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The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  5,546 ratings  ·  520 reviews
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée 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

Paperback, 395 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}

How could she do this to me?


Oct 01, 2012 Winnie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Wow! What an amazing journey! I am astounded. Sensational! Five great stories, heart –wrenching, exciting, wincing and cheering, though I can’t bring myself to feel too badly for any of the Greek gods, well …Er… except for Hades- Henry because they are psychos!
Aimee Carter is a very talented writer! Carter is just too much and I can’t wait for the next chapter of her writing career… after the Goddess test series because Carter tells stories that captivates and bring old tales back to existence a
Mr. Muesli
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
This was a great addition to The Goddess Test series. Back-story on main characters is always a great thing, and this was no exception. We are in the viewpoints of Hera, Aphrodite, Hermes and Hades. It was refreshing to be able to understand the characters a lot more. To read how they think, and how they feel and what their actions mean, meant a lot to me. I felt that I could understand them better. Especially Henry’s viewpoint. He is such a quiet and mysterious character and to be able to exper ...more
I'm reviewing all five novellas separately on my blog. I'll be updating this as I read and review the novellas. UPDATE: I was going to, but I ended up only reviewing two of the stories--I still highly recommend picking up this collection of novellas if you're a fan of The Goddess Test series!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Goddess Queen - Calliope/Hera's Story

So the first story in The Goddess Legacy is Calliope's, who is actually Hera. I h
At first, I wasn't too excited for the Goddess Legacy, but I saw that many people were getting it from NetGalley so I thought "Why not?" and requested it. After reading it, I can say with confidence that I did not regret one second of reading the Goddess Legacy. It's only a collection of novellas, so I judged them all separately and all together, they made a fantastic collection of love stories that were all twined together into a wonderful romance novella that I really enjoyed reading.

It begins
This was wonderful. I am so happy that Aimee Carter wrote this. Whenever I read a great book that has compelling characters, I always want to know MORE, especially about the backstory and thought process of the main characters who are not the protagonist. This book did just that. It gave an inside look into the lives of Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone, Hermes, and Henry. All of them were well written and helped to explain certain questions that I had lingering from the initial series. I am even more ...more
I rarely read anthologies. I tend to stay away from them because most of the time, I only know one of the authors that have written the stories and I’m not interested in reading short stories or novellas from series I’ve never read before. However, reading an anthology like THE GODDESS LEGACY really appeals to me because it’s only written by one author, and all the novellas in the book are from the same series (of which I’ve read all the books).

THE GODDESS LEGACY was a good addition to THE GODDE
Emily (Falling for YA)
This is my first time reviewing a series of short stories because I usually don’t enjoy them. I had hoped that The Goddess Legacy would be different but unfortunately I didn’t particularly enjoy this series of stories.

The first story follows Hera/Calliope and how she came to marry Zeus and deal with his infidelity. I did not like this story. Hera to me was not a sympathetic character so I found it hard to feel bad for her and then the way she acted so vindictive toward others really bothered me.
The Goddess Legacy was a wonderful addition to The Goddess Test series! I was thrilled that Aimee Carter decided to write these short stories. I was really able to fall more in love with all the amazing characters that Aimee Carter created.

I love the characters that Aimee Carter chose to write about and place into this book. What was so great was the fact that I was able to dive deep into the feelings and emotions of these characters. I was able to understand and even sympathize with them. Even
Merci à NetGalley et à Harlequin Teen pour l'ARC de The Goddess Legacy, à paraître le 31 Juillet 2012.

The Goddess Legacy est un ensemble de nouvelles faisant partie de la série Goddess Test d’Aimée Carter. Cet ensemble est composé de cinq nouvelles, ayant pour objet Hera/Calliope, Aphrodite/Ava, Persphone, Hermes/James et Hades/Henry.

Contrairement à "l'entre livre" précédent ce cette série, The Goddess Hunt, ce livre n'était pas (ou vraiment très peu) centré sur Kate, cette dernière n'étant év
I am a huge fan of The Goddess Test series, and was really excited to get a glimpse of the stories that made the gods who they are in current times. I was especially excited to finally understand the dynamic between James and Henry, as it is so very important in both of their relationships with Kate in The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted. I actually ended up liking The Goddess Legacy so much that it’s my favorite in the series so far, and I just wish I had more time with each of the gods an ...more

Este libro es perfecto, porque la autora logro algo que pocas hacen. Haciendo un recorrido por los siglos desde que los Dioses derrocaron a los Titanes y asumieron el completo control, la historia que esta compuesta por The Goddess Queen, The Lovestruck Goddess, Goddess of the Underworld, God of Thieves y God of Darkness nos permite seguir un orden de los sucesos que desencadenaron todo lo que pasa en la serie y a la vez nos permite ver la historia contada por los diferentes protagonistas como
May 18, 2012 Nicola marked it as to-read
Shelves: july-2012
I <3 you Netgalley.
ARC from Netgalley
Well, first, this book is an anthology of stories told from the perspective of different gods/goddesses from The Goddess Test series. I gave my opinion on each one below and after that I will tell you about my reaction to the book as a whole.

Hera(Calliope)-- Well, I will say, reading her anthology was quite enlightening. You really get a grasp at how she became who she is and how determined she is to destroy "the council".
Sad thing is, I don't blame her. I felt ALL of her pain,
Leigh Herondale

As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts I’ve already bought The Goddess Legacy together with The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted. Anyway, The Goddess Legacy consists of novellas which are told in the POV’s of five different gods and goddesses.


The first story is told in Calliope/ Hera’s POV. It tells about her journey a long, long time ago. I actually liked getting to know her. It tells about how and why she is the way she is right now. I think Zeus had a
Rating: 4.5

Oh gods.

Greed, lust, infidelity, injustice, inequality, cruelty, violence, grudges – you would think the gods would be better behaved.

But they are not.

I looooooooved The Goddess Legacy. And I love it even more than I would have loved it because now everything makes so much more sense. And now I understand the pain that Hades experienced before Kate.

And honestly? The only gods I don’t totally dislike by the end of this book are Hades, sort of Hermes, and maybe a tiny bit Demeter.


Guys, I am SO in love with this series! Aimée Carter just makes Greek Mythology come to life and I love the twists she's given to the myths!

You know how you sometimes wonder why people are/act the way they do? Well, in The Goddess Legacy you can find out about all the Greek gods I've come to love. And it's SO GOOD!

Calliope/Hera's story is really, really sad! She made a mistake early on and has suffered for it ever since. All she's ev
'The Goddess Legacy' was not a book told from Kate's perspective, it is separated into different sections told from the perspectives of different Gods/Goddesses of their previous stories, before they met Kate. The different voices in this book includes Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone, Hermes and Hades. We see why they are the way they are in the main series, (especially Hera). In "The Goddess Legacy", we see how they became the character they've become in the main series, the troubles and pain they' ...more
This review contains spoilers for those who have not read The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted, while those who have read the previous books in the series have nothing to fear.

A wonderful collection of novellas that together tell the story of the Greek immortals from their original defeat of the Titans to a few years after Kate’s birth. The stories begin with Hera, who doesn’t want to be defined by her relationship with a man and wants to be recognised as a Queen in her own right. Her betray
****Spoilers if you have not read The Goddess Hunt and Goddess Interrupted. If you haven't read BOTH you will be reading spoilers*****

Wow! When I started reading this, I thought it was going to be a novella. But this is 400 pages long and it is every bit or even more engrossing than The Goddess Hunt and Goddess Interrupted. It shows how things got to the point they are at now. If you had questions, any questions, about how the Gods and Goddesses of Olympus had come to the point that they are now
I loved these stories! This is one of my favorite series, and these novellas really add to the world that Aimee Carter has created. This collection of stories answered questions I didn't even realize I had. There were clarifications I wasn't even aware I needed! These stories just lay it all out for you and explain the Gods & Goddesses history in such detail of emotion that it really helps you to understand their motives in the current series, even if I don't agree with their actions in Kate ...more
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

The book as a whole:

I'm a little bit torn about how I feel about The Goddess Legacy. On one hand, I really enjoyed the deeper look into the other characters. The purview is a little bit limited in the full length novels as Kate is the newcomer to the gods/goddesses, and these stories let me see the pasts that influenced their current decisions. On the other hand, that deeper look wasn't exactly a blessing, but more of curse as all my ideals
This novel was flawless! I don’t know exactly what I was expecting before I started reading it, but in the end, I was positive that it was a perfect reading. I already knew that the novel was going to show 5 stories of some of the characters. But I was surprised to discover that they’re not any kind of stories, but the ones that have a major influence in the characters and the plot’s evolution and in the same time, the ones that initiate the story line of the whole series. These 5 stories are pr ...more
I enjoyed the novellas in The Goddess Legacy. I was able to get to know the characters a little bit more by getting their backstories. The first story was Hera/Calliope, then Aphrodite/Ava, then Persephone, then Hermes/James, and lastly, Hades/Henry.

Even though Hera's story explained her character well and she had legitimate reasons to be the way she was, I still can't stand her. Her story was the worst to read for me because I knew nothing would change for her and she'd spend her entire existe
Frishawn Rasheed
This is the side of mythology that they never taught in school. The stories found within this read would make the steamiest of afternoon soaps look like child's play. Though this book is marked as 2.5; it would serve as the perfect prequel to book #1 in the series, The Goddess Test.
The reason for this is that the five novellas that comprise this collection form a time-line from the creation of the council to the decision to modernize the Olympians.

Amiee Carter has once again proven herself to be
Usually I’m not a huge fan of novellas. But I really enjoyed reading this collection of short stories from the Goddess Test universe.

Whilst not imperative to understanding the novels of the series, this book does give a huge insight to why the characters behave in the way that they do. And finally I think I’ve got it straightened out just who is related/married to who and which modern names match up with each ancient god/goddess.

The first novella explains why Calliope/Hera seems to distrust her
Angela ReadingCave
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
For me, this book stir up so many emotions. Aimee Carter did a fantastic job of re-taling the greek gods story. Each story's, paints a fantastic picture of what their lifes are like. From lies to betrayal, the reader can't help but be consume by it all.

The Goddess Legacy contained several different stories from Hera, Henry, Aphrodite, and Hepatahus point of view. Let me first say that with each back round history to the character, Ms. Carter gives the reader an amazing insight as to who they are
Chev E
Before I begin I am going to advise all potential readers to read The Goddess Test before The Goddess Legacy. I appreciated Legacy so much more because I was able to connect the characters' actions and development to who they are in the later books. The Goddess Legacy tells about the lives of five of the gods and goddesses in The Goddess Test before Kate Winters made her grand entrance.

The first story is Hera's, or Calliope, as she is called in the other novels and later stories. Hera takes us b
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Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. Her first novel for young adults, THE GODDESS TEST, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 19th, 2011. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will follow in January 2012.

Find her on Twitter at @aimee_carter.
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Other Books in the Series

Goddess Test (3 books)
  • The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)
  • Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)
  • The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)
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