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Oh. My. Gods. – Tera Lynn Childs

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The Summary:

If Phoebe Castro can keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season, her dream of attending USC with her best friends is only a track scholarship away. She’s made all her plans, so it’s a complete shock when her mom announces she’s marrying a mysterious stranger and moving them half-way around the world—to Greece.

Phoebe’s stuck on a secret island in the Aegean attending the super-exclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students—they are descendants of the Greek gods, super powers included. That’s right, Greek gods are no myth! If Phoebe thought high school was hard, she knows this is going to be mortal misery.

Securing that scholarship seems like Phoebe’s only ticket out of Greece, but training and maintaining her grades will be grueling, even without a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy—what a god!—who just might be her Achilles heel. One thing is for sure—summoning the will to win and find her place among the gods could be Phoebe’s toughest course yet.

The Review:

Phoebe has got it all. She has her two best friends and the scholarship promise she’s always wanted. Except for her ass of an ex who still lives next door and tries to make her life hell, life is pretty darn perfect. Until her normally rational psychologist mother meets a stranger at Phoebe’s late dad’s family reunion, gets married to him, and carts her halfway around the world to spend her senior year with at an exclusive school for the descendants of Greek gods. Oh, and her new life comes conveniently equipped with an evil stepsister. Perfect.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a teen read filled with so much lighthearted fun and intense hotness. Greek mythology was by far my favorite chapter during all those years of world history and culture classes, and I’m surprised it took this long to find something that had the best of modern teen literature and the wonder of the gods combined within. The mythological twist on high school cliques and frenemies is uproaringly hilarious, and you’ll secretly wish you went to a high school where it’s okay to zap the people who annoy you. Kind of like Hogwarts without the British accents.

The characters are beautifully thought out and well-defined, but there’s still enough space for the reader to shape their own view of them. I have a particular affinity for Phoebe simply because she’s a teenager in all rights, but she’s insanely rational and sensible in her thinking. Plus she’s spunky, she’s fun, and she’s exactly the kind of girl you’d want to be best friends with.

“Sure, he’s cute and sweet and everything I should want in a guy, but do I? When do girls ever like the guy they should?”

By the way, the guy in question here is Troy. Who is my personal pick as the boy to swoon over, instead of Phoebe’s choice of Griffin. But there are sequel(s?) and I’m continually hopeful.

The only thing I could find wrong with this was the slight predictability. Which isn’t really a fault – I mean, what else do you want in a comfortable light read, right?

Oh. My. Gods. is now available in paperback, and the sequel Goddess Boot Camp is out in hardcover in a bookstore near you. Buy them both! Plus, Oh. My. Gods. won Tera Lynn Childs the RITA for Best First Novel this past weekend, so you don’t want to miss this at any cost!

The Rating: 45-crowns

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2 responses

  1. I have this book on my shelf, it calls to me every once in a while and says, “REEEEEAD MEEEEE!” lol. Glad you liked it!

    July 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

  2. amy

    A little cheesy, but like you, I still enjoyed it. Predictability is good sometimes.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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