Book Review of Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Title: Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimee Carter

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Release Date: March 27th, 2012

*If you have not read The Goddess Test this may contain spoilers*

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I completely devoured the first book in this series, The Goddess Test (review here) and was itching to get my hands on this book. Thank goodness for NetGalley! The second I saw it go up there I requested it and could not wait to get started. I began the book one night just planning on getting a good portion read before bed, but if you follow any of my reviews you know by now that once I am hooked into something it is not getting put down. That would be the case with this book; I read the whole thing in one sitting.

We pick up six months after the events from The Goddess Test with Kate returning to Eden Manor and Henry. She spent the summer in Greece, with James, and is eager to see Henry again. While The Goddess Test focuses on Kate getting to know Henry and trying to pass the tests, this book focuses on Kate getting him to open up again. At the end of The Goddess Test, Kate finally cracked some of Henry’s shell and got him to let her in. However, when we she sees him for the first time in Goddess Interrupted he is right back to square one again. Henry has shut down, leaving Kate wondering what he is feeling for the majority of the book. This was the only aspect of the book that grated on my nerves, especially because Kate’s inner dialogue could get whiny at times. However, I cannot imagine what it feels like when the person you love doesn’t love you back and I am sure it was not easy on Kate. She tries her best to handle it, but I found myself waiting for the moment when her fears were eased so her thoughts would be a little happier. I know Henry has been burned, badly, but he needs to communicate a little more with Kate and not just retreat into himself. Just when I counted him out though, he said something so sweet that he instantly won me over again. I can see why Kate is so smitten with him.

We also get to meet Persephone in this book. Wow, that was interesting. How difficult must it be meeting the woman that you think your husband will always compare you to? Probably not easy and Persephone does not ease that awkwardness at all. I was glad that Amy did give us a chance to meet Persephone though, because until Kate and Persephone meet and Kate can see that Henry and Persephone were not going to be together, she will always wonder. Persephone was pretty much exactly how I pictured her to be and I think we will be seeing her again in future books.

We also get to see the Titans. I knew it was only a matter of time before they came into play. If you know your Greek mythology at all you know that the Titans came first and created the Gods and Goddesses. I was glad Amy gave us more mythology which in turn revealed more about the Gods and Goddesses themselves and how they came to be in this world. Some dirty laundry gets aired out too. Kate discovers who has hooked up with whom and who is married to whom. It gets a little tricky, but there were a couple of couplings in there that I would never have guessed. I hope as we continue in the series we will get to delve into all these Gods and Goddesses sordid pasts more.

There is no way I can review this book without warning you that it has one heck of a cliffhanger. I am not really a fan of cliffhangers myself, but I am trying my best to get through this one. I really thought the book was going to end one way, but that ending came completely out of left field! Which I love because I did not see everything coming, but hate because now have a long wait in front of me until the next on comes out. With the way Amy has written the ending, there is no way you will be able to resist reading the third book when it is released.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and getting to see Kate and especially Henry again. When he does not let his fear rule his life that is. But I still enjoyed the first book better. I love Henry, don’t get me wrong, but brooding and avoidance are just unattractive qualities and I wanted to shake him at times. If you read the first book then I would definitely read this one and see where Kate’s choices have lead her. I am not sure where the next book will the take two of them, but I am hoping that Kate and Henry will face whatever challenges come their way together.

FTC: Thank you to the publisher for letting me read this ARC through NetGalley.

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