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Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,428 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death ...more
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Published February 28th 2012 by ZOVA BOOKS
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Jessica Therrien
Mar 02, 2012 Jessica Therrien rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks so much to everyone who has added OPPRESSION to their GoodReads list! I hope you like the book :)
The YA category has gone through the gauntlet of showcasing vampire to werewolves added to the mix now is aliens and Greek Mythology. Oppression stands above the rest in the Greek Myth take with it's rich story and writing with a new mix on the old myths.

From the start you quickly get into the head of Elyse our heroine whose just turned eighty but looks eighteen. She's lost those she's love from accident and age. In hiding and not knowing who to trust and even knowing "what or who" she truly i
Destiny is not easy to run from. No matter what path you choose it will lead you to the point you are supposed to meet.

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Elyse has been keeping a secret for her whole life, one she ages five times slower than an ordinary person; second she has incredible power to heal. After death of her parents she became more careful to hide her secrets until a mysterious guy William showed up on her door and told her she’s not only the one with secret, there are many other like her with differe
Downloaded the $.99 ebook - though I'm a bit wary of Greek God stories (especially after The Goddess Test), I thought I'd give it a try. Overall, it held my interest, but at 47% on the Kindle, I just can't go any further.

Elyse looks 18 but is really 89 thanks to some slow aging genes. She's been sheltered her whole life and thought she (and her late parents) were the only ones like her. And though her parents had to come from somewhere, they never told her anything about it before their deaths.
Ellz Readz
Oppression is one of those novels that grabbed me in the first chapter. I was instantly drawn into this magical world and quickly imagined life through the character's eyes.

The characters in Oppression are interesting and exciting. Let's start with the heroine Elyse. She inherited a condition which makes her different from nearly everyone she's ever encountered. Living secretly, moving frequentlyy, and watching the world change around her provided a strange security that she grew accustomed to
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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This is one of those books that I've read a while ago but somehow I didn't have time to put my review together. I decided it'd be great to do that as soon as possible. So Oppression is something that stayed in my mind all this time I might add.

There are some books that you know you're going to love as soon as you open them and start reading them. This one was one of those. There was something mysterious about it that kept me turning pages and discovering mor
sunset shimmer
After about 60% in, I started to skim through it.

Well this book was a huge disappointment for me. I had to push myself to finish it.

The insta-love is HORRIFYINGLY bad. They say their "I love you's" a week or less after meeting each other. My god, it was one of the worst insta-love cases I've ever seen.

So overall, the supernatural aspect didn't interest me, I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and the insta-love was just ridiculous. I didn't enjoy this book and would not continue the
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book. I read it in three days. Total page-turner. Can't wait for it to come out so I can talk to people about it!
Originally reviewed on Alexa Loves Books

I feel so incredibly spoiled to have received a second novel via the DAC Arc Tours that is BRILLIANT. I absolutely adored Oppression (as I made clear to many of my Twitter followers). From the moment I started it, I found I could not put it down until I found out what would happen (which resulted in me finishing it in one night!). It was just SO good - it combined a hint of mystery, a touch of mythology, some good old romance and wonderful characters into
Neyra ♦
Rating: 4.5 ; I had minor issues with the lead, Elyse, but more of that later. Other than that, though, this book is great! :D A modern twist to Greek Mythology, and I loved it.

Oppression begins the Children of the Gods series where we meet Elyse, a special girl who's always had to live in hiding. She has secrets she's not meant to spill; for one, she ages five times slower than any average person. And, two, she has the ability to heal with her blood, though she doesn't understand why. Alone fo
Mar 11, 2012 Shauna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: myth
Disappointing. First of all, I can't say I liked either of the protagonists. They age five times slower than the average person, so maybe their emotional maturity is a bit stunted but I would expect more cop on out of any two with roughly 160 years of life experience between them, adolescent brains or no.
On top of that, the world building wasn't the most believable (view spoiler) and there was very little in the way of explanation or
Holly Kammier
I had the privilege of reviewing this incredibly beautiful story before it hits stores in February. From page one, I could not put it down. I fell in the love with the lead characters, Elyse and William. Their old-fashioned love story had me holding my breath and rooting for them every step of the way. How long do we have to wait for the sequel???
Nina Parks
Such a great series! as any good book should, it made me cry, laugh, and at a few brief moment, feel slightly angry. jessica is an amazing author and NO ONE will regret reading these books! please let there be a third book soon!!! Huge fan!!!
Janet Jackson
This original Young Adult Novel is a breakthrough, mixing the real world with the paranormal. It has characters you will fall in love with and characters you will hate. It will be the next page turner sitting on your shelves waiting for part 2!
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This is the book for people who believe in fate.

Elyse is unlike other people. Her body ages five times slower than other. She looks like a healthy eighteen years old girl now, but in reality, she is eighty-nine years old. Her parents never told her why they are different. And they will never can, after the car accident that killed them in 1973. Elyse was fifty years old at that time, but her appearance was a ten years old girl. The accident broke her nonetheless, until Betsy came and took care o
Extra credit for a first book. Excellent story telling. An X-Men are the Greek pantheon tale, with Harry Potter overtones.

"Descendent" slow development extends beyond the physical. A bunch of almost-90 year olds act and think just like the 18- and 19-year-olds they appear. The "adults" allow a woman to live outside the community for forty years (with "humans"!) and expect her not to be emotionally attached, then dump her into mid-term at Hogwarts--oh, I mean the Institute--with little or no expl
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
Thanks so, so much to the author for this ARC copy for an honest review!

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
Michelle Pickett
Mar 13, 2012 Michelle Pickett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens and adults
Recommended to Michelle by: Soumi
I just finished reading Jessica Therrien's debut novel, Oppression and - wow - loved it.

Jacket Blurb:
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she'
Rachel Morgan
(First posted on Rachel Morgan Writes):

Don't you love it when a book wastes no time getting to the action? By action I mean Something Important Happens. Well, you don't have to wait long for Something To Happen in OPPRESSION. Barely three pages in and the opening scene ends in a chilling moment that, I swear, I could almost hear ringing in my ears! And the Somethings just kept coming!

OPPRESSION involves a unique take on Greek mythology. Confesssion #1: I've always been fascinated by mythology. C
Meradeth Houston
Oh wow, I'm having a hard time finding where to start gushing about this one! I adore Greek Mythology, and coupled with an awesome romance and a unique and intriguing world, well, I was up VERY late reading this one! Waiting for the next book will be torture. The book itself was a little like X-men meet the Percy Jackson series--in the best way possible. Oh, and with a very hot and swoon-worthy William. I loved that Elyse is a strong character with a mind of her own, willing to do whatever it ta ...more
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
Jessica Therrien has a pretty good debut on her hands here. You’ve got kids (?) with abilities, romance, an evil to overthrow, and a super hot dude who smiles a lot. (Just how I like ‘em)

Elyse, the main character, is sweet, innocent and shy. Sometimes I hate that but it worked here because she wasn’t so shy that it was crippling. She would venture out and do things. But was Elyse my favorite character? Nope, my fav was Kara the bad girl. You’ll know why once you read it. For now I’ll just leave
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I first fell in love with Jessica Therrien's Oppression when I saw the cover a few months ago.. I was browsing around several publisher catalogs and book store sites for February releases. It's not a secret that I fall for book covers. So when I passed by Oppression's gorgeous book cover, how could I resist? I am almost always partial to a cover with a hue of green. Add to that the beautiful cover model with a simple font face. For me, it's cover win!

Oppression revolves aro
2012 is the year of the debut authors. Anyone else agree? Jessica Therrien has a wonderful story here and thankfully, she has the writing skills to make it work! I haven't read many books with a mythology setting but this was definitely an interesting spin on Greek mythology and I was intrigued from page one. Here is a fair warning, make sure you start this book early in the day or you won't sleep much, you will NOT want to put it down.

Elyse (Ellie) is such a wonderful lead character. I honestly
Let me start off saying that I really enjoyed this book! Mythology is something that I became interested in in high school and I really love reading books with mythology in it. I also really enjoyed the different take Oppression took when it came to the gods and goddess. The gods and goddesses weren't these big, dangerous, you cross me and I'm gonna take you kind of people. They weren't really a big part of this book. This book was about the descendants of the gods/goddesses. Each descendant had ...more
This book has the easy and delicate romance of Delirium, the super powers of Shatter Me, and a strong lead Heroine like The Hunger Games. More importantly it has one huge difference that makes it uniquely extraordinary. The main character, Elyse is a Descendent of the people the Greeks believed were gods. Forget vampires and werewolves, this series is on a whole new level, unlike anything else I have ever read.

Let’s talk about the romance in this book first. I usually don’t like when characters
Wheew. This book is AWESOME! If you haven't read Oppression, then you are definitely missing out. We've got Greek Mythology like you've never seen it before! We're first introduced to Elyse, who is super old. BUT, she ages really slow! How awesome is that? Yes, lets all take a minute to be envious of Elyse and her super slow aging genes. *waits a minute* welcome back. So, like I was saying, Elyse ages really, really slow. And finds out just what she is (cause its flippin' obvious by now that she ...more
Mina Burrows
I just finished Jessica Therrien’s debut novel, Oppression. Wow, what a unique and fantastic YA tale. I'm not usually a fan of Greek mythology, but this book was so well done, I was completely smitten and can’t wait for Book 2. I’ll do my best not to mention too many spoilers, but if I do…sorry.

Elyse is an 89 year old woman who ages slowly thanks to her gene pool and looks like she's 18. She's not human; she’s actually a descendant of gods, specifically Asclepius, known as the God of healing. El
D.M. Dutcher
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First off I want to give a very special thanks to Zova Books for sending me a copy of
Oppression, by: Jessica Therrien to read and review I was so excited when I received this book as I was dying to read it.

I love it when a book wastes no time getting to the action? And let me tell you its action packed right from the start. Not even three pages into the opening scene and BAM! A chilling moment I swear, I could have just screamed (which I’m sure I did) And those Something’s just kept on coming f
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Jessica Therrien is the author of OPPRESSION and UPRISING , books 1 & 2 in her YA paranormal romance/adventure series, CHILDREN OF THE GODS. OPPRESSION was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012, and UPRISING will be released in May of 2013.

Jessica is a graduate of San Diego State University. She lived in Taiwan for a year where she learned Chinese, but she lives in Chula Vista now, where
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