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Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs


Cover art: Goddess Boot Camp Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: OGoddess Boot Camp - 2nd in the Goddess series
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Speak
ISBN-13: 978-0-525-42134-4
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fantasy Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 10 and up
Year/Setting: Present Day/Greece
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Tera's Website/Blog: www.teralynnchilds.com

Dear Readers:

The first one of Ms, Child’s novels was titled Oh. My. Gods., and I was absolutely enamored with the story. Suffice to say I was extremely excited to see the next one cross my desk and dove right into the pages!

For people who haven’t read the first one, Phoebe is a young girl who found out that she is a direct descendant of Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory. She is also the ultimate runner and is trying desperately to become better and better so that someday she can run in the actual Olympics. When she first came to the Academy located on a far-away Greek island with her Mom, she despised it and couldn’t wait to leave. However, now Phoebe has come to accept the fact that she is most definitely "different," and that this is the place she needs to be. She also has the most wonderful, handsome boyfriend named Griffin Blake, and a best friend named Nicole who she really cares about.

In this second tale, Phoebe is trying desperately to control her powers. Without thinking, she has done strange things like grown a palm tree in the living room, and soaked her stepfather Damian – the headmaster of the Academy – with buckets of water. Soon the Academy will be entering its summer break and Phoebe is gearing up to train for the Pythian Games, which is a huge race that she desperately wants to win. Unfortunately, because of her haphazard powers, she must also spend her summer vacation at a type of boot camp for gods and goddesses that will teach her control. Whether she likes it or not, she has to attend, because she has become a supernatural hazard and the gods on Mount Olympus will be giving her a test soon that she must pass. Only the gods know what will happen to her if she fails.

As her mother and stepfather leave Greece for their overdue honeymoon, Phoebe finds herself stuck at camp with students who are no older than ten years of age, and being instructed by the one person she can’t stand – her stepsister, Stella.

On top of everything else, Phoebe has been finding strange letters from someone who claims that they know what really happened to her poor father, and why the gods smote him. Her fear mounts as she realizes that someone is hiding something from her and she’s not about to stop until she finds out what it is. As if god tests, cross-country training, and mystical notes aren’t enough – Phoebe is also trying to come to terms with the fact that her beloved boyfriend has been lying to her and spending time with his ex-girlfriend, Adara.

This is as fun, fast-paced, and charming as the first novel by Ms. Childs, and I will sit on the edge of my seat for number three because I can’t wait to find out how all this is going to end. I also have to give a thumbs up for one character named Demetrius, who owns an ice cream parlor on the island that’s decorated to resemble Happy Days. Characters like this are what truly will make readers – adult and young adult – come back for more. Enjoy!

Until next time,

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