Book Review: Goddess

Goddess CoverBook: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Published May 2013 by HarperCollins|Pages: 432

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Starcrossed #3

Genre: YA Paranormal/Greek Mythology Re-Telling

You can find Goddess on Goodreads|You can find Josephine Angelini on Twitter, Facebook, and her website

Goodreads Summary: Goddess brings Josephine Angelini’s haunting, deeply romantic Starcrossed saga to its breathtaking conclusion.

Helen Hamilton, a Scion—the offspring of a Greek god and a mortal—is fighting her destiny. She refuses to accept that her life will echo that of the tragic Helen of Troy.

In Goddess, Helen must find a way to return the furious Greek gods to captivity on Olympus without starting a war and bringing death to more Scions and mortals. The Oracle warns that Helen will be faced with a traitor. It appears that Orion could be the one to betray her, although he captured her heart guiding her though the Underworld. She must decide if it is Orion she truly loves, or Lucas, whose life hangs in the balance.

Goddess is the last book in the Starcrossed trilogy, and I’m sad to see it end.  This is what the other two books have been building up to, and Goddess is such a good ending to the series!

What I love about Goddess is how well Angelini brought different stories together.  You have Greek mythology, of course, but you also see a bit of Guinevere, in the form of flashbacks.  Goddess is the book where we see the downfall of Troy, and the role the original Helen played. This is the book where we really see the connections between past and present, and I liked seeing how cyclical everything is in this world. The flashbacks worked really well in Goddess, and they really added to what was going on and put everything in context.

There were a lot of moments where I was angry and sad and happy.  I get why some of the characters acted the way they did, but it still made me so upset with them!

And since Goddess is a really unique twist on Greek mythology, prophecies are interpreted wrong, and things don’t go right for everyone at times.  I really liked how Helen and (most) of her friends came together to overthrow the gods and put an end to the cycle started so long ago.  I reakly do appreciate the creativity that went into how Helen managed to do what she needed to do.  And her ability to Descend into the underworld ended up being really interesting!  Especially because of Helen being a Worldbuilder and all.

I kind of wish the book had focused a little more on the entire group.  We do get to see different points of view, but Goddess is really Helen’s story.  I get why, since she seems to be the only one who can actually *do* anything…with a bit of help from the other characters, of course.  I liked that they were a team, and while that does come through in Goddess, I wish we saw a little more of it, because I really like everyone working together as a team.

I’m glad things worked out for Helen and Lucas, and I was sort of intrigued by Daphne’s lies that kept them apart.  I get why, but it really made me not like at her times.  Still, her story is a bit sad, and I did feel for her in the end.

Final Thoughts:

I loved Goddess, and Helen really is more confident in her abilities and in herself.  The final battle wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a really creative way around things, and I’m glad that (mostly) everyone got their happily ever after.

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