(Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Penguin on 2009
Genres: Dating & Sex, Fantasy & Magic, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Social Issues, Young Adult
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. It?s another fast-paced myth-inspired heroine?s quest that?s sure to bring out the goddess in anyone.
Now that Phoebe has discovered who she is—a descendant of Nike—she has accepted living in Greece and staying on the small island surrounded by the descendants of the gods. There’s one problem, however: she can’t control her powers. She’s supposed to be enjoying the summer before her (second) senior year, but instead, Damian, her stepfather, sends her to Goddess Boot Camp. On top of that, she’s in the midst of training for a running competition that used to be bigger than the Olympics. Phoebe’s determined to reign in her powers, but can she do that and train for the race of her life?
I really enjoyed the first book in the series even though it wasn’t my favorite of Childs’s books. I dived into Goddess Boot Camp immediately after finishing the first book in this series but didn’t find it as good as its predecessor. Oh. My. Gods. had a different timeline than the second book and took place over a few months rather than the two weeks that Phoebe had to prove she could control her powers. A lot more happened during that time, and Phoebe only talked about some of the things that had gone wrong after discovering her abilities. I would have liked to know a little more about lions in the cafeteria and switching places to take exams, but nonetheless, it made me laugh just thinking about it. There were multiple twist and turns thrown into the story to keep things exciting and I couldn’t wait to figure it all out.
Phoebe had learned about her father’s untimely death and wanted to find out how far his love for her stretched. When a mysterious letter is left on her doorstep, her sleuthing began. It took most of the story for her mystery person to come forward and help her find the answers she had been looking for. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed by who it ended up being and felt that there was a lot of build up and expected a whole other character to appear. Overall, though, the mystery kept me wondering and added more questions to the list I had already acquired.
Along with trying to discover the mystery of her father’s death, Phoebe also had to learn to trust Griffin. Even though they had been dating for nine months, when he started hanging out with his ex-girlfriend again, she started to doubt him. I loved Griffin and felt sorry for him when Phoebe noticeably broke his heart. It killed me having to wait to see how things would turn out between the two.
For fans of mythology and Childs’s books, this is a perfect addition to your collection.