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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Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210493
Source: Netgalley

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

REVIEW

Pushing the Limits has become one of my favorite reads for 2012. The author wrote a heartbreaking love story between troubled teenagers – two broken teens who found love in spite the circumstance against them.

Echo is a troubled girl because of an incident in her life that created a void in her memories. She can’t remember what happened and because of this Echo has a hard time trying to adjust and move on with her life. Noah on the other hand is our resident bad ass in the story. Another troubled teen, Noah got separated with his brother after his parents died and because of this, Noah is having unfocused with his life and priorities. Echo and Noah didn’t know each other but eventually got connected by sharing the same therapist (who I adore btw, such a kiss ass therapist). Eventually the two connected and that’s where the itty gritty part of the story starts. Two unconnected teenagers, different cliques, different personality yet along the way found each other to love.

This is not your typical YA novel and definitely not your typical romantic story either. It is emotionally charged and written with the right mix of pain, love, hope, closure, and more. I definitely felt Echo’s struggle and sympathized with Noah dilemma. Both teens are faced with issues that are very difficult but in spite of what they are facing both Echo and Noah are strong characters who matured and faced their issues and demons bravely. I don’t want to talk more about the whole story since I believe you’ll enjoy the book more if you read it.

I promise you Pushing the Limits won’t disappoint. The flow of the story was perfect, the characters felt genuine and nothing felt unnecessary. In addition to that, the ending answered all my questions and an gave me that sense of relief that I often feel after finishing a satisfying book.

If anyone would ask me about Pushing the Limits, I’d just tell you that you HAVE to read the book. No doubt about that. Pushing the Limits is highly recommended!

Book Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Title: Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)
Author: Michelle Rowen
Pages: 348
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210477
Source: Netgalley

I don’t do dangerous. Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back.

Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.

REVIEW

The conflict between angels and demons is in action and Samantha is right in the middle of it.

Every novel needs an interesting prologue or first chapter asides having a fascinating blurb in order for readers to pick up a book – Dark Kiss had all those. Another is a cover, that’s another check for Dark Kiss and of course you need a mysterious title, another check.  With all those elements, Dark Kiss became a quick and enjoyable read unfortunately the concept wasn’t unique enough to make it stand out from the rest. I actually thought as if I am watching another episode of Supernatural (which I totally adore and watch every episode) but that was also the same reason why I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Kiss. It had everything that I crave – angel vs. Demon, conflict, confusion, drama and action all rolled into one.

At some point, the story became predictable and that sucked but as I said since I am enjoyed reading Dark Kiss I didn’t mind it much to put the book down which was a good decision since halfway through the story it definitely gets better.

There’s one scene that I did enjoy most –

“Honestly, Bishop. You should have found me before this. Why did you wait till I came here?” His jaw was tight.

“I want to handle this on my own.”

“Nice thought. But everybody needs a bit of help sometimes.”

Samantha is a strong character. I liked her a lot. Very dedicated to the cause in spite not knowing what it is and who to trust. Bishop on the other hand seemed vulnerable (actually he reminds of Castiel in Supernatural) but that is very important to the story so I just had to deal. Kraven on the other hand I loved very much – sarcastic and funny. Stating that, I wonder why do supporting characters seem to be almost everybody’s favorites? Hmmmm I need to figure that out. Moving on, I haven’t read much about Roth, Zach and Connor but hoping to in the next book. Anyway, the last few chapters was soo good. Questions were answered and a few more left hanging for the next book. What Carly did and what became of her that was unexpected- I can definitely see a vengeful Carly in the future but who knows?

All in all – enjoyable read but still lacks the attitude to make it stand out among the rest of novels with similar stories. Can recommend it especially if you enjoy the points I stated above – danger, angels, demons, conflict. If you love those, you might want to pick this book. 🙂

IMM: In My Mailbox (4)

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:

Went to the second hand book store to buy me some books and immediately saw these two (see below). Was soo excited and thinking that I need to find one more book without realizing that these two are books 3 and 8 of 10 books. Hahaha so instead of looking for 1 more, I’ll be on the lookout for 7 books to complete the series.

Nicolae (Left Behind #3)
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

First they were Left Behind. Then they formed the Tribulation Force. Now they must face Nicolae. In the most explosive of the three books so far, the seven-year tribulation is nearing the end of its first quarter, when prophecy says that “the wrath of the Lamb” will be poured out upon the earth. Rayford Steele becomes the ears of the tribulation saints at the highest levels of the Carpathia regime. Meanwhile, Buck Williams attempts a dramatic all-night rescue run from Israel through the Sinai that will hold you breathless to the end.

The Mark (Left Behind #8)

Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

His Excellency Global Community Potentate Nicolae Carpathia is back, this time as Satan. Resurrected and indwelt by the devil himself, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy as the beast tightens his grip as ruler of the world. Ensconced in a new safe house, the Tribulation Force suffers tragic loss at the dawn of the second half of the seven-year Tribulation. The Trib Force moles inside the palace in New Babylon face tragedy and danger, and they must flee, take the mark, or suffer the consequences. The gloves are off, and the battle is launched between the forces of good and evil for the very souls of men and women around the globe.

 For the complete list of books, click HERE.
Netgalley:

Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)
J.R. Wagner

James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone.

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever.

Afterwards: A Novel
Rosamund Lupton

There is a fire and they are in there. They are in there…

Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and rush. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.

Afterwards Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her children from the person who’s still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)
Michelle Rowen

I don’t do dangerous. Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back. Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me…. NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising.

What’s in your mailbox?

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! 🙂