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De Godinnenwraak/Goddess Interrupted

?????????????????????????Kate Winters’ story continues in Goddess Interrupted when she comes back from her Grecian summer away with James and enters the Underworld to be Henry’s wife and, oh, you know co-ruler of the dead, that kinda thing.

I had apparently forgotten a lot about The Goddess Test, because when I first started reading this I was completely and entirely lost – not unlike Kate herself in the new setting of the Underworld. Aimée Carter does little in the way of helping her readers find their way back into the story, leaving me to wonder about things like who the heck Walter and Philip had been in part 1. Were they even in it? * confusion * I really can’t remember! Too many characters.

That being said, I enjoyed getting to know more about the gods (for instance who’s married to who and the reach of their powers) and liked the fact that it wasn’t a lovefest. Actually, it was pretty much the furthest from a lovefest that it could’ve been.

Henry acts cold and distant for 95% of the book, leaving both Kate and readers wanting more. At least some conversation between them would be nice … I do however found the lack of romance between the main characters oddly refreshing compared to other YA novels. And since Henry is so scarce with his affections, even the smallest token of it became a Big Thing. So okay, I could deal with that. (Even though it is waaaaaay unrealistic for an ancient god like Hades to be an almost-virgin).

I found it harder to deal with the storyline. What actually happened in this book? Uhm … Kronos awakened and … stuff? They’re constructing a trap of some kind, I think? Not sure if it worked … Did they already do it or is that going to happen in the next book? And why did the god of War of all people opt out of the battle? * more confusion *

Another thing that bothered me is how much these ancients gods acted like mortal teenagers: spiteful, insecure … I mean, you’re thousands of years old, why would you bother with any of those pesky human emotions when you’re an almighty (okay, maybe not ALmighty) immortal god? Aimée Carter could learn a thing or two from Deborah Harkness: Matthew Clairmont may only be a thousand-and-half-year-old vampire, but the way he acts is more godlike (concerning his opinion on human life etc) than Hades over here.

Anyways, time to wrap it up: I liked this second book in the series better than I did the first and would probably give it 3,5 stars if the rating system allowed it, but I’m leaning more towards 3 stars now because I feel a lot in this was haphazardly put together and didn’t make much sense. To me. At all. It was entertaining enough, but could’ve been better. The cliffhanger at the end will definitely make me read part 3, but I’m not going to be fangirling about it any time soon.

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