Book Review: The Goddess Legacy

Book Review: The Goddess LegacyThe Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #2.5
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 31st 2012
Pages: 304

For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimé 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.

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series.

Read at your own risk *
The Goddess Legacy is the second novella of the Goddess Test trilogy. The first, The Goddess Hunt, took readers on Kate's journey between the comings and goings of The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted. The Goddess Legacy was a little different in that it is more about the gods and goddesses and their past rather than a continuation of the events currently going on in series.
Personally, I avoid novellas. Sure, there are probably some out there that really add to a book series. And I would probably enjoy them if I read them. But there is something about a novella (or # x.5) of a series that just strikes me as unneeded. So, why then did I read The Goddess Legacy if I have such an aversion to novellas? The answer: I had to know more about these characters. And because I am addicted this series. Plain and simple.
The Goddess Legacy is broken up into five mini stories. Giving readers a greater insight into the lives of Calliope (Hera), Ava (Aphrodite), Persephone, James (Hermes), and Henry (Hades). While mostly focusing on the past, the tales also, to a certain extent, go full circle and bring readers back closer to the present.
Although, I wanted to know more about these characters. What past events have made them the way they are in the present time frame of the series. I will admit that I was scared that The Goddess Legacy was going to be a let down. Even the timing of this book was a bit odd. The Goddess Legacy is hard for me to think of as book number 2.5 of this series because it really has nothing to do with the current events. However, despite the oddness of it, I loved every moment.
My favorite tale from the novella? Now, that is a hard one. Calliope, Ava, and surprisingly, Persephone came across very favorable in these tales. I still am not in love with Calliope or Persephone, but some of their actions in the series make a lot more sense due to these tales. Henry… I still love you. I loved being able to see more about his budding romance with Kate from his perspective. So, that leaves us with James. You know, his story, for me, was the most touching and telling. All the tales were amazing, but I think I enjoyed James' the most.
Final Verdict:
The Goddess Test series seems like it can do no wrong with me. I have read every book. Every novella. And each time I am done, I only want more. At the end of the day, The Goddess Legacy does not add much to the story as a whole. But it does give plenty of insight into the characters, making the story as a whole feel that much more fleshed out. If you love this series, The Goddess Legacy is another wonderful addition that you will not want to miss.
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