Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter: review

Goodreads rating: 4.52
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Series: Goddess Test #3
Source: ARC from Netgalley

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

A heart-breaking and beautiful end to a captivating series about mythology, love and loss.

I'll admit that this series started out just okay for me, and I think it did for a lot of people. I read a lot of reviews where people were turned off by the fact that the series wasn't historically accurate (which never mattered to me, the author was obviously taking creative liberties) and that Kate wasn't likable. I definitely had to agree with them on that last one; she was so devoid of emotion in the first book. Then, in Goddess Interrupted, Kate became a real character to me, and it was in the second book that I fell in love with Henry. But Kate is betrayed at the end of Goddess Interrupted by one of the only people she thought she could trust. Now we find Kate in the clutches of Cronus and Calliope, who've kept her captive the entire nine months of her planned-by-Calliope-for-revenge pregnancy. But Kate's also caught the eye of Cronus because she treated him like an actual person when they first encountered each other in Goddess Interrupted. So he gives her an offer: if she marries him, he'll still kill the gods but will spare humanity, and if she doesn't he'll just kill everyone. Either way, Henry and her mother die. But now she also has her son to consider, and she already loves him too much to leave him. It's a pretty big decision, needless to say.

The romance wasn't a big player in this book, but that wasn't a big deal because you're practically biting your nails with all the other drama and action. It's seriously just non-stop! But Henry and Kate have moved past the question of if one of them loves the other. It's now a question of how to stay together, and they have very few moments in the book where they're actually alone. Calliope is obviously still in love with Henry (which is delved into in The Goddess Legacy) and there's even a point where Henry must go to Cronus's lair and is forced to love Calliope. Talk about a strain on the marriage. And then there's the issue of their son, whom they both love but can't be taken safely away from Calliope and Cronus. Kate is amazingly brave and at times stupid when it comes to the people she loves. James is still important to her, and they even make a joke about him being her first affair, though they both know it's never going to happen. There were so many relationship issues and so much godly drama, but I loved it! It's what makes this series great, and I imagine the Greeks believed the gods had drama like this too.

This was a perfect ending to an awesome series! I'm actually quite sad to see it go, and I wasn't really thinking that when I started it. The mythology isn't as accurate as some people would like it to be, but that's what being a writer is all about: twisting a story until you've made it your own. Aimee Carter has done a wonderful job in crafting her series into a saga that brings out the harsh realities of the gods of Greek myth while staying in the YA genre. And I'll tell you right now, this book is not for the faint of heart. I cried at the end, like almost balling, not being able to see the screen. It was gross. But it proved to me that this series could make me feel something, which I couldn't have imagined just reading the first book. I love these characters, and I love the painful journey Kate has taken to get where she is at the end. I'm very sad to see this series go, but it left with a bang.

1 comment:

  1. I started this book and could not put it down. this series is really quite fabulous. great book and amazing series.


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