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

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

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