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Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

I didn’t remember falling asleep, but when I woke up, Ava was gone and Pogo snored in the indent she’d left in the pillow. Sighing, I took inventory, pleased that at least some of the pain had dulled. Even if it did still hurt to move around, I was determined to grin and bear it.  But the moment I sat up, pain exploded behind my eyes, giving me a splitting headache. I moaned and lay back down, and Pogo licked my cheek as I massaged my temples. Apparently all the pain had gathered in my head while I’d been sleeping.

Someone to my right giggled, and my eyes flew open, taking in the rock walls around me. I wasn’t in my bedroom anymore. Instead I stood in the cavern where I’d watched Henry battle the fog I now knew to be Cronus, and the massive gate loomed before me, carved from the stone itself. I twisted around to find whoever it was that had laughed, and suddenly I was nose-to-nose with Calliope.

I froze. This was it. She’d somehow managed to kidnap me, and there was nothing I could do to protect myself. If she was half as powerful as Ava said she could probably rip me in half with a single thought, and I knew better than to hope there was any way I could talk myself out of this.
To my amazement, she looked past me and stepped forward. Instead of running into me, she moved through me, as if I were nothing more than a ghost.

I wasn’t really here. Just like what had happened when I’d first arrived in the Underworld, this was another vision, and Calliope had no idea I was watching.
I hurried to follow her. She walked proudly through the cavern toward a smaller cave to the side, and I noticed an oddly shaped pile beyond the light that glowed from the ceiling. I could only make out shadows, but whatever it was made Calliope giggle again.

“I can’t believe it.” She stopped a foot from the cave entrance. “Eons of putting up with you, and this is all it takes?”
My insides turned to ice. I didn’t want to look, but my feet moved forward anyway until I could make out the three bodies piled together, bound by chains made of fog and stone.
Walter on the left, his head slumped forward as blood trickled down his cheek. Phillip on the right, an ugly wound running through an eye, down his face and disappearing underneath his shirt.

And Henry in the middle, as pale and still as death.


The Review:
Kate has passed the tests, and returned from her summer to become Queen of the Underworld. But before she can cross the threshold, terrible visions begin to take hold- Calliope is back, fighting against Henry and the others, trying to release the Titans in a bid to destroy the world and Kate.  Doubting herself, their relationship, and her new godhood, can Kate save her new-found family from their rogue member, or will the struggles be too much to bear?

This second installment of The Goddess Test trilogy, Goddess Interrupted picks up six months later, when Kate finishes her summer sojourn and returns to the Underworld to be crowned Queen to Henry’s King. However, Calliope (Hera) has other plans, and has started to release Cronus, one of the Titans who created the original six Olympians, in order to destroy the world and make her Queen of Everything.  Kate must battle not only outer demons but inner ones as well, including the specter of Henry’s first wife and her insecurities about their relationship.  Goddess Interrupted ends on a huge cliffhanger that sets up the end book, The Goddess Inheritance, extremely well, and will make readers anxious for the conclusion.  More Greek history is interwoven into this volume, which also adds dimension to the relationships.  Definitely one for your romance readers (note- mild sex action towards the end, so if you are thinking of recommending this to teens who may have some problems with that, read those chapters beforehand). 3.5 stars out of 5.  Goodreads has Goddess Interrupted at 4.11 stars as of February 11, 2013.



I enjoyed Goddess Interrupted, and have high hopes for The Goddess Inheritance based on the first two books.  Kate was annoying me for a good portion of this book, but I can understand where she was coming from- learning that your whole existence was just to save one guy, and that he’s been in love with your sister (or half sister- we never have found out who Kate’s dad is) for eons would make anyone insecure.  The fact that he’s not telling you anything doesn’t bode well, either.  I’d really like Carter to write a second set of books from Henry’s side of things, because at times I really want to know what he’s thinking.

I loved the development of Ava and James, and the detailed descriptions we get of the Underworld.  I liked learning about the powers, and the loose Greek myth woven in (NOTE- if you are very into the Greek canon, this series will drive you batty; the players will NOT act the way they are supposed to, and they’re not supposed to).  I do wish we would see some more of the supporting characters (Dylan, et al.) just because I would love to see all the gods in action.  I also hope that we see more of the Titans than just Cronos, but that’s the geeky side of me.

Definitely fun for readers, but because of the sexual scenes at the end (not graphic but still there) it may be wise to pre-read before recommending to some of your teen romance readers.

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