17 June 2012

Goddess Interrupted


Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Goddess Interrupted by >Aimee Carter
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

If you don't have a firm grasp of Greek mythology before reading this, you're going to have problems.  Even with one, remembering who is now who is difficult - those "modern" names don't help (seriously, why rename Hera Calliope when Calliope has her own, very important role?).  Sigh.  And then there's the plot...

Back in the "good old days", Harlequin romances featured a sweet, virginal young woman who was fated to be with a cruel, distant older man.  Sometimes it was orphan/guardian, sometimes not.  Here, in the 2010s, it's difficult to understand why anyone would think a story of an eternal male (Henry, aka Hades) and a 19-year-old human girl (recently brought back from the dead and made immortal) is a good plot device.  Henry may not have been the cruel, distant Spanish plantation owner of the stories from my youth, but he might as well have been.  The way he treats Kate?  Ugh.

There were some interesting moments here, but even the Underworld seems to have been cribbed from other books featuring Heaven (a little Lovely Bones here, a little Elsewhere over there, a smidge of other things for flavor).  Diane/Demeter's reassurances that Kate wasn't a "replacement" child fall flat, and Persephone is just an out-and-out horror.

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