Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Goddess Bootcamp by Tera Lynn Childs

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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.

Any title with the word “bootcamp” in it has to mean trouble. Considering how things went for Phoebe in Oh. My. Gods. I was prepared for plenty of mishaps in this one!

Apparently since her ancestry was revealed, Phoebe has had a hard time controlling her powers. Unfortunately for her the gods have noticed too and are threatening to take action. To circumvent his, her stepdad, who is also the principal at her school, has enrolled her in a special two-week bootcamp. It’s do or die time now because if she fails the bootcamp and fails the test that follows ... well the gods won’t be too pleased. Plus, she has the Pythian Games trials coming up and she wants to make sure she has her best race ever. Should be a breeze, right? … unless she gets smoted. And you know it’s really bad when her stepsister, Stella offers to help her.

Goddess Bootcamp has the same goofiness as the previous book, if not more since Phoebe’s powers always end up with something pretty ridiculous occurring. As much as I enjoyed that,  I didn’t like Phoebe as much this time. She’s too distracted by other issues – her boyfriend Griffin’s continued friendship with Adara, his ex and Phoebe’s arch nemesis, causes her much displeasure and she's alsoreceiving cryptic messages about her father’s death. With regards to the latter, Phoebe’s curiosity about her father’s demise is understandable as she tries to covertly solve that mystery.

But it’s the whole “I thin my boyfriend's cheating on me" scenario bothered me. Phoebe ‘s reactions and how she chooses to handle it disappointed me. Her old hang ups resurface and she allows herself to get swept up in her jealousy. She just seems smarter than all that so I guess I didn't like seeing her behave so childishly about things.

Still, Phoebe demonstrates plenty of self-depricating humor which makes it easy to forgive her silliness over the whole Griffin issue. Goddess Bootcamp is a good time especially whiile she's at bootcamp and the little surprise that awaits her when she first arrives.
~ Bel

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