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Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, 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 ...

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Overview

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rebecca Moore
Kate Winters should be celebrating. After passing the usually fatal Goddess Test (for Persephone's replacement), she fell in love with Henry/Hades, gained immortality, and got married. Now she is returning after summer to claim her throne. Nothing goes right, however. Hades seems cold and distant; Kate cannot determine if he really loves her. Then the evil Calliope/Hera, who also loves Henry, helps the imprisoned Titan Cronus start breaking free. Titans can kill deities, and the Olympians may not be strong enough to defeat him this time. The only person who could help is the long-dead Persephone, whom Henry has loved for an eon. Does Kate have the strength—or the will—to search the Underworld for her? This new take on Greek mythology is a mixed bag. On the plus side, Carter weaves lovely descriptions of the Underworld, and if escaped Titans are a well-worn plot device, the author still invests it with believable urgency. On the minus side, Kate spends much of the book angsting over Henry's indeterminate love and her own future. While age appropriate, it gets tedious, particularly since the couple has zero chemistry, Henry has zero personality, and there seems to be no reason Kate would love him. In addition, the sex references feel awkward and artificial, and having eons-old deities squabble like teenage girls feels unbelievable. However, fantasy lovers who prefer their romance more talk and less action will probably eat this up, gasp at the cliff-hanger ending, and beg for more. Reviewer: Rebecca Moore
VOYA - Camille Birch
This unique paranormal romance involving the Olympians mixes adventure with love in a plot that unfolds quickly in the beginning but slows down before the climax. The characters' emotions are sometimes confusing but are, at the same time, very realistically portrayed. This continuation of Kate's captivating love story has an ending that will leave readers begging for more. Reviewer: Camille Birch, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
Fasten your seatbelts, lower your expectations, then sit back and enjoy the modest pleasures of this mostly smooth sequel. Kate has graduated to deity status and married Henry (Hades, Titan-born Greek deity of the Underworld, reconfigured as a category-romance hero). She looks forward to her coronation as Queen of the Underworld, but Calliope (Hera) has other plans. She awakens her father, head Titan Cronus, enlisting his aid in a scheme to take down her victorious rival and promising his release from captivity in return. For that, she'll need help from her fellow deities, and there'll be collateral damage--destroying the Olympians and wiping out humanity. This may strike readers as overkill (and a shameless Rick Riordan retread), but it makes a nifty plot complication. Kate chafes at being left behind when the top Olympians leave to prevent catastrophe. She feels responsible, and, worse, Henry is in danger. Joined by Ava (Aphrodite) and James (Hermes), her trek to rescue him is the tale's main event. Henry remains the series' weakest link--less intriguingly mysterious than exasperatingly vague. Kate spends much of the text pondering and misinterpreting his intentions, but one can hardly blame her; this is a marriage badly in need of intervention from Deborah Tannen (You Just Don't Understand, 1990, etc.). A good bet for readers mostly interested in the romance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373210459
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Series: Goddess Test Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 136,280
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aimée Carter was born in 1986 and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys seeing movies, playing with her puppies, and wrestling with the puzzles in the paper each morning.

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When I was a kid, each fall my teachers had the class write and present one of those horrible "What I Did Last Summer" essays, complete with pictures and funny anecdotes designed to make a classroom full of bored students pay attention.

Each year I sat and listened as my classmates in my New York City preparatory school talked about how they'd spent the summers in the Hamptons or in Florida or in Europe with their rich parents, or au pairs, or as we grew older, boyfriends and girlfriends. By the time we reached high school, the same glitzy stories got told over and over again: escapades in Paris with supermodels, all-night parties on the beaches in the Bahamas with rock stars—every student vied for attention with exploits that got wilder every year.

But my story was always the same. My mother worked as a florist, and because most of her income went to paying for that school, we never left New York City. On her days off we spent our afternoons in Central Park soaking up the sun. After she got sick, my summers were spent in the hospital with her, holding her hair back as the chemo attacked her system or flipping through the television channels looking for something to watch.

It wasn't the Hamptons. It wasn't Florida. It wasn't Europe. But they were my summers.

The one after my first six months with Henry, however, blew every single summer my classmates ever had out of the water.

"I can't believe you'd never swum with dolphins before," said James as I drove down a rough dirt road that didn't see much use. We were back in the upper peninsula of Michigan and surrounded by trees taller than most buildings. The closer we got to Eden Manor, the wider my grin spread.

"It's not like we had a ton of them in the Hudson River," I said, nudging the accelerator. We were so far from civilization that there weren't any posted speed limits, and the last time I'd been down this road, my mother had been too ill for me to risk taking advantage of it. But now, after the council had granted me immortality, the only thing I risked was my old beat-up car. So far, I liked the perks.

James bit off a piece of jerky and offered me the rest. I wrinkled my nose. "Suit yourself," he said. "You realize you're going to have to tell Henry about everything we did, right?"

I glanced at him out of the corner of my eye. "I hadn't planned on otherwise. Why? What's wrong with that?"

James shrugged. "Nothing. I figured he wouldn't be too thrilled with the idea of you spending six months in Greece with some dark, handsome stranger, that's all."

I laughed so hard I nearly drove off the side of the road. "And who was this dark, handsome stranger? I don't remember him."

"Exactly what you should say to Henry, and we'll both be in the clear," said James cheerfully.

It was a joke, of course. James was my best friend, and we had spent the whole summer together touring ancient ruins, vast cities and breathtaking islands in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Maybe one of the most romantic, too, but James was James, and I was married to Henry.

Married. I still wasn't used to it. I'd kept my black diamond wedding ring on a chain around my neck, too afraid of losing it to wear it properly, and now that we were only a mile or so away from Eden, it was time to put it back on. I'd struggled to pass the seven tests the council of gods had given me to see if I was worthy of immortality and becoming Queen of the Underworld, and because I'd won—only barely—Henry and I were now technically husband and wife.

With the silence between us for the past six months, however, it didn't feel like it. I hadn't admitted it to James, but I'd spent the summer glancing around in hopes of seeing Henry in the crowd, there even when he wasn't supposed to be. But no matter how hard I'd looked, I hadn't seen any sign of him. Granted, half a year was practically a blink of an eye for someone who had existed since before the birth of humanity. But surely a sign that he missed me wasn't too much to ask for.

I pushed my worries from my mind as the black wrought iron gate of Eden Manor came into view. No matter what had or hadn't happened during the summer, I would have the chance to be with Henry now, and I wasn't going to waste a moment.

"Home sweet home," I said as I drove through the gate. I could do this. Henry would be waiting for me, and he'd be thrilled to see me. My mother would be there, too, and I wouldn't have to go another six months without seeing her again. Everything would be okay.

James craned his neck to look at the brightly colored trees that lined the road. "All right?" he said to me.

"I should be asking you that," I said, eyeing the way he drummed his fingers on the armrest nervously. He stilled, and after a moment I added before I could stop myself, "He'll be happy to see me, right?"

James blinked and said coolly, "Who? Henry? Couldn't say. I'm not him."

That was the last answer I'd been expecting, but as soon as he said it, I realized I was an idiot for expecting anything else. James would have been the one to replace Henry as the ruler of the Underworld if I'd failed, and even though it hadn't come up on our trip, James was undoubtedly still sore about it.

"Could you at least try to pretend to be happy for me?" I said. "You can't spend your entire existence mad about that."

"I'm not mad. I'm worried," he said. "You don't have to do this if you don't want to, you know. No one would blame you."

"Do what? Not go back to Eden?" I'd already passed the tests. I'd told Henry I'd be back. We were married, for crying out loud.

"Everyone's acting like you're the be all and end all for Henry," said James. "It isn't fair to put you under that kind of pressure."

Good lord, he really was talking about not going back. "Listen, James, I know you liked Greece—so did I—but if you think you can talk me into not going back—"

"I'm not trying to talk you into anything," said James with surprising firmness. "I'm trying to make sure no one else does. This is your life. No one's going to take your mother away from you now if you decide you don't want to do this after all."

"That's not—that's not why I'm going back at all," I sputtered.

"Then why are you, Kate? Give me one good reason, and I'll drop it."

"I can give you a dozen."

"I only want one."

I sniffed. It wasn't any of his business. I'd nearly died in my attempts to save Henry from fading; I wasn't going to walk away from him because of the possibility that I might not like the Underworld. "I don't know how you do things, but I love Henry, and I'm not going to leave him just because you don't think he's good for me."

"Fair enough," said James. "But what are you going to do if Henry doesn't love you?"

I slammed on the brakes and forced the car into park so violently that the handle on the parking brake snapped off. The car was a piece of shit anyway. "That's impossible. He said he loves me, and I trust him not to lie to me. Unlike someone else I know."

I glared at him, but his expression didn't change. With a huff, I climbed out of the car, cursing as the seat belt caught on my jeans. After my few failed attempts to untangle myself, James reached over and gently undid it for me.

"Don't be mad," he said. "Please. After what happened to Persephone—I want to make sure you don't have to go through the same thing, all right? That's all."

I wasn't an idiot. I knew part of Henry would always be in love with Persephone. After all, he'd lost the will to continue after she'd given up her immortality to die and spend eternity with a mortal, and he wouldn't have felt that way if his entire existence hadn't revolved around her. But I could give him the one thing she never had—loving him in return.

"If you really are happy and you two love each other equally, then great," said James. "Good luck to you both. But if you don't—if you wake up one day and realize you're forcing yourself to love him because you think it's the right thing to do, not because he makes you happier than you've ever been—then I want to make sure you know you have a choice. And if you ever want to leave, all you have to do is say the word, and I'll go with you."

I stormed toward the front doors of the manor, yanking hard. "Great, so if I ever decide that Henry's life isn't worth it, I'll be sure to let you know. Help me with these, will you?"

James didn't say a word as he joined me and opened the heavy doors as if they were made of feathers. I slipped inside and forced a smile, expecting to see Henry waiting for me in the magnificent entrance hall made of mirrors and marble. But the foyer was empty.

"Where is everyone?" I said, my smile fading.

"Waiting for you, I suspect." James stepped in after me, and the door slammed behind us, echoing through the hall. "You didn't think we were going to stay here, did you?"

"I didn't know there was anywhere else to stay."

He draped his arm over my shoulders, but when I shrugged it off, he shoved his hands in his pockets instead. "Of course there's someplace else. Follow me."

James led me to the center of the foyer, where amidst the white marble was a perfect circle. It was made of crystal that shimmered with a rainbow of colors in the sunlight that streamed in from the windows, and it was beautiful. When I tried to continue to the other side of the hall, he grabbed my hand and stopped me.

"This is our stop," he said, looking down.

I stared at the crystal beneath my feet, and finally I saw it. A strange, shimmering aura seemed to emanate from where we stood, and I hastily jumped out of the circle. "What is that?"

"Henry didn't tell you?" said James, and I shook my head. "It's a portal between the surface and the Underworld. Totally safe, I promise. They're like shortcuts so we don't have to take the long way around."

I wiped my palms nervously on my jeans. "The long way around?"

"If you know where to look, you can find an opening into the Underworld and travel through various caves and that kind of thing," he said. "Dark, gloomy, time-consuming, and trouble if you're skittish about having millions of pounds of rock pressing down on you."

"There's nothing underneath the surface except lava and dirt," I said, ignoring the thought of being buried alive. "Every eight-year-old knows that."

"We're gods. We're excellent at covering our tracks," said James with a boyish grin, and this time, when he offered me his hand, I took it and stepped back into the circle.

"What else are you good at?" I grumbled. "Turning water into wine?"

"That's Xander's specialty," he said. "I'm surprised he hasn't turned the Dead Sea into one big keg party by now. As for me, I can find anything or anyone or anyplace you want. Didn't you notice we never got lost in Greece?"

I shrugged. "I thought you knew the area well."

"I did, thousands of years ago. They've made some modifications since then. Close your eyes."

A rush of electrifying power swirled around us, and a roar filled my ears. Without warning, the ground dropped from under us, and I shrieked.

My heart leaped into my throat, and my eyes flew open as I tried to pull away from James, but his arm wrapped around me like steel. We were surrounded by rock—no, we were inside rock, and we went through it as if it weren't any more substantial than air. James's expression was as calm as ever, as if slicing through stone and earth and god only knew what else was perfectly normal.

It seemed to last for ages, but only a few seconds later I felt solid ground underneath my feet once more. James loosened his grip on my shoulders, but my legs were trembling so badly that I clung to him even though all I wanted to do was thwack him upside the head.

"That wasn't so bad, was it?" he said cheerfully, and I glared.

"I will get you for that," I snarled. "You won't see it coming, but when it's over, you'll know what it was for."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Amazing!

    Wonderful series. Of course, it had to end in a cliffhanger because its the second book in a trilogy. Trust me. You will read this book. You will love this book. You will be desperate for the last book to come out, so much that you will stalk the author until its published.

    Its a really good book.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

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    My review: Let me rush ahead a little and say, that I liked God

    My review:

    Let me rush ahead a little and say, that I liked Goddess Interrupted much more than the Goddess Test. Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter was a very good book and it is a perfect summer read. I enjoyed the characters and I also think that in Goddess Interrupted the author manages to create some similarities with Greek gods.

    Regarding the plot:

    After Kate Winters passes the tests for becoming a queen of the Underworld, it’s time for her to have her 6 months away from Henry. After she returns from Greece she is hoping, that Henry is gladly welcoming her back, but the reality is very different. There are extreme dangers waiting all the gods, because Calliope has been planning a perfect revenge for the fellow gods and goddesses. Calliope has released Cronus, one of the Titans who is seeking his freedom. Cronus was captured by the Greek gods after the war between Titans and Greek gods.

    When Henry and some other gods are imprisoned, Kate is the only one standing up for them. When other remaining people in Eden Manor are convinced that it is a lost cause, she takes action and seeks help from Henry’s ex-wife – Persephone. This is where things get complicated, because Henry hasn’t gotten over Persephone and Kate is struggling with her feeling towards Henry.

    There were lots of things I liked in the plot. First of all, the gods were more god-like in the novel. There are more similarities to the Greek gods and you can easier separate who is which god. There is still a way to go, but as it goes for Ava and James and especially Calliope the similarities are visible.

    I also liked that Persephone was brought into the book; it made the plot more interesting and tense. The relationships between Persephone, Henry and Kate were interesting.

    I think the author should also get praise for describing Kate’s feelings. Even though I did not understand everything about Kate and her actions in this book, I could relate to her.

    There was also enough action and some twists and turns in the book. I think that the author did an excellent job with the end of Goddess Interrupted. Just when you thought that the tension is disappearing, something new and unexpected happens and the beginning to the sequel to Goddess Interrupted is created. I think the ending of the book was brilliant and I wanted more!

    Regarding the characters:

    Kate created quite mixed feelings to me. I did not understand her until the mid of the book. Why would she put herself through all that pain because of her feelings? She seemed like a weak woman who stayed with a man who does not seem to love her. And then it happened! She stood up for herself! I loved that! The scene where she is telling Henry what she thinks about him in front of all the gods was perfect. This was the Kate I wanted to see! Brave, strong, with some self-respect. She grew on me.

    More or less the same goes for Henry. He was so annoyingly distant, weak, not being able to express himself and his feelings to Kate… until Kate flipped and decided to leave the Underworld. This was the turning point for him and also for me as a reader. Before that he was a flat character and after that he was the god I could like. I loved the dramatic end of the book and I truly hope that the author will show more of his masculinity as a god and as a man in the next book.

    I loved Persephone! Persephone created the basis for stronger relationship between Kate and Henry. She was feisty and lovable.

    I think Calliope was the closest to the goddess she is supposed to represent in the novel. Since Calliope is Hera – a goddess of marriage and childbirth, she is powerful, capable of doing anything what it takes to win the love of Henry or to destroy everything dear to Henry. She was vindictive, determined and ruthless and still vulnerable.

    The other character who was similar to the goddess she presented, was Ava – Aphrodite – a goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. She lived up to all of that in Goddess Interrupted.

    Generally:

    Goddess Interrupted is an interesting book after you have gotten through the first third of it. When the pace is taking up and leaves you breathless until you turn the last page. The end of the book is very good and dramatic, so it compensates the beginning of the book fully. I really liked Goddess Interrupted and definitely recommend the book and the Goddess Test series!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    pretty good book

    ** spoiler alert ** I received an ARC of Goddess Interrupted and was super excited. I had not read Goddess test yet, but I had the book and just hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. Since I received Goddess Interrupted, I thought I should get reading Goddess Test. I LOVED Goddess Test. I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up to finish it. In the morning I add Goddess Interrupted to my nook and started reading. I was SOOOO excited, then just annoyed. I still cried, a lot, in this book, but by then end of the book I didn’t have a fondness for any of the characters. Diana, Kate’s mom, basically admits Kate was only born as a replacement for her sister, Persephone, and that she was raised to be Henry’s wife. Nice mom, but I guess very goddess like, only caring about herself. Ava- wow such a slut- and the end- wow- slept with everyone but her father and Henry, not kewl at all. But Kate seems ok with it. She’s not mad or upset with Ava, but she is with James. ........ READ MORE OF THIS REVIEW AT MY BLOG: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com .............................. So in conclusion, this book was ok. A TON happened, there was a bunch of action and adventure, but the book has the dreaded no ending, otherwise known as a cliffhanger. I hate these kinds of cliffhangers; you’ll see when you read the book. It just kinda angers me. There is no ending. I really felt like the author just didn’t know what to do, so she left it midsentence. Not kewl. I am not sure this series has much substance to keep going for a long time. They need to wrap up this Calliope/ titans thing like ASAP. It is getting old fast and I really am not sure I like the direction the series is going with this ending. It seems like it could go really bad, and not in a makes a good story kinda way. I can’t say more without giving the ending away. I will read the next book, but if things are still left so open, it may go into the pile of “series I never finished” because they just got really bad. I hope this doesn’t happen, but you never know. For parents and teachers, this book has a large focus on sex so I would consider that before recommending this to younger kids. I would say more like 9th grade through adult. At least in this one it is married sex between Kate and Henry, but that is not the case for all the characters. The story does make cheating on your spouse seem an ok thing to do. It is obviously up to you what you allow your kids to read, I just wanted you to be aware. I received this book as an ARC, but I am not paid to review books. I do so in order to help teachers and parents find books for their kids to read that are appropriate.

    Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.

    Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Love this book

    I love this book!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    INDESCRIBABLE......

    I really enjoyed the first book and this one kept me engaged the entire time. I could imagine every single scene that happened in this book, felt every heart-wreaching event that took place for Kate, and see every as clear as day through her eyes... whenever her heart broke, mine followed. Whenever her world shattered, mine was right at her heels. Whenever she was happy, scared, brave, and felt like she was doing the right thing, i felt like that too.......... i dont just dont have the words for it....
    And ESPECIALLY the end. REALLY? REALLLYYY??? my gosh... dont worry i am not going to say anything for those of you who didnt read it yet, but to those who DID read it, REALLY?? Henry broke my heat at that last scene..........

    I can NOT wait for the next one.....

    (SERIOUSLY??? stupid Calliope......)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    I enjoyed The Goddess Test, despite a few niggles with the story

    I enjoyed The Goddess Test, despite a few niggles with the story-line and characters. As a story the idea had many merits and the writing was top class, so I moved straight onto Goddess Interrupted ready for some more of those crazy Greeks.

    Goddess Interrupted is darker and has a lot more action than The Goddess Test. There is more world building, more of the characters personalities are revealed, and there are some seriously freaky things going down in Goddess-town.

    But......for most of the book, I wanted to smack Kate upside the head. Hard. It seemed like her every waking moment was lamenting how unloved she was, how Henry didn't pay her enough attention, how unsure she was of her place in the Underworld. And while I could understand that being married at 18, and suddenly finding yourself living in an Underworld under attack is going to cause a few cracks in your sunny persona, it was all a little bit too much for me. Henry just pissed me off for the most part - why Kate was so determined that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Henry just completely flew over my head, and even when I got to the end of the book I still didn't get it.

    OK, rant over. I have to say again that Ms. Carter is a very talented writer - the story flows exceptionally well and the dialogue isn't in the least bit cheesy or stilted. I really enjoyed the tension between Persephone and Kate and Ava, and the friendship between James and Kate added some normality to the story.
    In short, if you loved The Goddess Test, I think you will like Goddess Interrupted. But for me, the main characters being a whiny love-struck girl and a gruff, un-loveable Greek god just turned me completely off. I'll have to seriously think about whether I'll devote the time to finish reading the trilogy - not even a cliffhanger had me hungering for the next book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Loved it!!!!!!

    I finished this book in one day it was sooooo good. Unfortunatly its only 200 pages but at least i have another book to look forward to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Omfg

    This book was absolutely amazing. Between the battles both physically and mentally not to mention the whirlwind romance that has you changing your mind as often as kate(in a good way) i couldnt put this book down even if i wanted to! I really really hope the world doesnt end on 12 12 i dont know what id do if i never got to finish book lol! YEAH! It was that good!

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Second book in the series... I absolutely loved The Goddess Tes

    Second book in the series...

    I absolutely loved The Goddess Test and couldn’t wait for book two, Goddess Interrupted, to come out. In the end, I both enjoyed it and was really frustrated by it.

    I still love the characters and the world that Aimee Carter has built with the Greek gods and goddesses trying to survive in the modern world. I love Henry and Kate together, even though you know that it isn’t going to be an easy relationship by half. Like Kate, I was a bit concerned when I heard that Henry’s first wife, Persephone, was going to be a big part of the book. Who likes to run into your current’s ex, after all?

    Book two’s biggest problem is…it’s the second book in the trilogy. Sigh. Whatever is going to happen here, you know you’re not going to get a satisfying ending just yet—there’s one more book yet to come, after all. And oh boy, is there ever a cliffhanger ending here! So if you’re looking for a good, satisfying ending, this isn’t going to be it.

    There also isn’t nearly enough Kate and Henry time in this book—they’re separated for way too much of it, especially as it is right after Kate’s six month stint in the "real world". I had really been hoping for a big welcome home scene, but alas, it was not to be. Because of their separation and the addition of Persephone to the mix, Kate spends far too much time obsessing about whether or not he really loves her—which was unfortunate shades of Harry Potter 5 for me (Why is everyone having fun at the Order of the Phoenix HQ without me? Why don’t my friends care about me anymore? Life is so unfair! And so on and so on and so on…). Henry then adds to the fun by being overly secretive and non-communicative. Argh.

    Ultimately, I still gave it a four-star rating because I love the characters and the universe and have high hopes for the final book in the series. Hopefully this is just growing pains and the second-book-in-the-trilogy syndrome, and all will be fixed come fall.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    The thing about this series is I really, really love the story.

    The thing about this series is I really, really love the story.

    On the other hand, I want to strangle Kate quite frequently.

    Luckily, the pros outweigh the cons - enough for me to have finished reading the book, at least. I like how the gods and goddesses interact; I like how Callipoe and Cronus' villian act worked; I like how Kate's a character that gets up and does things.

    (I also love how this series' completely okay with sex. Yay! No slut-shaming here!)

    The thing that annoys me is Kate's tendency to break down into tears over Persephone and Henry and yes, that is a big pain in the ass for her and it hurts and I know. There are moments, however, where I can't help but think, Cronus is trying to kill you! Bite back your tears and focus!

    Luckily, those moments were kept to a few -- though a lot of emphasis was placed on her relationship with Henry, a man she barely knew and was committing to immortality with, rather than the fact that she was choosing to be Queen of the Underworld. One of these things seems ridiculous and one of these things seems like something you should think about really, really hard.

    I got past both of those things, mainly because Kate buckles down near the end and finally deals with both Henry and her doubts about becoming Queen of the Underworld and so on and so forth, but for a while I just wanted to slap her.

    [SPOILER ALERT for the end of the book]
    And then we got to the last few pages. Kate's going off with Ava to snag a Titan to help them fight Cronus. Wonderful. I'm all for independence and going off and saving the world and still being in love and whatever.

    But what the hell, Calliope? Yes, I understand you're Hera and the goddess of fertility, but if you're going to make good on your threat to take away what Kate loves most, don't choose a baby she didn't even know she was pregnant with.

    Also, Ava, what the hell? That was a BIG character shift that - yes, great, I didn't see it coming, but paired with what Calliope was doing made little sense. I don't understand the ending, or why it needed to end on a cliffhanger.
    [END SPOILER ALERT]

    Besides that, though, I enjoyed the book far more than I anticipated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Wow...

    Omg the ending left me wanting MORE!...i need to know what happends!...this book was fab! Cant wait for the 3rd book to come out Feb.2013!!...

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    pretty good sequel

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was glad to finally get a chance to read this one. It was a real fast paced read for me, though at times it felt a little repetitive.

    In the first book Kate passed the test and becomes a Goddess and Henry's wife. Then she leaves on her six months away from the underworld, so she really hasn't had a chance to get to know Henry much. She also spent her six months with James and she soon finds out that James had once had relations with Persephone and he is not one of Henry's favorite Gods.

    I like Kate but at the same time I really thought she was a little bit whiny in this book which is probably why it didn't get a 5 star. I seem to read it over and over again how she felt sorry for herself because Henry was still in love with Persephone, even when everyone told her that Henry was in love with her. I mean come on when the Goddess of love tells you that the guy love you then I think you should believe it. I do understand where her doubts are coming from, Henry hasn't been the loving husband she wants when she comes back to the Underworld. He also has a lot on his mind because the King of the Titans is reeking havoc on everyone and tries to kill Kate. I like Kate I just thought she was to whiny in this novel.

    Kate brings Persephone back into Henry's life when she goes and gets her to learn how to open the gate. Kate seeks out her help to help Henry and the other Gods with battling Cronus and it is because of Kate that Henry almost opens the gate which would let Cronus reek havoc all over the human race. Henry though doesn't really do anything to make Kate feel like she is better than Persephone which leaves Kate with a lot of doubt about Henry. Henry is just not very good with his feelings, he is Hades after all. He spends all of his time with dead people, and he has been alone for thousands of years. I really like Henry, he is just so lovable. Who would have thought I would ever like Hades!

    The end of this book leaves you with a cliffhanger as usual and I was looking for it but I was a little bit surprised, even though I had my suspicions on how it would end. In a way I knew something like that was going to happen but I was really hoping for a nice ending an not a cliffhanger. :( I really can't wait to read the next one to see what happens!

    If you love books about mythology then I think you should really give this series a try! I would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Wow !

    I HIGHLY recommend. Seems like the new trend in teen paranomal romance is greek mythology, this book will blow you away. It also makes you think twice about relationship, real and fictional. Thats all i am giving away ;) ENJOY !!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Something about this book... I got really emotionally invested i

    Something about this book... I got really emotionally invested in this book, in a good way. I loved the dynamic that was built up between Kate and Henry and the conversations between them were real. The character development was great so that by the end the reader could accept the relationship changes.

    I've read a lot of reviews saying that Kate was kind of annoying always wondering whether Henry loved her or not and how she was not a strong female character. I just wanted to defend her for a second and say that while she is no strong, independent Katniss, I think Kate is a very true portrayal of a typical teenage girl. She wonders whether the one she loves, loves her as much as she loves him and fears that he doesn't.

    Some of the conversations seemed a bit repetitive, but on the whole I think this book was a very god read and a wonderful series overall. Though I may be biased because I love Greek mythology based books :)

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Another bad book about unhealthy relationships for teenage girls, but with gods and goddesses. As if that would make it any easier to swallow

    Cover Factor: Pretty sweet
    Rating: PG-13 for closed-door sex and some violence
    Coffee Beans: 1.5 (And only that high because I liked the cover)
    Favorite line: Ha! None
    Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for this honest review.

    “Oh, Kate!” Get over yourself, please.

    I’m sorry to anyone who liked this book, but this review is going to be somewhat harsh, so, if you don’t want to be a witness to my forthcoming opinion, my feelings won’t be hurt if you mosey along.

    I’ll wait.



    Okay. Where do I begin?

    Is it the fact that Kate is the WEAKEST female character I’ve seen in a YA book (yeah, I’ve seen plenty, but she’s near the top)? Is it the fact that….omg….I can’t even finish that sentence, there are just so many options to choose from.
    Here’s my summary:

    • A heavy-handed “theme” of, “It’s not your fault she got in trouble; she made her own decisions and these are the consequences” and while that is a positive theme, saying it (exactly like that, btw) five different times in the book makes me feel like you think I sit in the corner with a dunce hat on my head.

    • Kate asking EVERYONE “Does he love me? I don’t think he loves me. I mean, he loves me, doesn’t he?” every two seconds is soooo tiresome! If your that insecure in your relationship, THEN MAYBE IT’S NOT THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU. Let’s not even address the fact that this is her husband from the first book in the series (I think it’s called The Goddess Test?). Her insecurities voices every. Single. Moment was such a distraction from the plot. Which was trying to prevent Chronus from escaping his prison in Hades and Calliope

    • Kate’s relationship with her “husband”. Talk about codependent in the worst way possible. Constantly think about what she did to make him mad, what she could do to make him like her more, pay attention to her, and whatever else she needed to feel validated. (Ugh!!)

    • Oh wait, and then there’s the insecurities/jealousy regarding her husband’s ex-wife, Persephone, and the fact that Henry cheats on Kate with Persephone while they’re married. I guess I can see here why Kate would question if Henry really did love her. I mean, he normally treats her like she’s some obscure painting on the wall, but this really says, “Eh, I don’t really care.”

    I like stories about Greek mythology and I kind of like Carter’s spin on it (although, I didn’t get all of it in Book 2, since most of it was set in Book 1 and I am now refusing to read it). So I guess it would be a “positive” that this book was loosely based on that. Kind of.

    Anyway. That’s all I’m going to say. I know this is A LOT shorter of a review than I normally post, but anything else I would have to say would just be beating a dead horse, and I love horses. Dead or alive. So I refuse that.

    Usual disclaimer: pick it up and read it for yourself. You may feel differently than I do. But I doubt it.

    I really, really doubt it.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Goddess Interrupted is a good sequel. It didn't fall into that &

    Goddess Interrupted is a good sequel. It didn't fall into that "middle book" syndrome that some do, where it just doesn't hold up to the first. It added new storylines, and interesting ideas to an already fun plot. The characters (for the most part stayed true to who they were from the first book, and I'm glad to see that the danger that came up in the first book hasn't dissipated even after we found out who was causing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

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    Amazing sequel... a real page turner.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Kate Winters passed “The Goddess Test”, became Henry

    Kate Winters passed “The Goddess Test”, became Henry’s (Hades) wife and is now returning to the Underworld from her required six month stay on the surface. She’s hoping to reignite the fires that burned between she and Henry and hoping against hope that she can be the wife and Queen he needs to rule beside him, she’s also hoping against hope that the doubts she’s had before disappear and that Henry will give her some sign that he’s over his first wife, the one who left him for a mortal, her sister Persephone.
    Upon returning she finds the realm in chaos when she learns that Cronus, the titan the Gods imprisoned is in the process of escaping with the help of one very unforgiving and unhappy Goddess, Calliope (Hera) and that Henry has been captured by them when he and the others tried to prevent his escape. Kate takes it upon herself to help and while the others prepare for the battle to save the world she goes in search of the one person who’s knowledge will help stop the war and find and rescue Henry, the same sister that abandoned him. The war has begun in earnest but Kate and Henry are still in a battle of their own, does he love her, does she love him enough to stay even knowing that his love may still be a prisoner to a love lost. Will she leave, will she stay what will happen to “Goddess Interrupted”.
    Aimée Carter in her second novel in this series continues to give a brand new look to the Olympian Gods, to what role they have in humanity and how they pick and choose new Gods so where her storyline is as old as time, it’s her perspective that is refreshingly new, inventive and enchanting. Her dialogue is a mixture that well represents each character’s personality. Her characters will also win the test of time in that they are Godlike and human together. Her hero and heroine Henry and Kate are not exactly what I had in mind for the King and Queen of the Underworld but they quickly grew on me and in addition Aimée gives me a multitude of co-stars to fill her pages and to fill in the blanks for me and to explain how they all came to be. Her love story is fraught with heartache, heartbreak, yearning and hope and I empathized with each sob and each feeling of joy. Her love scenes are well clouded behind innuendoes contain nothing that would offend any aged reader.
    This series is shelved with the YA and is published under Harlequin Teen but this very adult reader could not put either the first novel or this one down long enough to forget the previous sentence.
    This is the second in the series and I would recommend reading them in order.
    Aimée Carter thank you for my second look at Kate and Henry and all the other Gods that rule Olympus and I can’t wait for my next visit to see where you take them.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

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    Goddess Interrupted was totally awesome. Well Done, Aimee Carter

    Goddess Interrupted was totally awesome. Well Done, Aimee Carter. WELL DONE! Aimee Carter turned her pen into a mighty sword and wrote a fantastic sequel novel for the Goddess Test series. Carter definitely stirred up my emotions. I wanted to crawl into this novel and knock the Hades out of Henry (I couldn't resist) I thought Aimee Carter had me steaming hot in the Goddess Test with Henry, but this time she had me boiling hot with him, and the cliffhanger ending is driving me crazy. Oh I wish I didn't have to wait another year. But believe me, I will be anxiously awaiting The Goddess Inheritance. I say again, Well Done, Aimee Carter!

    Kate is back at Underworld after her six month vacation that she and James took to Greece, and Kate is ready to become Henry's wife and queen. But Kate will have to face her own fears first. Her fear that Henry will never love her, and her commitment to stay with Henry if he never returns her love. But what is the worst thing that could happen to Kate while she’s waiting on Henry? Persephone, Henry’s ex-wife that he’s still in love with, returns. Kate will have to test her own heart this time to find out if her love for Henry is strong enough to go through hades for him.

    Kate also has to deal with the scorned goddess, Calliope, and her love for Henry that he rejected. Calliope is definitely teaching Kate that “hades hath no fury like that of a woman scorned". Well in this case, like that of a scorned goddess. Kate has her hands full with Persephone, Calliope and Henry. You can bet Kate is finding out that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

    I got to hand it to Henry. He lives up to his character as the Greek god Hades of the underworld, and he definitely gives Kate a hard time. I love when an author’s writing can make me feel all emotions when reading a story, and Aimee Carter has set my on fire. I highly recommend Goddess Interrupted as one heck of a fantastic novel.

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