From Goodreads: For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee 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 novel, with its five novellas, is an absolutely fantastic addition to Carter’s amazing Goddess Test series. I have to be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first, as I’m not usually a fan of multi storied novels, or anthologies, etc., but Carter did an amazing job brining each novella together and the stories all built off one another quite nicely. We learn how Zeus became number one out of all his brothers and sisters, the treachery behind most of their decisions, and the heartbreak that went with it. After reading this and seeing how the siblings treated one another, and seeing Carter’s twist on the myths, the two current novels make even more sense. There were lots of “aha” moments while I read, and I got a kick out of it. I especially enjoyed learning how they all got their names, like Henry and Calliope, etc., and how the goddess test actually came to be in the first place. Absolutely fantastic!
Truth be told, I’m actually not a fan of any of the gods/goddesses aside from Hades/Henry, though they all have heartbreaking stories. I would never want to live for eternity, that’s for sure! This is a must read, and, in my opinion, can be read prior to any of the full novels in the books, though it fits perfectly in between 2 and 3. Five stars.
Harlequin has been extremly gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on July 31, 2012.