Sunday, 15 July 2012
Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
*You can read my review of The Goddess Test, the first book in the series, here.*
Goddess Interrupted is the second novel in The Goddess Test trilogy and picks up 6 months after the previous book, with Kate returning to the Underworld after a Summer away in Greece. Kate's arrival is not as joyous as she expected or hoped it would be. Her husband, Henry (aka Hades), is infuriatingly aloof and distant, and with the King of the Titans on the loose and set to destroy all of humanity things aren't exactly peachy.
Goddess Interrupted is a much stronger novel than the first title in the series, The Goddess Test. We get to learn more about the gods and goddesses - now that their existence isn't shrouded in mystery - and more about the world Carter has constructed and retold. The danger and peril is expounded in this novel too as we see the arrival of Cronus, a Titan God with immeasurable power. However, Goddess Interrupted, much like its predecessor, places a greater emphasis on the social-relationship aspects in the story. For much of the novel although the threat of Calliope and Cronus is looming, there is much more time devoted to exploring Kate's relationship with Henry, or lack-thereof.
Carter really nows how to pull on those emotional heartstrings, and there was a decent chunk of the novel where I was genuinely anxious and hurt for Kate. I love a bit of relationship angst, so I enjoyed this, although I am sure others might not find Kate's relationship woes with Henry as enjoyable as I did. Henry, not Kate, was by far the most infuriating character in this novel for me, excluding Persephone that is. While Carter set him up as the intriguingly mysterious romantic lead in the first book, I was disappointed that in this novel he just came off as annoyingly vague and distant.
The ending of Goddess Interrupted completely blew me away, and it's not even a question of whether I will read the next book in the series; I have to read it to resolve the major cliffhanger we were left with. I also want to see Kate and Henry's relationship develop and for Kate to get the resolution and certainty that she deserves.
Goddess Interrupted is an emotional and exciting installment in the series that readers who love romance will most likely enjoy.