Monday, July 23, 2012

The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

2/5 Stars
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication: July 31, 2012


This is my first time reviewing a series of short stories because I usually don’t enjoy them. I had hoped that The Goddess Legacy would be different but unfortunately I didn’t particularly enjoy this series of stories.

The first story follows Hera/Calliope and how she came to marry Zeus and deal with his infidelity. I did not like this story. Hera to me was not a sympathetic character so I found it hard to feel bad for her and then the way she acted so vindictive toward others really bothered me. Individual rating 1/5.

The second story is about Ava/Aphrodite and her struggles with an arranged marriage when it would be impossible for her to stay faithful. It also deals a lot with Aphrodite’s love of both brothers Hephaestus and Ares. This story was alright. I didn’t hate or love it, at times Aphrodite was whiney but it reminded me a lot of the Ava in The Goddess Test so I liked that continuity. Individual rating 2/5.

The third story is about Persephone and her arranged marriage to Hades and what leads her to choose to fade. This was my least favorite story, I spent the entire time reading just shaking me head and wanting to hit Persephone. I really did not like anything about this story. I didn’t feel Persephone’s love for Adonis and I didn’t understand her choices at all. I didn’t even feel bad for Hades because he just seemed so oblivious to everything and like a doormat. Basically this story was ridiculous. Well written, but ridiculous. Individual rating 1/5.

The fourth story follows James/Hermes as he comes to Earth to figure out why the Gods are fading. This was definitely my favorite story of the set. The little relationship that develops between Tuck and James was everything I wanted it to be and it has that classic tragic Greek ending that made me a little teary eyed. It was worth struggling through the Persephone story to read this one! Individual rating 5/5.

The fifth story is about Hades asking the council to fade and the deal he makes that begins The Goddess Test’s. I also enjoyed this story it was interesting to get a glimpse into Hades’ solitary existence and the reason he chooses to fade. My favorite part has got to be at the end when Henry meets Kate for the first time, it was very cute. Individual rating 4/5.

Random Rant: I don’t really understand why this is The Goddess Test #2.5, I haven’t read Goddess Interrupted yet but it wasn’t really necessary to have read any of the series to read this group of stories. So if that is the reason you’re not picking it up, don’t let that be the case!

Overall, this book definitely had its faults but the last two stories were very enjoyable and kind of saved the book for me. I would recommend this to anyone who loves The Goddess Test or Greek Mythology in general.

Thank your Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to review an advanced reader's copy of this novel. 


  1. I'm sad you didn't like it more! Actually, Hermes's story was probably my least favourite just because I thought it moved too slowly.

    I do think that this one shouldn't be read before the first book ... *maybe* it could be read before the second book.

    Great review!

  2. Really great and honest review, Emily! I've always been super intrigued by this bunch of books (being a bit Greek mythology crazy and all XD) but yeah...all I've heard are pretty negative views. It's too bad you didn't like Persephone's story :( Darn, this character deserves much more justice! By the way, really like the way you rated the stories individually as well!! <3

    Anyway, thank goodness those last two worked out for you! <3 Great review!

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

  3. Great review Emily. I agree with a lot of what you say but the last story was my favourite, though James' story would be a definite second. I didn't like Persephone or Calliope either. I agree that this doesn't need to be 2.5, I actually feel its more a prequel because it all leads up the first book.