Goddess Interrupted (Harlequin Teen)
Greek mythology has become increasingly popular as a mine for modern fiction. From Rick Riordan’s novels to the Clash of the Titans movie franchise, the gods and heroes of ancient times are everywhere these days. Teen novels aren’t immune to the phenomenon either. Aimee Carter joined the ranks last year with The Goddess Test, and this year she returns to her version of the Hades/Persephone myth with Goddess Interrupted.
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“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 found this novel to be more frustrating than the first one, which I enjoyed. Since the series is set up as a love story between Kate and Henry, I wanted to see more of their relationship. Don’t get me wrong, the gods’ war is interesting too, but it wasn’t supposed to be the main focus of the story. But Henry spends a large chunk of the book as a captive, and much of the rest being aloof and snarky to Kate. Kate herself does a lot of crying and moping and “He doesn’t love me the way I love him!” Both characters seem to be quite different from how they were portrayed in the original novel.
Even more frustrating is the fact that much of the angst that is going on between the two could have been headed off if they had just talked to each other instead of sniping and arguing. Admittedly, I’m pretty sure that the author wanted to create tension between them and thus set off a lot of the novel’s events in that way. The problem is that the things that they need to talk about are blatantly obvious. Even when Kate realizes where some of the issues are likely stemming from, she continues to keep her thoughts to herself. Thus, there are more fights. It got to the point that I wanted to shake both of them by the shoulders and tell them to grow up.
On the plus side, the interplay between Kate and Persephone is fun to watch. In the first book, Persephone was played up as something of a villain, but in this novel you get her side of the story. More importantly, Kate gets her side of the story and has to confront the fact that Persephone isn’t necessarily a bad person. It’s good that the author humanized Persephone somewhat, because the other gods aren’t in the book as much as they were before, so the cast of characters has to stay palatable to the reader.
While I may have some complaints about the novel’s love story, the book is still fairly enjoyable. It also ends on something of a cliffhanger, and I’m curious to see what happens in the next book. This novel didn’t put me off of the series, but there are some things that I thought could have been handled better. Goddess Interrupted is a reasonably entertaining continuation of the Hades/Persephone myth, and while it’s by no means perfect, it’s good enough to retain my interest.
Also by this author: The Goddess Inheritance
This review appeared on Owlcat Mountain on March 30, 2012.
Series: Goddess Test
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 304
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Acquired: Provided by the publisher as an e-ARC from NetGalley
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