- Series: Children of the Gods
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: ZOVA Books (February 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984035044
- ISBN-13: 978-0984035045
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oppression (Children of the Gods) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 28, 2012
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More About the Author
Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica's work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people's choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie's Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.
Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.
In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.
Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.
Top Customer Reviews
This book was the ending to my read-a-thon President's Day holiday weekend. It gave me such a warm and fuzzy feeling on the inside and like my binky, when I was a toddler, I couldn't let it go. Putting this book down was punishment and I couldn't rest my weary eyes until I've glimpsed every last word.
There were prophesies, destinies, oracles, a chosen one, oppressed people, villains (who weren't afraid to literally "hit" a girl), and Greek mythology with a new spin. This is about the descendents of the Greek gods. Each descendent had a special power based on their ancestors' bloodline. #FreakingAwesome-sauce The only thing I longed for was that kick butt heroine; but Elyse was another kind of creature. She was like Mahatma Gundi or Mother Teresa, who took non-violent approaches. On top of that there was a life or death situation, no scratch that. That implies thrilling suspense. There was a dying situation; and it was slow, drawn out, and completely heart breaking. There was a difficult dilemma. One I don't think I would ever be able to make a decision on; and this forever endeared me to Elyse. Now I want so much to highlight William, but I can't without feeling like I'm coveting Ellie's man. (lol) For hours I sat with Nook propped on my knees, bug eyed eating ju-ju beads...and when the book ended I could have died!
Please, please......I want some more!
There were good things going on with this story but in the end, as a whole, it fell short for me.
What I liked:
*You are immediately thrown into Elyse's world. Author didn't hold back in letting you know what the deal was.
*The characters were likable enough. Well, "the good guys".
*The back story on how the main characters are related to the Greek gods and how they correlate to their abilities.
*The X-Men feel of the school everyone attended to learn about their abilities, Greek Mythology and history.
*Uncle Mac and the great ending.
What I didn't like:
*Immediately I felt as though this should be an adult book because it read as if Elyse was an adult. That was...
*Until she started sounding like a kid or even worse like an adult that sounds like a kid that should sound like an adult.
*The insta-love. Holy crapage! It hits you like BAM and never really gives you time to get used to it let alone recover from the initial blow.
*There were parts that felt rushed, not cohesive and loaded with inconsistencies.
*One minute she meets William, runs away from William and next day he's sleeping on her couch a few hours later is sharing her bed. ??
*One minute she knows she ages slowly, next minute she finds out she is a descendant of gods, next day she enrolls in a school and fits right in... no adjusting period she just does.Read more ›
Elyse, may look eighteen but she's really in her eighties. Elyse ages 5 times slower than humans and her blood has the ability to heal. After her parents' death, who also aged slow and had abilities, Elyse thinks she's the only of her kind left...until she meets William and finds out that there are others like her and they are all descendants of what people call Greek gods. Elyse is soon immersed in the world of the Descendants and learns that she's the subject of a prophecy. A prophecy that claims she'll bring her people out from under the oppression The Council has put upon them. Elyse soon finds herself having to make impossible decisions and fighting to protect the ones she loves.
I'm a huge fan of Greek mythology and books that explore this topic, so I was super excited to delve into Oppression, and what I found was an exciting, original and enjoyable read. The Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan are some of my absolute favorite books that explore Greek mythology and Oppression reminds me of a more grown up version of these books. Therrien has crafted a captivating story, engaging characters and an enticing romance, but this book certainly isn't without its faults.
While I was instantly intrigued by the story being laid out from page one, I must admit that I found the first few chapters a bit confusing and disorienting. There's quite a bit of history and backstory introduced in the first chapter alone, as well has a handful of characters, and these things/people aren't really explained right away.Read more ›
Elyse was a heroine that I found quite relatable, especially in her longing to fit in and belong. As she is introduced into a community where that's actually possible, I could feel for her as she tried to adjust to the "new normal". I also felt for her as she struggled to deal with her new discoveries about herself and her abilities, especially since everyone seemed to have an opinion about who she was and what her purpose was. Though I enjoyed seeing her stand up for herself and be strong and fight, it was actually the teenager bits (hanging out with friends, falling in love, going to school) that I really liked for some reason. Headstrong, stubborn and independent - I definitely ended up really liking her.
I absolutely adored William. William was smart, headstrong and kickass, though he also fit into the mold of the boy-next-door type. I loved his genuine concern for Elyse, as well as his demonstration of his feelings for her. He was actually such a good guy, which makes a change from the whole "falling for the bad boy" plot. I've repeatedly said this on Twitter (and Jessica knows this as well) - I'm definitely Team William.
Apart from these two, there's a whole slew of interesting characters. Since they're all descended from the gods, there's a variety of abilities that are made known. This was fascinating to me, and also helped me remember who did what.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elyse looks eighteen even though she's nearly 90 years old. She also possesses the ability to heal people. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Literary Classics Book Reviews
I love mythology so I was very intrigued when I came across this series. This book provided a unique take on mythology in the modern world and wastes no time getting into the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Joyner
Elyse is a young woman who had been kept sheltered by her parents since she was a young child. She ages far slower than a normal person, and can heal. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lily-Eva
I was given an ARC via The Book Club in return for an honest review.
My first question is, when does the next book come out? Read more
This is such a great book!!!!! I love the new chapter at the beginning, it is sooo romantic! The new cover is also gorgeous.Published 4 months ago by Holly Kammier
Elyse has two secrets. One is that she ages slower than the normal human. So, she looks like she is 18, but she's really in her 80s. Two that she has a power to heal. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephanie Kaye (In Wonderland)
Elyse ages slower than normal people and her blood has the ability to heal. When her family is killed, she learns that she is not the only person with special abilities like this. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JBronder Book Reviews
I read it to the end because I hate leaving books half finished, but this book was painful to read. It came across as silly. I won't be reading the next book.Published 22 months ago by S. Cooper
This was a great series! I hope she continues it or does a spin off. The cheer terms and story are fantasticPublished 22 months ago by Leslie Cox