Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Pages - 296
Published by Mira Ink in April 2012

Callipe trudged through the sunny field as she ignored the babble of the redhead trailing behind her. Ingrid was the first mortal who had tried to pass the test to become Henry's wife, and maybe if he'd spent more than five minutes a day with her, Henry would've understood why Calliope had killed her. 


Goodreads Summary
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 whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone.
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I absolutely loved the first book in this series, so I was really excited to get my hands on the second one. It took me a little while to get back into the story, as it was over a year since I read The Goddess Test and I couldn't remember which character was which.  I don't think this was helped by finding very little of the back story summarised at the beginning of the book. 


On Kate's arrival back in the Underworld after her six months travelling through Greece, it looked like she would have to start all over again in her relationship with Henry. Henry was even more distant than he was in  the first book and Kate struggled to get even a little attention from him. Bring on the arrival of her spoilt sister Persephone, who Henry still yearns for and you find Kate being pushed even further to the side lines.  I really didn't like Persephone, she wasn't what I was expecting at all. Adonis didn't appeal to me either as he came across as just a pretty boy without any brains. I couldn't understand how Persephone would choose him over Henry. 

As I read further into the story, I realised what I loved so much about The Goddess Test; it was the growing relationship between Henry and Kate. Due to the situations arising in this book, their beautiful love affair didn't really heat up until the last quarter of the book, finally bringing a huge smile to my face. At last they sort out their differences and begin to work on their marriage. If you haven't guessed it yet, I have a soft spot for Henry! 

Calliope is such an evil creature in this book; she breathes reality into the age old saying, 'Hell have no fury, like a woman scorned.' She will stop at nothing until she sees Kate destroyed.

I enjoyed the imagery portrayed by the author of the Underworld.  Each person living in their own perfect dream world.  I can only hope that it might really be like that when we die.

The ending of the book took me completely by surprise. I really didn't see it coming. I was totally gobsmacked by it. 

I really do enjoy this series, although I didn't love this book as much as the first, I will definitely be pining for the third book  in order to see how the story is resolved. 

I know many people have complained about the lack of accuracy to the Greek Myths within the story, but personally I have so little knowledge of them, I really don't care and quite frankly I enjoy Aimee Carter's interpretation of the stories. Although I would just ask if Aimee could make sure that Henry features a lot more in the final book. *begs author on bended knees*

7 comments:

  1. This sounds really good, I haven't read the first though so it'd probably be a good idea to start there :)

    I love it when endings take you by surprise!

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  2. I'm glad you ended up enjoying this one, but I do think authors need to provide some back stories in series.

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  3. Its quite a job to get a series right as add to much back story and it sometimes feels as if the story is stale, as if you've read it before (which in a way I suppose you have) and yet add too little or no back story and it can take a while for the reader to get back into the swing of the story, sometimes making it impossible reading for someone who has not been with the books since the beginning.

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  4. I am torn, I hear good things, then bad things, but I love Greek myths..and Hades ;)

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  5. I don't know. Although I enjoyed the book, it did not work for me on many levels, one of which was the relationship between Henry and Kate. It just seems so unhealthy. And once I started reading the story that way, I couldn't seem to stop being annoyed over it.

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  6. I read lots about the first one in this series but wasn't sure about it, I'm still not to be honest. x

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  7. The second book was a fabulous addition to the series - I am hooked HENRY <3

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