For People Who Like: Romance, Drama, Betrayal, Greek Gods
Books Like This: Percy Jackson Series, Starcrossed, The Covenant Series
*Spoilers* *I do not recommend reading if you haven't read the previous book or review*
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.
This book is the second book in the Goddess Test Series by Aimee Carter. When I started this series, I had no idea I would love it as much as I do or that I would be so invested in the plot and the characters. This is a very unique take on greek mythology with very unique additions to it. Aimee Carter is an amazing storyteller and worldbuilder.
Okay...so I just finished this book a couple minutes ago and I'm in absolute shock. But, I'll explain that later.
So I was really excited to start this book just based on the synopsis, something about Kate meeting Henry's wife who he's (supposedly) still in love with really attracted me. I do kinda wish that Aimee had gotten to Persephone's part earlier, but I get why everything had to happen in that order.
The whole book was just the strangest and yet most entertaining mix of the greek gods, drama, personal insecurities and marriage problems. You definitely see the theme "love conquers all" in this series a lot. Which is another thing I like about the series because sometimes themes are unclear or nonexistent in books like these.
I feel like Aimee would do really well if she made this series from Henry's point of view especially this book, because sometimes I had absolutely no idea what he was thinking. Sometimes, I was reading and I had to take a break to not start crying at Henry sabotaging his and Kate's relationship. I spent a good couple of minutes trying to figure out his possible motives for pushing her away. And when it was finally out in the open, I was not pleased. I know there were multiple reasons besides the one he used but I still was not happy with that development.
One of the major plots in this book was Kate's jealousy of Persephone and the place she had in his heart. And I found this SO annoying because EVERYONE was telling her that Henry isn't that affectionate and that he loves her but she never believes them. (And James is not helping.)
In the first book I loved the idea of the gods changing their names to become more modern. But, I spent most of the second book forgetting who some of the less influential characters were as Greek Gods. Though, I wasn't too sad because they weren't that important to the story.
I also really liked the plot of these books, I think (based on the greek myths) that it's actually quite plausible compared to some other plots. It seems reasonable to me that the antagonist (villain) did what she did, just because of everything she went through.
Okay, now to finally confront the end (as much as I can without spoiling too much), was that a plot twist. I mean just when you think that they can make it out in one piece...BAM... someone else close to them betrays them. And that last little surprise at the end...it's a doozy.
Overall, this book was really well written and the plot was amazing (obviously). I completely recommend this series to anyone looking for something new to read.
Congratulations to Aimee Carter and I wish you luck on all of your future endeavors.