The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5) by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Legacy
Author: Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: July 31, 2012
Pages: 304

From the Publisher: 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.

**This book was obtained through Net Galley but that did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: Goddess Legacy is a collection of novellas, but don’t fret, this is as long as a regular book! We have some time to wait until the 3rd book in the series, The Goddess Inheritance, is out (April 2013), so this was nice to tide me over. I adore this series and was more than happy to get some insight into the other Gods and Goddesses, well, even some more background on Henry (Hades). Even if it was with Persephone and not Kate. ;)

I love stories told from first person, and this book was fabulous since each story was told from someone’s point of view. Between that and Ms. Carter’s amazing writing style I felt like I could really connect with each God or Goddess in their novella. That is no small feat, and that is why this book will get such high marks from me.

I learned that Zeus is so manipulative-he really didn’t appear to be that way in the first two books, but clearly he is always pulling the strings…for everything. I actually didn’t care for him at all, but the fact that the author was able to make me feel that way, well it’s a win.

I also found that Persephone really is unhappy, she definitely acted like a brat. I would have to wonder if she ever really did find happiness with Adonis? I probably connected with her the least out of all the novellas, I couldn’t even see how Hades loved her since she was fairly awful to him. But…..that just shows how kind and gentle he really is.

Hera can’t win. She was definitely on the naughty list from the first book, but I got some serious insight into her character, and I actually felt sorry for her! Clearly all those years of being faithful and sticking to her word got to her by the time The Goddess Test was written. She had some serious pent up anger!!

Hermes was one of my favorite novellas, and the way his story tied in with Hades at the end was fabulous. I loved, loved, loved it!! I  felt like that story was more of a happy ending. I look forward to him hopefully making some appearances in the next book.

Lots of betrayals, lies, jealousy, and affairs in this book = never a dull page! However, these Gods and Goddesses live for an eternity and these stories span over thousands of years. That definitely puts a lot of things in perspective. If you love this series, you definitely want to check out this book, it completes the series. :)

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mom to 2 girls, wife, huge dog lover, vegetarian, book lover...and I have a ridic celeb crush on Alexander Skarsgård

Comments

  1. I really need to start this series, I think. Great review, Celeste. I like the idea of a collection of novellas about side characters. It’s always fun when you get a sneak peak into their minds.

  2. Where did you read this book??? I can’t find it anywhere.

    • Hi Kat! It’s not published yet ;) I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy through Net Galley. It will be out at the end of the month! You’ll love it!!!

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