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ARC Review: Goddess Interrupted (#2)

The following review contains NO SPOILERS!

my thoughts in a few sentences: No one was more surprised than me when I turned out liking Goddess Interrupted so much. If ya'll remember, I wasn't very fond of The Goddess Test, and that was mostly because of the lack of action and had nothing whatsoever to do with Kate and Henry. Carter was dancing around the good stuff in Goddess Interrupted's predecessor, but dancing no more she does with this sequel. Within the first few chapters the impact of all those fateful final decisions in book one materializes with the force of a several thousand ton sledgehammer, and the urgency crackles swiftly and powerfully. The threat is very real this time and very straightforward, as opposed to the mystery horrors hidden behind the doors of Eden Manor, which actually had far less appeal. This time there's traipsing through the Underworld, sneak peeks at a restless all-powerful titan, a goddess gone totally loca, and so much more, but the pacing kept me actively turning the pages and avidly seeking the next thrill.

hooking first line: "Calliope trudged through the sunny field as she ignored the babble of the redhead trailing behind her."

Rating: Sud-Kissed | HarlequinTeen • NetGalley • Paranormal/Myth Retelling • 3/27/12 • $9.99



Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter


DO NOT READ WITHOUT READING BOOK ONE.

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.
Not going to lie, The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter was not my thing, and yet there was this pull that kept me from closing the book and forgetting about it altogether. Two months ago, I would've said that pull was Kate and Henry. Now I realize that it was that looming promise for exciting Greek myth twists and crazy addictive action as a result, and my gut was, fortunately, on the right track and completely accurate. While The Goddess Test was penned in tune with an abominably slow pace, Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter is the after to its predecessor's before shots. With all the pulse-spiking action and awesome nods to the original myths (finally!), impatience shimmers as it's nearly impossible to guess what twists Carter's going to unleash. Kate's inner monologuing, with all her insecurities and doubts about her relationships with family and love interest, doesn't diminish the stunning developments of the plot. In fact, they seem to sketch depth and shadows to an already turning-toward-the-dark story, and sympathy is a simple gift to bestow upon a character that seems to have been born into the world for a single-minded purpose after the failure of a ghost still lingering in the hearts of so many cared by her. It's a heavy burden she carries and the doubts that possess her mind are plausible and hard to exorcise.

Kate's relatibility lies within her doubts, her desires, which, to some, may seem demanding and perhaps selfish given the circumstances, but, given her situation, seemed very reasonable to me. She's still young, a bit wide-eyed and wet behind the ears as far as her current job and to demand that she forgo those desires when everything is crumbling into unrecognizable rubble and considering the sacrifices she's made, the loneliness, the loyalty, why blame her for coveting something she's sacrificed normality and typical living for and then becoming frustrated for being denied? She's thrust into an unimaginable situation, has dealt with lies, deceit, and manipulation involving her life, both the living of it and its ability to exist, and all she has to anchor her is kept at a distance and is near-unreachable. Reminders of her simply being created as a replacement are shoved at her at every opportunity, so it would be impossible to remain completely confident in such a situation. Between hurt and loss and bitter enemies, Kate has much going on and rooting for her success and growth is a smooth transition from any preexisting dislike begun in The Goddess Test. While some prefer a more headstrong, kick-butt kind of heroine designed for these situations, Kate's plight is realistic, and maybe that's what people won't enjoy, that tie to reality and likeness to what we ourselves would do (in her situation).

In order to fully appreciate the characters, compassion and patience is required. Both sides of the story are given in Goddess Interrupted, as far as some of the dominant emotional issues between the characters, and we are able to make proper judgements. Who we side with is irrelevant; what matters is understanding the reasons for any hesitancy to forgive and love and enjoy found within the dynamics of the main characters. Hurt often does strange and incomparable things to different people, and with this new knowledge, we can forgive the characters for any missteps, the misconceptions and self-erected obstacles blocking progress for the romance.

Hope survives the chaos of most of the book, but dwindles as we approach the ending, a bridge to the next book half-drowned in water and awaiting repair which can only begin when The Goddess Inheritance's first page is flipped to. All pleasantness evaporates with a mostly shocking revelation that will be the match that sets the god of the Underworld's anger ablaze and will act as the trail to lead him back to the instigator. The promise of retribution is enough to grant goosebumps brought on by equal parts trepidation and anticipation. Although the wait for Goddess Interrupted wasn't agonizing, things are different this time—I can barely contain my rage at the estimated release date! At least there's The Goddess Legacy to look forward to.

12 comments:

Tiffany said...

I enjoyed the first one so I definitely need to read this one soon! It sounds like this one is even better than the first book, which is great. I can't wait to see what happens in this one. Awesome review :)

Asher_Knight said...

 For someone who DIDN'T like The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted is a definite improvement!

Erin W. said...

I loved the first book but unfortunately I didn't like the sequel. As much as I hate to say that. Anyway great review! I'm still looking forward to the third book . . . things will sure get interesting!

Sonia said...

I FEEL SO INELOQUENT RIGHT NOW... OMG ASHER.

fshkfjhskjfd seriously, dude. This review is perfection! I seem to have liked TGT more than you did but I totally agree about the sequel. The larger doses of action and mythology were just what I needed and I thought that Kate, although obviously insecure, was almost painfully realistic. Poor girl though, listening to some of her doubts about why she was even born :( + then Henry was his broody self for most of the book... Communication lessons. That's what you two need.

FAAAAAAAB review!

Celine @ Forget-me-not said...

AWESOME REVIEW, Asher!

I definitely enjoyed Goddess Interrupted although at times I want to shake Henry to wake up and move on from Persephone. Although, I can't blame him since he loved for like a thousand years? or 100 years? Either ways, it's A LONG TIME!

I also felt like Kate needs to trust her husband more. I can still understand her jealousy but gah, I don't know what to say now! :P

THE ENDING WAS A KILLER. Seriously, how can Aimee leave us like that?! :P

Anyway, glad you enjoyed it, Asher! ♥ I'm glad we have The Goddess Legacy in between before the last book too! 

Asher_Knight said...

 Really? It's so funny how we have opposite reactions to both books! :D But the third one should get things REALLY REALLY going. I can't wait to witness Henry's reaction to the developments at the end!

Asher_Knight said...

 WHY? Your review was awesomesauce!

Everybody enjoyed TGT more than me, it seems. It felt like I was one of the only ones as disappointed in it. PAINFULLY REALISTIC IS RIGHT. Which is why I don't agree with others who deemed her whiny, simply because YOU CAN'T BLAME THE POOR GIRL. And I'm so glad it finally seems as if communication lessons are about to begin.

Thanks! <33

Asher_Knight said...

AHHH, THANKS CELINE <33

I KNOW. I was getting so worried about that whole sub-plot. I kept thinking, Oh, no HE DIDN'T. Yet, at the same time his loyalty to his feelings for her are both sad and kind of sweet, in a strange way. But realizing they were starting to evaporate every time he got closer to Kate was probably the sweetest thing I witnessed in this book. Poor broody, stoic Henry. And poor Kate. This is where Sonia's comment about communication lessons comes in, and I'm so glad that they seem to be on the mend.

RIGHT?!? My eyes widened when I realized what Carter was going, how she was closing this one. I kept looking up frantically as if the next book would be right in front of me when I opened my eyes!

YAY FOR THE GODDESS LEGACY. I sincerely hope it's like a prequel to the next book. It's supposed to introduce 5 characters' perspective and from what Amazon says and my awesome knowledge about myths, it looks to be Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone or Kate, Hermes, and Hades, though you shouldn't quote me. STILL, those are exciting characters to include!

Brodie said...

Ha, I'm with Erin here... I loved the first, not so much the second. Definitely interesting to see how opinions differ, especially with our level of interest in two very different feeling books. I completely agree about understanding the motivations and reasoning behind what Kate and Henry feel and do, but I can't say that I enjoyed it, because they damn well frustrated me often. I dunno, I guess because I don't really FEEL the chemistry between them, so I wasn't interested in their romance drama's. But that aside, there were still parts I liked to this. Like the introduction of Persephone.

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about the cliffhanger at the end - whether I liked it or not, but I am definitely intrigued to see how it all plays out. Fantastic review, Asher!

Asher_Knight said...

It IS interesting and surprising that fans of the first one are more prone to enjoying it less, whereas people like me who disliked it found just what we were looking for in this one. The romance is actually one of my favorite parts, so it was easy to forgive their many missteps. And Persephone's involvement definitely worked to the advantage of the story. I was so pleased, because I was a bit wary of her character being introduced.


I liked the cliffhanger because it gets me all anticipating what Henry will be like once he learns the truth. THANKS, BRODIE <33

Lauren M said...

*gasp* The Goddess Test wasn't your thing!? I loved it! I'm glad that book two exceeded the first in your opinion. I haven't read Goddess Interrupted yet, but now I'm even more excited to! :) Great review, Asher.

Asher_Knight said...

The Goddess Test was ok for me, nothing special. There just wasn't enough action, enough umph for me to really dig it. YOU TOTALLY HAVE TO READ GODDESS INTERRUPTED THOUGH. Seriously. I enjoyed it a lot. And that's coming from someone, may I remind you again, who wasn't a fan of the first one.