Friday, August 17, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley (Thanks Harlequin!)
Challenge: 2012 YA Mythology Challenge, 2012 Netgalley Reading Challenge
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 .
(There are minor spoilers in this review.)
I'm the type of person who enjoys getting to know the characters in books, and this is why The Goddess Legacy really appealed to me. Aimee Carter provides readers of her Goddess Test series with an opportunity to get to know five of the key characters - Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone, Hermes & Hades. Though other people may find these stories to be simply filler in between the books, I really enjoyed reading them and gaining more insight into this crazy family of gods and goddesses.
The first story is actually probably my favorite of the bunch. It's about Hera, otherwise known as Calliope. Honestly, I totally despised her character, especially after the second book, but this story has given me a better perspective on her life. I felt so bad for her, and the fact that Aimee Carter was able to elicit that emotion from me definitely means that it was effectively written. Calliope is definitely misunderstood, and this story definitely shows you why she is, well, the way she is. The moral of this particular story, to me, is that you don't know what everyone's been through, and you can't judge them fairly until you do.
Aphrodite, Persephone & Hermes all had similar stories - theirs were tales of loss and love and having decisions made for them, and being unable to make their own. I like that Aimee Carter gave them each their own story - and it was wonderful to understand how things ended up the way they did at the beginning of The Goddess Test.
Henry (otherwise known as Hades) would have had my favorite story - if there had been more of it. But it basically just showed me Henry as he was in the series, sad, broken and feeling utterly alone. I still love him, still want to make things better for him and I love getting to know a little more of his story.
All in all, Aimee Carter effectively shared more about these key characters by returning into their histories, going back to a time way before The Goddess Test. I loved getting these minute details of their immortal lives through stories about a particular era or experience each of them had, and if you're a fan of the series, you'll probably enjoy it as well. The Goddess Legacy is a great companion to the series, and I highly recommend it.