The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Aug 7, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: July 31, 2012
ISBN: 9780373210756
Pages: 395
Source: Bought
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.

I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out! I had been left wanting more background about the gods and goddesses and that is exactly what this book is. You get a little more information from the characters and some of my opinions changed and some did not. I think as a whole the book was good, but the individual stories were merely okay.

Hera is one character I never liked in the first two books and my opinion did not change much here. Sure I learned more about her background, her marriage, her obsession love for some people, but it didn't matter to me. I still find her one of my least favorite characters. I don't know if Aimee Carter meant to change your opinion of Hera, but mine sure did not. I almost think I dislike her even more.

Aphrodite's story was confusing. I always love her character, but found her "ways" a bit odd. This story was meant to explain her background and those "ways". Even so I still find it confusing. Though I'm not the Goddess of Love so I'll probably never understand...

I could not get through Persephone's story without skipping many pages. I felt it dragged on and on. I get that she was unhappy, but did she need three parts and a hundred pages to get that across? The beginning of the story was good, the middle was boring, and the end was good. This is a character I have a love/hate relationship with. Some of her decisions made me like her, but her incessant whining made me want to throw a rock at her.

Hermes is someone I never cared for. I didn't hate him, but I didn't love him either. Sometimes he got on my nerves, but for the most part he was just there. Sure he served a purpose to the story, there was no denying it, but it wasn't a huge purpose. At least not in my eyes. After reading his story I find that I care about him a bit more.

The story I was most excited to read was Hades's. I love this guy and found myself antsy to get to his portion (especially when I had to sit through all the whining). It wasn't what I expected though. It gave me more incite to him (as all the stories did), but it almost felt like it was rushed. Just slapped together because it had to get done. The best thing about this entire book and his story was that I understand now how he can continually be open to love even though he's been burned and hurt so much. I won't spoil it, but this was always something I wondered and felt was a little unrealistic. The stories here cleared that all up for me though.

One other thing I want to say is that you learn about ALL the gods and goddesses in this book. Though only five are listed as having their own stories, the others are in those stories. I loved that part of this book too, you learn about everyone and the part they play/played in the current/past stories.

Overall this is a good edition to THE GODDESS TEST series. I think I expected too much though, after all they are only novella's. They gave us great background information and more incite on each character, I just didn't like some of the characters backgrounds. If you have read the other two books in this series I recommend reading this book if you want more information and background on all the characters.

Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars


  1. I have this one on my Nook waiting to be read so I'm happy to hear that it shows more about the gods and goddesses. That's too bad, though, the each story wasn't as good as it could have been, but I feel like that's what happens with short story collections sometimes. Anyhow, great review!


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