Title: Goddess Boot Camp
Series: Oh. My. Gods., #2
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Penguin Group US
Tags: Young Adult, Magic, Gods, Romance, Mythology, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Phoebe, who recently discovered she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), is finding that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of the Greek gods, has enrolled her at Dynamotheos Development Camp—aka Goddess Boot Camp—with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it’ll help her gain control over her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games, and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding the ultimate mistake of accidentally misusing powers.
It’s another fast-paced myth-inspired heroine’s quest that’s sure to bring out the goddess in anyone.
Summer vacation has started and Phoebe is still struggling with her newfound powers. The gods of Olympus are concerned what will happen if she’s near “normal” people and plan a test for her, to see if she’s able to control her powers at all. Phoebe has no idea what this test will be about, but from the reaction her stepfather when telling her the news, it can’t be good. To help her pass this test, her stepfather enrolls her in Goddess Boot Camp.
Besides the test, Phoebe is also very busy with training for the Pythian Games, together with her boyfriend Griffin. The Pythian Games are like the Olympic Games, the only difference is that only descendants of the gods may take part. And then Griffin starts acting strange. He seems to avoid her and even lies to her! Phoebe doesn’t know what to do. Is he cheating on her with his ex?
To make matters worse, Goddess Boot Camp turns out to be oriented for young girls and she has her mean stepsister Stella and Griffin’s ex, Andara as her mentors. They are the ones who will have to teach her to control her powers within two weeks. Suddenly Phoebe envisions a gloomy future, which makes her brain work overtime and that’s not helping at all to control her powers. Will she be able to control her powers on time? What will happen if she fails the test? What’s going on with Griffin? So many questions… Will Phoebe be okay?
The second book in the series. Although it was great to read about Phoebe again, I found the story a little less captivating this time. The things Phoebe did, unconsciously, with her powers were hilarious (like teleport her stepfather in the middle of the ocean when she thinks of a surfing boy 😉 ). Also the fact she has to spend two weeks with little girls is hilarious, but that was the good part.
Not that the rest was hard to read or bad, I just found it less interesting. Phoebe, for example, thought too much at times. Her fantasy ran amok and with it her powers. If you know this happens, you at least try to pay attention to it, don’t you? Besides, it got pretty boring to read about all the horrible things her mind comes up with in her worst case scenarios.
I also didn’t like the way she treats Griffin. Okay, some things can happen in a relationship, but at least hear his version from the story first, before you break up with your guy. Especially if it’s very obvious he was head over heels in love with you just a couple of minutes before. If your first boyfriend cheated on you, it doesn’t mean your next boyfriend will cheat on you too (unless he’s an asshole just like nr. 1).
The ending sucked. Big Time. I didn’t feel like the story actually ended. Maybe there will be another book? I hope so, because there are so many things I’d like to know, such as from which God has Nicole as ancestor? Really frustrating!
Overall rating 3 hearts. This book just didn’t have the mix of humor, gods and adventure that the first book obviously did have. Even though there were many fun parts, which made me laugh out loud, most of it was a little boring to read. I sincerely hope there will be another book, so I can get my questions answered ^^
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