21 November 2014

The Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #2
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

While Goddess Interrupted at least had a plot to keep me somewhat interested, it wasn't that much better than The Goddess Test.  While the first two thirds of the novel were interesting enough, but the time I reached around page 220 or so, Goddess Interrupted started to fall back into the follies of The Goddess Test.

Goddess Interrupted picks up where The Goddess Test left off, though it skips the summer season that Kate spends with James.  When we catch up with our narrative princess, she is returning to the Underworld in preparation to be crowned as the Queen of the Underworld and spend her first half of the year of what she expects to be her happily ever after life with Henry.  Unfortunately, she quickly realizes that it is not going to be all sparkles and rainbows as she had expected.  Her happily ever after with Henry does not get to start immediately, as they are attacked by the Titans.  And then it's all downhill from there.

My fundamental issue with Goddess Interrupted is that Kate's entire life and happiness seems tied into her relationship with Henry.  Every time she starts to doubt their future, it's as if the world has ended, especially when Persephone comes back into the mix.  Instead of trying to talk it out rationally with Henry, like a mature married couple, she gets instantly jealous and at one point cries endlessly at the thought that her new marriage to the man she doesn't even know but instantly loves might be on the rocks before it even begins.  And she even admits that she's acting irrationally, but yet does it anyway.

I realize the Goddess Test series is designed as a romance series, with the paranormal aspect as a secondary.  But Kate teeters towards the Bella Swan extreme of the spectrum, completely obsessing over her love life to the point where it makes the novel hard to read.  Of course, a lot of teenage girls seem to guzzle these types of stories down like soda, but I wish the female "heroines" of today's young adult literature would be a little more independent and self assured and a little less "OMG-what-if-he-doesn't-love-me-my-life-will-be-over".  And the ending?  Well, I can certainly say I wasn't expecting it.  But it also didn't make me want to read the conclusion to the trilogy either.

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