Oh. My. Gods.
written by Tera Lynn Childs
Oh. My. Gods. came highly recommended in the blogosphere. I began reading it and immediately thought of Avalon High, also containing a runner as the main character, with a mythical backdrop. The tone from the beginning was a very natural one, and it didn't take long at all before I was hooked. The characters were intriguing--as was the social structure of this great new place. It all flows and is a reading experience you're not likely to forget. My one major complaint about the characters is a pretty big one though--I never actually grew to like Griffin, and seeing as he is the main love interest, it's a pretty big 'uh-oh'. He's a jerk to the core, Herculean or not. Part of me thinks the whole book was a little botched up, it was an interesting read, sure, but I really think that had it been set in Nicole's point-of-view, no Phoebe, with the main plot elements belonging to Nicole, it would have made a good story. I can see Nicole ending up with Griffin, and the history the two of them have is much stronger than his and Phoebe's. It would just have been a more entertaining story. The other thing that struck a nerve was Phoebe's newfound godliness. Way too convenient. The point was to see it from the outsider, not the outsider-who-becomes-the-insider. It worked in Avalon High, but it was a little too much for this book.