Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Published: March 27th, 2012 (HarlequinTeen)
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
Series: The Goddess Test, #2
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Note: this is not the first book in a series, and can therefore contain (minor) spoilers for the previous book(s) in the series. Reading of this review is at your own risk.
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.
Oh dear, where do I start? I read The Goddess Test only shortly before reading this book, and I really saw potential in this book, even though I wasn't blown away by the first installment - I really enjoyed reading that one despite some cringy moments. With this book, not so much.
The first thing about this book that I noticed while I was reading it, was that we are even more inside Kate's head than we were in book 1. She's constantly wondering if she should leave, if Henry will ever love her, if anyone will ever pick her over Persephone, and more of those whiny thoughts. She was constantly telling about how miserable she was, yet with one small interaction of little talk she would be completely positive all of a sudden, which was completely unbelievable and incredibly annoying. Kate was constantly thinking about how to win Henry and things related to it, and because of her almost depressed state, I felt like I just met Bella 2.0.
Something that came along with being inside Kate's head so much, was the lack of story going on outside of her ponderings. Sure, there were some scenes that involved some development of the plot (total amount: 4) but those moments were so scarce that I found myself wanting to skip pages where we were inside Kate's head again. And I never skip stuff or skim through books, but this one really made me want to do just that.
Another thing I didn't like at all: the behaviour of the 'gods'. They didn't act god-like at all, seemed to have no powers or backbone and acted like a couple of toddlers who had just lost their toys. Zeus is the king of the gods, yet he doesn't even raise his voice to shut everyone up when they were in the middle of yet another fight. They were incredibly insecure, which is weird because they've been alive for eons and should be having some extra barrels of arrogance and confidence somewhere. It just wasn't working for me, and on a slightly similar note, I felt like Kate's 'ability' was simply put into the story to show what was happening in different places at the same time. It didn't feel like it added to the story, Kate's character, or anything else for that matter.
The cliffhanger at the end of the book needs 35% of the book (± 100 pages) to build up and even then it's disappointing, because it's so obvious that it will happen. I hate to write this review, but I just did not like it. At all. The only thing I liked about this book was that the writing somehow kept me going, making it a very quick read. This held so much promise, but it just didn't live up to to expectations and the potential it had. I wouldn't recommend this book.