Monday, May 14, 2012

Goddess Interrupted, by Aimée Carter- Review and Giveaway!

From Goodreads:

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.

Goddess Interrupted jumps right into the thick of things with Kate, Henry and the rest.  By 84 pages in everything has gone to hell in a hand basket, Henry has been captured and Kate is  off to the rescue.  The adventuring is interesting, but mainly it leads to Persephone which is where the real story starts for this sequel.

Persephone, her sordid past with Henry and the rest of the Gods, and her now complex relationship developing with Kate was what made Goddess Interrupted tick for me.  Between the awkwardness, the jealousy, and the total strangeness of the situation, Persephone kept the story on its toes once she arrived.  Plus she highlighted my favourite aspect of the two books which is Kate's bizarre petri dish existence.  The levels of weirdness and adaptation required to wrap her mind around the fact she was conceived and groomed, her entire life, to marry Henry and make him happy, is delved into much further and it's nuances are enjoyable.  Especially with Kate's sister looming over her while she does it.

My only complaint was how whinny Kate was throughout the middle part of the book.  It started to grate on my nerves after awhile and I also thought it went against her personality of being the strong supportive type.  It was insanely satisfying when James tells her to just suck it up already.
"Yes," said James, oblivious to how deeply that one word cut me. "It's your fault.  You accepted this, for better or for worse, and you need to give it more than a day.  I appreciate what you're going through, but beating yourself up about it right now isn't going to solve anything.  Toughen up, get it through your head that Henry does in fact love you, and move on.  We have more important things to do."
 But what really sold me on this story was the ending.  Kate and Henry figuring out how to make things work, of if they even can, and the big cliff hanger were totally satisfying.  I can't wait to see where things go in part 3 next March.

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Goddess Interrupted, by Aimée Carter
Published by Harlequin Teen, March 27th, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher