|The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy It: Amazon
|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.
So this is a series that I’ve read from the very beginning and although I enjoyed the first novel – Greek gods and romance! – the second was kind of off the mark for me. The mythos was a little too in-depth and there was just too much time lapse between the first and second novel for me to truly remember what was happening. One of the series’ biggest downfalls is that it has far too many characters – I could never keep them straight except for the main few, Kate and Henry specifically. Even as I write this, having just read the book a few days ago, I couldn’t name more than two more characters probably because there are just TOO many. I think that’s part of the problem with the disconnect. That being said, the third and final book in the series starts off with a bang – Kate’s giving birth! – and it doesn’t let up until the very end.
Unlike the second novel, I could follow what was going on because I didn’t necessary have to know who the characters were and their relationships with each other to get it. I just had to know that Calliope was bad and working with the Titan Cronus. The world’s going to end unless all of the gods and goddesses can ban together and take him down. The problem? They barely took him down last time and that was when Calliope was on their side. There’s no way they’ll be able to gain control of him this time. So even though there are a lot of characters and the entire book is like a giant game of chess, it’s kind of easy to follow after a while. Most of the characters are pawns while Kate and Henry are obviously the king and queen. I believe Kate even makes the comparison herself in the book. It’s a good comparison because it’s true. Sometimes big plots like these bother me because they don’t end up paying off in the end and you’re sitting there wondering why you just read a series for three years to get to THIS but it wasn’t like that at all. There were other parts that I didn’t necessarily agree with, but Carter was smart in her plot devices, that’s for sure.
One of my biggest problems throughout the series is Kate’s behavior and that doesn’t change much in the third novel. You’d think it would especially after becoming a mother! But no. She never grows a spine and she never stands up to Henry or her mother or (who we find out to be) her father. Even at the end of the novel, she doesn’t get to take a stand – she’s outsmarted by Henry – and then they compromise when push comes to shove. All of her whining gets to be pretty grating. Not to mention there’s not much character growth throughout the entire novel. But what do I know? All in all, I liked this better than the second in the series but nothing can stop the intrigue and mystery of the first one for me.