on Mar 31, 2015
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.

Genre: Young Adult / Mythology / Romance

3 out of 5 Stars

Review: We finally return to the Goddess Test novels to review the final installment, The Goddess Inheritance. For those who have read my reviews of the previous books you'll know that, for me at least, the series has gone down hill since book one. Nevertheless I was hopeful that this final book would redeem the last two. 

I was wrong.

Let's start with the better aspects of this story first. Aimee Carter should be commended for her concept (however far fetched it may be), her idea is sweet and appealing to younger teens. Many of her characters are faced with tough moral decisions and choose to put others before themselves and make noble sacrifices. I was very impressed by Kate's love and devotion for her child. She shows great motherly instinct and does whatever it takes to keep her child safe.  

Now for the less savory aspects: 

First off the writing is simple, plain, easy to read but ultimately boring, especially if you read mythology/fantasy often. It just pales in comparison to its peers.  

Kate, our main character, is incredibly inconsistent. One minute she's whining about her situation like a spoiled four-year-old, in the next minute she's talking about responsibility and lecturing other characters about their behavior. 

It was very strange how prevalent James was in this novel. I understand that in book one he was written as a "Jacob" to Kate's "Bella". But...uh...we're on book 3 and the fact that James is somehow still in love with his married best friend who is pregnant with the son of his Uncle is just weird, like Renesmee/Jacob levels of weird and creepy. 

The gods in this book are a complete joke. They rarely display any characteristics similar to the myths and when they do, its obvious and is followed by Kate being completely surprised and disgusted by their behaviors. I understand that the gods in Greek and Roman mythology are jerks but one would think that by book three Kate would be a little less shocked. Her naivety is no longer cute. Personally I despise this watered-down, badly renamed version of Greek mythology. The Gods, when thay actually do things are still somehow totally useless. And don't even get me started on the stupid names. Because they are really bad. 

I was left feeling very confused about the "boundaries" of this fantasy. We're told that immortality makes it so you can't feel pain (?) and yet when it was convenient to the plot certain immortal characters were in pain. Did I miss something? Also the logistics of that completely escape me. Why wouldn't you feel pain just because you could live forever. I understand you would probably heal more quickly but the no pain thing was just nonsense. 

This final point might just be a personal pet peeve but I'm going to add it anyway. It drives me mad when the driving force behind the plot of a novel is lack of communication. I understand that could be an issue at certain points of a story, however, when it is overused like this it just feels cheap and pointless. It removes the drama and the reader is left waiting for characters to just have a simple conversation about what's going on. 

I stayed with this series until the end but ultimately it lacks maturity, excitement, consistency and I won't be reading it again. 

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About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and watching The Big Bang Theory. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Mar 30, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Historical / Science Fiction / Romance

Series: The Madman's Daughter Trilogy Book #1

Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London —working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her fathers genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Review: The Madman's Daughter is a unique gothic adventure with breathtaking romance and a terrifying fight for survival on an island gone mad.  

Our heroine, Juliet is alone, possessing an inner strength that has sustained her through her familys fall from society and her mothers death. She is quiet, humble, yet confident and very brave when the situation calls for it. She is also odd, different from most other people, and harbors great fear of descending into the same madness as her father. 

The love triangle in this novel is perfectly executed and oh so romantic. Prepare for much swooning while reading this book. Just for the record I am Team Montgomery. 

Her childhood friend, Montgomery is a seemingly steadfast young man. An orphan who looks to Juliets father, the man who practiacally rasied him, as a parent and sorce of encouragement. Yet his motives remain very mysterious, which only adds to his appeal as a romantic interest. That and the fact that he is clearly in love with Juliet. However he does keep some very important and possibly dangerous secrets. 

Edward is the strange and compelling castaway, I must admit I didn't care for him at first. During the readers initial encounter with him, he is boring and his back story seems achingly predictable. However near the middle of the novel as the truth of how he ended up adrift at sea is revealed my opinion of him shifted. Readers will find him engaging and an appealing enigma.

The other characters are no less intriguing. On this island of misfits Dr. Moreau's experiments worship him as a deity and the doctor relishes being in control of his own little world. He pushes the boundaries of morality and science in his quest to create a better, or even perfect ,being. 

Throughout the story the author teases the reader with the strange behavior and small revelations of some characters, heightening the mystery and excitement. The characters themselves are thoughtful and incredibly complex. No one is who they say they are, or even who they think they are. 

The best part of this novel has to be the many surprises and unexpected twists. Especially the big surprise, which I can't even mention because of obvious reasons. This particular twist is just absolute genius and comes completely out of the blue. And that ending! Arrggghhh! Not exactly a cliff hanger but still enough intrigue to have you running to the book store for the next installment.