Book Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter


Title
: The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5)
Author: Aimee Carter
Pages: 395
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210752
Source: Netgalley

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.

REVIEW

Hera – her part was very intense. It was like a stand off between her and Zeus. Reading it was very interesting especially since Hera wanted equality but ironically she feels the need to rule te counsel. Pride and greed are indeed deadly virtues, deadly especially for women since they’ll do whatever just to get what they want but in the end will always be the crying party. It was mind games with the two of them, tricky but very black and white.

Aphrodite – her part was somewhat heartbreaking. Heartbreaking for loving someone who will never love her more than she loves him and for choosing someone just because the former couldn’t give her what she wanted. Aphrodite seems like a confused, love-struck, and a very bitchy and whiny teen. She wanted everything easy and by her way. This continues through the story of Persephone and you’ll really see her bitchiness there.

Persephone – this was hardest to read because I like Hades. From the moment of their marriage to her being with Adonis was a heartbreak. I just can’t stand her, that or maybe I am a little biased towards Hades but seriously, everything with her was one side. She kept saying that she’s trying but really all she does is whine and complain that she never had a choice, that she is not in love with Hades, that she’ll never have freedom and it goes on and on BUT without considering the feeling of her husband and her family.

Hermes – A god who gave love but never really felt loved back. His stint with Persephone was short lived and didn’t really struck me as genuine. It was like a fling that both needed out of loneliness and the need to be loved. His story was beautiful, finally Hermes now experiences what it feels to find something important and lose it without any fight. Made the man out of him!

Hades – A my favorite god out of the bunch. This part is really painful to read. From the part of Persephone to Ingrid until the other girls, Hades felt heartbreak to heartbreak. Even if the love is not the same with each girl, you can still feel that he’s losing hope. I love how The Goddess Legacy gave me information on the before Kate came.

Carter has this unique talent of giving readers the perfect story to make reading worthwhile. It was a magnificent journey and I didn’t feel like it was a “filler” before the third book comes out. This was like the hidden chapter of the Goddess Test series. I loved every story and every page of it. Each character had their own highlight and Carter has this uncanny ability to make her readers connect with her characters. This is the reason why I am following the series and this is also the reason why I highly recommend it. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, please do. It is worth every minute you invest in it.

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FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 8)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Hey guys, so this is my 2nd post for FGH and I’ve got a number of books to share with ya’ll. I finally received my BD package and was sooo happy to open them. So here’s what I got this week:

PURCHASED

* BS – Booksale (second hand shop), NBS (national bookstore)
Ohhh and I’ve also got this Merriam-Webster dictionary WITH Garfield Comics 😛
Usually there’s a word listed in the box section there (lookee picture above) and they use that word in a sentence in the comic strips.
On another hand, I bought Kwentillion (heard this from Chachic) and the illustrations are sooooo good guys. Only browsed it a few times and just looking at the art works is A-mazing!
Gaaah. I really don’t have any talent with taking pictures, can’t justify the beauty of these artworks. 🙂 It’s too pretty in person yo guys. I have to read it soon!!!

NETGALLEY

FOR REVIEW

Intangible (Intangible #1)
by J. Meyers

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)

by K.B. Hoyle

A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.

Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.

Wings of Hope
by Hillary E. Peak

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie #1)
by T.G. Ayer

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

**Thanks to J Meyers, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of Reading Addiction Blog Tour

SIDE NOTE: I just received an email for the upcoming book to read from TFG (The Filipino Group) via Goodreads, I still haven’t finished The Fellowship of the Rings. Arrrgghh but I think I’ll finish it by Sunday, hopefully finish it by Sunday, HAVE to finish it by Sunday. Hahahah.

Okay what did you receive for this week guys??

Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Title: Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2 Series)
Author: Aimee Carter
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
ISNB: 0373210450
Source: Netgalley

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person whom she would really rather not meet. Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

REVIEW

The story continues as Kate comes back after 6 months above ground to live her life with Henry and her new family in the Underworld but things will get bad to worse sooner than she anticipated.

Kate’s relationship with Henry is not new – it’s messy and complicated yet somehow you can feel that love is present – but reading it now just makes me sader than before. It’s tragic yet magical in a way how one fights for what s/he loves and believes in but somehow ends up coming too short or doubting themselves. There were a lot of scenes that I remembered more than most like when she talked to Ingrid:

Being brave doesn’t mean never being afraid,it means going for it anyway because you know its the right thing to do.

And here’ another:

What would you have done if Henry never loved you as much as you wanted him to? We can’t choose how much someone else loves us.

And I love how Henry explained his feelings here:

If I were a better man, I would be able to show you the love and affection you deserve. As I am not, I can only offer you what I am capable of giving. But I assure you, just because I do not show it doesn’t mean I do not feel it.

To be honest I hated Kate in the first part of the book, being selfish, unreasonable and childish. On my opinion, she knew what she was getting into when she decided to marry Henry including his excess emotional baggage yet somehow in Goddess Interrupted she acts as if it’s Henry’s fault for her demise. Okay, Henry is a but unfair but truth be told, his situation isn’t easy and he did gave Kate options. So why bitch around and demand things when she can do something to tip the situation in her favor? Well, I just felt that Kate should’ve been prepared for the worse and Henry should have been sensitive and mindful enough to Kate’s feelings. Well cheers to the complication of love. In addition to that, I didn’t get Persephone’s attitude towards Kate. She decided to leave Henry, decided to be mortal, decided to “condemn” (okay, condemn may not be the right term if you are forever and eternally tied to a hunk like Adonis) herself with Adonis so why is she acting like Kate stole everything from her? Oh I marvel on how the female psyche works.

On another note, Calliope is a perfect villain. Bitchy, vengeful and very psychotic. With that combination, I guarantee that you’ll be reading amazing scenes in the next book especially with the ending – Goddess Interrupted ended in a perfect note.

The story is amazing. The right blend of adventure, mystery but with the right touch of romance. The story started in a good tone, ascending to a nail-biting, heart-pumping can’t-get-enough note and ended with a bang! I was caught up from reading page one until the end without realizing that I finished the book ahead of schedule. Beware, reading Goddess Interrupted is very addictive.

The author has a talent in catching the readers attention in addition to keeping them hooked to the very end. The book is officially one of my favorite read for 2012. It ended in a great note with enough cliff hanger to make you hate that the next book isn’t available yet – the third installment is worth the wait if it’s going to be as good as Goddess Interrupted.

** NOTE: I just realized that I read The Goddess Test last year but it seems like I forgot to write a review – silly me. I need to re-read that one and review it soon! 🙂

IMM: In My Mailbox (2)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.
Here’s what I have for this week:
I’m trying to stop myself from buying books these couple of months but I can’t help it whenever I visit my favorite second hand bookstore especially whenever I find something that I really want to buy. These are my recent purchases, both books are around $4 – $5 dollars each in addition too my Netgalley books. 🙂
The  Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
and from Netgalley
 
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
What’s in your mailbox??