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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
Paperback, 339 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by ZOVA BOOKS (first published February 22nd 2012)
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Jessica Therrien
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to everyone who has added OPPRESSION to their GoodReads list! I hope you like the book :)
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, free-for-review
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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.

A Short Overview

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
shady boots
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 th
Ellz Readz
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Tanja (Tanychy)
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I love it when a book surprises me. I admit that I looked at some of the reviews and wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. I am happy to report that it pulled me in and I really liked it.

This is a book that is based on mythology. Elyse is a descendant of the people who the Ancient Greeks considered Gods. The "Gods" weren't "Gods". They just had abilities and longevity. The people have gone underground and hide themselves and their abilities from humans.

This book begins as Elyse finds out
Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Decedents of Greek gods with special powers...she is the last of her line...awesome!

Oppression (Children of the Gods #1) by Jessica Therrien is a terrific fantasy story about a girl that is not human but lives among humans and ages much slower. Her parents are killed and she is raised by someone else and continues to live in seclusion. She is not the only one of her kind but a special one of her kind. So special that some are hiding her and some are seeking her to kill her. She knows only that
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Rachel Morgan
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Julia Salemme
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oppression is the first book in the Children of the Gods series. It was an easy read, very fast-paced but with enough background and character development to make you care. I would say it's a fun mash up of "Age of Adeline" (the characters age slowly) and Percy Jackson (lots of Greek mythology references). Elyse is a likable lead character and the backdrop of San Francisco/Northern California added to the magic. It leaves a cliffhanger so be ready for the rest of the series. I would recommend th ...more
Holly Kammier
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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???
Janet Jackson
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nina Otterson
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
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!!!
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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
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
Michelle Pickett
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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'
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I love books with a mythical twist to them, but I especially love Greek myths. When I saw the synopsis to Oppression I was immediately hooked. I'm so glad that another Greek myth book was written, but this book was more than that. The book definitely brought out some new aspects and twists to the Greek myth. Moreover, it had a diverse cas
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-reader
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, young
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
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Imagine finding out you were a descendant of the Gods.... Elyse always knew she was different from everyone else; she ages five times slower than humans and her blood has the power to heal. This has been a closely guarded secret but all is about to be revealed and her life will never be the same again.

Thanks to #TBConFB for a copy in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book which is aimed at the YA audience. It has the right mixture of adventure, suspense and romance. I'm looking
Meradeth Houston
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this a little slow to start and to keep my interest but I am glad I preservered . An easy page turner and a good start to the series . Worth the perseverance and I'm looking forward to reading book number two . Thanks to Jessica and the book club for my arc ...more
Lulu // the Book Rookery
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it

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As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I was excited at the opportunity of reviewing Oppression by Jessica Therrien. I will admit, however, that the synopsis had me worried. I thought it would be a bit too “Mary Jane” and just too saccharine. Thankfully, that was not the case! I think I actually read the entire thing in two sittings (only because I needed to attend class between the start and the end). The mythology aspect was great and fun and seemed pr
D.M. Dutcher
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

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