For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée 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 (goodreads) .
ARC provided by Netgalley/HarlequinTeen. Merci!
I LOVE Greek Mythology. So I requested this book without even reading The Goddess Test and I regret NOTHING. I loved the interpretations of old Greek legends and I loved Carter's twist on the gods and goddesses.
Carter's novel offers five short stories involving all of the different gods and their interactions with both the humans and each other. My favorite story was probably the first about Hera. We often hear about Hera's vindictive nature and her extreme jealousy, and Carter paints Hera in a new light: a more likeable and tragic character. I also really enjoyed Hade's story because it felt like it set the scene for the Goddess Test, and now I'm even more excited to read it now that I know what roles the gods and goddesses play.
The characters were a slightly different version of the gods you learned about in High School Lit (and especially different from the colorfully painted characters of Disney's Hercules); they are selfish, they are powerful and they are lost. With each character you read about, you see a new softness that you hadn't seen before and I loved that.
The writing was descriptive and seducing. Carter did not cut any corners in describing her worlds, characters and their emotions.
I really enjoyed Carter's take of the Greek gods and goddesses and I felt like this book set up The Goddess Test brilliantly. I can't wait to finally add the first installment to my shelf!