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Oh. My. Gods (Oh. My. Gods. #1)

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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  11,149 ratings  ·  887 reviews
After discovering she's a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), Phoebe is finding that supernatural power have a learning curve. So her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of Greek gods, enrolls her in the Dynamotheos Development Camp--a.k.a. Goddess Boot Camp.
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Published May 1st 2009 by Turtleback Books (first published 2008)
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Steph (Reviewer X)
Before I wrote this review, I did a quick blog search for others’ reviews of it. And what I found stumped me—this book is adored everywhere except for a few places that do like it, just had qualms about the character development. I’m wondering just how this became everyone’s pet.

... I must’ve not read the same novel as everyone else.

In the first three pages, it’s established Phoebe’s a runner, her mom’s a therapist, and her mom’s getting married with a man she’s known for six days (and tells Pho
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Linds
This book was cute. It was like a Hogwarts for the teen descendants of Greek mythology.

When Phoebe's Mom marries a Greek principal of a Greek school she realizes that mythology is real. The descendants of Greek gods and goddesses have a school on a secret island in order to be educated and learn to control their powers.

Phoebe is coming to accept the changes in her life as well as being the new kid and boy trouble.

The book has all the normal cliches: the hot jock she crushes on, the mean popular
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Kristi
I don’t even know where to start! I guess first off, I should say that I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it, I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology. So, to say that I was expecting a lot going into it, doesn’t quite cover it. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I always look at the thickness I have left of a book to read once I start a good reading spell, and I either think two things; 1.) okay I only have this much more to go. Or 2.) oh no! This is all t ...more
H3dakota
I only wanted to read it because I love the Percy Jackson series so much, I had hopes it would be at least somewhat close to it. There was a glimmer of hope towards the end that it might have some improvement in writing, but the first half of the book? Seriously awful.

Really - a mother meets & marries some guy in another country within 1 week while at a reunion for her dead husband's family?! Shows up at her daughter's biggest race to introduce the new husband at the f'g finish line!? Bette
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Book Sniffers Anonymous
Phoebe's mother goes away to Greece for one week and comes back not only engaged but plans to get married that weekend and whisk Phoebe away to Athens with her. Once Phoebe arrives in Athens she is informed that the school she will be attending is a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods but they are allowing her to attend the school even though she is a mere mortal.

I loved the sound of the book. It sounded like a light ya read with Greek mythology (which I love) what I ended up with was
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Shel
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Phoebe Castro, adalah seorang gadis yang begitu mencintai olahraga lari lintas alam. Dunianya adalah berlari. Dua tahun ia meraih juara pertama lari lintas alam dan beasiswa pun sudah dalam genggamannya. Kehidupannya yang terlihat sempurna pun harus dinodai oleh berita bahwa ibunya akan segera menikah dengan laki-laki yang bahkan tak dikenalnya. And the bad news is she gotta move to Yunani.
Well, tentu saja bukan Phoebe namanya kalau tidak melakukan aksi pe
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Somebody
I really wanted to like this book. The premise was SO different and potentially clever, but it just really failed to deliver. There are so many things that could've been great but were just left out. Like, all these kids are descended from different Gods and have their own cliques based on which God they're related to, but aside from a few cosmetic distinctions, the differences pretty much stop there. Despite being descended from the Gods who are known for things like lightening bolts, or contro ...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
This YA novel of losing one's identity, being forced to adapt to a highly charged new emotional environment, and redefining what love and friendship mean to you is a cute, nicely thought out romp.

Greek gods, we all know, are myths. Right? Well, not so much in Childs's book. She's updated the whole "gods are real" trope that's so popular in romantic fiction these days to include teens. I think the intended audience will lap this up, since it plays into adolescent exceptionalism (the illusion that
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Sara
3.5 stars. Phoebe, about to be a senior in high school, has big future plans that are suddenly interrupted when her mom returns from a trip to Greece and announces she's met a guy and they're getting married immediately and then they're all moving to Greece. Talk about a ridiculous beginning! Her mom actually lays this news on Phoebe after she wins a race at the end of a running camp (good timing, no?) and then, en route to the small island her new stepfather lives on, Phoebe is informed that th ...more
Alexa
Cute, about a teen girl who winds up on a Greek island where everyone else is the descendant of a Greek god. The ending is entirely predictable and the writing style is distracting in its lack of transitions.
Cory
Another fish-out-of-water teen book. This was a decent read, but the entire story relies too much on coincidence for my taste.
Heather
I'll read anything that incorporates Greek mythology 'cause I'm obsessed with it, but while I didn't think this was going to be some amazing book I wanted it to be more fun/cute than it was. Mainly it felt like it was written super young. I like more than my share of YA but this was so very juvenile and full of ridiculous plot points, unrealistic dialogue, and uber-cliche characters, from the 'bad boy' to the 'evil stepsister' to the 'hippy granola friend' (actually named Granola!), even the the ...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
This was actually more like 2.5 stars for me. I didn't really expect to like it, especially since I'd read Forgive My Fins and didn't like that.

I thought it was ok (weird cover, too). I got really annoyed during parts of this book. I thought that it was odd that Phoebe's mom would come back from a family reunion (Pheobe's deceased dad - by the way, said family is never even mentioned in the rest of the book. They go to Greece and they never even see them?!?) and returns engaged. Her mom was only
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Michelle
Dude, there is mythology here! Fun and feisty Phoebe lands smack dab in the middle of a new high school where her fellow students are all decedents of Grecian Gods. Bitter and alone she throws herself into her favorite sport, track. Hoping to secure a long coveted athletic scholarship Pheobe realizes that this may be the only ticket home she’ll have. Only, now she’s forced to fight against any number of fellow students to even secure a decent position on the team. Enter her evil step-sister Ste ...more
Veronica Morfi
A fun and fast read!

Phoebe's life is about to change dramatically, when her moms moves them to a tiny island in Greece to live with her new husband. What Phoebe doesn't know is that the island's only Academy is a super private school for Gods' descendents. She feels like an outcast, the only normal -nothos- kid in a school filled with semi-gods. But that doesn't stop her from pursuing her dream in running and making the school's team.

Soon enough she makes new friends, new enemies and a very cut
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Emma
Jul 26, 2011 Emma rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Starcrossed
Recommended to Emma by: Tash
Phoebe has been working towards a scholarship to USC for years. She loves to run and is good at it, but when her mother announces she is getting married and they will be moving to a tiny Greek island, all Phoebe's plans get thrown out of the window. And that's not even the worst part - her new school is a secret haven for demi-God's. How exactly is she meant to compete with them?

Oh. My. Gods. is a fun, easy read - excellent if you are looking for something light with the occasional chuckle throw
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Karla
It's a good thing this book (drivel? Waste of tree bark? Gag-inducing cliché in 272 pages?) is so short I was able to put up with it. Never mind that it's about one of my favorite topics—Greek mythology—and the blurb sounded a bit like one of my all-time favorites, Percy Jackson (I wanted to look for similar books to pass the time waiting for The Blood of Olympus), because it sucked so damn bad. I could probably write a full-length essay entitled Oh My Gods: The Review once I get over these nast ...more
Nafiza
My entire reading was coloured by the one comment the main character makes early in the novel..."I'm not a feminist or anything..." For someone who prides herself on being voracious about women and their issues, this? Was not a good thing. Also, most of the times I was rolling my eyes and thinking "what is wrong with this girl?" I realize my anger at the feminist issue might be colouring my review but I really did have problems with the way the characters were developed. A 2.5 for me.
Zemira Warner
Such a sweet and funny book. There were some great scenes with Phoebe and those popular girl that made my laugh at loud.
Katie
Phoebe is not a happy teenager. Her perfect senior year just went down the tubes when her mom announced that she was getting married to a near stranger and moving them to Greece. As if that wasn't bad enough, she can only bring 6 boxes of stuff. How can she possibly fit her life in 6 boxes?

Things get even worse when Phoebe finds out the secret behind the school on Serfopoula. All the students are descendants of the Greek gods and have immortal powers. Powers that Phoebe doesn't have and that can
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Ms. Rosas
2.5 stars. I picked up this book to continue the Greek gods theme after finishing Percy Jackson (Lost Heroes was not available). Like Percy Jackson it's about the descendants of Greek gods and their training. Gods, however, seem to take a backseat to high school drama. They seem to be the excuse for the normal high school cliques. Of course since most of the gods don't like each other this kinda fits. It was a little, okay a lot, far fetched sometimes. Like a therapist mom marrying and moving he ...more
Amy Jacobs
Oh.My.God! This book was another great read by the fabulous author, Tera Lynn Childs. After reading Forgive My Fins, I desperately wanted to read more of this authors work. She has the creativity to come up with the most wonderful creations in her writing. The character of Phoebe was a typical teenage girl with dreams of getting a scholarship to college due to her long distance running. She has worked hard to get to where she is and then her mom pulls the rug out from under her. Her Mom reveals ...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
Summary: When Phoebe Castro’s mother tells her that she’s getting married, “happy” isn’t really the first emotion she’s feeling. But still, Phoebe and her mother leave behind their lives and move to the island of Serfopoula, to live with Damien, her mother’s new leading man. But when Phoebe arrives, she might have more to worry about than the random guy her mother’s marrying (not to mention an evil stepsister) or even whether or not she’ll get a running scholarship to a college back in the Unite ...more
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
Let me just say, this was a fabulous audiobook. The story was really good and having it read by Jessica Almasy (I've now heard her read a few times and I love her!) just made my day. Jessica is able to bring the characters to life, each person having their own distinct voice. Oh. My. Gods. was a really fun, light story that kept me entertained thoroughly.

Okay, the story itself was truly fun. I liked the school. I've read a few other books with schools that separate themselves from the human/nor
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Nely
Phoebe’s life is turned upside down when her mother returns from her Greek vacation with a fiancé in tow and claiming that they (including Phoebe) are moving to Greece. Not only does Phoebe have to leave behind her BFF’s, but she will also be starting a new school for her senior year, and she has to leave behind her cross-country coach who has been working so hard with her in order for her to get that running scholarship for college that she’s been dreaming about.

Not only will she be facing all
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Shannon Stults
Gotta love those books you finish the same day you start them. This book was cute. Certainly not an all-time favorite by any means. But I enjoyed it and that's all that matters.

Problems:

I just don't like when 100% of the main character's problem is boy drama. I love romance, and I love the boy drama. But I believe that it should only be part of the story. There's more to life than whether the boy you are crushing likes you back or not.

Praises:

I love Greek mythology, so I knew this would be a goo
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Shonali
Things I liked about the book -

1- Very entertaining quick read , I finished it in one sitting

2- Now how many truths can a teenager handle in a day ? For her emotional out burst ,Phoebe is totally likable. I just wanted her to succeed in the school where all her classmates are of Greek Gods linage , that means super power kids and she is the odd one out .

3- Relationship that she maintains with her old friends in US, was depicted beautifully. She isn’t supposed to reveal anything about her new sch
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Vasya
I was persistent with this author. I just had a hunch that her books would be humor-packed, and didn't give up on that notion after reading Forgive my Fins and being proved wrong for the first time. The second try with this book was a bit more successful.

This book is not cliche-free, there are some things that were fairly predictable, really, but the author managed to bring it to the point where it didn't matter that you knew what would happen, because the characters and the environment and the
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Riz
This is an amazing read for all ages especially it depicts the great story of the greek gods. I'm grateful that my English teacher made me report the Greek Mythology to our class so I have an ample background knowledge to it. This book is more like the self-exploration of Phoebe Castro towards herself--as she accepts the real reason of her Father's death, her relationship with her Mom, his boyfriend and other issues of the Teens these days---and the uncanny world she has to live in. This novel c ...more
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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published h ...more
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