Carter, Aimée. Goddess Interrupted. 304 p. Harlequin Teen. 2012. Paperback $9.99. ISBN 9780373210459.
In keeping with my goal to read more sequels this year, I was eager to read this follow-up to The Goddess Test. I found Carter's debut novel to be a likable spin on Greek mythology, and really came to care about the main characters, Kate and Henry. As a refresher, Kate is a mortal girl who ends up agreeing to undergo a series of tests to become the wife of Henry, who is actually Hades, the Greek god of the underworld.
Goddess Interrupted is an engaging read, but I found it to be a little less cohesive than the first volume. I admit that this may be a result of the way I read it-- on my phone, while nursing my little one. So I read it in brief, ten-minute chunks here and there over the course of about a week. This reading method works fine for some books, and other books... not so much. The plot is action-packed and there are a lot of characters to keep track of, and I suspect if I would have had a different experience with this book if I'd been able to sit down and just inhale it.
As it is, though, I feel this is definitely a worthy sequel. If you like the first volume, you'll like this one. Carter effectively creates tension in the romance between Kate and Henry, and plot twist of Kate having to interact with Persephone is intriguing, since Persephone's character was entirely "off screen" in volume one-- yet so very significant to the story. I liked that Kate had find a way to come to terms with her.
The chance to spend more time with characters I enjoy and a very suspenseful cliffhanger ending guarantee that I will pick up the third volume and see how Kate and Henry's story will wrap up.
On another note, I like the cover to Goddess Interrupted-- it coordinates nicely with the cover of The Goddess Test, but the girl pictured looks stronger. She's standing upright, hooray! The first volume's cover was almost flirting with "dead girl cover" territory. What do you think?
Goddess Interrupted hits bookstores everywhere on March 27. ARC for review provided by Harlequin Teen via NetGalley. Don't miss our podcast interview with Aimée Carter on Authors are ROCKSTARS!