Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #3)

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Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love. (GoodReads)


The Specs
ISBN: 006207119X, hd, 368p, 2014 Balzer + Bray, YA, fantasy, mythology, romance


Thar’ she blows! Spoiler Alert!!!!

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Everbound by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #2)

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Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love. (GoodReads)

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The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #3)

goddess_inheritance_carterLove 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 description)


The Specs

ISBN: 0373210671, pb, 303pp, 2013 Harlequin Teen, YA, fantasy, mythology, romance


SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is the final book in The Goddess Test trilogy so of course, there’s going to be spoilers in the series.  In the last book, Kate was captured by the King of Titans and now she’s pregnant and Henry’s child is at risk.

We see a whole lot more of the King of Titans in this one and Hera wavers from thinking she can control him to being absolutely terrified.  For as immortal as the gods seem to be, their power dwarfs in comparison to that of a single Titan.

Due to Kate’s kindness towards Cronus in the last book, he’s under this misguided belief that Kate is in love with him.  He basically wants to make her Queen of Earth (maybe the universe, I dunno, how far does a Titan’s power span?)  He’ll even rear Kate’s child as his own.

Only problem — if she agrees, everyone she loves will die.  Yeah, and if they try to fight him, they’ll likely end up dying anyway.

So…. does Kate do the honorable thing and stick by her man? Hell no.  And that’s what I hated about this book.  Why doesn’t Kate open up to Henry about everything that’s going on?  Why does she go off and do her own thing?  Why don’t you just talk to your spouse already?!

I don’t get it.

As far as the action goes, you’ve got the big finale with a final battle (of course), all guns drawn, that this trilogy deserves.  That’s great.  But it’s been several months since I’ve read this and honestly, I can’t remember what happens anymore.  It’s not epic like, LOTR or Star Wars or even Twilight or HP.

Out of the three books, definitely not my favorite.  What makes it interesting and readable is Cronus.  The guy’s a nut job, a certifiable psychopath.  And he’s really interesting to read about.  I loved the twisted way Carter introduces him in Goddess Interrupted and he’s just so much fun to read.  If I pick up this title again, it’ll be to explore his character more.

If you’ve read the first two books and you want to finish the trilogy, by all means, read this book.  For me personally, I kind of wish this had been a 2-book series and they’d just defeated Cronus (or locked him up) in the sequel.  It would’ve spared me some of the wish-washy decisions Kate makes in book three.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #2)

review-pinkgoddess-interrupted-carterKate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone. (GoodReads description)


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ISBN: 0373210450, pb, 305pp, 2012 Harlequin Teen, YA, fantasy, romance, mythology


Growing up, I thought that I was the cleverest kid on the block because I was able to use an out-of-date World Book collection to create a detailed genealogical chart for all of the Greek deities (and Roman counterparts) based on the entries in those blue encyclopedias. What was I, 10? Yeah, probably. Don’t look at me like that. If you’re reading about a modern-day sequel of the story of Persephone, chances are probably that you did the same thing I did. 😉

Mythology has made a come-back in recent years (Percy Jackson, et al) but I’ve been looking for a few good reads (pun intended) centered around a heroine. So I was really happy to stumble upon this series.  Book 1, The Goddess Test, was a refreshing take and I was curious where they’d pick up at in the sequel.

I’ve often said that middle books are difficult to pull off well but I think this book was actually more interesting than the first one in the series.  We get to see more of the characters mentioned in the first book and they’re involved more in the plot, rather than just be background characters.

For example, we get to see the deities as deities and Hera isn’t done yet with messing in Kate and Henry’s life.  They also introduce another villain in the series taken from mythos, the King of the Titans, currently locked up in Tartarus.

One of my favorite details of this book that may go unnoticed is the similarities in design between the mansion and the palace — the palace being on a much-grander scale because it is located in the Underworld.

There is something about Biblical in nature about it actually — it’s like the mansion is a “type and shadow” (Col. 2:17) of the real palace that Kate sees “dimly at first, but then face to face” (1 Cor. 13:12).  That was just something that occurred to me while reading and thought it was interesting.

One small detail that you’ll adore are the love tokens Henry leaves for Kate on her journey, and I won’t spoil it by telling you what they are but I loved, loved, loved this detail.

A minor problem with the series that’s bothering me but I hope is fixed in the final book of the trilogy … the heroine isn’t very proactive. A lot that happens could be resolved by Kate being more forthcoming and I wish that Kate would do just that.  Maybe it’s a growing phase?

Anyway, overall, I enjoyed this sequel and I’m looking forward to reading the finale.  I recommend this book for anyone interested in YA Greek mythologies.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #1)

goddess_Test_carterEvery girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails… (GoodReads description)


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ISBN: 0373210264, pb, 293pp, 2011, Harlequin Teen, YA, Mythology, Fantasy, Romance


This is a series that hasn’t been available at my local library for a couple of years.  I was finally able to obtain it through my library’s Inter-Library Loan services and read the whole series in one go this past January.

As a general rule, I love trilogies — not too short, not too long — but I HATE it when the second book ends on a cliffhanger and you have to wait another year for the last book to come out.  That’s Aimee Carter’s series in a nutshell.  Oh, and I’m looking at you too, Kiera Cass. You know what I’m talking about.

So, to clarify first, this is not actually a modern-day retelling of the Persephone myth.  This is more or less a sequel.  Thousands of years after Persephone has left Hades, he has decided he can no longer bear the burden of ruling the Underworld alone and the pantheon of gods has designed a series of tests to find his successor.  The problem is that someone is sabotaging the girls and they’re all dying.

Enter Kate.

Kate has just moved to town with her dying mother and a spur of the moment decision leads to a bargain that will change her life forever. She agrees to undertake the tests and Henry will keep her mum alive in the interim.

Kate is so mature for her age and has stepped up (compared to other teens her age) in the care-taking of her mother as she navigates hospitalization and impending death. Maybe it’s because Kate and her mother are able to have some “good days” that makes the story that much more beautiful and bittersweet.

And I haven’t even begun talking about Henry, Carter’s modern-day Hades, or the pantheon of deities who will put forth the tests for Kate to pass. Henry is gorgeous.  There’s also Kate’s human friend, James, whom she leaves behind. So plenty of “yum” for the girls to admire. 😉

I was really nervous, this being a release by Harlequin, about the possibility of sexual content. It’s a YA book, after all. So, I was pleasantly surprised that although there is one moment in the book, it’s not gratuitous, and Carter doesn’t dwell on the scene.  And no, despite the book’s cover, it doesn’t take place outdoors.

Final thoughts:

This is a super-quick read and Carter’s writing style is pretty addictive. I strongly recommend you get the whole series before you begin.  Carter sets up the sequel fairly well – she’s also done some e-book novellas that take place between the books.  The cover’s attractive but perhaps a bit misleading. I like that the model seems to be same for the whole series.  I’d like to see more of the opposite gender on the books (after all, isn’t it all about the guys?) Seriously.

I liked that Kate stays true to herself. I love her devotion to her mum and how her upbringing has (at least in part) given her a sporting chance for the tests which will surprise you.  They’re not the Herculean labors you’d imagine. I like that Henry isn’t overtly sexualized. He’s certainly attractive, and he’s got the upper-hand, but he isn’t pressuring Kate at all, which would give teenage girls the wrong message about guys.

So…

I really liked it. 4 stars!