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Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5) by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test series, although a series I have yet to review, is one of my favorites. If you've read my reviews before, you know I have a weakness for books involving mythology or the Greek gods. This is no exception. 

In this collection of stories, Aimee Carter tells the untold tales of some of the main characters in the series: the Greek gods. During the first two Goddess Test novels, Kate Winters is groomed to take the place of Persephone, both as the queen of the Underworld, and as the wife of Hades (Henry).  In The Goddess Legacy, the stories of Aphrodite, Hermes, Persephone, Hera, and Hades are told by none other than the gods themselves.

I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this novel. A book about the Greek gods told by the Greek gods? There's nothing like it. Having already read the other novels in this series, it was also very interesting to see the gods further developed.

The writing was great, as always, but I think where this book wins is in it's creativity. It sticks, for the most part, to the myths that we've all studied in school, but it gives life to the gods themselves. They all have distinct personalities, voices, and weaknesses. 

For those of you who have read the first and second novels in Carter's series, you definitely won't be disappointed by this one. It gives a decent amount of background into the lives of the gods and goddesses and--spoiler--into the motives behind Calliope/Hera's actions. 

My advice to readers who are unsure about this series: read this book first. I know, I know, it's technically not the right order, but it's a great way to get into these novels. It's more of a prequel than anything else. If you're studying mythology at school this year, read this book. It doesn't get everything right, but maybe you won't be as bored in your English class. It's a fun, interesting take on stories that have been around for thousands of years. 

Grade: A+

To buy this book . . . 
Barnes & Noble 


1 comment:

Ariella Blake said...

I read this and loved it too!!! Greek mythology, overall, is one of my fave genres!!! Of COURSE it has to be YA ;)


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