Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Oh. My. Gods. - 1st in the Goddess series
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: May 2009
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/California & Greece
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Tera's Website/Blog: www.teralynnchilds.com
As I’ve said a great deal lately, the young adult books are far outshining the adult fiction that seems to be hitting the shelves lately…and this is no exception! (It also helps that I am a huge Greek history fanatic.)
We begin in southern California with Phoebe. Phoebe is a fantastic young lady who is looking forward to one more year of high school and then, hopefully, being accepted to USC on a full scholarship for athletics. Phoebe is the ultimate cross-country runner; absolutely nobody can keep up with this girl. On the day of her race, she looks over and sees her Mom looking unbelievably excited. Surprised, because she thought her mother was still in Greece getting to know her relatives, Phoebe is absolutely stunned when she finds out that the huge grin on her mother’s face is due to the fact that she’s met, fallen in love with, and is now engaged, to a man named Damian who she met while in Greece.
Phoebe is thrown. Her Mom is a therapist and is usually grounded in reality, but this time it seems that old mom has lost her mind along with her heart. She tells Phoebe that they’re going home, packing up their lives, and heading to the turquoise waters of the Aegean…whether Phoebe likes it or not. Once there, Phoebe will have to spend her senior year in an extremely private academy that’s located on a distant island called Serfopovla. Phoebe’s never been so mad in her entire life; all she’s ever wanted is to head to USC and begin her adult life but, whether she likes it or not, she has to go with her mom to Greece…at least for the next nine months.
Getting there, to this remote place in the middle of nowhere, all that’s waiting for Phoebe is a horrific stepsister named Stella, who seems to have some very strange powers that Phoebe just can’t understand. When she begins the Academy, she notices that the teachers are all strangely dressed in ancient Greek robes, and the students, themselves, seem to be highly odd. When she meets up with a young girl by the name of Nicole and a humorous boy named Troy, all is revealed to Phoebe and she can barely believe what they’re telling her. The cliques in the school include the Zeus set, which is filled with the kids descended from the big guy who boast power, privilege, and money; Poseidon’s Posse, who are basically all blonde, highly-tanned surfer-types with too many burnt out brain cells; Hades Harem, which is made up of the Goths; Aphrodite’s cheerleaders; Ares’ athletes; and, so many more. There is also a young runner named Griffin Blake who is not only unbelievably handsome, but conceals many, many secrets. As Phoebe takes all this in, many secrets about her own family – including the death of her father – come to light, and a huge surprise is revealed.
This book was so much fun to read that I wanted at least eight more on my desk from this author. Not only is the location absolutely stunning, but the descriptions of the Academy and the Greek history that’s touched upon by the author, makes this extremely intriguing at the same time as being highly entertaining. As a woman who has always believed that she should BE a goddess, this was absolutely the perfect read!
Until next time,
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