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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Goddess Test #2.5
Young Adult
Pages: 395
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
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For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e 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.
*Digital galley provided by publisher for an honest review* 

A wonderful rendition to the Goddess Test series. Reading up on the gods and goddesses, their back story and how they've changed from their original names to the contemporary names they gave themselves, Aimee Carter does not disappoint.

The romance is hot, the rage is searing, and the gods and goddesses of Olympus are fighting to survive and cope with bounds of power and the blight of love and marriage. Given the stories of Hera, Aphrodite, Hermes, Persephone, and Hades you learn more about their backgrounds, their desires and quarrels against one another. I enjoyed the back stories: the forging of Calliope's revenge, the truth behind Persephone's betrayal to Henry, and many more. It was an insight towards the minor characters in Kate Winter's story and it gives a feel as to who and what they were and became over time until the first book The Goddess Test.

I have to say though, Henry's story was my absolute favorite. I was a little unhappy that every other story was in first person, while Henry's was the only one in third, but I still enjoyed his the best. Calliope's had me feeling for her. Hermes was my least favorite, which is a shocker because he's my favorite god, on par with Hades. I just couldn't touch with his story and didn't really enjoy it that much in the beginning and found myself really liking it by the end.

Final Summation: The Goddess Legacy does a wonderful job in bringing the world of the gods to light, and does a wonder to help remember some of the revamped names they began calling themselves since the first installment of the series. Because I for one had trouble trying to remember the contemporary names each god and goddess was calling themselves. Definitely recommend to those enjoying The Goddess Test and those who cannot wait for the final book to hit shelves.


First Line: In all the years I'd existed, I'd never expected to be free.
Story: S
Cover: A