Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: Goddess Interrupted

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Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dying apparently was not the hardest part for Kate Winters. Aimee Carter's Goddess Interrupted, the sequel to The Goddess Test, begins with Kate arriving in her future kingdom, The Underworld, filled with doubts about her ability fulfill her duties as queen, and about her husband's feelings for her.
Henry (aka Hades), clearly still has feelings for Persephone even though she walked out on him to frolic with Adonis in the afterlife. To make matters worse, before the coronation ceremony can be completed, the Titans decide it's time to try wreak havoc on The Underworld. Henry and the other members of his Council have to go to war against the Titans while Kate is fighting an internal war with self doubt.

As a huge fan of Greek mythology, the premise behind this series is compelling, and Aimee Carter explores her updated version of The Underworld in a playful way that keeps it true to the original material without it reading like a Classics textbook. Overall, the characters are well-developed. James (Hermes) is a lot of fun as the wannabe Casanova who is always trying to steal the girls out from under Hades' nose. Then, there's Ava (Aphrodite), who enjoys making Kate squirm whenever she gets too up front about sex or just too girly. Kate is a low maintenance kind of gal, and Ava loves her hot pink way too much.

One thing Kate really has going for her is she's scrappy, and I really admire that. Clearly, she believes she's in love with Henry and will do anything to be with him, and when she says anything, she means it. She travels all the way to the gates of The Underworld and survives being eaten by Cronus. That's impressive stuff.

Kate's relationship with Henry is less satisfying. Of course, she's not satisfied with the relationship herself, but it's almost impossible to see why she stays with him or even why she believes that this mysterious "man" she spent one night with is the one for her.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the vivid depiction of The Underworld, and the cliff-hanger endings kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Fans of The Goddess Test shouldn't hesitate to read on.

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