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Goddess Interrupted: 04/05/12
Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter is the sequel to The Goddess Test. It suffers from the usual growing pains of being the middle book in a trilogy. The characters are all established but there's this silly desire to pretend that none of that character building happened in the first book.
Kate returns from her six months off, being chaperoned around Greece with James. Henry meanwhile has been dividing his time between spying on her, preparing for her coronation and convincing himself that Kate will leave him just like Persephone did.
Before Kate can even finish the ceremony all hell breaks loose (quite literally) with Calliope (Hera) trying to release Chronos from Tartarus. Paging Percy Jackson!
In the original book, I liked getting the perspective of Greek mythology from a strong female lead. So often these stories are told from a male hero's point of view. This time, though, Kate isn't herself. When she is trying to stop Calliope and is forced to face her fears head on by allying herself with Persephone, she is a fascinating and resourceful hero.
But (and this is a big one), this book is also a romance. I get that. It's published by Harlequin Teen, for goodness sake. But come on — SEX DOES NOT SOLVE EVERYTHING. In fact, sex doesn't really solve anything. Sex is so much more complex than how its presented between Kate and Henry.
I hope that the third book will give Kate more time to blossom as the hero she is and push aside these simplistic notions of sex and romance.
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