Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review and Giveaway - Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Published: March 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Pages: 304
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads

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. 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 whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone


I was lucky enough to read this title from NetGalley.  I especially enjoyed the first title in this series - The Goddess Test so I was thrilled to see a copy in the NetGalley catalogue!  Ms. Carter combines Greek myths with modern day events for teens to relate to.  Throughout Book #2, Kate struggles with her insecurities with Henry and their relationship.  She is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld but can she really fill this role properly?  Once again she is challenged by the other gods assuming she is not yet ready for this position.  Even though she passed the previous tests set before her, she still must prove herself to this family, to herself and to Henry.  Plus, she needs to get over her insecurity of Persephone, Henry's first true love, and ask for her help.  Interesting twist!  Can she do it all in 300 pages?

Because most of this book was based on Kate's insecurity with her position in Henry's life and the responsibilities associated with her title, there were times when I was a bit irritated by Kate's attitude.  However, when you are insecure and unsure of where your trainwreck of a life is heading, I guess you really do second-guess EVERYTHING.  One thing that this character did well was to stick to her guns and stand by her values.  The gods in mythology have done a lot of incestuous things and made some very questionable choices.  She establishes her values, sticks to them and lets others know how important they are to her.  This was one area where she was very vocal.  I had wished for her to be a bit more assertive throughout the story (especially taking control of the role of a goddess).

I did enjoy this read and I think it best to start with The Goddess Test before jumping to this one however be forewarned...Ms. Carter throws a doozie in the last 3 pages of the book.  For those of you who have read this title, I'm sure you'll agree that it had me slack-jawed.  I was not expecting this ending.  No matter how much Kate's initial attitude irked me, I'll be looking for book #3 - The Goddess Inheritance when it comes out next April.  If you are into spins on history and greek mythology, you'll enjoy the Goddess Test series!

Now for our giveaway!  Please fill out the attached form to win a copy of Goddess Interrupted for yourself! Here are the rules...this contest is open to USA and Canadian peeps only.  So sorry!  The book will be shipped directly from the publisher so The Paperback Princesses are not responsible for any misdirected mail.  This contest will run from today until June 15th.  Good luck!

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