Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ARC Review: GODDESS INTERRUPTED

The Book: GODDESS INTERRUPTED (book #2 of THE GODDESS TEST series)
The Author: Aimee Carter
The Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Anticipated Release Date: March 27, 2012

Marketing Copy Summary:
WHAT IF IMMORTALITY ISN’ T FOREVER?

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 who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

My Thoughts:
This is where I admit that I read THE GODDESS TEST last year only after much badgering by a fellow reading friend.  To say I was unsure of whether I'd like is a bit of an understatement, but as this friend always picks up the books I throw at her, I had to give it a shot.

And, guess what, minions? I love, love, LOVED that book.  It was fresh and unique and in the midst of a time when vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and ghosts reign supreme, this storyline (comprised of the Greek gods and goddesses of myth) was wholly inspired, at least in my mind.  So, of course, when I finished it, I made a note to make sure I kept an eye out for Carter's next book.

GODDESS INTERRUPTED picks up six months after the TEST leaves off.  After a summer of fun and sun in Greece, she and her friend, James (also known as the god Hermes) are headed back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Eden Manor, the original setting of the GODDESS TEST.  But instead of whiling away her time above ground, this year Kate will be living in the Underworld with Henry.  Fine by her.  As long as she's with Henry, she doesn't care.

Or so she thinks.  But, no sooner does she arrive in the Underworld than the poo goes flying.  Henry and the Council find themselves in the fight for their lives as the only thing that can kill a god is awake and about to break free.

Packed with action right from the first chapter, GODDESS INTERRUPTED will keep you glued to the edge of your seat even as your gut is tied in knots over Kate's insecurities about Henry's love for her, her doubts about her own self-worth as a goddess, and the turmoil she's mired in over the power Persophene still holds over many of the gods, including her husband.

My one and only problem with this book was the cliffhanger ending.  If you've read my reviews before, you know how much I loathe the cliffhanger ending.  Well...yeah, that happened here, and I was ready to throw my ereader across the room.  I didn't, of course, but it was a close thing.  Now, I must wait for the next book in the series GODDESS INHERITANCE.  And, I so cannot wait.

If you haven't read anything by Aimee Carter, grab THE GODDESS TEST, and just for grins, look for her GODDESS HUNT (a short little novella on sale March 1, 2012 which tells all about how Kate spent her first summer away from the Underworld).