4.23.2014 | Wednesday

Goddess Legacy

category: Book Reviews

Goddess Legacytitle: The Goddess Legacy
author: Aimee Carter
series: Goddess Test #2.5
published: 31 July 2012
publisher: Harlequin Teen
genre(s): anthologies, fantasy, folklore, romance, thrillers
pages: 395
source: bought
format: paperback
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others - but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

my review

Goddess Legacy is a collection of five short stories, all about various gods and goddess in the world of Goddess Test.

The first story, The Goddess Queen, tells the story of Calliope/Hera from her own viewpoint.  For reasons I can’t explain without spoilers, Calliope was not one of my favorite characters throughout the rest of the book. But this short story gives you an entirely new understanding of her, explaining a great deal about why she is the way she is.  I actually began to feel for her, even if she is a bit of a vindictive drama queen!

Individual Rating:  4 stars

The second story is The Lovestruck Goddess, which tells the story of Aphrodite/Ava.  This was one of my favorite stories in the anthology, in no small part because I have loved her character.  It is a love story, a love triangle, and a story of pain… all in one.  This story, too, allows us to see her in a more 3D way away from Kate and Henry.

Individual Rating:  5 stars

The third story, Goddess of the Underworld, tells Persephone’s story.  In this series, she has been portrayed as a bit of a villain, but we get to see in her in a new light in this story.  We learn a lot more about why she acted as she did towards Henry, her love for another.  I understand the angst behind that, but I felt like that supposed love fell completely flat.  I feel for Henry, but I feel as if his character was a bit oblivious to it all.

Individual Rating:  3.5 stars

God of Thieves is the fourth story and the story of Hermes/James, one of my favorite characters.  I loved the story between Tuck and James and it ended with all the tragedy of a good Greek myth.  It also solidified my love for James!

Individual Rating:  5 stars

The final story is God of Darkness, the story of Hades/Henry.  This story really helped us understand Henry a bit better.  It is the story of his decision to fade and the deal that begins the Goddess Tests.  Henry’s broodiness often irritates me, but after this, I understand him much better.

Individual Rating:  4 stars

some quotastic goodness

Happiness is a choice, but so is misery. Choose wisely.

It takes loneliness in oneself to recognize it in another.

Eros is my sun, Ares is my fire, but Hephaestus is my rock, my foundation, and no matter where I go or what I do, I will always come back to him. I know that now.

This is a great tie-in to the series.  It doesn’t add much to the ongoing story, as The Goddess Hunt did, but it does flesh out some of our favorite characters.

About Aimee Carter

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.

I’m represented by the magical Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio, and on very rare occasions I blog over at WordPress. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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