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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: The Goddess Legacy (Goodreads)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 31 July 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0373210752
Format: ebook
Pages: 395
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Place(s) Traveled to: Ancient Greece, The Underworld, Mt. Olympus
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: NA – Various as this was an anthology
Goddess Test  Series Order
Book 1 – The Goddess Test
Book 1.5 – The Goddess Hunt
Book 2 – Goddess Interrupted
Book 2.5 -The Goddess Legacy
Book 3 – The Goddess Inheritance

I don’t read a ton of short story collections but I made an exception for Goddess Legacy as all the stories relate to characters in Aimee Carter’s Goddess Test series. This anthology takes a look at several of the Gods and Goddesses that we’ve come to know and love (or love to hate) and learn a little bit about their history. Every story is set in a different time period in the history of the Gods but most of the stories occur long before the events of The Goddess Test
In The Goddess Queen you learn how Calliope and Henry first met and the start of the path of hate that Calliope sets out on. This story almost makes you sympathize with the Calliope that you meet in the series as there are reasons she feels and acts the way she does. However, I never felt any connection with Calliope. She made her choices and while I get where she is coming from I don’t think that holding onto to such hate and animosity for millenia is a good thing. That means that the people who wronged you are constantly winning when the best way to get back at someone is to move on and get over them.
The Lovestruck Goddess is a look into Ava’s past. I enjoyed this story a little more liked the insight into her history. Ava was always a character that I liked and so it was nice to learn a little bit about her history. 
Goddess of the Underworld is the story of Persephone. This was my favorite story in the anthology even though I didn’t care for Persephone all that much. She was selfish and so much could have been solved with a little communication and backbone. Though it was nice to see her history with Henry and part of why he is the way he is at the start of the series. 
God of Thieves is about James and a series of events that while I wasn’t surprised happened were also ones that I wasn’t fully expecting either. I did like learning why the Gods and Goddesses decided to change their names and some of their transition into the modern world. There were events in his past that I didn’t care for and there were reactions by his family that were a bit extreme but overall I enjoyed this story.
Finally there was God of Darkness and this is a story from Henry’s POV. As you may recall I liked the added scenes from Henry’s POV in previous books so this is the story that I was most looking forward too. While its not my favorite in the book I did enjoy it. It also made me wish that there was more from his POV in the main series as I do like seeing things from his perspective.
Overall, Goddess Legacy, was just a so-so collection for me. While a reader does gain some insight into characters from the main series there is nothing earth shattering revealed that requires a person to read these stories. None of them bridge any gaps and nothing will be lost if this book is skipped. However, if you are a big fan of the books then there is value to reading these stories. They show how there is more than one side to every story. They add to the Greek myths that many of us know and love. But they also remain true to the spin that Aimee Carter has put on them all. I may not have loved this installment in the Goddess Test world but I don’t feel as though my time was wasted in reading it either.

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