The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Let me say first that I’m not a super fan of anthologies or short stories. Its a genre that I’m slowly beginning to appreciate and I think that very few people can pull off a short story well. Its a fine line between too much and too little. But ironically, the length or pace wasn’t my problem with The Goddess Legacy. Aimee Carter does a great job in transitioning between POVs. The first story becomes the foundation of what happens in the second story and so on.
The Goddess Legacy transforms the great and drama-filled gods and goddess of ancient Greece into hormonal teenagers. The characters are whiny and one-dimensional. With the exception of Aphrodite, who is a bubbly hussy, all the goddesses are self-absorbed and moody. I had more of a liking to the gods. Zeus is a womanizer. Hades feels like the guy who somehow ended up in every girl’s “best friend” territory. Hermes is rational and adventurous.
As for the stories themselves, I’ll go by POV:
Hera – Hera’s whole dilemma is that she wants to be the one in charge. She tries scheme after scheme to reach her own goal of becoming Queen of the Gods. She’s fairly selfish and self-absorbed and I didn’t sympathize with her at all.
Aphrodite – She’s the goddess of love who wants to love everyone and so she does. She doesn’t understand why people want her to pick just one person to be with and marry. I didn’t mind her story, but her narration was annoyingly bubbly.
Persephone – I think I liked her the least. She’s forced into a loveless marriage with Hades and can’t find herself to love him no matter how good he treats her. Its not until she commits adultery that she finds some happiness. I know other reviewers commented on how it didn’t make sense for her to not be able to overcome her “wall” and love Hades. The answer to this is heavily implied at the end of the novel in a conversation between Hera and Hades, so this is resolved. Besides, its not unheard of even in modern day for women to be trapped in loveless marriages to men who treat them well but the woman is simply not attracted to her husband.
Hermes – If only the whole story was like Hermes adventure, I would rate this novel 4 or 5. His story was so good! Well, minus the ending. That part royally sucked.
Hades – Alas, Hades holds a special place in my heart. He’s my favorite god in the myths, the Disney version of Hercules, and practically every other movie with him in it. I’ve totally got a soft spot for the Lord of the Underworld, so it pleased me to have him not automatically be casted into the bad guy role in this book. Sure he was emo and depressed for the entire novel, but I still love him.
The writing itself felt like it lacked in description and action. There was a whole lot of talking and whining and not much else. Although parts of this book definitely deserve a meager 2 stars, overall I like it enough to try more by the author. And I can understand why some people might like this book. After all, the twists on old myths are definitely creative.
For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime 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.