Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: Young Adult Mythology
Publisher: Speak (Penguin Group)
Summary: All Phoebe Castro has to do is keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season and her dream of attending USC with her friends on a track scholarship is a reality. So it's a complete shock when her mom announces that she's marrying a near-stranger and moving them to Greece. Before Phoebe knows it, she's stuck on a secret island in the Aegean and attending the superexclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students--they're descendants of the Greek gods, superpowers included. If regular high school wasn't bad enough, this is mortal misery. Phoebe's only chance of reclaiming her old life lies in securing that scholarship. But managing that may be an ungodly challenge, considering she's got a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy--what a god!--in her way...
The Quick Dish: This was a really cute read, and I enjoyed hearing Phoebe's story. The idea of having descendants of the Greek gods living among us may not be a new concept, but when it's done right I welcome any and all stories like it. The characters were just so "high school" and I couldn't help laughing consistently as I read. Phoebe was a character that I hoped would grow while on Serfopoula, and while she did develop some, it is definitely clear that she has even more growing to do. As for story, it was the "hero's journey" about finding yourself in a more contemporary setting without necessarily having to slay monsters.
One thing I was thrown off by was the initial action that brought Phoebe to Serfopoula, the fact of her mother falling in love with Damien and marrying him within a matter of a week or so. I've heard of "love at first sight," but I wondered if maybe Cupid had something to do with that. Truth be told, Phoebe and Griffin's relationship had more development, and this gave a rather impetuous impression to see her mother making a rash decision. However, since it wasn't explained in the story, I guess the reader will never know for sure beyond that they just "fell in love and wanted to get married."
Overall, if you enjoy Greek mythology in a contemporary setting along with hilarious characters, Oh. My. Gods. is right up your alley.
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