Release date: July 31st 2012
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee 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.
This book has five novellas that take place before The Goddess Test, so Kate is not a part of the book, except for an appearance on the last story.
First story is about Hera and it shows the reasons why she acts this way, I must say that her story is very sad and I understand why she feel so used and try to find her happinesss anywhere it’s possible. Zeus/Walter led her to a marriage after several promises and after they were married and Hera believe everything was happy, she discovered several situations where he had other lovers, plus some kids he forced her to accpt. Not good, and I kinda hate him, for his attitudes.
Second story is from Ava/Aphrodite POV and we get to understand her need to have several lovers and how her marriage to Hephaestus is still a very important part of her life and why he allows her to continue with her affairs. I loved how romantic Hephaestus was in this story and it was also show another bad side of Zeus.
Third story started not so good with Zeus making Persephone marry Hades. I have nothing against Persephone and I really think she just tried to make the best situation out of a bad wedding and a very frustrating life, but can’t people decide how they want to marry in Olympus is beyond me. Ava is a bitch and don’t deserve Hephaestus. Zeus did another bad thing.
Forth story was the most emotional for me and it showed a different side of Hermes. After being blamed for Persephone choices and also spending his life on the Olympus alone after everyone stopped talking with him. I don’t understand what the problem really was since Zeus can have everyone he wants and still be married and Ava also do the same thing. Anyway one day he was trying to understand why some Gods were fading and discovered what true love is, but everything comes with a price and he’s story was sad. In this story we understand why the Gods have these new names.
Last story was really short and only show how Hades suffered during the century while all the girls appointed by Demeter were killed. Sad story too, but we already knew he was lonely and how Kate was created. Is just an insight from Hades POV.
Overall I liked this book, but prefer an story centered in Kate and Henry relationship, because frankly Zeus is not my favorite God at the moment.
#1 – The Goddess Test
#1.5 – The Goddess Hunt
#2 – Goddess Interrupted
#2.5 – The Goddess Legacy (Expected publication: July 31st 2012)
#3 – The Goddess Inheritance (Expected publication: April 2013)