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The Goddess Legacy

(Goddess Test #2.5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,228 ratings  ·  580 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 18, 2016 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?


Mar 07, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 20, 2012 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
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-favs
Hera (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 11, 2012 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
Aug 01, 2015 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
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved getting to dive back into the world of The Goddess Test!

This book was set up like a prequel with stories from the perspectives of several of the characters. It starts off from the very beginning when The Council first defeats the Titans and shows us how each of the Gods joins The Council.

My favorite stories are by far Ingrid and Kate's. I think it's just because I love getting to see the backstory of Henry. This book made me feel much more connected to Henry and allowed me to understand
May 19, 2012 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
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, mythology, ya, favorites, pnr
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,
Jun 18, 2012 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
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, novellas
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
Feb 09, 2013 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 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: july-2012
I <3 you Netgalley.
Brittany Risko
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I am giving this book 3 stars because I really enjoyed some parts of it. I liked hearing the stories and the backgrounds of the various gods. I will say Jame's story took me the longest to get through mainly because there really wasn't much action until you reached the end. I don't think I am going to continue this series, at least not right now, but I did appreciate this book. Here are my reviews from each book:
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Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A lovely novella with the background stories on some of the Greek gods following the whole goddess test. After reading it I did understand more where certain characters came from and their background and even hatred towards one another.
Maybe not nessesary but a nice read.
Hannah Nyamweya
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Goddess Legacy gives readers background information on what really happens in this trilogy.
Jul 22, 2012 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
Chev E
Feb 09, 2013 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
Jun 19, 2012 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
May 10, 2012 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 (Illumicrate)
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 rated it really liked it
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Aug 03, 2012 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 13, 2013 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 05, 2012 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
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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.

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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