Goddess Legacy

Posted 23 April 2014 by Kim in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Goddess LegacyThe Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #2.5
Published by HarlequinTeen on 2012-07-31
Genres: anthologies, fantasy, folklore, romance, thrillers
Pages: 395
Source: bought
Format: Paperback
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Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the bought in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

[color-box]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.

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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 mugs

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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 mugs

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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 mugs

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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 mugs

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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 mugs

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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.

My Recommendation

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.

4Mugs

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