Goddess Interrupted (Paperback)
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Short Description for Goddess Interrupted As Kate Winters is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, Henry, ruler of the Underworld, is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
- Published: 27 March 2012
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210459 ISBN 10: 0373210450
- Sales rank: 13,860
Reviews for Goddess Interrupted
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/review-goddess-interrupted-by-aimee-carter/
I was not a fan of the prequel to this book-The Goddess Test. It was a decent read, but there was nothing especially spectacular about it. And for the most part while reading Goddess Interrupted, I felt the same way.
Once again, I had trouble dealing with the modern names in this book. If Aimée Carter had used the original Greek names, I wouldn't have trouble trying to remember who was who in the beginning of the novel. Eventually I pieced them together though. (Of course, when I finished the book, I felt completely like an idiot when I saw a list of the modern names versus the Greek names. It was definitely a facepalm moment for me.)
I have to admit, the plot and action was upped a little bit in this book. There was no longer any big, huge mystery, I think, but the return of Cronus (or Cronos or Kronos or however you want to spell his name) intrigued me. The war between the Titans and the gods in the beginning of time had always fascinated me, and I was glad that Carter had incorporated this into her take on mythology. I was also pleased that Carter managed to explain more of her take-for example, she explained how the gods and humans were created.
The organization of this book was a little bit ... odd. Only half of the book is really spent on trying to save Henry, and the other half is spent on trying to make preparations so that Cronus doesn't escape. The climax was sort of in the middle of the book. And the book leaves at such a sudden cliffhanger.
I despise Kate. She was decent in the previous novel, but now I'm so frustrated with her for putting up a fit with how Henry is treating her coldly. Come on, the king of the Titans-who can kill immortals, you know-is after you and trying to kill you, and you're going to whine about how your husband isn't paying any attention to you? Sure, I understand that I would naturally be a little worried about that, but seriously. My gosh, get your priorities straight, woman.
Kate's relationship with Henry is unique, I'll give you that. Usually I read books in which (1) both boy and girl are reluctant to be together, (2) girl is reluctant to be with boy, or (3) boy is reluctant to be with girl so girl tries to have a relationship with boy2. But Henry does do a great job of showing that he loves Kate without flaunting it, I think. And he's confused with who he loves, I get it, so it's only natural that he would act distant.
Goddess Interrupted was a disappointment. With the poor characters (especially the protagonist), I felt like the bad aspects distracted me from enjoying the plot of the book. I'm hoping that Aimée Carter might be able to redeem herself in the sequel.
Source: Galley received from publisher for review by Linda
Review from Esther's Ever After
As much as I enjoyed The Goddess Test (the first book in Aimee Carter's series), my experience reading Goddess Interrupted was very different from when I read the first book. While the stakes are high for all the members of the council in Goddess Interrupted, the story mostly centers around Kate's internal thoughts and feelings and her relationship with a number of characters. It's interesting that the book's biggest strength was also its greatest weakness in terms of storytelling.
Regardless of any other events taking place in the book, the story is really about the romantic relationship between Kate and Henry; which is great for fans of books heavily influenced by romance, but lacking for those who may hope for something more well-rounded.
Reasons to Read:
1.Masterfully emotional writing:
This is the one thing that really sold me on Goddess Interrupted; after being convinced that I wouldn't find anything interesting enough to redeem itself in GI, I was happy to discover that Aimee wasn't going to let me down and she threw in some heart-wrenching scenes that pulled at my heart strings. And boy, did she ever deliver! I'd go so far as to say that this book was emotionally manipulating me, and that wasn't always such a pleasant experience. But Kate asks so many questions of herself and even of Henry, intimate questions dealing with their relationship, which was nice to see in a YA book. It's definitely neat to see a YA book with a slightly older character (Kate's 19 in GI, I believe) and one who's married (in a semi-arranged marriage, at that!) because you get some really unique dynamics and questions being brought up that just don't get asked when you have a 16 year old heroine. And let's be honest, Kate and Henry honestly do have an extremely complicated relationship. My heart may just bleed a little bit for them- and I didn't even want it to! So there you go, major kudos to Aimee for accomplishing that.
2.A twist I did NOT see coming:
I probably pride myself a little bit too much on figuring out plot twists and whatnot (which is surprising, seeing as I seem to give this reason in a lot of my reviews for why people should read a book... maybe I'm not as clever as I think?) but yeah, I'll admit it: I was completely wrong about this one. I thought I had it alllll figured out and then WHAM- nope! Not even close! We get a FAST one pulled on us at the end, folks. There really isn't a hint that it's coming, but it still makes sense. And now I just kinda HAVE to read the third book. Because this is HUGE.
But- now, there's a big but to all of this: I didn't love Goddess Interrupted as much as I wanted to. I thought there was going to be tons of action and excitement going on, but the story largely revolves around Kate's feelings towards her marriage with Henry. Emphasis on "marriage" rather than relationship, because she isn't annoyingly obsessive about it the way some girls in YA books are, but it is a tad dull to read so many pages dedicated to Kate contemplating whether Henry will ever love her or not. And I sympathize. I do.
Which leads me to my next problem: Henry's pretty much a huge jerk. The conversations he and Kate have about their relationship? Um, I've had those. It's kinda freaky how they almost felt word for word. And my issue is that Henry can talk the talk... but he won't walk the walk. And for me, that's an issue in serious relationships. Maybe this is because I'm taking this a little bit too personally, because it hit a sore spot. And for me, I had to make a decision to walk away because it wasn't worth it. It was emotionally draining and really, borderline manipulative. I'm not okay with that, and I didn't feel that this was really discussed very well in GI. At times it seemed as if Kate was just being brushed off for being silly and paranoid; but she's NOT. Most of the time she's spot-on with her thinking, and I don't think she should have to brush off her feelings because Henry's vulnerable. I don't care if you've been hurt in the past, it does NOT give you any right or excuse to treat others poorly. Maybe I'm just extra bothered by this because they're supposed to be married, but the whole situation is actually pretty lame. Because they don't seem to comprehend what that might mean at all.
ALSO! Kate doesn't really DO anything. There's barely any fighting, and even then Kate's just told to stay at home... so she does. She sits in a chair and cries. And even if she does sneak off, there's no fighting. They just kind of all yell at each other. And then they leave, go home, and try to come up with a new plan. That's it. Huge disappointment for such a promising description.
I struggled with this one for a while because of the slow pace & large focus on romance (minus the romantic bits... go figure?) and it wasn't until the end when I finally felt excited and angry and frantic and annoyed. All. At. Once. But thankfully those last 50 pages or so really did bump up my enjoyment level for this one. And now you might see my two star rating and go "huh? But there were good things about it" and YES, that's true. There just wasn't enough of them. I'm definitely going to be picking up the next book, and I think a lot of people are going to like this one. There were just some pretty big issues in it for me, which detracted from a more positive rating.
E-galley received from publisher via Net Galley. by Brenna Staats
Really enjoyable; more action, but romance was frustrating
Goddess Interrupted was a fast paced, adventurous installment to the series. The stakes were so much higher, giving way to drama and action. We delved deeper into the Greek mythology, taking a look at the Gods, the Titans and exploring the Underworld.
Calliope's character development was a strong point in the story; she has become a great villain. Her hatred for Kate is understandable, yet she goes to the extremes in her revenge. It is interesting to see how things pan out.
Kate, Henry and their romance weren't as strong as in The Goddess Test. Kate constantly questioned Henry's love for her, yet everyone reassured her time and time again. Although she thought too much about this, which could get a little frustrating at times, she was still as strong a character.
Henry is a little distant again. I am still a little unsure on how I feel about him.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Goddess Interrupted. The plot has picked up, and although some of the character traits and the romance were sometimes not as great, I had fun learning more about them. If you didn't like The Goddess Test so much, I would recommend you try the sequel! by Catriona
Goddess Interrupted picks up when Kate is arriving in the Underworld from her six month vacation with James. I felt like I was right there with her feeling so excited to see everyone, especially Henry. Some things don't turn out the way you plan though.
Not long after Kate arrives, everything seems to disrupt. Henry and some members of his family are abducted and there is someone that wants Kate dead. Kate doesn't get to enjoy her homecoming because she sets out to rescue her new family. Along the way she seeks the help of her sister, Persephone. I was a bit shocked at this and how things went from there.
There are a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns in this one. I was surprised to learn about some of the characters, who they really are besides gods. What Kate learns about herself was just crazy, I mean really? The one thing that did bother me was Kate herself. I mean she is this great character who I really like, but she annoyed me in this one. She kept over thinking her relationship with Henry in her mind. Then she would tell him and everyone else about it all the time. Henry at first annoyed me, the way that he treated Kate, but then as the story went on I came to realize why.
This one had a lot of action and suspense with a little bit of romance. The last part of the book was really good and the ending, wow. We are left with a huge cliffhanger. I was like no this can't be the end, it can't end this way! But yeah now I have to wait to read The Goddess Inheritance. Overall a great book!
This e-arc was given to me for review by the publisher via NetGalley. This did not affect my review in any way. by Jamie Johnson
Liked, But Didn't Love It.
Book two in the Goddess Test series, GODDESS INTERRUPTED begins six months after THE GODDESS TEST. Kate is returning to the Underworld after spending her first summer away from Henry in Greece, with James. Kate is hoping for a loving welcome from her reserved husband, and happy start to her new life as Queen of the Underworld. But an old threat has returned, and Henry is in danger. Kate must navigate the Underworld to find the one soul who can help her save her husband and the other gods, her sister, Persephone. And she also happens to be Henry's former wife. But even if Kate can save Henry, will she be able to save their marriage?
[Sidenote: Can I just say it's kind of weird to have a YA novel with a married heroine? There's nothing wrong with it, actually, just a thought I wanted to throw out there. Now that I've said my random bit, I'll get to my thoughts.]
There are a lot of things I liked about GODDESS INTERRUPTED, and a few aspects that I didn't.
What I liked:
-The overall story. Greek Mythology was my favorite area of study in Literature. I have read The Iliad and The Odyssey many times, for fun. Author Aimee` Carter took timeless "characters" and has given them an updated, lively spin. I love how Carter assigned new names, but identifiable traits for the gods and goddesses.
-I also liked the slow-building relationship between Kate and Henry. Henry is extremely mired by the pain of losing Persephone to a mortal. He has deemed himself unlovable and is slow to trust, even his wife. It would have been easier for the author to make Henry into a happy, loving person once he met Kate, but it would have also made getting to know him less interesting, because emotionally damaged boys (even those who can smite you) are usually the ones who steal your heart.
-Aimee` Carter is an excellent author. Her words flow in an easy manner that makes reading her books a pleasure. The dialogue is never stilted. Her words never sound awkward or ill-placed while reading.
What I didn't like (as much):
-Okay, so I know I said before that I liked the relationship between Henry and Kate, and I do. What I don't like, however, is Kate spending the entire book wringing her hands over Henry's feelings for Persephone and the fact he'll never love her as much as his first wife. I do get that Kate is still a teenager, newly married, and dealing with a load of emotional baggage. But enough. I don't want to literally spend every page listening to it.
-My least favorite part of the story was some of the events that take place in GODDESS INTERRUPTED. And what makes this tough is that I can't defend that position without spoiling parts of the book, particularly the last few chapters. Kate has a real talent for throwing herself into unnecessary positions. But what really got me was the last few pages. It felt rushed, forced, and didn't wholly make sense.
All in all, GODDESS INTERRUPTED is a book that I didn't love, but I liked it well enough. I felt a bit disappointed because it felt like the story didn't advance, but actually regressed, in regards to Henry and Kate's relationship, until the very end of the book. I didn't love the ending, but it does provide a great setup for book three in the series, THE GODDESS INHERITANCE.
"I'm not leaving you for him. I'm not leavig you for anybody, and I never would have gone looking for something better. You are my something better, and I wish- I wish I was yours, too." (ARC, 79%)
"If I were a better man, I would be able to show you the love and affection you deserve. As I am not, I can only offer you what I am capable of giving. But I assure you, just because I do not show it doesn't mean I do not feel it." (ARC, 93%) by Andrea Thompson
I really liked The Goddess Test and I was excited when I started reading the Goddess Interrupted. I adore mythology and romance so this is the perfect series for me.
Now Kate was a bit whiney at times. She annoyed me a little but by the end of the book I really felt connected to her and what she was going through. Henry, on the other hand, frustrated me endlessly. Persephone wasn't what I expected and I hope we see her again.
The ending really got to me. It is a cliffhanger that I didn't expect and I hated to see it end there. Now I am counting down until October when The Goddess Inheritance is due to be released. I can't wait to see what happens next. by Dani Chapman
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
I tore through this one, and really enjoyed it. There are great action scenes and even though Kate seems weaker in some ways, the same girl I admired from the first series is still there. She is still as loyal and self-sacrificing as in the first, putting those she loves before herself and not even thinking of her safety.
The relationship between Kate and Henry is agonizing in this one. I wanted to smack both of them over the head once I finally got to the bottom of their issues. This is where Kate seemed weaker when it came to her confidence towards Henry. I can totally understand where her insecurities come from, but it was still hard to read at times (with the heartbreak, not bad writing.)
I really like James in this one, and I appreciate how he really looks out for Kate. I kinda want a piece of him for myself ;) Ava was awesome as ever too. But Persephone was also frustrating in that wonderfully written character you wanna hate kind of way.
I can't wait for the third one and find out how their stories conclude. by Brandi Kosiner