Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review: The Goddess Inheritance, by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)

Title: The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3)
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: YA Mythology
Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

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. Goodreads

My Rating: 2/5 stars

Going into the Goddess Inheritance, I had VERY high standards. I absolutely loved Goddess Interrupted, and I feel like my opinion on this book completely differs from that of the second installment.

I was totally emotionless throughout the course of the novel. With all that drama the author put into the story, you'd expect me to be at least somewhat affected. But no, I wasn't, maybe a bit relieved to see this series finish.

As a final book, there is so much pressure on the author to create a fantastic conclusion while living up to people's standards, as well as giving everyone a feeling of satisfaction. Yeah, this book succeeded partially in that, but not fully, and I was not exactly thrilled with how everything turned out.

That last scene, with the fighting and everything, was LAME to the thousandth degree. Once a solution was reached, and the conflict ceased, I was sitting there thinking, "That's it? That's what I've been eagerly anticipating?"

I didn't feel like there were any real threats- as in, there was no point in which Kate found herself in a situation that was life threatening. This is due to the fact that each problem thrown at her was solved so effortlessly and quickly.

Kate is pretty much the MAIN reason as to why I gave this book such a low rating. She really made me want to pull my hair out. She was judgmental and self-absorbed. She expected everyone to listen to her, while she didn't bother to listen to anyone but herself. She reminds me of those girls that are so full of themselves and walk around as if they are better than everyone around them.

Kate expects everyone to listen to her, even though she is only- what? 18? These gods are thousands of years old. Obviously, they have more experience than her, why should they listen to what she says? I also hated the way she was so forceful and acted like she had the full right to boss everyone around. The author tried to make her seem like a "strong heroine", but in reality she only came across as a major jerk.

The Goddess Inheritance -actually The Goddess Test series as a whole- does a horrible job of representing Greek mythology. It portrays a watered down version, filled with unnecessary drama, similar to that of a very bad soap opera.

Cronus is meant to be the main villain in this book. Despite what the characters insist, Cronus does not seem as bad as they make him out to be. I didn't feel very scared of him. The main reason as to why he did not succeed in frightening me is the fact that he succumbed to Calliope's wishes, making it seem as if she had power over him. This is the part where I get confused; why would Calliope have so much influence over an all-powerful (or seemingly so) god such as Cronus?

The recurring theme of sacrifices is VERY repetitive in this novel, to the point where the plot becomes dull and predictable. Using it once, twice at most, in a novel is effective, but any more than that makes the book boring and not very interesting.

A book lacking of depth and originality, and lead by an annoying protagonist, The Goddess Inheritance is not a novel I would recommend. When compared to other books of the same genre, such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, or even Everneath, The Goddess Inheritance does an unpleasant job of portraying Greek mythology.

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