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Oh. My. Gods. To be fair, the reason I gave this book a 1 star rating is because it was remarkably juvenile and one dimensional which would be completely acceptable if I wasn t twenty eight years old I felt back in junior high the entire two days I read Oh.My.Gods and not in a good way If people thought Twilight was based on a really domestic passively aggressive dysfunctional relationship than we should report Oh.My.Gods for abuse Everyone is horrid in this novel Each character is whiny, resentful, super To be fair, the reason I gave this book a 1 star rating is because it was remarkably juvenile and one dimensional which would be completely acceptable if I wasn t twenty eight years old I felt back in junior high the entire two days I read Oh.My.Gods and not in a good way If people thought Twilight was based on a really domestic passively aggressive dysfunctional relationship than we should report Oh.My.Gods for abuse Everyone is horrid in this novel Each character is whiny, resentful, superficial, spoiled, wishy washyand just plain rude The plot doesn t gothan an inch deep I can t even believe this is a series, because where in the heck does the story go Maybe Phoebe breaks a nail, or scuffs a knee and will need ambrosia to healwhich will really tick of the Gods and maybe they will smote smite her like her dead into Hades God awful Ms Childs has certainly jumped on the Percy Jackson bandwagon here but it doesn t hold a candle next to other authors on the wagon such as Meg Cabot and Josephine Angelini It was similar to Percy Jackson series but with less humor.The character building was too shallow. When Phoebe S Mom Returns From Greece With A New Husband And Plans To Move To An Island In The Aegean Sea, Phoebe S Well Plotted Senior Year Becomes Ancient History Now, Instead Of Enjoying A Triumphant Track Season And Planning For College With Her Best Friends, Phoebe Is Trying To Keep Her Head Above Water At The Berexclusive Academy If It Isn T Hard Enough Being The New Kid In School, Phoebe S Classmates Are All Descendents Of The Greek Gods When You Re Running Against Teammates With Superpowers, Dealing With A Stepsister From Hades, And Nursing A Crush On A Boy Who Is Quite Literally A God, The Drama Takes On Mythic Proportions I only wanted to read it because I love the Percy Jackson series so much, I had hopes it would be at least somewhat close to it There was a glimmer of hope towards the end that it might have some improvement in writing, but the first half of the book Seriously awful Really a mother meets marries some guy in another country within 1 week while at a reunion for her dead husband s family Shows up at her daughter s biggest race to introduce the new husband at the f g finish line Better ye I only wanted to read it because I love the Percy Jackson series so much, I had hopes it would be at least somewhat close to it There was a glimmer of hope towards the end that it might have some improvement in writing, but the first half of the book Seriously awful Really a mother meets marries some guy in another country within 1 week while at a reunion for her dead husband s family Shows up at her daughter s biggest race to introduce the new husband at the f g finish line Better yet then uproots her, moving her out of the country for her last year of high school Then on the last boat before landing on the new island from which there is no escape, drop the bomb that everyone there has special powers, are descended from gods except for our main character, who is going to be the outcast because not only is she the new kid, but she s also not Greek and she s also powerless Nice And mom is a THERAPIST Yeah, no Full of clich s, utterly predictable not at all original the only bits I really enjoyed were the scattered pieces about running, with the exception of the constant references to Nike shoes I really wanted to like this book The premise was SO different and potentially clever, but it just really failed to deliver There are so many things that could ve been great but were just left out Like, all these kids are descended from different Gods and have their own cliques based on which God they re related to, but aside from a few cosmetic distinctions, the differences pretty much stop there Despite being descended from the Gods who are known for things like lightening bolts, or contro I really wanted to like this book The premise was SO different and potentially clever, but it just really failed to deliver There are so many things that could ve been great but were just left out Like, all these kids are descended from different Gods and have their own cliques based on which God they re related to, but aside from a few cosmetic distinctions, the differences pretty much stop there Despite being descended from the Gods who are known for things like lightening bolts, or controlling the seas, or love, all the kids have exactly the same powers , and that power is zapping Most often they zap pieces of paper to each other and change the writing so that they can communicate privately, without speaking Seriously They pass notes in class With magic.While I was willing to go along with the mythological school idea, despite it s awful setup Phoebe s mom goes to Greece to visit her long dead husband s family why and comes back 6 days later engaged to a man she just met and now they have to move to Greece because he s headmaster to a school for descendants of the Greek Gods I could not go along with the increasingly ridiculous and at times insulting plot For example, I honestly thought that the fact that Phoebe s mom met this guy and got engaged in 6 days was going to be a big plot point, you know, like the man used his powers to seduce her in order to get his hands on her powerful daughter But no We were just supposed to believe that this woman, a therapist, would fall in love in 6 days and then force her daughter to move to another country for her senior year of high school.It s never fully explained how some kids can be 50 generations away from the God they re descended from and others, like Phoebe s dad can be a grandchild of one The Gods have not been seen or heard from in over a thousand years they say, but apparently they are still getting busy with the common folk and producing heirs How does that work Then there is the most ridiculous and pointless love square going on I found it really almost offensive that Phoebe would decide she is IN LOVE with a guy, Griffin,who is not only incredibly rude to her for no reason other than that she does not have any blood of the Gods in her veins, but actually physically assaults her by magically tying her shoelaces together and causing her to fall while she s running just so that she won t make the track team She makes repeated excuses for his behavior, deciding that he s a terrible person because he had a rough childhood, and she knows he s got a good heart Even when she finds out that he was part of the most convoluted and non sensical bet of all time if the bet is to see if Griffin can make Phoebe fall in love with him, why encourage her to try and get him to like her the author missed a great opportunity to set up a double cross or something else fun , she still thinks it s not all his fault At one point she actually thinks that because he only called her the less offensive slur nothos and not a kako think mudblood or any other racial slur that he s actually a good guy Because the fact that he viewed her as less than, is apparently not the point, it s how he let her know she s not worthy that makes him a good guy At the end of this book which is no surprise, you can see it coming almost from page one I wasannoyed with all of the characters than anything, which was disappointing The concept and set up had so much potential but it just didn t live up to it This YA novel of losing one s identity, being forced to adapt to a highly charged new emotional environment, and redefining what love and friendship mean to you is a cute, nicely thought out romp.Greek gods, we all know, are myths Right Well, not so much in Childs s book She s updated the whole gods are real trope that s so popular in romantic fiction these days to include teens I think the intended audience will lap this up, since it plays into adolescent exceptionalism the illusion that This YA novel of losing one s identity, being forced to adapt to a highly charged new emotional environment, and redefining what love and friendship mean to you is a cute, nicely thought out romp.Greek gods, we all know, are myths Right Well, not so much in Childs s book She s updated the whole gods are real trope that s so popular in romantic fiction these days to include teens I think the intended audience will lap this up, since it plays into adolescent exceptionalism the illusion that we are special and unique among our fellow creatures, but unrecognized.This is Childs s first novel, and it has some first novel y clanks eg, the mother and stepfather are simply not developed at all, and they re frankly badly drawn the better solution would have been to have them not appear at all except in the main character s reports of their doings But the main character, Phoebe, and her antagonists are all given snappy dialogue and put in situations much like the ones I remember being in during my adolescence back in the dark ages The additional level of effort required of the author to incorporate the idea of the reality of the Greek pantheon pays off in humorous possibilities for supernatural pranking That was fun.I think Childs will be a fun writer to watch over the next few years, as she seems to be getting good editorial advice and help I hope she ll keep taking it and getting even better than she is now Recommended to anyone who needs to take a vacation from serious stuff Do not read if whimsy challenged, or of a dour temperament Phoebe s mother goes away to Greece for one week and comes back not only engaged but plans to get married that weekend and whisk Phoebe away to Athens with her Once Phoebe arrives in Athens she is informed that the school she will be attending is a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods but they are allowing her to attend the school even though she is a mere mortal I loved the sound of the book It sounded like a light ya read with Greek mythology which I love what I ended up with was Phoebe s mother goes away to Greece for one week and comes back not only engaged but plans to get married that weekend and whisk Phoebe away to Athens with her Once Phoebe arrives in Athens she is informed that the school she will be attending is a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods but they are allowing her to attend the school even though she is a mere mortal I loved the sound of the book It sounded like a light ya read with Greek mythology which I love what I ended up with was a mediocre teenage angst book Phoebe finds herself as an outcast in a school of descendants She makes two good friends, one being a boy that likes her However, Phoebe pines away at the unavailable moody and sometimes down right rude, Blake She also has an evil stepsister who hates her on site when her father randomly comes home with a new wife and her kid Which was never really talked about I thought maybe there would be some magical reason why the mother just randomly up and ran off with a practical stranger but I guess it s just suppose to be love at first sight Either way the majority of the book was Phoebe pining away for the unattainable rude boy.I did like the mythology aspect and how the descendants resemble the gods talents Pretty much the descendants were branched off in cliques based off of their heritage I think the story could have been so much better but it just felt rushed in some places and unbelievable in some Which is saying a lot since I was reading a book about the children produced from the Greek Gods all converging at one school Favorite quote Were you possessed by the Furies after we met this morning Or did I just catch you off guard before you d had your jerk juice This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Childs, T.L 2008 Oh My Gods New York Penguin Group.9780525479420Phoebe, a high school senior and runner, is uprooted from her home, friends, and college plans, when her mother decides to marry a headmaster of a prestigious school on a remote Greek island and move them there On the journey, Phoebe learns that her new stepfather, stepsister and all of her soon to be fellow students are descended from Greek gods Phoebe will have to battle hoaxes, secrets, discrimination, cliques, insults Childs, T.L 2008 Oh My Gods New York Penguin Group.9780525479420Phoebe, a high school senior and runner, is uprooted from her home, friends, and college plans, when her mother decides to marry a headmaster of a prestigious school on a remote Greek island and move them there On the journey, Phoebe learns that her new stepfather, stepsister and all of her soon to be fellow students are descended from Greek gods Phoebe will have to battle hoaxes, secrets, discrimination, cliques, insults about her bad blood Harry Potter, anyone , pop quizzes, Secrets, too much homework, uncertainty if she ll be able to continue running and get a scholarship to her dream college, SECRETS and liking a popular boy who seems to hate her.It was a decent feminist narrative as far as teen romance novels go Phoebe is strong, motivated and hardworking While she seems to be attracted to a complete jerk for most of the story, engages in catty fights with other girls and is happiest when involved with a boy, she still manages to fight her own battles That alone goes beyond many other romantic narratives teen girls enjoy.I found myself strangely engaged with this book Granted, I love fantasy and I love myth While containing many of the contrived plot constructions of romantic narratives such as bets on characters trying to get others to like them, a male best friend who s secretly in love with the girl, etc I still managed to be surprised by one or two of the directions Oh.My.Gods went Plus, I totally love the idea of wandering around, threatening to smote people But that s me.On a side note, I usually have no shame when it comes to wandering around my city, getting caught reading trashy or even beautifully written teen and children s books But something about the cover image of this book made me take off the dust jacket before venturing out with the book In theory, it s cute It s related to the topic of the book I don t think my problem is just the naked statue I think it was the naked statue in full light, combined with the pink, combined with the title that made me feel slightly ridiculous to be reading this book And I am secure in my geekdom So, please, Ms Childs and Penguin Group publishers, don t be insulted when readers take off the dust jacket And maybe consider lecturing your marketing department I m telling I d lost all sense of shame until I looked at this book cover What do you think Would you be caught reading a book with this cover Slight spoiler if you can make sense of it This book deals well with the outsider experience That is, until the end, when the outsider turns out to be an insider Yeah While I saw it coming, it still annoyed me.Your pal in smoting Activities to do with the book This, along with some of the other young adult romance novels, could be used in a genre or theme study in the context of book club.This book could be used to discuss genres While combining myth and fantasy, it also has fairy tale elements.This is also a lighter book to recommend to a student who is dealing with a new step family, since several of Phoebe s key problems involve the memory of her dead father, and dealing with her new step father and step sister This is also a good book for a young adult student preparing for college who is concerned about being separated from her best friends It helps to show friendships can survive distance and changes in plans.Oh.My.Gods also provides some information on lesser known Greek gods and philosophy that could trigger a teen to pursue some further reading and gasp maybe even some research.Favorite Quotes When I m running I can almost feel my dad at my side p 3 All the students at the Academy are, ah hem, descends of the gods p 31 Just like him Brief, cryptic and full of crap p 194.Forof my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com This book was cute It was like a Hogwarts for the teen descendants of Greek mythology When Phoebe s Mom marries a Greek principal of a Greek school she realizes that mythology is real The descendants of Greek gods and goddesses have a school on a secret island in order to be educated and learn to control their powers.Phoebe is coming to accept the changes in her life as well as being the new kid and boy trouble.The book has all the normal cliches the hot jock she crushes on, the mean popular This book was cute It was like a Hogwarts for the teen descendants of Greek mythology When Phoebe s Mom marries a Greek principal of a Greek school she realizes that mythology is real The descendants of Greek gods and goddesses have a school on a secret island in order to be educated and learn to control their powers.Phoebe is coming to accept the changes in her life as well as being the new kid and boy trouble.The book has all the normal cliches the hot jock she crushes on, the mean popular girl, the nice boy that likes her but she sees him as just a friend But the book has enough fun and imagination and touches of mythology that it is able to go beyond these It s charming.This won a RITA romance award for best new author, so I was expecting it to beof a teen romance like Twilight or Wicked Lovely While there is some romantic aspects in it, I would not say that it s the focus of the story Not that it s a bad book I just would classifyas a teen urban fantasy and not as a teen romance I don t even know where to start I guess first off, I should say that I ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it, I m a huge fan of Greek Mythology So, to say that I was expecting a lot going into it, doesn t quite cover it I don t know if anyone else does this, but I always look at the thickness I have left of a book to read once I start a good reading spell, and I either think two things 1 okay I only have this muchto go Or 2 oh no This is all t I don t even know where to start I guess first off, I should say that I ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it, I m a huge fan of Greek Mythology So, to say that I was expecting a lot going into it, doesn t quite cover it I don t know if anyone else does this, but I always look at the thickness I have left of a book to read once I start a good reading spell, and I either think two things 1 okay I only have this muchto go Or 2 oh no This is all that s left This book definitely falls under the later I loved Childs writing style, and her interruption of the Greek gods What is so good about this book is the reality mixed with the myth I mean, we have a honest portrayal of a girl struggling to make sense of the world, and it works even a mythical one The characters are distinctive, and each portrayal of their god or goddess remains in tact within the distinctiveness What else can I say, I absolutely loved it I loved the story, Phoebe, her struggles and triumphs, and of course the catalyst to any good romance, the boys What else could you want


About the Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Tera Lynn Childs is the award winning YA author of the mythology based Oh My Gods series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick butt monster hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series Her newest release is Myths and Mistletoe, a holiday story collection She also wrote the City Chicks series and co wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series Tera lives in Vegas and spends her time making tasty vegan food, cheering on the Golden Knights, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.


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