Today, I welcome guest reviewer, author Jessica Subject. Jessica is talking about Oh. My.Gods, a YA paranormal by Tera Lynn Childs whose title always makes me laugh. Check the end of the post for the giveaway details and more info on Jessica!
ABOUT Oh.My.Gods: A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods. When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes—supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.
JESSICA SAYS: Running, Greek Mythology and the “joys” of being a teenager in one book.
Phoebe is a track star who is looking forward to her last year in high school before going off to college with her best friends. Her world is turned upside down when her mom arrives home, announcing she is engaged to be married to a guy she’s only known for a week and they will be moving to Greece to be with him.
Still in shock on their trip to the small Greek island which will be her home for the next nine months, the secret she learns of its inhabitants blows her mind. They’re all descendants of Greek gods. Seriously?
It is tough for Phoebe to fit in at her new school, being the only non-descendant, but she does make a couple friends. Unfortunately, they don’t belong to the same group as the guy she has a major crush on. While the high school she attends is not your average school, it still has its groups – determined by ancestry and affiliations.
Oh. My. Gods. is another book by Tera Lynn Childs that I thoroughly enjoyed. Thrown right into the action, the story develops at a great pace and I never wanted to stop reading. The characters are very well developed and Phoebe’s voice comes through clearly and constant, never wavering in any situation. I could understand her reactions in every situation, and in many cases, I would have reacted the same way. From the halls of the high school to the beautiful beaches, Tera Lynn Childs did a wonderful job of keeping the setting familiar yet different enough to keep me interested.
After reading only the first two chapters, I knew I would enjoy Oh. My. Gods. and bought the next book in the series – Goddess Boot Camp - to read as well. At the end, I felt extremely satisfied and knew this would go into my favorite reads of 2011.
Oh. My. Gods. is a terrific young adult novel that both young adults and adults can enjoy. I definitely look forward to reading more books by Tera Lynn Childs.
Now, a little about Jessica Subject: When Jessica Subject isn't busy feeding kids, stopping toy and crayon wars, running the kids to the potty or wiping their noses, she's usually reading, writing, editing, critiquing or blogging. While she has been blogging for only a year, she has been reading for her entire life and tells anyone who will listen about the books she loves. In her writing, she takes a fresh look at the idea of aliens living on Earth and what happens when they try to live as humans. You can find Jessica through her blog, Twitter and Goodreads.
THE CONTEST: Want to win a copy of Oh.My.Gods? Just leave a comment and tell me your favorite mythological figure. I've been interested for a while in Endymion, who was so beautiful that the moon goddess Selene made him sleep perpetually, except when she woke him up for some romantic interludes to sire her hundreds of children. How about you? (If you don't have one, just tell me you want the book!) As always, +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or Retweet.