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The Goddess Legacy

(Goddess Test #2.5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,766 ratings  ·  600 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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Caz (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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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So, I didn't enjoy reading this book. Mainly because it just felt really unnecessary. I admit that it's been almost seven years since I've read the last book in the Goddess Test so my memory was a little fuzzy, but I expected this to be an anthology of mythology retellings tied with the Goddess Test world. And, yeah, that is pretty much what this was. There are five stories each about a specific god/goddess and
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 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hera (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 30, 2012 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
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 Brethouwer
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
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
this is a collection of short stories about a few gods and goddesses that we know like calliope, ava, persephone, james and henry. i really liked that we took a step back and knew about them individually before everything that happened in book one occured. we got to see how immature and petty they were and then them continuing being that way but in a more dangerous way.

i liked all their stories except persephone’s because i just thought she was being a bitch and unfair to absolutely everyone in
Jun 28, 2012 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,
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
Emily Donnellan
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
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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Amy Dale
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF,so I can't give an accurate star rating.
While I wasn't hooked enough to finish,the first 3 novellas are very sorrowful,painful and dark and the content and writing seemed a lot more mature than the first book in the series. They're deep, heart-rending stories about strong, proud women who know what they want and what they will not stand for. I was glad to see such standards and powerful women represented.

However, I'm just not absorbed into the characters or their world enough to finish the
Samantha Ivy (SundressSecrets)
This is the last one of the series. This is technically the second novella and it follows the second book in the series, but I read this last and I still caught up. This pretty much just follows the main goddesses and gods of the series: Calliope/Hera, Ava/Aphrodite, Persephone, James/Hermes, and Henry/Hades. I really do recommend this series. You don’t have to love Greek mythology, but I really loved this take on the whole mythology. Five stars.
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.
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
Hannah Nyamweya
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Goddess Legacy gives readers background information on what really happens in this trilogy.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
A completely unnecessary addition to the series that is so difficult to read as the gods behave like high school students as opposed to all-powerful, immortal deities.
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
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 exist
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
Jul 23, 2012 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
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Aimée Carter is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the author of over a dozen books, including The Goddess Test series, the Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series for middle grade readers, now a #1 international bestselling series under the title Animox. Her newest middle grade book, Curse of the Phoenix, will be released in June from Margaret K. McElderry Books.

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