The Goddess Test #2
Book 1: The Goddess Test’
author: aimee carter
pages [paperback]: 296
memorable quote: “Being with Henry doesn’t mean you have to give up who you are. Henry doesn’t define you.”
favorite character: pogo
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.
I loved the first book of this series but had so many reservations upon starting up with this sequel. First off, what I liked so much about book one, the premise, has nothing to do with this because the test is over. That part of Kate’s life is done with so now she only has to deal with Henry. Or, rather, the lack of Henry, as he’s been avoiding her ever since she returned to the Underworld to be crowned queen. Not so happily ever after, unfortunately.
A lot of the time she wasted internal dialogue whining about how Henry wouldn’t so much as look at her . . . and blaming Persephone for all of that. Even after Persephone has purposefully stayed out of Henry’s life so that he might find someone who actually loved him and could make him happy, somehow it’s her fault that Kate’s marriage isn’t working out? -facepalm- I couldn’t believe that she remained so angry with her sister, and Persephone’s character was so changeable . . . She seemed to have a different personality in every scene, simply to fit in with how Kate was currently perceiving her.
So, yes, that ruined my enjoyment of the book and probably shredded my interest in even returning to this series at all. Maybe I’ll pick up the next book . . . Probably not. Most of the major plot movement we aren’t even told about, because Kate doesn’t really care about the possibility that the world is ending, does she? Nope, she just wants Henry to love her like she loves him. How she can love someone who shows no interest in her is beyond me, but I wanted to know what was going to happen with Calliope and Cronus and . . . Argh. Oh, Kate. Unless she undergoes some huge personality transformation, I don’t think I’ll be liking her.
Usually I’d recommend mythological retellings, but I’d say skip over this one.
UNLIKEABLE. 1.5/5 stars