Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Release Date: March 2012 (expected)
Summary: 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.
☆: 4/5 – THAT ENDING.
Review: Oh wow. I just can’t even. Now I definitely have to read the third book. “Goddess Interrupted” shows how much Carter has improved since releasing her debut book, “The Goddess Test” last year (also the first in this series) – an almost unbelievable jump in terms of all of her skills in the technical areas. I was riveted by this book, and almost couldn’t believe it’d been written by the same person. “Goddess Interrupted”, while a huge improvement and generally an awesome book (no middle book syndrome here, folks!), there were a few points that still needed some work/bothered me a bit, but I would tell newcomers to this series to skim the first book and devote all of your attention to the second. Yes, this installment in the series really is that great.
I was blown away at how much more solid this world that Carter created felt. The characters were filled out, rounded out to the point where they did feel like real people, the worldbuilding, with taking us to the Underworld and beyond felt like a real world. But I think the most surprising jump in terms of development were the main antagonists: Calliope and the Titans. I hadn’t really felt a palpable main antagonist in book one – mainly because there were so many smaller antagonists scattered throughout the book, all out to get Kate and make sure she wouldn’t pass the Test. But here, with Calliope’s return and really solidifying her into the main external antagonist (though Persephone turns out to be the main emotional/internal antagonist), we really get the sense that things are going to fall apart, fast, if the Council doesn’t do something. The threat kept me sitting and reading until I finished it within one sitting, only pausing to go to the bathroom.
And yet, there were was the main issue of repetitiveness that stops this book from being mindblowingly great – namely, the merry-go-round that both Kate and Henry put themselves on and through when it comes to his past and their possible future together. Persephone is a wonderful addition to the cast and really made the tension so strong that things really popped off the page, but at the same time, it felt like Carter in some areas was starting to run out of ideas in terms of asserting how the circular thinking when it came to the past with Persephone was really injuring Kate. While understandable (I know that had I been writing it, at that point, I’d be getting pretty frustrated/stuck with trying to describe that never-ending sense of not being good enough), the author should NEVER show the reader where they get stuck within the writing process. The reader will pick up on it. However, in this case, I understand that it was kind of unavoidable when it comes to Kate’s POV and where her racing thoughts about Persephone were going – and this is where my mind started to wander and I started to get annoyed. In the end, it’s just kind of a wash.
But honestly? That was my only major sticking point with this book. Everything else was a huge improvement over book one, and now I’m definitely chomping at the bit for book 3, which won’t be out until next year. Especially with that ending – the cliffhanger was AWESOME and I have to give it to Carter in the sense that she has no fear or reservations when it comes to torturing her characters to get results. And the payoff is great, especially within the last chapter. So, my hat’s off to you, Aimee Carter, for really improving over the last year with your craft – you’re awesome, and now I want book 3 like burning.
Final verdict? Get the facts about book one, but go directly to book 2. If you liked the first book, read it. If you were on the fence (like me) about the first book, DEFINITELY read it. “Goddess Interrupted” is in stores March 27th, 2012 from HarlequinTeen in North America (check if you live elsewhere). Seriously awesome.