Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review: Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs

This review does contain some spoilers for Oh. My. Gods.

Phoebe, who recently discovered she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), is finding that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of the Greek gods, has enrolled her at Dynamotheos Development Camp—aka Goddess Boot Camp—with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it’ll help her gain control over her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games, and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding the ultimate mistake of accidentally misusing powers

While Oh. My. Gods. concentrated on Phoebe's history, and her attempt to fit in, G.B.C spent a lot more time on her attempt to control her powers. Pheobe has recently discovered that she's a descendant of Nike, and she has very limited control over the gifts she's been given. She ends up at Goddess Boot Camp, a place where she can learn to control her powers. Unfortunately, her fellow camp mates are giggling 10-year-old girls. To make matters worse, her "counselors" include her evil-ish stepsister, Stella, and her arch-rival, Adara.

Phoebe has a lot to deal with over the course of this book. She needs to learn to control her powers, she's going to be tested by the gods, and her boyfriend is spending a little too much time with his ex. On top of that, she's trying to keep up her training in order to qualify for the Pythian Games (an event that is bigger than the Olympics, but similar in nature).

I really enjoyed seeing the relationship between Phoebe and Stella improve. I don't think that Phoebe could have handled much more stress in her life, and it was nice to see that she had someone to turn to. Phoebe's friends also make an appearance, and lend her a hand when she's given the opportunity to learn the story behind her fathers trial.

I really loved the study guide exerpts at the start of each chapter. Each one discusses a power, including which god it is linked to, and what exactly the power entails. If I could choose one it would most certainly be Psychodictation.

"Psychodicatation
Source: Athena
The Ability to communicate telepathically, whether in words, feelings, or other ways..." (page 104).

Once again, Childs didn't disappoint. If you're looking for a light, fun, quick read this book is for you.

By Tera Lynn Childs
Published by Dutton Juvenile
224 Pages
Rating: A-

5 comments:

Krista said...

I can't wait to read this one :) Great review :)

Andrea said...

I haven't read either of these but it sounds good.

pirate penguin said...

Exactly how I felt! :)

how is psych major syndrome? you must tell me if you like it or not!

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Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I've heard this was cute. Great review!

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