A Goddess' Curse: Hera's Story

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Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. Beautiful, sensual, and merciless, she is a goddess renowned for her jealous rages and for inflicting horrors on hapless victims. She’s the protector of women, virtue, family and marriage yet her husband, Zeus, has had countless affairs. She puts up with it. Why? Is she really malicious or a product of circumstance? More

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About Luciana Cavallaro

Luciana Cavallaro was born in Pinjarra, Western Australia and moved to Perth to study at university. She taught in government and private schools and during this time studied Ancient History, attended writer’s workshops and concluded a course in proof reading and editing. She has travelled extensively and has revisited her favourite destinations—Greece and Italy— the inspiration for her stories. After working in high schools for a while she resigned to concentrate on writing.

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Review by: Carrie Slager on April 21, 2013 :
[Full disclosure: Luciana Cavallaro sent me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.]

(Review repeated because I forgot the rate the book!)

I definitely had my doubts about A Goddess’ Curse simply because it was focusing on Hera, who is renowned throughout Greek mythology for fitting the jealous woman stereotype. Her treatment of Zeus’ lovers was well-documented as was her part in the Trojan War. So when I started this short story I was wondering if Luciana Cavallaro would go for the Ice Queen interpretation or something a little more sympathetic.

As it turns out, she decided on a combination of the two. Learning about Hera in her own words through an interview with an over-zealous TV host is interesting, but the reactions she gives said TV host are priceless. Not only do you get to see her side of the story in her own words, you get to see flashes of her personality in her interactions with other characters. I like Luciana Cavallaro’s interpretation of Hera and I absolutely love how she stays true to the goddess’ character by revealing her actions at the end of the story. I don’t want to spoil things, but what she does is very, very similar to what happened to some of Zeus’ lovers.

There really isn’t much more to say. Both Drake and Hera were great characters who had interesting interactions, the plot was fast-paced and Luciana Cavallaro covered pretty much all of the topics of interest in the interview. I’m starting to love the way she lets famous women tell their stories because telling them in third person but having the characters do an interview is very insightful. Honestly, I wish we had a whole novel from Hera’s point of view. Yes, A Goddess’ Curse was really that good.

I give this short story 5/5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carrie Slager on April 21, 2013 : (no rating)
[Full disclosure: Luciana Cavallaro sent me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.]

I definitely had my doubts about A Goddess’ Curse simply because it was focusing on Hera, who is renowned throughout Greek mythology for fitting the jealous woman stereotype. Her treatment of Zeus’ lovers was well-documented as was her part in the Trojan War. So when I started this short story I was wondering if Luciana Cavallaro would go for the Ice Queen interpretation or something a little more sympathetic.

As it turns out, she decided on a combination of the two. Learning about Hera in her own words through an interview with an over-zealous TV host is interesting, but the reactions she gives said TV host are priceless. Not only do you get to see her side of the story in her own words, you get to see flashes of her personality in her interactions with other characters. I like Luciana Cavallaro’s interpretation of Hera and I absolutely love how she stays true to the goddess’ character by revealing her actions at the end of the story. I don’t want to spoil things, but what she does is very, very similar to what happened to some of Zeus’ lovers.

There really isn’t much more to say. Both Drake and Hera were great characters who had interesting interactions, the plot was fast-paced and Luciana Cavallaro covered pretty much all of the topics of interest in the interview. I’m starting to love the way she lets famous women tell their stories because telling them in third person but having the characters do an interview is very insightful. Honestly, I wish we had a whole novel from Hera’s point of view. Yes, A Goddess’ Curse was really that good.

I give this short story 5/5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dean Peake on April 16, 2013 :
I just finished reading A Goddess Curse. I loved how the author placed the Goddess Hera in modern times, returning to earth after a very long self exile. Having her interviewed by a typical daytime chat fest show show host on a typical daytime talk show was a clever setting. The setting allowed Hera to be questioned about her history as a petty vengeful shrew and gave her the chance to set the record straight, which she does. It was particularly interesting how she compared the gods history of petty squabbles amongst themselves with current events going on in the world today, from politics to war around the world. This short story was a very clever way to make readers give some thought to that old addage: 'The more things change, the more things stay the same'. I felt the author, Luciana Cavallaro, ended her short story on a fairly upbeat note when Hera tells her host that we're not doing so bad, despite how things may seem. I highly recommend this short story to everyone.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Choc Chilli on April 03, 2013 :
Hera, Queen of Gods interviewed by talk show host Drake Dabbler. A very entertaining story where the characters are constantly sparing, trying to take control of the interview. A fitting ending, the kind that makes you laugh out loud. A great short story not only for lovers of Mythology but anyone who enjoys a good read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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