The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Publication: February 26, 2013 (Harlequin Teen)
Source: E-galley from the publisher
___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.
He stared up into the space I occupied, and I could hardly breathe. He was perfection. Calliope wouldn't take him from me. I wouldn't let her.
After enjoying both previous novels in this trilogy, I read The Goddess Inheritance eagerly. The previous book ended on a terrible how-could-you-do-that-to-us cliffhanger, so when I saw the final book on NetGalley, I grabbed it. (Thank goodness for auto-approval!) As I read Aimee Carter's newest book, several things struck me. I've talked to a few blog friends about how I'm writing and reading much more critically, seeing things I didn't used to when I read. And more than anything, I want to read books that leave me speechless. The Goddess Inheritance was enjoyable, and a mostly satisfying conclusion to the Goddess Test trilogy, but not much more than that.
As I read, although I was an en-spelled in Aimee Carter's writing as ever, I couldn't quite get past some of the flaws in the plot of The Goddess Inheritance. All the characters I've come to care about were present, and they each had roles to play. The stakes were higher. But the plot felt circular to me. Everyone kept going around and around, and in some cases, right back into danger once they escaped. It felt like, to me, just a way to draw out the story.
However, The Goddess Inheritance still held my attention, and by the end, I could appreciate the hopeful conclusion to this trilogy. It was a good to see everyone finally pulling together, and to see Kate coming into her own as a goddess. I was starting to think that wouldn't happen! We do see some growth from her, which was refreshing and encouraging. I also enjoyed that Carter finally put Kate and Henry in a good place.
As The Goddess Inheritance came to an end, I felt somewhat bittersweet because the trilogy was ending. I have hope that Aimee Carter might revisit this series down the road, even though this final book in the trilogy wasn't everything I hoped.
Other books by this author:
The Goddess Test (The Goddess Test #1)
Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2)
Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1 - 2013 Harlequin Teen)
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I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying I was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. I write. I watch a lot of new movies. Read a lot of books. Tweet too much. Love dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.
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