Tuesday, March 27

Goddess Interrupted: Book Review

Goddess Interrupted
by Aimee Carter
March 27th 2012
Young Adult | Fantasy
Greek Mythology

Official Blurb -
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.
This is one big messed up Greek soap opera. Talk about an unhealthy amount of emotional dysfunction. 
A large majority of the book follows Kate's inner turmoil and dialog. She runs through just about every emotion but most frequently insecurity and doubt. There are times I found her inner dialog a bit repetative and annoying. Luckily the story would move forward a bit to take us out of her mind. As much as I may not have always liked what she was thinking it was realistic. All of her thoughts are common and easy to identify with. Her insecurities and doubts help to set the right mood for that one moment when everything aligns. Kate and Henry suffer from a lack of communication which causes real problems. Another bit that fouls them up is all the "helpful" advice of friends.
There were some moments in this book I really liked. One was a very insightful piece of advice. You can't change how other people feel or act, but you can choose if you will be happy or miserable. I also really enjoyed watching Henry come out of his shell. There is so much more to him than he lets on. Since he is so reserved it is all the more intense when he does show emotion. It demands your undivided attention knowing that you are witnessing something so rare and strong that it isn't containable.
The ending seemingly comes out of nowhere and is abrupt. One second everything is set on a certain path and the next we are in an entirely new playing field. The abruptness of the ending leaves a lot of questions. What a bunch of crazy psychos! I am glad that is not my world to inhabit.