Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Genre: teen fantasy
Series and Book #: Phoebe Castro #2
Pages: 264
Synopsis: Phoebe's life is about to get ungodly....

All Phoebe Castro has to do is keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season and her dream of attending USC with her friends on a track scholarship is a reality. So it's a complete shock when her mom announces that she's marrying a near-stranger and moving them to Greece.

Before Phoebe knows it, she's stuck on a secret island in the Aegean and attending the superexclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students--they're descendants of the Greek gods, superpowers included. If a regular high school wasn't bad enough, this is mortal misery.

Phoebe's only chance of reclaiming her old life lies in securing that scholarship. But managing that may be an ungodly challenge, considering she's got a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy--what a god!--in her way....


First, how many Greek gods books are there out? Not that I'm complaining--I love Greek mythology. But there are a lot, aren't there? Percy Jackson, Oh. My. Gods, The Goddess Test, Abandon, and more, I'm sure. The funny thing about them all is that they have a different take on the gods. And having only read the Percy Jackson series, the take on the gods in this book was way different.

The gods weren't present in this book. And their descendants were down lines, so you could be the great-great-great-great-great-GREAT grandchild of Zeus and still be considered his descendant. It was much different than Percy Jackson. It was cool, though, the way Childs split up the cliques at the Academy. Like the Hades harem, typical Goths but dangerous, and the Zeus set, rich and powerful who would also make "Paris Hilton look like a Vestal Virgin".

I didn't really like Phoebe as a MC. She was dense, even though she swore she wasn't. Like they had to explain things to her to get her to understand simple things. But I when she wasn't being so clueless, she was funny, skeptical, and nice.

Overall, this was a funny novel. The characters were brushed upon, not dwelling deeper than some of the basic questions. We don't get to know Stella or Adara other than that they're the usual mean girls. And that Griffin's a total hottie. I hope with the sequel, we get to know the characters more than what was said in Oh. My. Gods.

The Cover: I love the incorporation of Herme's sandals with Phoebe's cross-country dreams. Very cute!

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