The Goddess Legacy
By Aimee Carter
(Goddess Test #2.5)
Release Date: 07/31/2012
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.
There are some spoilers in this review if you haven't read the series.
This book contains 5 stories called The Goddess Queen, The Lovestruck Goddess, Goddess of the Underworld, God of Thieves, and God of Darkness.
Each one was unique in its own way.
Calliope/Hera's story is very sad. If you studied your greek myths, you know that Hera is married to Zeus, god of the sky. Zeus is a womanizer and had affairs with many woman. Hera is the goddess of marriage so she can't cheat on Zeus. It's basically about Hera's emotional turmoils and the marriage gone bad. I cried! A book that is powerful enough to make me cry deserves an award.
"I love you." Zeus set his hand on my shoulder, the way Hades had the evening we'd won the war. "Not as an ornament. Not as a conquest. I see you, and I love you." ~The Goddess Legacy, Aimee CarterThat was Zeus's promise to Hera. Pretty convincing, huh? That cheating, lying, womanizing bastard. He does not deserve Hera. I've never liked Zeus anyways. *sniffles*
In God of Darkness, it shows the story of the ones before Kate, the ones that died. Hades was already going wacko before Kate came. He would rather fade than let other people get hurt.
Hades met Kate at Central Park when she was seven and it gave him hope to keep going on.
Tracing [Kate's] features, at once so like Persephone's and yet so very different, [Hades/Henry] allowed himself a smile. In her, he saw possibility. In her, he saw his future. And when she was ready for it, he would be, too. ~The Goddess Legacy, Aimee CarterThroughout the whole book, I think the book had love as a dominating theme. I had many questions after reading the Goddess Test. Most of which was answered in these short stories. The stories were beautifully written and clearly illustrates how the characters were feeling.
If you love a good YA mythology book, consider reading this!