Tuesday, January 8, 2013

This Inheritance Sucks

Expected Publication: February 26th, 2013
The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test # 3)
By: Aimee Carter
Harlequin Teen
ISBN-13: 9780373210671

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.


     Kate Winters has spent nine months as the hostage of Calliope (a.k.a Hera) and Cronus, while they wait for her baby to be born.  Now, the Queen of the Gods is going to take her son away from her - unless she accepts a bargain with Cronus to belong to him.  He says that he'll spare the human race and let Kate hang onto her son, Milo.  But all the other gods and goddesses are going to be destroyed no matter what Kate decides.  Is there a way for her to save Henry and the others, keep her son and defeat Cronus and Calliope for good?  Or will the entire world be destroyed in the crossfire of a final showdown between the Gods and the Titan who fathered them?  This was the last book in a series that started out great and got mediocre in my opinion.  So I was hoping that it would get better and that Carter would give me a good enough ending, with a decent resolution to all of the problems.  The book picks up when Kate is about to give birth to Milo, leaving out the entire nine months that passed beforehand which disappointed me.  The betrayal of Ava (Aphrodite), who gave Kate over to Calliope under false pretenses has caused some major friction among the Gods and Kate doesn't know that Walter (Zeus) set up the whole thing.  Kate spends the entire book trying to martyr herself, so she can 'save' everyone else.  She refuses to listen to anyone else, or even consider a plan that would endanger Henry, her Mother or her son in any way.  Kate is always crying, upset and making half-assed attempts at decisions.  There was almost no interaction with Henry, which didn't make her character any more sympathetic to me as a reader.  I felt like the pacing was extremely slow with short bursts of action and a really rushed, poorly written ending.  I still want to know what happens to James and the others now that Calliope is gone and Cronus is in Tartarus again.  Maybe she'll do a side series that will make up for the insipid nature of this ending.  Overall, a mediocre ending to a pretty good series.  I would recommend that fans of the other books read it, if only to see how it all ends.   

VERDICT:  2.75/5  Stars

*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book's expected publication date is February 26th, 2013.*

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