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Goddess Boot Camp (Oh. My. Gods.) Hardcover – June 11, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
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.
PJVs QUICKIE POV: Keeping in line with the first novel, Goddess Boot Camp is a good follow-up. Just as the title and cover portray this is a candy-sweet YA full of happy "be-true-to-yourself" messages and kissy-kissy feel goodness. A charming novel to pass the time, it is highly entertaining and a book I would pass along to a friend.
REVIEW: Phoebe is still basking in the after-glow of her new found relationship with Griffin and the discovery that she is Nike's descendant and in possession of a certain set of godly powers. Mastering those powers is another problem in and of itself, especially when her emotions run high. When she accidentally floods her room, dresses her step-sister in birthday cake attire - and forces the entire school to flee a pack of lions the gods decide to intervene. Phoebe needs to master her powers, because she will be tested by the gods - and failure is not an option.
How to master those powers? Goddess Boot Camp of course.
I actually think I liked this one better than the first one. The characters seemed to mature a bit, and with the culmination of the "discovery" out of the way - and now the impeding test on the horizon it gave a focus, instead of a mystery. There were a few side-plotted mysteries in this, but they were vague enough that I didn't guess them and made sense once they were revealed. Well 1 out of 2 did. I still never understood the whole Griffin/Adara thing. What exactly was going on there??
Like the first, this one is lightly, entertaining, but lacked a depth that I usually like in my novels. Some would say this was the YA voice, but I've read many a YA novel that had a sugar-sweet tone, but had an intensity of plot and depth of character that grounded it and made it a satisfying read. This series, doesn't have that depth.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Fans of the lighter side of the paranormal should really enjoy. I place this one in the category with books like I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You & As You Wish.