Review & Giveaway: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

Posted June 4, 2013 in Giveaway, Review / 13 Comments

Goddess InheritanceThe Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3)
By Aimee Carter
Published February 26th, 2013
Harlequin Teen
283 pages
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Harlequin Teen (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review – Thank you!

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About the book:

 

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.

This final book in the Goddess Test trilogy utterly shredded me.  After the huge dangle-me-off-the-bridge ending of Goddess Interrupted, I was ready for some happiness to fall Kate’s way.  Kate’s happily-ever-after is a long fought battle but so worth every word to the very end.

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read any of the previous books, my review has spoilers for those books!!! 

Just go to the giveaway at the bottom to win those books!!

 

Story / World Building / Setting

The Goddess Inheritance picks up Kate’s story nine months into her pregnancy.  She’s been held captive by Calliope with Cronus’s help on the Titan’s island.  Cronus is busy trying to destroy his children (and the world, for that matter) for imprisoning him.  Calliope just wants to punish Kate and steal Henry back.  It’s a tiny bit more complicated than that.   If you’re still reading this, you already know that or you’re just punishing yourself by spoiling the previous books and continuing to read this review 😉

Immediately, we’re thrown into action.  There wasn’t one part of the book that sat stagnant, lulled, or otherwise bored me!  Even at times when Ms. Carter was explaining the setting, painting the landscape with words (to be slightly poetic) I was completely engaged with the story and always waiting for the next shoe to drop.  Or in this case, waiting for the next person’s move.  It was an entire game of chess squashed into the story.  And I loved it!!!  I love stories involving strategy!!

Characters

Kate has come a loooooong way from the timid, naive girl in The Goddess Test (book one).  Her entire reason for being has been completely changed in the last nine months and now it’s not all about her.  She has a child to protect and Henry to get back to.  She knows what she wants, she just has to work on her execution a bit.  And maybe a little patience.  But she’s in an impossible situation that more times than not, tore my heart out.  And it wasn’t always over her child.  Her relationship with Henry was the main heartbreaker for me.  I won’t go in to details but, yeah… Kate earned her HEA.

I think the best part of the story was that being the final book in the trilogy, Ms. Carter held absolutely nothing back when it came to the supporting characters.  Ava, Ava, Ava… what are we going to do with you???  It can’t be free-love for everyone!  Ava comes out of this book as one of the most complicated of all the characters.  And that’s saying a lot considering all the characters are pretty messed up!

But if you can hold on to the end, brace yourself, you’ll be rewarded with an ending you never saw coming and perhaps a conflict or two you’ve been dying to happen before this!  This was the best book in the trilogy.

I hope that some of the openings left by Ms. Carter towards the end of the book work their way into novellas or books in the future even though she’s moved on to a new series (The Blackcoat Rebellion).  Keep your eyes out for that later this year around November.

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Other Books in the Series:

The Goddess TestGoddess HuntGoddess InterruptedGoddess Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

aimeecarterphotoAbout the Author:

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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I am so flippin’ proud to say that Aimee Carter is a Michigan author.  Way back in February of this year I attended Courtney Allison Moulton‘s book signing for her final Angelfire book.  Michigan authors are fabulous because they come out and support each other at book signings, often driving many hours to do it.

 

photo credit Kristin Clifton
photo credit Kristin Clifton
Besides meeting Aimee, I also met Susan Dennard.  Aimee, Courtney, and Susan and the most awesome people in the world and genuinely enjoy talking to readers about their books and really anything else that may come up in conversation.  I wish all book signings could be fun like this one was.  I wish I could be a better author supporter and have posted this review sooner *sad face*.
photo credit Kristin Clifton
photo credit Kristin Clifton

 

BUT because I AM a scary author stalker, while at the signing I ran and purchased the first two books in the Goddess Test series for Aimee to sign so I could give them away to one lucky US reader (sorry my non-US friends, shipping and the whole “my money tree in the back yard hasn’t bloomed yet” thing-y).  See my giveaway rules up top for any other questions!

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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13 responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

  1. I have heard a lot of good things about “The Goddess Test” series but some how it got lost among the hundreds of series I have on my TBR List. I think I may need to push the others aside and start on this series. I have only been to one signing in my life and it was Rick Yancey’s for the 5th Wave. I will be going to the Fierce Reads signing June 13th where Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Gennifer Albin, Emmy Laybourne, and Anna Banks will be signing books. Signings are fun. It’s always fun to interact with the people who put out such amazing literature. 🙂
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  2. Gosh! Yet another series I have been wanting to try. I know everyone who continued with it after the first books enjoyed it. So happy to see that five star rating. Yeah for book signings! WE have some great signings here in Portland all the time. The last one I went to was Laini Taylor! Loved your post!
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  3. Heh, I peeked and I’m not finished with the previous book yet. I’m a total spoiler-fanatic. 🙂 Great review that has me itching to read faster!

    I haven’t been to any signings because the closest they usually get are Chicago and..no. I don’t drive down there. I’ve been really lucky though that there have been signings close to where friends are and they’ve picked things up for me or I’ve been sent things by authors.
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  4. Tamara

    I am actually planning on going to my first book event next week and I’m really excited! I have no idea what to expect but I can’t wait 🙂
    I haven’t started this series yet but I definitely want to.

  5. Genevieve

    I was able to see Cornelia funke and Shannon hale !!! both meetings were so cool !!