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The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  6,504 Ratings  ·  556 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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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Aug 24, 2016 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I have some very strong emotions about a couple of the novellas...
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}

How could she do this to me?


Oct 01, 2012 Winnie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2013 Mr. Muesli rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Giselle (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
Sep 04, 2012 Ashelynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
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
Jun 27, 2012 Eileen rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jul 05, 2015 Selina rated it it was amazing
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
~ Odette Knappers
Oct 22, 2015 ~ Odette Knappers rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
4,5* actually. I so had the intention to never give half stars but here I am. I really loved this collection of short stories (hello 2105 reading challenge!) because you get to know different caracters better. This enriches the whole series from an level of quite nice to good and complex. Aimee must have made a study from the original myths and Gods to be able to write these stories. That I like about them is that they are intertwined with everything that has happened so far, they explain sooooo ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2012 Jessirae rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas, netgalley
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
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.
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
Aug 12, 2012 Nina rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 Makii rated it it was amazing

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.
Jul 23, 2012 roxtao rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, pnr, mythology, arc
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,
Jul 09, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
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
Chev E
Feb 14, 2013 Chev E rated it it was amazing
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
Leigh Herondale
Oct 11, 2012 Leigh Herondale rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

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
Jan 02, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
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.

Daphne (Winged Reviews)
Originally published at Winged Reviews.

I am always hopeful (perhaps naively so) about the Goddess Test books, because I love mythology retellings. However, the first two books were disappointing due to poor characterisation and predictable plots. The latest offering, The Goddess Legacy, includes five short stories from the point of view of the other gods and goddesses and delves deeper into their histories and character. While I was frustrated by more of the same from Aimée Carter, some of the s
Angela ReadingCave
Jul 23, 2012 Angela ReadingCave rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 02, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
****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
Mar 21, 2013 Meganm922 rated it really liked it
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
Millie Dixon
Sep 23, 2012 Millie Dixon rated it really liked it
Okay, so once again I will tell you guys that my heart melts with barest thoughts of Greek mythologies. There's just something about it that pulls me in with so much force and you won't see me for days. And with Carter's works, The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted, I'm falling deeper in love with the mythology. Instead of portraying Hades as a really bad dude, he's actually pretty decent, and I like this new twist on it. And he's desperate for companionship, which he finds in Kate, and more. ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Shaheen rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who are fans of The Goddess Test series
4.5 stars

The Goddess Legacy is a collection of short novellas narrating the stories of 5 of the gods and goddesses in The Goddess Test series: Hera (Calliope), Aphrodite (Ava), Persephone, Hermes (James), and Hades (Henry). Each novella tells the background stories of theses characters, giving insight as to how everyone got to where they are in the series. Each novella are interconnected and told in chronological order from when the original six came into power to Hades’s search for a queen/wife
What to say about this piece of crap? How the author has tweaked the Greek myths in this book is almost as blasphemous as Disney's Hercules movie. Um, hello, Adonis wanted to be with Aphrodite not Persephone, for one, and for another, just as long as I'm bitching about Adonis, Aphrodite hid Adonis in a box after she decided he was the most gorgeous mortal she had ever seen and entrusted the box to Persephone; she then told Persephone to not look in the box, which she did, and decided that she di ...more
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Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She is the author of several series, including The Goddess Test series, The Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series.

QUEEN (#3 of The Blackcoat Rebellion) will be released on November 24th, 2015.

SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN (#1 of the Simon Thorn series, Bloomsbury) will be released February 2, 2016.
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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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