Sunday, July 1, 2012

[Book Review] Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Summary (from Goodreads):
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!

Just to continue this basically-all-my-last-couple-of-blogs-posts-have-been-about-Tera-Lynn-Childs thing I have going on, I decided it was time to read one of the two series of hers that I have left to read. (The other one would be her City Chicks series that I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up buying sooner or later. Actually I have one on my laptop on Kindle, but I’m very much a I-have-to-have-it-in-my-hands kind of reader.) However, I wanted a different way of reading this book. So, my sister and I took turns reading it out loud to each other. Sounds strange, right?
Whether it was on the car ride to church or just taking any minute we could at home, we were hooked. My sister has always been a fan of mythology and because of Tera Lynn Childs, I’m learning to become one myself. One thing that differs this book from the rest of her other mythology ones is that it focuses on more than one God. In her other series, she has one main focused God/Goddess and then gives tidbits on other ones. But here since there are many descendants of different God/Goddess, she gives her readers a little taste of several.  I really liked that (but also like when she focuses on one) and felt it fit perfectly with her plot.

As for the actual plot, I thought it was really good. Girl is happy with life. Girl’s mother remarries. Girl has to move across the world and go to a new school. Girl’s new school is nothing but descendants of Greek Gods. Girl meets a boy, but things aren’t always what they seem. That’s just the beginning, but if I give any more details, they might be considered spoilers.

Relationship: I really liked Phoebe’s relationship with her two best friends at home and the two friends she meets in Greece. Both sets of relationships prove to be strong, but that doesn’t mean they are not flawed. The same thing goes with the relationship Phoebe has with her mother. But in reverse, we see a lot more of the flawed and how getting a stepfather really caused a drift between the two of them. There are mentions of her having a strong relationship with her mother, but you only see it lightly. Hopefully in the second  book (which I will be reading in the future just not right away since a friend lent me a few books) there will be more of their relationship.

Romance:  Well it’s definitely not the typical girl meets boy and likes him but he has a girlfriend relationship. It’s more than just that. There’s a lot of banter going on between the two of them and I love love love banter. Regarding the romance, there are also a few twists that took place that I really did not see happening. So, that was fun (and kind of heartbreaking) to read.

I’m looking forward to reading book two. Who knows maybe TLC will come out with a book three!

5 out of 5 stars for Oh. My. Gods. By Tera Lynn Childs.

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