Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn ChildsSaturday, March 26, 2011
Series or Stand-Alone: Series, Oh. My. Gods. #2
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Seventeen-year-old Phoebe has recently learned that she's a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe). Now, in order to learn to control her newfound—and very strong—powers, she's being forced to attend Goddess Boot Camp. The only problem is, none of the other campers is over the age of ten! It's not going to be easy to survive camp, train for the Pythian Games, and keep her romance with Griffin going strong, but goddess help her, Phoebe is determined to make it work! -- GoodreadsPhoebe is back and has just discovered she’s a descendant of Nike. Sadly she has been having trouble controlling her powers from Nike. The Gods are not happy with his and decide to put Phoebe to the test—she has only a few weeks to prepare… or else!? On top of that, her hot, supposedly loyal boyfriend, Griffin, is keeping secrets from her. Plus, she has been receiving emails from a blocked sender that may know something more about Phoebe’s dad’s death. If you’ve read Oh. My. Gods., you will not want to miss this.
I enjoyed Oh. My. Gods. so naturally I wanted to read the sequel. I wish I hadn’t, because Oh. My. Gods. would have been enough for me. If this wasn’t a sequel and just a stand-alone book, I may have liked it but it was a sequel to a book that was really great and this may have ruined the whole experience (of reading this book) for me.
The plot was slow and a little ridiculous.
The characters got twisted in this sequel. Griffin wasn’t the perfect guy anymore, which was probably intentional—but still. Phoebe turned into the green monster every time she saw Griffin with someone else. She doubted herself of her own trust issues and kept going on and on about it. It was annoying and her character had changed so dramatically, in that way, that quite frankly, I came to hate her by the end of the novel.
Also, there were some questions that were not answered in the book. Childs may have anticipated a third book in the series, but judging by the ending of this one it seemed to close up very nicely. However, I still wanted to know more about Griffin’s parents. And what about Nicole, what descendant is she from? I think we could have gotten some answers.
Overall, if you’re looking for an okay read, pick this one up. It doesn’t make much difference if you’ve read the first one (in my opinion, however, the first one is the best). If I were reflecting on a stand-alone book, I wouldn’t have been so harsh but the first one (Oh. My. Gods.) had set certain standards that this sequel was definitely lacking. It just didn’t cut it for me. I felt I was reading about a whole new set of characters and whole different series. It just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t the book for me.
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