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. ~From GoodReads
Book two in the Goddess Test series, GODDESS INTERRUPTED begins six months after THE GODDESS TEST. Kate is returning to the Underworld after spending her first summer away from Henry in Greece, with James. Kate is hoping for a loving welcome from her reserved husband, and happy start to her new life as Queen of the Underworld. But an old threat has returned, and Henry is in danger. Kate must navigate the Underworld to find the one soul who can help her save her husband and the other gods, her sister, Persephone. And she also happens to be Henry's former wife. But even if Kate can save Henry, will she be able to save their marriage?
[Sidenote: Can I just say it's kind of weird to have a YA novel with a married heroine? There's nothing wrong with it, actually, just a thought I wanted to throw out there. Now that I've said my random bit, I'll get to my thoughts.]
There are a lot of things I liked about GODDESS INTERRUPTED, and a few aspects that I didn't. I'll start with what I didn't like so I can end on a happy note, okay?
What I liked:
-The overall story. Greek Mythology was my favorite area of study in Literature. I have read The Iliad and The Odyssey many times, for fun. Author Aimee` Carter took timeless "characters" and has given them an updated, lively spin. I love how Carter assigned new names, but identifiable traits for the gods and goddesses.
-I also liked the slow-building relationship between Kate and Henry. Henry is extremely mired by the pain of losing Persephone to a mortal. He has deemed himself unlovable and is slow to trust, even his wife. It would have been easier for the author to make Henry into a happy, loving person once he met Kate, but it would have also made getting to know him less interesting, because emotionally damaged boys (even those who can smite you) are usually the ones who steal your heart.
-Aimee` Carter is an excellent author. Her words flow in an easy manner that makes reading her books a pleasure. The dialogue is never stilted. Her words never sound awkward or ill-placed while reading.
What I didn't like (as much):
-Okay, so I know I said before that I liked the relationship between Henry and Kate, and I do. What I don't like, however, is Kate spending the entire book wringing her hands over Henry's feelings for Persephone and the fact he'll never love her as much as his first wife. I do get that Kate is still a teenager, newly married, and dealing with a load of emotional baggage. But enough. I don't want to literally spend every page listening to it.
-My least favorite part of the story was some of the events that take place in GODDESS INTERRUPTED. And what makes this tough is that I can't defend that position without spoiling parts of the book, particularly the last few chapters. Kate has a real talent for throwing herself into unnecessary positions. But what really got me was the last few pages. It felt rushed, forced, and didn't wholly make sense.
All in all, GODDESS INTERRUPTED is a book that I didn't love, but I liked it well enough. I felt a bit disappointed because it felt like the story didn't advance, but actually regressed, in regards to Henry and Kate's relationship, until the very end of the book. I didn't love the ending, but it does provide a great setup for book three in the series, THE GODDESS INHERITANCE.
"I'm not leaving you for him. I'm not leavig you for anybody, and I never would have gone looking for something better. You are my something better, and I wish- I wish I was yours, too." (ARC, 79%)
"If I were a better man, I would be able to show you the love and affection you deserve. As I am not, I can only offer you what I am capable of giving. But I assure you, just because I do not show it doesn't mean I do not feel it." (ARC, 93%)
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Source: Received from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.