Hell hath no fury like a Goddess scorned | Cyn’s Book Review of Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)


By: Cynthia Ayala

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Author: Aimée Carter

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Series: Goddess Test

Genre: Young Adult, (Greek) Mythology, (Urban) Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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 and even though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she feels as isolated as ever. Despite her growing love for Henry, 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: Chronos, the King of the Titans.  As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, Kate makes it her personal mission to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. Unfortunately, that means enlisting the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future: Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Goddess Interrupted is the second book in the Goddess Test series written by Aimée Carter. Published on March 27 in 2012 by Harlequin Teen, this novel picks up where 3 three months after The Goddess Test  .  Kate Winters has won immortality and has lived by the standards created by Hades.  But upon her return, she discovers one of her new, god given gift: the gift of sight that allows her to see those far away.  However, it comes at both the most inconvenient time and the best time.  Kate is able to witness an evil plot hatched by her nemesis Calliope, better known as Hera, the Queen of Gods.  In her rage and anger, she has made a pact with Chronos, the King of the Titans to rid the heavens of the Gods in exchange for his release.  Of course, these Gods, and especially Henry, better known as Hades, are not going to go down without a fight.

Now, as a story, it moves fast, focusing a lot on the plot more than on character development.  That’s not to say that there is no character development, the problem is that much of it comes off as compacted near the end of the novel, leaving Kate as a character readers should want to sympathize for, one that readers will find bland and childish.

As a character, Kate foes through a lot, there is no denying that.  After all, she comes back to find a husband who shuts her out, however unintentional, and finds herself constantly competing with the ghost of his first wife, Persephone.  So the novel is rife with tension and angst, but the way Carter has written Kate, making her far too stubborn and a character caught up in her head, makes her a frustrating character to read which also makes it hard to actually feel bad for her.  Her strong will is not a new characterization, but her inability to listen to other characters simply detracts from making her a fun loving and captivating character.  On the one hand, that coupled with her far-too-naïve-for-her-age makes her a character grounded in reality giving both her and the story an air of believability, but on the other hand, it makes readers unable to really grasp and feel for her. 

That really is the only flaw in this otherwise well written novel making this a wonderful addition to both the young adult and Greek mythology genre, Carter continues to expand the fantasy realm for readers of all ages in this novel. ★★★☆☆ (B+)

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