Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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

Title: The Goddess Legacy

Series: Goddess Test #2.5

Previous book in this series: The Goddess Test (#1) | The Goddess Hunt (#1.5) | Goddess Interrupted (#2)

Author: Aimee Carter

Publication date: July 2012

Published by: Harlequin Teen

Source: review copy from the publishers via Netgalley

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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.

My rating: ★★★★☆

The Goddess Queen (Hera) - I really liked this story. I thought the bickering between Hera and Zeus was kind of amusing, but really, talk about a dysfunctional family! I have to admit, Hera has never been one of my fave Greek gods/goddesses...she's always so vengeful and stuff! But in this short story, I kinda felt bad for her. I can see where her rage and bitterness comes from (*cough* Zeus *cough*). But dude! Seriously? She goes from bitter to just plain crazy in the 2 previous books!

The Lovestruck Goddess (Aphrodite) - I liked this story too. I thought it was very sweet, but a little inaccurate (yes, I am picky like that about mythology.) Aphrodite mentions that Hephaestus is okay with her having other lovers (she is the goddess of love, after all.) This may or may not have been so for a while, but have you heard of Harmonia? The daughter of Aphrodite and Ares? Look her up and the curse that was placed on her and her descendants by none other than Hephaestus. This leads me to believe that Hephaestus, in fact, was not okay with Aphrodite's affairs on the side.

Goddess of the Underworld (Persephone) - Oh my gods! Persephone...I hated her!! I'm sorry, but I could not sympathize with her with her at all! She hated Hades for no apparent reason (she even says so herself), when Hades is nothing but a sweetheart! I very much disliked her for the way she treated Hades. She knew the marriage was coming, and its not like Hades forced her to do anything.

God of Thieves (Hermes) - Although Hermes had upset me in the Persephone story, in this one I actually liked him! He is such a great guy, err, god! I liked that he helped out mortals; most gods don't usually do that. And I also liked the appearance of Iris (also a messenger of the gods and goddess of rainbows)...you don't really see much of her anywhere.

God of Darkness (Hades) - And then we have Hades...one of my favorite gods ever! He is just soooo sweet...even to HERMES! Love him! I also liked seeing more about this so called "Goddess Test" (which I still don't understand why its necessary) and about all the girls who took the test, leading up to Kate.

Overall, this was a pretty good read, if not long. Yes, I am picky when it comes to how mythology is interpreted, but that's just me.

I'm really looking forward to read the rest of this series!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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