My sophomore reading challenge is doing well this year – Goddess Interrupted was one of my much-anticipated sequels for 2012. The Goddess Test even made my best books of 2011 list!
Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Title & Author: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Genre: YA – Fantasy (Greek Mythology)
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Series: 2nd book in a series- Goddess Test #2
How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley
Taking the Good with the Bad
After reading The Goddess Test last year, I was impressed. I loved the mythology, the sort of continuation of Persephone and Hades’ story and the unconventional romance, where the girl is trying to win the guy.
All the things I loved about the frist book were still present in Goddess Interrupted, but Carter shifted the focus from the action (fighting off the King of the Titans) to the relationships (Kate & Henry, Henry & Persephone). I’m not saying there wasn’t plenty of action in this book, but it definitely took a back seat to the swirling emotions that punctuate every chapter.
For me, Kate and Henry lost some of their luster. In the first book, Henry is shy and distant, but Kate slowly wins him over. In Goddess Interrupted, it’s like none of that ever happened and they’re starting from square one. Plus, Kate has to confront Henry’s former wife (who left him for Adonis), Persephone.
One of the biggest hurdles for me in reading this book was that through about 80 percent of the book, Henry is again distant and formal with Kate, while still telling her he loves her yet acting hung up on Persephone. THEN, at the very end of the book (we’re talking maybe 50 pages from the end), Henry changes back into a loving companion.
All I’m saying is that it was too easy. I didn’t believe it as the reader. Ok, I’ll stop ranting now.
I did enjoy this book, despite some reservations. Here are some things I liked:
- Introduction of more gods/titans
- More of Ava (she’s one sassy character)
- Seeing more of the Underworld
- Serious cliffhanger (I normally don’t like these, but this one really worked for me)
Thoughts on the Sophomore Slump
Maybe it’s because I just read Fever last week, but I’m starting to wonder if my new fave authors have fallen into the sophomore slump. It’s not that their sequels are bad, it’s just that they’re not as good as the first book.
For me, Goddess Interrupted fell into this category. I just wanted more.
What books have you read lately that have suffered from the S.S.?
Goddess Interrupted brought back all my fave characters and added new twists and turns to Kate and Henry’s story, but for me, it fell a bit short of The Goddess Test. It was a solid book that I enjoyed reading, but it didn’t quite match the awesomeness of the first book in this series. I am still anxiously waiting the conclusion to the Goddess Interrupted series.