Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Book: Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 296
Genre/s: Young Adult, 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 who is the greatest threat to her future. 

Henry's first wife, Persephone. - From Goodreads

Being brave doesn’t mean never being afraid, you know. It means going for it anyway because you know it's the right thing to do.

You know you love or even like a book when a cliffhanger beats the hell out of you (Yes, I'm looking at you Daughter of Smoke and Bone). That happened in this book. So does that mean I loved it to bits? Hmm...

The first part of the book was really problematic for me. I'm irritated and annoyed at all the characters, especially the main ones: Kate and Henry. The drama, the whining and the angst was too much for me. But my problem really lies on the mythology itself. I guess they could say it's an original take on the book but I've read so many retellings that are highly imaginative but still preserves the "basics". I did enjoy The Goddess Test, the first book but come to think I've yet to process that one because I still haven't written a review. 

Besides that, The Goddess Interrupted was engaging especially on the latter half of the book. The characters became less annoying. I started liking Kate again, mostly because through her stubborness she started to talk to Henry rather than sulk in the corner, moaning about how she's only a replacement and second-best at everything. Henry begun to open up towards the end of the book. A bit late but we get what we can get. 

We are also introduced to Persephone. My, my, isn't Persephone something? First of all, I'm surprised at how she acts and talks. But personally, I appreciated what Persephone represented in this book. I think what her presence did was to help Kate and Henry. Kate sees her as a threat because Henry obviously still loves her but with doing what she did when she came back, Henry realize that what's in his mind and what's actually real was not the same. And by doing so, Henry acknowledges that although he fell in love with Persephone, she is not the one for him. 

As for Kate, all throughout the book she struggled to understand Henry while knowing that his issues will not disappear overnight. She's trying to overcome her own doubts about herself and if what Henry feels for her is real. With Persephone coming back, somehow the animosity between her and Kate and the feelings Henry still feels for her dissolved little by little.

The Goddess Interrupted also showcased Kate's strength and love, not only for Henry, but for her family when she became immortal. She has to toughen it up and find Persephone. Henry's first love and the ultimate reason why he's willing to just fade away. Then finally, on the last few chapters of the book, I get to see a glimpse of the future of Henry and Kate and I like it. Because even though, the issues were still there, I know together they will work it out. And isn't that what a relationship really means?

That's why I'm really conflicted right now. I do not know for certain whether I loved The Goddess Interrupted or not. But despite of the many flaws and my reservations with it, I could still say that it's a solid second-installment. I am definitely dying to read the next one.    

Cupid's Verdict:
3 1/2 Cupids
An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley.


  1. Great review! Even though the beginning was a bit meh, im glad it became better!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. I TOTALLY understand your thoughts. I really enjoyed The Goddess Test, but the sequel? Agh, I didn't hate it by any means, but I definitely had issues. Mostly because of the Henry/Kate melodrama and I wasn't feeling their chemistry at all. But as you've explored in your review, I could UNDERSTAND where they were coming from and why they had these feelings, just reading about it got on my nerves at times. I'm still looking forward to the third book, because I do love the story and the ideas behind it and obviously I need to see what's going to happen next!

    Fantastic review!

  3. The cliffhanger at the end of this book is one of the worst EVER. It was seriously awful. I sat with my jaw on the floor for at least 5 minutes, and then I may have shed a tear or two while going off on a rant at the author in my head. Awful. You are completely right about the differences between the 1st and 2nd halves of the book. I hope that in the final book we have a fantastic read from beginning to end with the tough Kate and not the whiny Kate. And hopefully Henry mans up a little too

  4. I have never ever read a book this dig in two days. I loved this book it's a must read. Once I started I couldn't stop. This is a great book and this is coming from someone who hates reading. You have to read this book. I love all the twists it the story


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