4 **** = Can recommend; Great; Overall enjoyable
Synopsis from Goodreads
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…
I am a huge fan of taking a mythology, like Fae, Vampire or even Greek/Roman and creating great stories from them. I loved the Percy Jackson Series and the new series, the Heros of Olympus has not disappointed me yet. So when I stumbled upon the Goddess Test & Goddess Interrupted, I snatched them up.
The first two books focus on Henry/ Hades and Kate. Now I was so not excited about Hades being the focus of the “love finding” story. I expected Hades to be the scary guy portrayed in most retellings. This series totally turns the Gods upside down and I fell hard for the God of the Underworld. The second book, Goddess Interrupted ends with a wicked cliff hanger. So even though I rarely read .5 books, you know, books that come in between the big books. Sometimes they are great and give yummy back story they can not fit in the main story. But I have to be dying for more in the story to jump on the “In-between” books. I was dying for more info. I was a bit disappointed at first that this was back story on all the major Goddesses and their relationships. I was dying for some more of Henry and Kate, but it gave such a great perspective on the Goddesses and why they are the way they are in the story. You could really see the power of the Goddesses and how they shaped the histories. It was interesting to not see Zeus the main character and being in control of everything.
I loved learning about all the Goddesses! It was really enlightening and changed my viewpoint on almost all of the Goddess I had met in the previous two books. I will say that it made me love Henry and Kate more. There is such drama with Hera/ Calliope and Zeus/Walter. I learned to have compassion for, then despise Aphrodite/Ava. It touches on all the big six Gods, their children and gives so much depth to the characters. I have to say, I was really impressed and blown away by the great stories that were inspired by the mythology.
I can not wait for the Goddess Inheritance! This was just what I needed to keep me happy till spring.