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LA Teen narrator Phoebe has one year to plan for running scholarship to college, until Mom marries Damian, principal of Academy for descendants of Greek gods. Stepsister Stella asks her to break up Griffin and Adara, but new friends Nicola and Troy warn of trouble. Griffin keeps ancestor Hercules secret, because hero aspect forces him to help those weaker....

Title : Oh. My. Gods.
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ISBN : 9780142414200
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Oh. My. Gods. Reviews

  • Steph (Reviewer X)
    2018-11-08 06:49

    Before I wrote this review, I did a quick blog search for others’ reviews of it. And what I found stumped me—this book is adored everywhere except for a few places that do like it, just had qualms about the character development. I’m wondering just how this became everyone’s pet.... I must’ve not read the same novel as everyone else.In the first three pages, it’s established Phoebe’s a runner, her mom’s a therapist, and her mom’s getting married with a man she’s known for six days (and tells Phoebe this right after Phoebe’s done running a very important race. Like, in the middle of the track!). And she says it’s love. Oh, and they’re also moving to Greece because the dude’s Greek and “can’t leave his job”.First of all, is it just me, or is informing your daughter that you’re moving her thousands of miles overseas in the middle of a cross country meet about the most inopportune moment in the history of crappy timing? Who drops that kind of a bomb out of the blue like that? A therapist? It doesn’t stop here either—when they’re getting to the island where they’ll be living in Greece, on the ferry ride, Damian (that’s hubby-hunk) explains that the school Phoebe is going to is populated by descendants of Greek gods.Yes. In the ferry.And they expect this to sink in quickly and for her to keep in quiet.Just—oh, I’ll let you form your own opinions. Let’s go back to the opening scene.So, the mom’s a psycho-therapist who expects her senior daughter to move to an isolated Greek island because she fell in love with Damian in the six days she was in Greece for a family reunion with her late husband, Phoebe’s father. (Phoebe wasn’t able to make it because of this Very Important Race that would decide if she’d get a scholarship to her dream school, USC.) She’s all blushing, heaving bosoms, and being clingy like a teenager to this Damian.WHO DOES THIS?!I’m wondering why there was this opening scene at all. Why not just begin with Phoebe in Greece? And why make the mom a therapist? Why not one of those obsessive-compulsive, needy women who would actually move halfway across the world with a man they’ve known for six days and claim it’s love?I’m sorry, but the plot’s got more holes than the ozone layer.It doesn’t really get much better. Characters: all clichés (right down to the misunderstood environmentalist, obsessively tree-hugging best friend named Granola by her hippie parents), never really developed (the mother goes on random bouts of psycho-babble, but frankly, given her lack of consideration to her daughter’s needs, namely not moving in with some random dude!!! make her a caricature to me), and most of the time nonsensical (she meets Love Interest #1, Griffin, in a beach run where he just miraculously show up so we get the Fateful Meeting of Lovebirds—apparently Psycho Mom didn’t teach her not to speak to strangers, especially descendant-of-gods who might zap her to Saturn strangers).The writing lacks transition. There’s no logical connection between what happens in the story. I mean, the sudden move to Greece is semi-explained in the end, but I just don’t buy it—it’s too much make-believe (even for a book where the Greek gods are alive) that it’s like fantasy within fantasy.The plot’s....meh. I could’ve done without the whole Nicole-Griffin drama, and frankly, I thought the whole thing was a little too dramatic and rushed. The actual, primary plot is more predictable than night following day, but by the point where all is revealed, I didn’t really care anymore.I thought the concept was brilliant—Greek gods having descendants, descendants having to work for their power, the high school clique scene (determined by which god is in your family. Emos are the “Hades harem”, so on, so forth), etc. It was really original, and being a Greek raised knowing mythology myself, I thought this book could’ve gone deeper. It’s obvious Ms Childs knows the gods. The question is: When will we get to see more of the premise and less of these overly comical setups that are neither commonsensible nor funny?I, for one, found this disappointing. I just cannot do with clichés, y’all. Perhaps if I was a little less anal-retentive... I’m not sure this would work, even then. Liked the premise; not so with the execution. Blog review link: http://reviewerx.blogspot.com/2008/09...

  • Linds
    2018-11-13 08:01

    This book was cute. It was like a Hogwarts for the teen descendants of Greek mythology. When Phoebe's Mom marries a Greek principal of a Greek school she realizes that mythology is real. The descendants of Greek gods and goddesses have a school on a secret island in order to be educated and learn to control their powers.Phoebe is coming to accept the changes in her life as well as being the new kid and boy trouble.The book has all the normal cliches: the hot jock she crushes on, the mean popular girl, the "nice" boy that likes her but she sees him as just a friend. But the book has enough fun and imagination and touches of mythology that it is able to go beyond these. It's charming.This won a RITA (romance award) for best new author, so I was expecting it to be more of a teen romance like Twilight or Wicked Lovely. While there is some romantic aspects in it, I would not say that it's the focus of the story. Not that it's a bad book! I just would classify more as a teen urban fantasy and not as a teen romance.

  • Kristi
    2018-10-20 12:47

    I don’t even know where to start! I guess first off, I should say that I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it, I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology. So, to say that I was expecting a lot going into it, doesn’t quite cover it. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I always look at the thickness I have left of a book to read once I start a good reading spell, and I either think two things; 1.) okay I only have this much more to go. Or 2.) oh no! This is all that’s left! This book definitely falls under the later. I loved Childs writing style, and her interruption of the Greek gods. What is so good about this book is the reality mixed with the myth. I mean, we have a honest portrayal of a girl struggling to make sense of the world, and it works even a mythical one. The characters are distinctive, and each portrayal of their god or goddess remains in tact within the distinctiveness. What else can I say, I absolutely loved it. I loved the story, Phoebe, her struggles and triumphs, and of course the catalyst to any good romance, the boys. What else could you want?

  • H3dakota
    2018-11-08 12:00

    I only wanted to read it because I love the Percy Jackson series so much, I had hopes it would be at least somewhat close to it. There was a glimmer of hope towards the end that it might have some improvement in writing, but the first half of the book? Seriously awful. Really - a mother meets & marries some guy in another country within 1 week while at a reunion for her dead husband's family?! Shows up at her daughter's biggest race to introduce the new husband at the f'g finish line!? Better yet - then uproots her, moving her out of the country for her last year of high school? Then on the last boat before landing on the new island from which there is no escape, drop the bomb that everyone there has special powers, are descended from gods - except for our main character, who is going to be the outcast because not only is she the new kid, but she's also not Greek and she's also powerless. Nice. And mom is a THERAPIST?! Yeah, no. Full of clichés, utterly predictable & not at all original - the only bits I really enjoyed were the scattered pieces about running, with the exception of the constant references to Nike shoes.

  • Richard Derus
    2018-10-20 11:46

    This YA novel of losing one's identity, being forced to adapt to a highly charged new emotional environment, and redefining what love and friendship mean to you is a cute, nicely thought out romp.Greek gods, we all know, are myths. Right? Well, not so much in Childs's book. She's updated the whole "gods are real" trope that's so popular in romantic fiction these days to include teens. I think the intended audience will lap this up, since it plays into adolescent exceptionalism (the illusion that we are special and unique among our fellow creatures, but unrecognized).This is Childs's first novel, and it has some first-novel-y clanks (eg, the mother and stepfather are simply not developed at all, and they're frankly badly drawn; the better solution would have been to have them not appear at all except in the main character's reports of their doings). But the main character, Phoebe, and her antagonists are all given snappy dialogue and put in situations much like the ones I remember being in during my adolescence back in the dark ages. The additional level of effort required of the author to incorporate the idea of the reality of the Greek pantheon pays off in humorous possibilities for supernatural pranking. That was fun.I think Childs will be a fun writer to watch over the next few years, as she seems to be getting good editorial advice and help. I hope she'll keep taking it and getting even better than she is now. Recommended to anyone who needs to take a vacation from serious stuff. Do not read if whimsy-challenged, or of a dour temperament.

  • Kristin
    2018-10-31 06:50

    Phoebe's mother goes away to Greece for one week and comes back not only engaged but plans to get married that weekend and whisk Phoebe away to Athens with her. Once Phoebe arrives in Athens she is informed that the school she will be attending is a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods but they are allowing her to attend the school even though she is a mere mortal. I loved the sound of the book. It sounded like a light ya read with Greek mythology (which I love) what I ended up with was a mediocre teenage angst book. Phoebe finds herself as an outcast in a school of descendants. She makes two good friends, one being a boy that likes her. However, Phoebe pines away at the unavailable moody and sometimes down right rude, Blake. She also has an evil stepsister who hates her on site when her father randomly comes home with a new wife and her kid. Which was never really talked about. I thought maybe there would be some magical reason why the mother just randomly up and ran off with a practical stranger but I guess it's just suppose to be love at first sight? Either way the majority of the book was Phoebe pining away for the unattainable rude boy.I did like the mythology aspect and how the descendants resemble the gods talents. Pretty much the descendants were branched off in cliques based off of their heritage. I think the story could have been so much better but it just felt rushed in some places and unbelievable in some. Which is saying a lot since I was reading a book about the children produced from the Greek Gods all converging at one school. Favorite quote..."Were you possessed by the Furies after we met this morning? Or did I just catch you off guard before you'd had your jerk juice?"

  • Shel
    2018-10-25 11:05

    Childs, T.L. (2008). Oh. My. Gods. New York: Penguin Group.9780525479420Phoebe, a high school senior and runner, is uprooted from her home, friends, and college plans, when her mother decides to marry a headmaster of a prestigious school on a remote Greek island and move them there. On the journey, Phoebe learns that her new stepfather, stepsister and all of her soon-to-be fellow students are descended from Greek gods. Phoebe will have to battle hoaxes, secrets, discrimination, cliques, insults about her ‘bad’ blood (Harry Potter, anyone?), pop quizzes, Secrets, too much homework, uncertainty if she’ll be able to continue running and get a scholarship to her dream college, SECRETS and liking a popular boy who seems to hate her.It was a decent feminist narrative as far as teen romance novels go. Phoebe is strong, motivated and hardworking. While she seems to be attracted to a complete jerk for most of the story, engages in catty fights with other girls and is happiest when involved with a boy, she still manages to fight her own battles. That alone goes beyond many other romantic narratives teen girls enjoy.I found myself strangely engaged with this book. Granted, I love fantasy and I love myth. While containing many of the contrived plot constructions of romantic narratives (such as bets on characters trying to get others to like them, a male best friend who’s secretly in love with the girl, etc.) I still managed to be surprised by one or two of the directions Oh.My.Gods went. Plus, I totally love the idea of wandering around, threatening to smote people. But that’s me.On a side note, I usually have no shame when it comes to wandering around my city, getting caught reading trashy (or even beautifully written) teen and children's books. But something about the cover image of this book made me take off the dust jacket before venturing out with the book. In theory, it's cute. It's related to the topic of the book. I don't think my problem is just the naked statue. I think it was the naked statue in full light, combined with the pink, combined with the title that made me feel slightly ridiculous to be reading this book. And I am secure in my geekdom. So, please, Ms. Childs and Penguin Group publishers, don't be insulted when readers take off the dust jacket. And maybe consider lecturing your marketing department. I'm telling I'd lost all sense of shame until I looked at this book cover. What do you think? Would you be caught reading a book with this cover?Slight spoiler (if you can make sense of it)-- This book deals well with the outsider experience. That is, until the end, when the outsider turns out to be an insider. Yeah. While I saw it coming, it still annoyed me.Your pal in smoting!Activities to do with the book:This, along with some of the other young adult romance novels, could be used in a genre or theme study in the context of book club.This book could be used to discuss genres. While combining myth and fantasy, it also has fairy tale elements.This is also a lighter book to recommend to a student who is dealing with a new step-family, since several of Phoebe’s key problems involve the memory of her dead father, and dealing with her new step-father and step-sister. This is also a good book for a young adult student preparing for college who is concerned about being separated from her best friends. It helps to show friendships can survive distance and changes in plans.Oh.My.Gods also provides some information on lesser known Greek gods and philosophy that could trigger a teen to pursue some further reading and *gasp* maybe even some research.Favorite Quotes“When I’m running I can almost feel my dad at my side” (p. 3).“All the students at the Academy…are, ah-hem, descends of the gods” (p. 31).“Just like him: Brief, cryptic and full of crap” (p. 194).For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com

  • Somebody
    2018-11-19 11:49

    I really wanted to like this book. The premise was SO different and potentially clever, but it just really failed to deliver. There are so many things that could've been great but were just left out. Like, all these kids are descended from different Gods and have their own cliques based on which God they're related to, but aside from a few cosmetic distinctions, the differences pretty much stop there. Despite being descended from the Gods who are known for things like lightening bolts, or controlling the seas, or love, all the kids have exactly the same "powers", and that power is "zapping". Most often they zap pieces of paper to each other and change the writing so that they can communicate privately, without speaking. Seriously. They pass notes in class. With magic.While I was willing to go along with the mythological school idea, despite it's awful setup - Phoebe's mom goes to Greece to visit her long dead husband's family (why?) and comes back 6 days later engaged to a man she just met and now they have to move to Greece because he's headmaster to a school for descendants of the Greek Gods - I could not go along with the increasingly ridiculous and at times insulting plot. For example, I honestly thought that the fact that Phoebe's mom met this guy and got engaged in 6 days was going to be a big plot point, you know, like the man used his powers to seduce her in order to get his hands on her powerful daughter. But no. We were just supposed to believe that this woman, a therapist, would fall in love in 6 days and then force her daughter to move to another country for her senior year of high school.It's never fully explained how some kids can be 50 generations away from the God they're descended from and others, like Phoebe's dad can be a grandchild of one. The Gods have not been seen or heard from in over a thousand years they say, but apparently they are still getting busy with the common folk and producing heirs?? How does that work?Then there is the most ridiculous and pointless love square going on. I found it really almost offensive that Phoebe would decide she is IN LOVE with a guy, Griffin,who is not only incredibly rude to her for no reason other than that she does not have any blood of the Gods in her veins, but actually physically assaults her by magically tying her shoelaces together - and causing her to fall - while she's running just so that she won't make the track team. She makes repeated excuses for his behavior, deciding that he's a terrible person because he had a rough childhood, and she knows he's got a good heart. Even when she finds out that he was part of the most convoluted and non-sensical bet of all time (if the bet is to see if Griffin can make Phoebe fall in love with him, why encourage her to try and get him to like her?? the author missed a great opportunity to set up a double cross or something else fun), she still thinks it's not all his fault. At one point she actually thinks that because he only called her the less offensive slur nothos and not a kako (think mudblood or any other racial slur) that he's actually a good guy. Because the fact that he viewed her as less than, is apparently not the point, it's how he let her know she's not worthy that makes him a good guy!At the end of this book (which is no surprise, you can see it coming almost from page one) I was more annoyed with all of the characters than anything, which was disappointing. The concept and set up had so much potential but it just didn't live up to it.

  • OceMei Belikova♥
    2018-10-19 07:41

    http://sikutubukuocemei.blogspot.com/...Phoebe Castro, adalah seorang gadis yang begitu mencintai olahraga lari lintas alam. Dunianya adalah berlari. Dua tahun ia meraih juara pertama lari lintas alam dan beasiswa pun sudah dalam genggamannya. Kehidupannya yang terlihat sempurna pun harus dinodai oleh berita bahwa ibunya akan segera menikah dengan laki-laki yang bahkan tak dikenalnya. And the bad news is she gotta move to Yunani.Well, tentu saja bukan Phoebe namanya kalau tidak melakukan aksi perlawanan dulu, tapi keputusan ibunya sudah bulat dan suka atau tidak suka, mereka harus pindah. Maka Phoebe dan kedua sahabat karibnya, Cesca dan Nola pun harus berpisah.Sesampainya Phoebe dan ibunya ke Yunani, mereka (tepatnya hanya Phoebe) harus dikejutkan oleh berita bahwa di Yunani terdapat pulau rahasia tempat berkumpulnya keturunan para dewa-dewi dan Phoebe harus bersekolah di Akademi yang ada disana. Not to mention, kalau di akademi tersebut hanya Phoebe seorang nothos - manusia biasa , sementara yang lainnya adalah keturunan Hades, Zeus, Hera dll. Walau mereka masih bersekolah tapi mereka memiliki kekuatan dan hampir segalanya dapat mereka lakukan, termasuk mengerjai Phoebe, si kako anak baru. ( manusia biasa tapi dalam pengertian yang buruk).Bukan hanya Stella, saudara tirinya yang membencinya tapi juga Adara, pacar Griffin, laki-laki yang membuat Phoebe bingung akan sikapnya yang terkadang begitu manis dan menyebalkan pada saat yang sama.Heroine-heroine seperti Phoebe-lah yang saya suka. Mau ditindas kayak apa pun dia tetap bangkit dan melawan. Gak hanya diam dan terima nasib. Sifat Phoebe yang pantang menyerah dalam segala hal dan keberaniannya dalam menghadapi orang-orang yang memusuhinya patut diacungi jempol.Walau benci tinggal berjauhan dengan sahabat-sahabatnya, tapi hal itu sedikit terobati dengan adanya perlombaan lari lintas alam yang diikuti Phoebe. Phoebe memang pelari tercepat di kotanya,tapi bagaimana bisa Phoebe berlari menyeimbangi kecepatan lari keturunan para dewa dan dewi? :D

  • Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
    2018-11-10 06:08

    What I want never happens.Damn, Phoebe, is Griffin really all that if he only warmed up to you after (view spoiler)[he found out you are the only direct descendant of a Goddess? Really? (hide spoiler)] I dont know about you, but that sounds pretty sketchy to me. So even though Phoebe's mind only ran one way most of the time- namely GRIFFINGRIFFINGRIFFIN- she managed to think about the other people, namely, her best friends.To be completely honest, I wouldnt mind a whole book just about them. Hell, I would endorse it. One last thing, how does Phoebe not have an accent problem? I dont think I'm stupid to think that the people in whatsthatplace, Greece, have flawless American accents. Why doesnt Phoebe have any problems understanding the natives and why dont the natives have problems understanding Phoebe?

  • Alexa Hamilton
    2018-11-12 05:43

    Cute, about a teen girl who winds up on a Greek island where everyone else is the descendant of a Greek god. The ending is entirely predictable and the writing style is distracting in its lack of transitions.

  • Sara
    2018-11-19 09:09

    3.5 stars. Phoebe, about to be a senior in high school, has big future plans that are suddenly interrupted when her mom returns from a trip to Greece and announces she's met a guy and they're getting married immediately and then they're all moving to Greece. Talk about a ridiculous beginning! Her mom actually lays this news on Phoebe after she wins a race at the end of a running camp (good timing, no?) and then, en route to the small island her new stepfather lives on, Phoebe is informed that the school he runs and that she'll now be attending is where descendants of the Greek gods study. Phoebe's new stepsister is a royal pain for no reason, but Phoebe makes other friends at school and finds herself increasingly attracted to a fellow runner.Plot contrivances aside, the story is cute. This is a quick read, and it was pretty fun. However, there were just too many things that felt forced for me to overlook - some of the writing made it seem like the author was trying too hard to make it sound like a teen was narrating, and not all of the characters were fully fleshed out for me to understand their actions or motivations. Another complaint is that the whole catalyst of Phoebe moving to Greece was soooo ridiculous. Her mom couldn't wait to marry this stranger until after Phoebe completed her last year of high school? Their relationship didn't feel real - and her mom was supposed to be a therapist! I thought Phoebe and her stepdad had a lot better camaraderie than did she and her mom, which is too bad. Plus, so much of the angst in the plot had to do with kids making bets or feeling like they can't share stuff with their friends; it wasn't written in a way that made me buy it all. Oh well.I wish there had been more "real" emotions and actions in the book, as so much felt forced, but the book overall was still fairly cute. I'll read the next installment, but hopefully it is a better than this one. I guess I was hoping this book had more to do with the Greek gods or even to do with Greece itself, but this felt like a standard chick lit-y teen novel that just happened to be set in Greece and in which the kids were all descendants of the gods.

  • Colleen Houck
    2018-11-12 08:58

    I wanted to break out my running shoes and keep up with Phoebe as best as I could. She's an inspiring character and one I'd want to be friends with. Loved learning about Nike! Kindof interested in the hot stepdad!

  • Cory
    2018-10-31 10:50

    Another fish-out-of-water teen book. This was a decent read, but the entire story relies too much on coincidence for my taste.

  • Isha
    2018-10-20 07:06

    I would rate this book a 3.75. I'm usually very interested in books that have a spin on Greek Mythology, so I didn't doubt I'd be interested in this book as well. Most Greek Mythology YA books focus on the Persephone and Hades myth, but this book didn't! LOVED that! I will say there needed to be more characterization. I had so many questions throughout the book that would have helped me get to know the characters more but were never really answered... what god is Damien descended from (is it Hera like Stella?). What happened to Stella’s mom? What about Nicole? What God is she from? I wish we got more about Damien and Stella and get to heart of why Stella is the way she is. Along that line, I didn't really love Valerie as a mother character. She is a therapist in the book, yet she seems clueless as to why Phoebe would be mad at her after the move and isn't honest with her. In the end, some of this is explained but its never explained why Valerie and Damien couldn't have just gotten married later? I could totally understand why Phoebe was mad.. i was just as mad if not more.A random character I loved was Coach Lenny. Super random character but I liked how he encouraged Phoebe and was there for her compared to almost every other character. Lastly, There needed to be more of Justin in the beginning of the book if they were going to bring him into other parts of the book, because it just seemed really random.Overall, I really enjoyed the book, I just finished it wanting more from the characters. I wanted to know more about them and who they are. I know there is a sequel so maybe that would help?*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Oh. My. Gods. , just click on the link below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!*http://amzn.to/2lSA9eb

  • Peep (Pop! Pop!)
    2018-10-28 12:46

    This was actually more like 2.5 stars for me. I didn't really expect to like it, especially since I'd read Forgive My Fins and didn't like that.I thought it was ok (weird cover, too). I got really annoyed during parts of this book. I thought that it was odd that Phoebe's mom would come back from a family reunion (Pheobe's deceased dad - by the way, said family is never even mentioned in the rest of the book. They go to Greece and they never even see them?!?) and returns engaged. Her mom was only gone for 6 days, but she's in love and they have one month to get back to Greece to their new family. Yes, really. I thought that was a joke, it's not, it's love. What kind of therapist mom are you?So Phoebe was understandably cranky. She was an awesome distance runner with plans to go to USC, etc, etc. She annoyed me at times but she was a teen, and had been through a lot so it was kind of understandable. Kind of. I liked her determination. Of course, I thought her infatuation with Griffin was weird but evidently she felt the same way because she questioned it herself. I did like that Phoebe was tough. She didn't really sit back and let bullies pick on her. When she got tough in the locker room I cheered her on. Hooray for not being a push over!I think some parts of the book could have been left out. Stella (even though I liked her), the pointless Nicole/Griffin storyline (speaking of that, did anyone else think it was weird how clingy and lovey Phoebe was being during that scene??), and the reason they moved to Greece.But overall it wasn't bad and I actually enjoyed the book at times. It was fairly clean with some light kissing and evil stepsisters, beautiful bullies, blatant product placement - usual things like that. My favorite t-shirt line was Pain is weakness leaving the body...haha.

  • Liralen
    2018-11-03 06:00

    The concept of this book is great -- a school for the descendants of Greek gods. How much fun is that? Plus, Phoebe is a runner, which makes me super happy. So it's a light, fairly snappy book.But...there are plot holes the size of Athens. First of all, it's a little bit ridiculous that her mother meets a guy and decides to marry him and move her daughter off to Greece without thinking that her daughter might find this a little bit unreasonable. (Her mother also seems to want to get married twice, since the wedding happens before they move to Greece but she spends the rest of the book...planning the wedding. Retroactive planning, maybe?)And then...the gods thing. Again, I think the concept is absolutely terrific (and original). But after Phoebe's mother and stepfather explain that the school is only for descendants of Greek gods, nobody bothers to explain how she can go there. (A little fishy, hmm?) I don't think it's actually spoiling anything to say that (view spoiler)[well of course she turns out to have a godly ancestor (hide spoiler)]. Meanwhile, Nicole refuses to say who her ancestor is (although I'm guessing Demeter) and Phoebe doesn't seem to think it's odd that she can run world-class times against, well, the relatives of gods.I'm not sure what to make of Griffin. He's sort of a cliche (jerky jock) on top of a cliche (who's actually a really nice guy), which...is a nice shift from the typical "girl loves popular jerk until she realises that she really just wants her close friend", but is nonetheless a little cliche.And yet -- the next book is available at the library, so...

  • Chicklitgirl
    2018-10-30 08:49

    Greek Mythology, hot guys, strong female protagonists, whats not to like?Not to mention a warm-fuzzy-feeling ending.My favorite kind.Oh My Gods is a wonderful feel good, chick lit novel, and I really enjoyed reading it.I loved how some parts of it were totally unpredictable and how some of it made me laugh out loud.I also really liked how Phoebe wasn't a doe eyed damsel in distress, but was a strong female who was so very passionate about sports[running]!Everything about her was refreshing from how she liked to wear Tees with quirky sayings, how she read SPORTS MAGAZINES to specially how she didn't at all falter from being who she was, even when pressured otherwise. A yummy, light young adult romance, with Greek myth talk, godly powers, a few laughs and some sports [track] thrown into the mix, Oh My Gods is perfect for you if you're in the mood of something light, but not completely fluffy.This book does have a sequel, but is good enough to stand alone, since there isn't a cliff hanger ending, so its good for all those who don't want to get involved in a series. Though I will be checking out the sequel [Goddess Boot Camp]- Tera Lynn Childs hasn't let me down yet!The most exciting part is, this was AN ACTUAL HARDCOVER BOOK, that I read (and am reviewing)!I got it from an Old Book Shop, though its brand new, and ONLY for 70 rupees!I was so ecstatic while buying it, because good hardcover books are so hard to come by cheap, and sometimes price doesn't even matter since they aren't available here at all.

  • Rosie
    2018-11-04 09:08

    Phoebe has been working towards a scholarship to USC for years. She loves to run and is good at it, but when her mother announces she is getting married and they will be moving to a tiny Greek island, all Phoebe's plans get thrown out of the window. And that's not even the worst part - her new school is a secret haven for demi-God's. How exactly is she meant to compete with them?Oh. My. Gods. is a fun, easy read - excellent if you are looking for something light with the occasional chuckle thrown in. Phoebe has an engaging voice, her wry humour keeps the mythological element very tongue-in-cheek and she has plenty of pluck and determination. Her only flaw seems to be a penchant for 'bad-boys' but she wouldn't be the first. I really felt for Phoebe's plight at times and admired her discipline and focus. That might be why I was a little disappointed by the 'twist' at the end. I had seen it coming but I still hoped the author might resist going down such an obvious route. (view spoiler)[ The sudden discovery that Phoebe is also a demi-God kind of undermined all the effort she had put in to keep up with her fellow students, and made the significance of her 'outsider' status lose it's edge.(hide spoiler)] However, it didn't ruin it for me and overall I found Oh. My. Gods. an enjoyable break from reality.

  • Heather
    2018-11-17 10:48

    I'll read anything that incorporates Greek mythology 'cause I'm obsessed with it, but while I didn't think this was going to be some amazing book I wanted it to be more fun/cute than it was. Mainly it felt like it was written super young. I like more than my share of YA but this was so very juvenile and full of ridiculous plot points, unrealistic dialogue, and uber-cliche characters, from the 'bad boy' to the 'evil stepsister' to the 'hippy granola friend' (actually named Granola!), even the therapist mom who's a total caricature of a therapist. The main character Phoebe, is supposed to be 16 but she seems like a very young 16 and is pretty much an idiot, jumping instantly and frequently from one wrong conclusion to another - even by the end of the book when she should have like, known things/people by now. And don't get me started on the heavy-handed 'oh this guy is so cute and nice he can't possibly be boyfriend material, no I'm madly in love with the boy who's a misogynistic asshole to me because he's sooo cute and I know there must be a heart of goooold in there somewhere' because gag me. The only thing that kept me reading and kept it from one star was the god/goddess angle but I wouldn't really recommend it.

  • Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
    2018-10-29 10:43

    Mild spoiler ahead. So, um, yeah, just in case, and so that you knew.I gotta start saying this book was quite short. I read it through the night.Now I can proceed with the rating. I need to be honest, and this is my honest, not-false rating. I give this book 3 stars because, well... First of all 2 seemed too little and 4 too much. Three was the perfect number. Now, don't think the book was bad, it wasn't. The characters were a bit shallow for my taste.Phoebe. At the begining, all she did was cry for the first few pages. Yeah, we get it. But seriously, a cry fest with friends? Anyway, in the middle of the book all she did was get angry and run, run, run. ( It was therapy) Then she was like you don't like me or care about me. (view spoiler)[ Then yes, they told her she was a descendant of Nike, goddess of VICTORY! Woopy doo. (hide spoiler)]The rest. Everyone was just good, or bad. No in between. No grey. No truce. Nada. Nil. It was a childesh way to see things. On the other hand, you could fit into the category of cute or hot, but only if you were a dude.Yeah, if you are wondering, I'll read at least the next book in the series.*smirk* Don't think you can hide from me. Muahahahaha.

  • Veronica Morfi
    2018-10-25 07:04

    A fun and fast read!Phoebe's life is about to change dramatically, when her moms moves them to a tiny island in Greece to live with her new husband. What Phoebe doesn't know is that the island's only Academy is a super private school for Gods' descendents. She feels like an outcast, the only normal -nothos- kid in a school filled with semi-gods. But that doesn't stop her from pursuing her dream in running and making the school's team. Soon enough she makes new friends, new enemies and a very cute and dangerous crush.The story is short and fast-passed. We don't get to learn that much about the characters, so they are likable but I didn't really feel connected with ony of them. Phoebe is a cool heroine who likes to win and won't even go easy on her crush.The book was supposed to be about the academy of semi-gods, but half way through it I forgot all about them and their powers, nothing paranormali was really happening. I was expecting more action besides the running parts. But there was no big evil to fight, no training to learn how to use your powers, no nothing.I think the next book, Goddess Boot Camp, is going to be better, (view spoiler)[ cause it's about Phoebe learning to control her new powers(hide spoiler)]

  • Christina
    2018-11-01 14:09

    Phoebe is whisked away to Serfopoula, a tiny island in Greece no one's ever heard of, when her mother decides to marry again. Phoebe is forced to leave behind her best friends Cesca and Nola, for a year. She's counting down the days she can return home so she can go to USC and do what she does best, running. When she attends the Academy at her new home, she finds out it's not the most typical school out there. For starters, the students are all descendants of gods, while she is singled out as a kako aka bad blood.I picked up Oh. My. Gods. because I really enjoy reading about mythology. The book mostly depicted normal high school life, except you wouldn't really call it normal when the kids attending are all descendants of Greek Gods. I felt the bulk of the book dealt with high school drama of trying to belong and mean girls. I didn't see the point of Adara being Griffin's girlfriend. She was absolutely pointless. The deal that was made with Stella to break up Adara and Griffin made me roll my eyes. Everything was predictable in the romance department. However I really enjoyed Phoebe's passion for running and I liked the twist that revealed Pheobe's ancestry. A decent contemporary with elements of mythology.

  • Karla
    2018-10-27 09:50

    It's a good thing this book (drivel? Waste of tree bark? Gag-inducing cliché in 272 pages?) is so short I was able to put up with it. Never mind that it's about one of my favorite topics—Greek mythology—and the blurb sounded a bit like one of my all-time favorites, Percy Jackson (I wanted to look for similar books to pass the time waiting for The Blood of Olympus), because it sucked so damn bad. I could probably write a full-length essay entitled Oh My Gods: The Review once I get over these nasty, nasty feelings of wanting to throw up every 5 seconds. In fact, I'll do that in a bit. But first, the bathroom.

  • Nafiza
    2018-10-19 11:54

    My entire reading was coloured by the one comment the main character makes early in the novel..."I'm not a feminist or anything..." For someone who prides herself on being voracious about women and their issues, this? Was not a good thing. Also, most of the times I was rolling my eyes and thinking "what is wrong with this girl?" I realize my anger at the feminist issue might be colouring my review but I really did have problems with the way the characters were developed. A 2.5 for me.

  • Krystal
    2018-11-15 09:43

    Let’s see where to begin …. This book was amazing I love every page. I love reading Greek mythology books. Childs did a great job writing this book. It had just the right pace; there was never a moment with the book. All the characters are great. Nike is one of my favorite Greek goddess. The book was kind of predictable I guess some parts at the end. But that’s ok I still enjoyed the book very much. Overall this book was great I had fun reading it and I can’t wait to read the next one.

  • Trisha
    2018-11-17 06:55

    I think this one was just a little too young for me.I found the main character annoying and the love interest awful. I don't buy into the liking the jerk just because he's so hot.

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2018-10-22 06:53

    Such a sweet and funny book. There were some great scenes with Phoebe and those popular girl that made my laugh at loud.

  • Christian
    2018-10-30 11:07

    So it would appear that I'm kinda sorta in this Greek mythology mood this year. If my count is correct, this is the fifth related book I've read this year. And I have another series on my shelf that I can start if I want, which I might, considering how much Corbin liked it.Overall, I'm left with an average impression of Oh. My. Gods. I take a bit of issue with Phoebe neglecting the good, nice guy, even though he is every bit as much a god as the jerkwad she does go after. I think the overall plot and world development is a bit shallow and unsatisfying. I'm not sure if I even like Phoebe.However, it's nice to read a sports book about a girl. The moments about running are genuinely good in terms of description and feeling. (During these scenes, it made me think of Dian.) I really liked that this novel didn't constrain itself to the pantheon, as a good portion of the kids are descendants of the minor gods. Oh. My favorite part of the world is how Childs deals with high school cliques:The second floor hall is full of students, and from the outside they all look normal. I see all the standard cliques. Populars here and nerds there. Jocks in a huddle and cheerleaders all around them. Freaks glaring at everyone from the corner and geeks trying to avoid getting knocked down. Stoners, burnouts, prudes, and skanks. Nothing unusual."Look at that group." Nicole points across the hall.Clustered around a set of lockers, a group of girls with perfect hair, heavy makeup, and suggestive clothing cling to boys with metrosexual taste in fashion and gel-spiked hair. Miniskirts and tight T-shirts abound. Not so different from the populars at Pacific Park."Steer clear of them," Nicole warns. "The Zeus set. Power, privilege, and partying. They make Paris Hilton look like a Vestal Virgin."Surfers are, obviously, Poseidon's; geeks are Hephaestus's. But the best—"the Hades harem":The group just rounding the corner look like your average Goths—black hair, black clothes, black eyeliner—but with an edge. Pretty fitting for the god of the underworld's descendants.In the end, it was an okay book, a library read.* According to this interview, there's a sequel in the works. That might be a good thing, as there were some loose ends and plot points dropped in the novel that never did anything.*I actually checked this book out from the library. I know! Miracles never cease. And my fingers didn't fall off from touching pages that have been touched by countless others. Will this be the turn of a new leaf? Will Grant be able to breathe and not relax about figuring where to put in another bookshelf? Likely not. But you never know.

  • ❥ Azzurra
    2018-11-12 10:48

    Phoebe stà correndo una gara quando scorge sua madre, tornata in anticipo di qualche giorno da un viaggio in Grecia in visita da parenti del padre di Phoebe.Finita la competizione con una vittoria, viene raggiunta quindi dalla stessa che, dopo averla abbracciata per congratularsi, la informa di avere una bellissima notizia da comunicarle. Entro due settimane si sarebbe sposata con Damian, un uomo incontrato in Grecia e di cui si è innamorata perdutamente (come scritto nello stesso libro, come un’adolescente) e che le presenta in quanto si trova lì con lei. Se questo non fosse abbastanza per Phoebe, che ricorda con estremo affetto il padre defunto e non vuole sostituirlo con un surrogato, viene altresì informata che, nel giro di un mese, lei e tutte le sue cose dovranno essere pronte per un trasferimento definitivo su di un’isola scnosciuta del Mar Egeo, Serfopoula, dove si trova l’Accademia di cui Damian è preside…che la stessa Phoebe dovrà frequentare. Alla faccia di tutti i piani e sogni fatti fino a quel momento!Ovviamente Phoebe non ne è per niente contenta e comincia il duro lavoro di ostracizzazione della madre, dei suoi piani scombinati e del futuro patrigno. Mantenendo sempre l’idea di passare sull’isola solo l’ultimo anno di liceo, in previsione di entrare infine nell’università tanto sognata e per cui si stà preparando da una vita.Phoebie però non ha fatto i conti con un segreto che arriva dritto dritto dalla tomba del padre.Detto questo, il libro ovviamente ha una trama molto semplice…per ragazzi (quindi YA)…forse un po’ scontata in alcuni punti… ma che sa comunque divertire, con personaggi ben descritti e dai caratteri definiti. Scene divertenti e anche curiose.Non incentrato sulla coppia di turno, ma sulla vita di Phoebie e sui cambiamenti che sta’ subendo mi fa dare un deciso punto positivo.Le scoperte, la bella parte dedicata allo sport e alle corse…pane e vita per Phoebe. Un scelta di tutto rispetto per quanto riguarda la parte fantasy -perché se c’è una cosa a cui nn so resistere, è avere divinità greche come punto focale di un romanzo urban-fantasy- me lo hanno fatto decisamente piacere.Probabilmente anche la non estrema difficoltà nella lettura, con sintassi lineare e abbastanza semplice, hanno fatto la loro parte.In definitiva un romanzo carino, senza troppe pretese se non divertire e far passare piacevolmente il tempo.Lo consiglio a chi vuole iniziare a leggere in lingua. Io, intanto, sono pronta per il secondo round con Goddess boot camp! ;)