I. Loved. This. Book. Not kidding, I’m a little upset I didn’t read this one before Goddess Boot Camp so I could have understood the story better, but both books were still amazing.
If Phoebe Castro can keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season, her dream of attending USC with her best friends is only a track scholarship away. She’s made all her plans, so it’s a complete shock when her mom announces she’s marrying a mysterious stranger and moving them halfway around the world – to Greece.
Phoebe’s stuck on a secret island in the Aegean, attending the super-exculsive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students – they are descendants of the Greek gods, superpowers included. That’s right, Greek gods are no myth! If Phoebe thought high school was hard, she sknows this is going to be mortal misery.
Securing that scholarship seems like Phoebe’s only ticket out of Greece, but training and maintaining her grades will be grueling, even without a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy – what a god! – who just might be her Achilles’ heel. One thing is for sure – summoning the will to win and finding her place among the gods could be Phoebe’s toughest course yet.
The Greek gods get a makeover in this romantic odyssey of mythic proportion.
I really enjoyed this book. Childs makes Phoebe’s situation so real and so painful that you can’t help but be angry. I felt the anger that Phoebe refused to show her mother. I wanted to rant and scream and sulk at this psycotic shrink of a mother – seriously, if my mom EVER decides to stop teaching and become a psychologist, I’ll refuse to be her daughter anymore. It was so frustrating, and Phoebe’s frustration just piled onto mine, to her hear her be so cool and relaxed when my – I mean Phoebe’s – life was falling apart. Everything sort of just happened. That’s not even accurate. There was no warning, no acclimation to a new life, everything was literally THROWN at her to figure out, no instructions, no nothing.
The romance in the book was worthy of a Greek mythology. The female rivalry in the book and then the male hottie tossed into the mix created a very entertaining side-plot. My favorite part of the book, though, was the relationship between Phoebe and her two friends, Nola and Cesca. They were so in sync, they could practically read each others’ minds over an entire ocean and IM chat. It was a refreshing view on friendship, to say the least. No matter what happened, they got along perfectly and forgave each other easily.
Also, the fact that Phoebe was a runner was, not different, because there are plenty of other books where running is involved, but definitely a huge part of her characterization and was very well written.
Up next will hopefully be Bright Young Things,