven't seen one another in half a year. And then things go from bad to terrible. Just as Henry is about to crown her Queen, daddy comes to crash the party. Cronus, a Titan who fathered the six most powerful Gods is beginning to break free of his prison from the darkest pits of Tartarus. And not without a little help from dear, psychotic daughter Calliope. When Henry, Walter and Phillip are kidnapped, Kate, James and Ava set off on a journey after the only person who may hold the key to saving them.... Persephone, of course. Because what's a complicated love without digging the knife in deeper?

I liked that bit of spice Persephone brought to the novel. She definitely shook things up with a couple of characters, and her banter and rivalry with Ava was fun to watch. Our initial impression of her was a little bitchy, but as time wore on you see more sides to her unfold and I enjoyed how forward she was. She doesn't shy away from things, she speaks her mind and while that doesn't always make her the most likable, it does make her the most interesting.

I didn't particularly feel that spark between Kate and Henry. Throughout most of the novel Kate is constantly questioning Henry's love for her and she seeks a lot of reassurance from others, rather than bombarding the man himself. I'm glad she did eventually force him to be straight with her, giving him an ultimatum because damnit, he's was infuriating! Give the girl a few words to show her you care, at the very least. You did marry to her, after all! But Henry isn't exactly well versed in the art of romance. He may have been around for thousands of years, but clearly no one gave him lessons in How To Show Your Feelings 101.

Whilst these aspects kind of annoyed me, I could understand where each was coming from. Kate needs something from Henry - she gave her mortality to spend forever by his side and this is how he reacts when she returns to the Underworld? She feels a lot of insecurity and confusion. And don't we all crave some sort of validation? It's hard committing your life to someone you're not 100% sure even cares. But Henry has been burned badly in the past and trust doesn't come so easily to him. Giving another power to reject him again is a big step, plus he's still hung up over Persephone. I wanted to shake him by the shoulders and say GET OVER HER, ALREADY. Persephone never loved him back and he's brooded over that unrequited love for a loooooong, long time. So I could understand the root of their feelings, I just wish it didn't drag on for so much of the novel. After so many pages, it gets a little tiring. I wanted more progress in their relationship.

I also would have liked a front-seat viewing to a particular showdown that went on near the end, but that's just the action-loving side of me mourning the absence of a gritty battle. The ending is definitely a shocker. I knew there would be cliffhanger from other reviewers, but that? I did NOT expect to happen and uh... I really don't know how I feel about it. I'm interested to see where it's taken in the third book. Frustrations over the lack of communication with Henry and Kate aside, I still did enjoy this installment. Drama, heartache and a scorned Goddess do not write a recipe for a happily ever after. Goddess Interrupted is rife with confusion of the heart, ghosts of the past, unexpected betrayal and one very pissed off Titan.


3.5/5 Golden Apples!

12 comments:

  1. Oooh, I have this one from NG and I'm excited to read it! The additions of Cronus and Persephone sound really interesting and I can't wait to see how all of that goes!

    I have to say, I was kind of hoping Kate and Henry (or maybe just Henry LOL) would have at least started to get over their weird stay-away-I-need-to-be-alone attitude but... oh well. Great review! :)

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  2. You are so fair in your review! I'm posting mine later this week and I'm just so CRANKY over it, lol. It's a bit ridiculous but, let's be honest...so is that ending. I CAN'T HANDLE IT, BRODIE. It's honestly the worst direction a book can take for me and, ugh, I am NOT happy -- especially since Henry and Kate seem more like strangers than truluv4eva. Siiigh. I am so bummed over this book. :(

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  3. Awwww, I've got this one but havne't read it though it sounds like the first book was more enjoyable! But awesome review, Brodie! I wish that Kate and Henry is even closer in the 2nd book, but doesn't seem like it! I hope I'll love this one too! Still glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  4. My review of this book will be posted next week but let me tell you my thoughts are most this . . . and continues as . . . It was very disappointing this book considering I adored the first. Sigh. Great and honest review!

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  5. Part of me wants to read these books and part of me is just like "Stay away, Kat! Stay away!" Tough choice.

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  6. Oh dear. This worries me LOL. Will go into GI will caution! Fingers crossed I can level or up your rating haha.

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  7. Ooh no I'm apprehensive about starting this series now. I know you said you still enjoyed this one overall, but I'm very much a character girl, so the relationships characters develop are really important to me, and I'm not so sure I'll be a fan of this one. I'll still give it a go, but I'm more prepared now. Thanks for the fab review! :)

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  8. Now I'm seriously hesitant to start this series now :S It's a pity you didn't feel a spark between Kate & Henry :S And I feel like I'll get REALLY annoyed at Henry for not showing his feelings! Hmm...I might put off reading this for a while :S I don't think I can stand another novel lacking action & a great relationship! A great & honest review, though Brodie! I loved it <3

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  9. How To Show Your Feelings 101? LOL Brodie!! You make my day! <3 I think I probably have a list of book boys that need to enroll in that course, and you should definitely teach it! x) I adored Henry & Kate in The Goddess Test because their relationship was just so cute, so I'll always be rooting for them, I think (I hope)! But your mention of the twist at the end is making me extremely curious -- I can't wait until I can get my hands on a copy!!

    Awesome honest review, Brodie! <3 Even though a few things bothered you about it, I'm glad that you still enjoyed GI overall. I'm definitely more intrigued that I was before -- I want to meet the famous (and not-so-nice) Persephone! ;)

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  10. Ooooh, so: I'm a crappy commenter, and I'm SORRRY, but if it makes any ammends at all, I love you so much I'm commenting at 3:38 in the morning because... well, yes. I LOVE YOU.

    In a not creepy *tap-tap-tap* at your window way, just... *yawn* you know what I mean.

    Oooh, I'm SOOOO excited for this one! I AMMMM! It's mythy-type stuff, and I LIKE mythy type stuff! I have Goddess Test sitting right here *strokes* and yaaaay! But it sucks this one wasn't quite as amazingmentpants. And I'm SOOOO intrigued to see she spins the Persephone/Hades myth! She's seriously making Persephone look like the bad guy? I LIKE IT! WANT WANT WANT *grabby hands*

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  11. Ooooh, I'm looking forward to reading this! I liked the first book, but wasn't in love with it. I'll assume I won't be in love with this one either from what you say, but I'm still interested enough to read it. Awesome review!

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