The Persephone myth is one of my favorite stories of all time. I love the idea of a wo...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
The Persephone myth is one of my favorite stories of all time. I love the idea of a woman being swept into the Underworld for 6 months out of the year to rule as Hades's Queen. For some reason, I find it oddly romantic. The Goddess Test is a wonderful retelling of this mythological explanation for the seasons, and despite it's strange beginning I really enjoyed it. It's a quick read at less than 300 pages, but it's full of intrigue, mystery, and action which are definitely a few of my favorite things. The Goddess Test grabbed my attention from the very beginning and left me begging for more by the time it was over.
Kate is a fantastic female protagonist, willing to do anything for her mother despite the consequences. She's truly loyal to her friends (and enemies) and she risks her life for them on more than one occasion. Her relationship with Henry is rocky at first, after all he's forcing her to live in a mansion for 6 months, but I loved watching it develop over time. Henry is so sweet with Kate, I really fell for him myself. I did think that some of the friendships in the beginning were kind of rushed and weird, but they definitely made sense in the end.
The story itself is fast-paced and entertaining and there were plenty of twists and turns. Some aspects were pretty predictable, but there were other elements that caught me completely off guard. By the end, I was pretty much in shock at how things were ending and I was glad that Carter didn't leave me with a cliff-hanger. While some things did become a bit muddled or confusing, I definitely enjoyed reading such an interesting take on the Persephone myth, especially something so modernized. I definitely think there was a lot of originality to this story as well; the idea that girls are tested before they can rule as Queen of the Underworld is something new, considering the original Persephone was kidnapped into her tole.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun, quick read with an original twist on one of my favorite myths. I definitely found myself tearing up at some points while others made me laugh out loud. The characters were easy to relate to, and the story was entertaining. I would highly recommend this one to lovers of Greek mythology, as well as romance and mystery.(less)
Goddess Interrupted starts off right where Goddess Test ends. Kate and Henry are now m...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Goddess Interrupted starts off right where Goddess Test ends. Kate and Henry are now married, but Henry is still and distant as ever. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled with their relationship at this point. I really loved Henry in Goddess Test, but he lost some points in my book by this one. The story is definitely more exciting than the first, with Henry being kidnapped and Kate on a mission to save him. I loved how the characters developed throughout the story and I loved getting to see the Underworld, I can't wait to see what's going to happen next!
Kate definitely grows stronger in this installment, but her relationship with Henry is incredibly rocky. There were times when I could relate so well to Kate, having gone through some of the same things in my personal relationship, that I just wanted to slap Henry and make him realize what an amazing girl he has right in front of him. I'll admit, there was a time in my relationship where I felt like I was the only one trying, and where I didn't feel like my concerns were being listened to, which is a heartbreaking experience if you ever have to go through it. Kate's situation touched so close to home, I related so well to her, but I also admired her unwillingness to give up. When you truly love someone, you do everything in your power to hold on to them until the last minute and she really does that. Albeit, seeing Persephone step into the picture did not ease my hesitations, I genuinely disliked the girl. She's incredibly shallow and just plain unpleasant.
The story itself has a lot going on, and it's great to see Kate step up and be the hero for once. The descriptions of the Underworld are amazing, changing from person to person, and Carter really takes you into a world that is both descriptive as well as mysterious. I was definitely hooked from the beginning, not really expecting what was coming. By the end I was completely satisfied until the biggest cliff hanger of my life came out of left field!! I was NOT expecting it whatsoever and now I'm DYING to get my hands on the final book!!
Goddess Interrupted isn't just a middle novel in a trilogy. It's a story all its own that showcases an amazing world that could very well be real. The myth of Persephone has always intrigued me, and seeing more mythology play into the lore of Hades is definitely a plus. I enjoyed seeing the way Kate and Henry's relationship dealt with dysfunction and I definitely loved seeing Kate grow so much as a person, as well as a wife. I am definitely hooked on this series and I cannot wait to find out how it's all going to end! Fans of mythology, romance, and fantasy will love this one! (less)
The Goddess Legacy is a fantastic prequel to the Goddess Test series. I'd always wonde...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
The Goddess Legacy is a fantastic prequel to the Goddess Test series. I'd always wondered how the relationship between Persephone and Hades began, as well as why Calliope was so bitter. Goddess Legacy answers a lot of questions that fans of the Goddess Test series may have as well as opening our eyes to how the Gods and Goddesses have evolved (or not) over time. Although my feelings about the characters didn't change much, I definitely liked seeing them in a different light. After the cliffhanger ending that Goddess Interrupted provided, and after reading about the different relationships between the Greek Gods and Goddesses, I'm even more excited to see how this series will end!
I didn't care much for Calliope, Ava, or Persephone to begin with. They've always been hateful, shallow, and selfish women to me, but it was really great to see how they ended up that way. While Calliope is a murderous wench, I can understand her jealous nature and feelings of betrayal towards Henry/Hades. Her husband is a womanizer and a liar and the only man she ever truly loved has turned his back on her. It makes sense that something inside of her would break. Persephone is thrust into an unwanted marriage with a man she doesn't love (or like really), and the one man she does love is unattainable. My heart really felt for her, but I think it was quite unfair of her to go off galavanting with other men while her husband stayed at home. Even Ava is just a slutty, selfish girl who runs around with different men every day and trying to ruin people's lives. It's safe to say I didn't care for these women before, and I care for them even less now.
The writing is the same as the rest of the series, but the plot is simpler. We already know how these's people's lives end up so there isn't a lot of guess-work involved. Goddess Legacy simply serves to fill in the blanks about why Henry needs a new wife and why James is so ostracized. Although, that bit I really didn't understand. The different novellas all sort of play off of each other, while focusing on the individual God or Goddess. I think my favorite part had to be the beginning, when the original six are still all alone, right after they've defeated the Titans. It was great to see them as a cohesive family, if only for a little bit.
If you're a fan of the Goddess Test books then you definitely need to pick up Goddess Legacy. It will fill in a lot of blanks and answer a lot of questions you've been asking yourself. For once, Kate isn't the central focus and it's a refreshing story about the Gods and Goddesses and their backgrounds. Goddess Legacy starts at the beginning and takes us through the last two thousand years or so, finally ending with how Kate came to be Henry's betrothed. I definitely recommend picking this one up while you're eagerly awaiting the final book!(less)