Saturday, February 11, 2012

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: 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.  - Goodreads.com

I waited, impatiently, for this book, secretly scared it might not be as great as the first one.  I need not have worried.  Goddess Interrupted was a worthy sequel, an excellent continuation of a great new series by Aimee Carter.  Everything I loved about the first book was present in this second installment.  It had all the pieces to make a great book: romance, adventure, a journey, fighting, a couple evil villains, you name it!

One of my favorite things about this story, other than the mythology aspect, is the characters.  I loved the gods.  So many myth books make the gods look so divine that you can't really connect to them at all.  In this story, however, they seem more real, more vivid and, yes, human.  You get to see their personalities and not just their power, and you see that they have fears too.  My favorite is, of course, Henry.  I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Hades, and have always wanted to see a romance written for him, and not one about Persephone, who I always thought to be a selfish, spoiled brat who broke Hades heart and couldn't bother to stay with him longer than six months a year.  So this story would have been right up my ally no matter what.  The fact that Henry is written in this story exactly as I imagined Hades would be just makes it that much more satisfying.

Kate and her modern girl-turned-goddess personality is exactly what he needs, as she doesn't let him get away with hiding his emotions.  I did wish, early in the story, however, that she hadn't let her self-doubt get to her quite so much.  Then again, she didn't let it keep her down, as she immediately rushed off to find a way to save the ones she cared about, regardless of whether she doubted Henry's love or not.

The ending left me reeling... not only because of how it ended...OMG, now I have to wait another year for the next one?????...but because I was so sad it was already over.  Aimee Carter's writing was fast and engaging, the pacing so perfect that I literally flew through the pages and finished the story in one sitting.  This is such a romantic story, and Henry such a quiet, strong, and mysteriously dark hero that I just keep getting sucked in.  Bring on the next one!! 

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