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Goddess Boot Camp (Oh. My. Gods.) Hardcover – June 11, 2009

4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Oh. My. Gods. Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–In this sequel to Oh. My. Gods. (Dutton, 2008), Phoebe, a descendant of the Greek Goddess Nike, is sent to Goddess Boot Camp by her stepfather so that she can learn to control her magical powers, on which she will be tested. But Phoebe is in training for a marathon in the Pythian Games, her boyfriend may be cheating on her, and the other girls at camp are about 10 years old. Add the fact that her evil stepsister is a counselor, and life is worse than it might be in Hades. Phoebe's inner thoughts and emotions are conveyed well, and readers will feel for her. The plot has many twists and turns and moves along nicely, and there are beautiful descriptions of the Greek islands. However, the novel falls short in the last few chapters, which wrap up the several plot threads too neatly and have a disappointing resolution. Nevertheless, those who enjoyed the first book will want to read this one.–Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario
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In this sequel to Oh. My. Gods. (2008), teenage Phoebe continues to adjust to her new life on Serfopoula, the island where her stepdad runs a boarding school for the descendants of Greek gods. Phoebe still hasn’t learned to control her newly discovered divine powers, so she enters a remedial Goddess Boot Camp program. Fans of the first book will recognize the same chick-lit elements here: snappy dialogue, picture-perfect mean girls, and misunderstandings and reconciliations with a dreamy boyfriend. A mystery about Phoebe’s dad’s fate adds to the lighthearted, magic-packed fun that provides enough background for series newbies. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Oh. My. Gods.
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525421343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525421344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In the follow up novel to OH. MY. GODS., seventeen-year-old Phoebe Petrolas, a descendent of the Greek goddess Nike, can't seem to control her newly discovered super powers. When the Gods decide she will need to face a test on the Summer Solstice, her stepfather enrolls her in Goddess Boot Camp, a training ground for those who have not yet mastered their powers.

It seems like a lousy way to spend two weeks and only gets worse when on the first day of camp Phoebe learns the other campers are much younger than her, ten- to twelve- years old and the camp counselors are her foils: Stella, her stepsister and Adara, her boyfriend's ex. When a family secret surrounding Phoebe's real father seems like it might be revealed, Phoebe's emotional stress increases to Olympic proportions. Now she needs to keep it together, so she can learn to manage her powers as the clock ticks toward her big test day.

Tera Lynn Childs has written a light and funny book with an imaginative world based on the island where descendants of the gods train and go to school. GODDESS BOOT CAMP has all the typical high school dramas--cliques, boyfriends and such--with an otherworldly twist.
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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Tera Lynn Childs knows how to whip up a fun, flirtatious story! Goddess Boot Camp, the sequel to Oh. My. Gods., continues the story of Phoebe, a normal girl who found herself transported to an isolated island in Greece when her mom is remarried. At the end of the first book, she learns of her status as a descendant of the goddess Nike. Now she is suffering the consequences of that realization.

Being the descendant of a God or Goddess sounds all fun and laughter, but it is a big responsibility. It comes with powers, the responsibility of keeping the life secret from non-descendants, and the isolation of Serfopoulos- the island where the Gods school is. Phoebe is a closer descendant than most of the other kids at her school, which means her powers are even more powerful, and therefore more difficult to control. All she has to do is daydream about the ocean and her living room is saturated. One thought about her annoying stepsister as leaves her covered in frosting and very unhappy. The problem? Her unpredictable powers have put her on the radar of the Gods, and if she can't get them under control, there is some serious smoting in her future- no one wants to be smoted!

Now, in addition to training for a marathon at the Pythian Games and dealing with her boyfriend spending a lot of time with his beautiful ex-girlfriend Adara, Phoebe has to attend Goddess Boot Camp. To make matters worse, Boot Camp is run by her irksome stepsister Stella and Adara and Phoebe is the oldest one there by 6 or 7 years! The summer is full of misunderstandings, power malfunctions, heartbreak, and the truth about Phoebe's father's death, but even with all that seriousness, there is still fun, goofiness, and laughter!
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This book is the second in the series and I expected to see more use of powers and more intense training because that's what boot camp is. The focus was more on the storyline, not her powers or practicing. Still, it was a good read but easily forgettable and I'm not sure if I'll buy any more in the series
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After reading the first book in this series Oh.My.Gods (which you should go do right now if you haven't already done so) I decided to pick up this one to see what was going to happen next. It's well worth reading them both! This was just as fun as the first one.

Although I will admit the main character, and a few of the others, can come across as sort of spoiled brats that you'd like to smack a bit, at the same time you can really see why they would be! I mean, sons and daughters of the Gods? Anyway, it was fun to reconnect with the same people that were in the last book and to see where they were and what they were up to. Many were pretty much the same just a bit older and maybe a tad bit chilled out. I don't want to give anything away so I won't (I'm a terrible giver awayer of things and stuff).

The story is extremely well written and there isn't a single second that the author falters or loses the readers interest. If you are looking for a fun, easy reading book that takes you on a trip with the sons and daughters of the gods and goddesses, this is the book for you but only if you read the first one first. Technically you could probably get away without the first one since it's so well written, but it's seriously better if you don't skip out on it. Terrific book!
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This story is a little less captivating than Oh. My. Gods.. Phoebe's use of her awakening powers were hilarious (like teleporting her stepfather in the middle of the ocean when she thinks of a surfer), but that was the highlight. Not that the rest was hard to read or bad, I just found it less interesting. Phoebe, for example, thought too much. Her fantasy ran wild and with it her powers. If you know this can happen, you'd at least try to to relax, won't you? Besides, it got pretty boring to read about all the horrible things her mind comes up with.

The ending was a huge disappointment. I didn't feel like the story actually ended. It was over in a flash and a bit of an anticlimax. 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 was Nicole's ancestor? Really frustrating!

Conclusion: 3 stars. This book just didn't have the mix of humor, gods and adventure as the first book. Even though there were some fun parts, which made me laugh out loud, most of it was a little boring to read.
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