Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

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  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Source: eARC provided by NetGalley/Harlequin for review
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Overview

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.


My Thoughts

I have been really enjoying this series so I was excited to read this. It's a collection of novella's about the gods and goddesses and I think it's a wonderful addition to the series. I loved getting to know why they are the way they are, how they came to get their names, and learn some of the things that happened in the past.

The first story is about Calliope. (Hera) I have not been a big fan of her in the series, and I can't say that I like her any more after hearing her story, but I am sympathetic to her feelings. Having a husband who repeatedly cheats on you and has numerous other children with others can make anyone feel pretty horrible, but it doesn't excuse her behavior at all. I couldn't believe the things she would really do for revenge and to get what she wants. Though she was faithful, she was no better than Zeus. (Walter)

The next story is Ava's (Aphrodite) who I didn't care for very much either, and now I like her even less. I understand that she is the goddess of love, but the fact that she pretty much just sleeps around with everyone is horrible. At first I felt a little bad for her about her arranged marriage, but then as we get further into the book I start to despise her and think she is horrible and selfish.

Persephone to me is manipulative and selfish too. She is another one who I was really sympathetic to and felt bad for, but the more the story went on, the more I didn't like her. I get that she was sad and lonely, and no one was helping her out of her situation, but I still just thought she was awful for hurting people the way she did.

I really enjoyed James's (Hermes) story. I don't agree with all the things he did, but I felt that he was treated very unfairly about a lot of it. I think of all of the gods and goddesses, he is one of the best ones. He isn't manipulative and selfish. He really cares for his brothers and sisters, and besides that, he understands what the humans mean to their survival. He cares for the humans like the other gods and goddesses don't. He understands the balance that they have and need for existence. Without the humans, they would fade. James has more compassion than all of them and I really enjoyed learning his back story.

The last of the novella's is Henry's. (Hade's)  I have grown to love him so much reading this series even with how much he had aggravated me at times. Now that I have a much better understanding of him and what happened in his past I totally get why he acts that way. I wish he would just stop acting like such a tool sometimes, but he has been tortured for eons so I get it. My heart was really breaking for him reading this story.

If you are a fan of the Goddess Test series, this book is a must have. It was so great getting to read about the gods and goddesses lives going back eons and eons. It really helped to get a better understanding of them. I don't think that this is necessary to read at all, but it was really enjoyable. If you can't wait for more of this series, this is a great way to help hold you over until the next book comes out. 4 out of 5 stars.

15 comments:

  1. Oh so there are a bunch of short stories!? I didn't know. I haven't started this series bu it's been on my wishlist since Goddess Test came out so.. a long time haha. Plus if you love them I'm sure I will too #Soulmates :D

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    1. I really have been enjoying the series. Not to say that there aren't some things that bother me. The second book annoyed the hell out of me, but I still did enjoy it. I am definitely looking forward the the next book.

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  2. I didn't realize it was broken up like that. I have this book too. I'm enjoying the series as well. I did get a little irritated with Kate in the last book though. LOL I LOVE Henry! I could read about Henry all day! :D

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    1. OMG my review for the last book was hilarious. I was so irritated at their immature and ridiculous behavior.

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  3. Great review! I didn't know this book was several short stories in one. I'm still not sure if I will read it or not yet. I like this series but I'm not crazy about it and I'm not crazy about the gods/goddesses that these stories are about, except for Hermes and Hades. It sounds really interesting though so I might wait to read this one before the next book in the series comes out. I'm definitely interested in Hades story the most because it sounds like that will help you understand why he is so tortured and explain many of his actions in the books.

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    1. It did help me to understand Henry better. I thought it was a really neat idea to put these stories together.

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  4. Great review! I like the sound of this one.

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    1. I liked being able to get to know their history a bit better. It made me understand them more.

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  5. I really enjoyed The Goddess Test, but I'm kind of over this series after reading Goddess Interrupted. I feel bad though, b/c this story seems good. Maybe I would enjoy it b/c it doesn't revolve around Henry and Kate. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review!

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    1. Goddess Interrupted bothered me, but I am still going to continue the series. I am hoping that with how it ended, the whiny and immature behavior out of them will be gone.

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  6. I still haven't started this series because of the mixed reviews, but it sounds really awesome! It's really cool that the novella is a bunch of stories. You get to know each of the characters that way.
    You've convinced me to start reading it now! :)
    Lovely review, Amy!

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    1. You will definitely want to read the other books before this one though. Well, at least the first one so it won't spoil that for you.

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  7. Have it and want very much to get to it - um just been well...busy. Glad you liked it. Makes me want to start now.


    Valerie

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    1. Totally get the busy thing. Lol!!

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  8. Awesome review!

    I love it when authors give us stories depicting the lives and thoughts of interesting characters who aren't totally covered in the regular ones.

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