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Goddess Interrupted - Aimee Carter *Received ARC via NetGalley. Book to be published March 27, 2012*

From Goodreads: 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.

I'm going to be honest. After reading reviews from several friends, I was half-tempted to back out of this one, even though I loved The Goddess Test. It sounded to me like Kate had transformed suddenly into a whiny junior high student, while Henry morphed into a marble statue. You know what? They did. I hated them.

For almost the entire book, I wanted to strangle them both. I wondered how much of this was because of what I'd heard from my friends, but then I realized that none of it was. They were honestly just driving me mad. They're supposed to be in love, yo! And besides. I left junior high behind 20 years ago, so a revisit wasn't exactly pleasant for me.

Luckily, something else my friends said was true too: the book gets MUCH better in the 2nd half. It's another one of those last-half saves that leaves you a little breathless and stumbling around, but it's a save nonetheless. Thank goodness for a good plot.

I'm picturing Captain Plot all dressed up in a cape and tights rushing in to save the day here, because that's seriously how it felt...just when I was ready to chuck this one because of Kate and Henry, the plot stepped up and saved it!

Goddess Interrupted does suffer a bit from middle-bookitis, but I think it's leading up to bigger and better things. It left off in a place that'll lend itself well to the next book, so I'm looking forward to that.

Also, my favorite line: "I will get you for that...You won't see it coming, but when it's over, you'll know what it was for." It's hilarious in the context. Taken out of context, it sounds very menacing and wooo-ooo scary. But it was funny, trust me.

Overall, while I liked this book, it wasn't as riveting as The Goddess Test. I liked it more than I didn't, so it's getting a 'Drool Worthy' rating and a promise that I'll be keeping up with the series.

Content Advisory:
Language: Mild
Sexuality: Moderate
Violence: Moderate
Mature Themes: Love (or lack thereof), jealousy

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