by: Aimee Carter
Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, 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 who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
I received an ARC of Goddess Interrupted and was super excited. I had not read Goddess test yet, but I had the book and just hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. Since I received Goddess Interrupted, I thought I should get reading Goddess Test. I LOVED Goddess Test. I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up to finish it. In the morning I add Goddess Interrupted to my nook and started reading. I was SOOOO excited, then just annoyed.
I still cried, a lot, in this book, but by then end of the book I didn’t have a fondness for any of the characters.
Diana, Kate’s mom: basically admits Kate was only born as a replacement for her sister, Persephone, and that she was raised to be Henry’s wife. Nice mom, but I guess very goddess like, only caring about herself.
Ava: wow such a slut- and the end- wow- slept with everyone but her father and Henry, not kewl at all. But Kate seems ok with it. She’s not mad or upset with Ava, but she is with James.
James: Does Kate have a thing for James or doesn’t she? I can’t tell. One minute she is telling him over and over how much she loves Henry and would never cheat on him, but then get SUPER upset when she finds out he has slept with everyone and their mother, literally. But remember, it didn’t bother her when Ava did the same thing. Not kewl.
Walter/Calliope: this is just messed up. Somehow she has no right to hate Walter even though he cheated on her with every beautiful girl he looked at, even tricking humans into sleeping with him, producing a bunch of illegitimate kids she has to deal with for eternity. Somehow Walter has the right to punish her without taking any responsibility for his part in turning Calliope crazy? Nice. Note: Calliope is nuts with a capital “N.” What does she think killing/hurting Kate is going to do for her? What did Kate really ever do to hurt Calliope except be born. Oh wait, Calliope was part of the discussion that gave Diana permission to birth Kate and train her to be Henry’s new wife from birth, so this was a surprise how?
Henry: What can I say about Henry; he has so many problems it is unbelievable. I wanted to love him. He is the handsome guy who is hurting in more ways than you can count and for good reason too. He was in an arranged marriage where his wife never loved him, but he adored her. He had to watch her cheat on him constantly while she wouldn’t even sleep with him except that one time. Oh yes and her first foray into cheating was with.. dun dun dun…James, the same James who deliberately gave Henry the impression that he was going to and did do the same thing with his new wife, Kate. Kate just thought they were friends, having no clue how many secrets her “friends” and “family” were keeping from her. Henry refused to show Kate any emotion or even try to open himself up to her. Refusing to talk and communicate is one of the WORST things you can do in a marriage, it is the number one marriage killer, since a lack of communication can easily lead to other things that end a marriage. Henry not even trying to fight for Kate, telling her to go and leave him, ignoring her telling him how much she loves him, begging him to show her anything at all, even a glimmer of hope, that he wants her there and that he will try to love her. His obsession with Persephone; it is wrong in every way, shape, and form. Oh wait, I guess it’s Kate’s fault that Henry gives her absolutely no reassurance that he will even try to move on from Persephone, somehow many reviews missed that part. Hell, he even makes out with his ex-wife, knowing that Kate could have been watching using her gift. How is Kate supposed to act/feel? I have absolutely no love for Henry at this point and I feel Kate’s pain. No one should have to deal with being treated like that. Kate didn’t ask to be born and raised as her sister’s replacement.
Persephone: Wow- she is an epic slut and B***h. I know that I am kinda on my own with this opinion, somehow everyone else is all poor Persephone, she was in a loveless, passionless marriage, what was she supposed to do? Well for starter, not cheat on her husband. Not withhold sex from her husband. Not emotionally and physically withdraw from your husband. Not refuse to talk to your husband. Oh wait cheat on your husband for over 100 years with HIS BROTHER and make sure he knew about it! How is ANY of that Henry’s fault? All he did was love her and she treated him in the worst ways possible. She doomed the marriage on the first night, when she ran away from Henry after they consummated their marriage and never came back or tried to work things out. Sleeping in separate parts of the house and refusing to communicate, cheating, those are all things she did. She ruined the marriage, not Henry. Let’s add to the list, still feeling a possession of Henry even after she left him, her family, and her immortality behind for a guy who was hot, that she says she is already bored with. Oh well. So I guess it is somehow Kate’s fault that Persephone found him in his study, sat on his lap, and passionately kissed him? Kate has absolutely no reason whatsoever to be jealous of her back stabbing sister, right? I have nothing good to say about Persephone. She is how the book makes her out to be, she wants to have her cake and eat it too. She wants to have sex with whoever she wants, have this hot human on the side, and have Henry’s undivided love for eternity, even though she left him a long time ago. She knew how to manipulate Henry and Kate, and she took advantage of her past relationship with Henry to hurt her sister. I don’t care that Persephone swears that that wasn’t her intention, actions speak louder than words. No love for Persephone here.
Kate: Overall, I feel bad for Kate. She was born and raised to be a replacement wife for her sister’s ex-husband. She was always going to be second best, especially since her sister tried her hardest to make sure Henry never forgot her. She was trying to love a man who was in love with someone else, but he was all she had in life. Her mother was dead, in the real world, and she had no family or friends in the human world. She was totally set up and got the shortest end of the stick in the deal.
Now she is also very whiny, which is super annoying. If you are not sure about your husband, and he continues to ignore you even after you continually tell him how much you love him, you might need to rethink the situation. Stop asking everyone else if your husband loves you. Kate just really needed to have a huge heart to heart with Henry, and she eventually did when she found out about James/Persephone and realized that James was trying to do the same thing again to Henry and that is why Henry was being so aloof; because he thought Kate was already cheating on him. Kate is totally the stereotypical damsel in distress, she doesn’t follow directions and doesn’t think; constantly getting herself and others into trouble/ or dangerous situations. Ie: ending of story. Kate is by no means a good role model for girls.
So in conclusion, this book was ok. A TON happened, there was a bunch of action and adventure, but the book has the dreaded no ending, otherwise known as a cliffhanger. I hate these kinds of cliffhangers; you’ll see when you read the book. It just kinda angers me. There is no ending. I really felt like the author just didn’t know what to do, so she left it midsentence. Not kewl.
I am not sure this series has much substance to keep going for a long time. They need to wrap up this Calliope/ titans thing like ASAP. It is getting old fast and I really am not sure I like the direction the series is going with this ending. It seems like it could go really bad, and not in a makes a good story kinda way. I can’t say more without giving the ending away.
I will read the next book, but if things are still left so open, it may go into the pile of “series I never finished” because they just got really bad. I hope this doesn’t happen, but you never know.
For parents and teachers, this book has a large focus on sex so I would consider that before recommending this to younger kids. I would say more like 9th grade through adult. At least in this one it is married sex between Kate and Henry, but that is not the case for all the characters. The story does make cheating on your spouse seem an ok thing to do. It is obviously up to you what you allow your kids to read, I just wanted you to be aware.
I received this book as an ARC, but I am not paid to review books. I do so in order to help teachers and parents find books for their kids to read that are appropriate.
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