Title: Oppression (Children of the Gods, #1)
Author: Jessica Therrien
Publisher: Acorn Publishing, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Mythology, YA Paranormal
**I received a copy of this book free from ebooksforreview.com and the author in exchange for an honest review**
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Elyse has had a hard eighty years…though she only appears eighteen. Elyse has a rare disorder that she shares with her parents: for every five years, she only physically ages one. At a young age, her parents died in a car crash, and Elyse was left with Betsy, a woman who has recently passed away. She moves to SAN Francisco to protect her secret, though a man at the restaurant under her apartment begins acting strangely…though he’s quite cute.
The next thing Elyse knows, she is pulled into a war with Descendants, people who have bloodlines related to those who people used to consider Greek Gods…Elyse is not the only one who ages slowly, and she happens to have an ability just like them: she can heal people. With William, the hunk downstairs, she is brought into a world different from her own, and told she is part of an important prophecy, one that kept her parents in hiding until their untimely death.
Now all are turning toward her Elyse in hope that she will fulfill the prophecy and save the Decendants from a corrupt council…but Elyse never signed on to any of this. Is Elyse ready to take her place among her kind to start a war, despite the fact that she barely knows these people? And does William really care about her as much as he claims? What’s a girl to do? (Kinda sarcastic here…didn’t really know how to end the blurb! 😉)
Is It Classroom-Appropriate?
Though this title is not as well-known, I could see some interesting things done with the whole Greek mythology connection. However, I really can’t see a lot of use for this particular book in the classroom, as it isn’t really historically accurate and doesn’t focus enough on the Greek Gods to have much use. It’s cute in its use of mythology, and I could see a creative college professor using it in a mythology class…but I say leave it for outside reading. There’s just not enough there for academic purposes. That does not mean the book shouldn’t be read: it’s just not classroom reading.
This book is not going to be found on Lexile.com…independent, or “indie” books never are. Which pisses me off. But be that as it may, I would say this book could be an ok read for ages 13 and up. There’s no swearing and there’s no sex…so it’s not inappropriate by any means. Actually, Elyse is quite inexperienced and sheltered. So the book has that going for it. However, it is book one of three (I have the other two that I plan on reading later), so I don’t know if the series gets racy later. I can only assess book one, and in this book I would say it is ok for younger readers to read. I really don’t know if it would keep their interest, since the themes are more mature (death, power straddles, violence), but there’s nothing offensive here to keep it from younger readers’ hands.
This is where it gets tricky, believe you me. The book was ok. I didn’t like the insta-love between William and Elyse: they meet and they are practically soulmates. She goes off with him the first time she meets him even though she’s been conditioned to be wary of strangers. She doesn’t freak out when he sneaks into her apartment. The guy exhibits some major stalking behaviors, and Elyse is all goo-goo eyed for him. Did not like that. Seriously, let’s have some time to pass before they get all lovey-dovey, you know?
Then there’s the pace of the book: ⎌we are introduced to Elyse one minute, and the next minute she’s being stalked by two people. This is why I can safely say I didn’t really give any spoilers for this book: everything I included happened in, like, the first five chapters of the book! I didn’t get a chance to really get to know Elyse, our main character, and without getting to know her, I can’t really develop an attachment to her. Those were the cons.
The pros? Therrien is actually a good writer! I found some quotes I actually liked, and I rarely find those that I highlight and want to include in my review. Here’s some examples of her prose:
I was grateful in that moment that his eyes, which carried all the beauty of the earth and infinite sky, could not bear witness to the crumbled wreckage of my love-sick heart.
The moon still glowed full and silver in the gray early morning light like a shimmering coin at the bottom of a pool.
The cherry-red blood glistened with vivid pigment against my skin, painting bright crimson patterns on the surface of my hand. It dripped from my fingertips onto the dull colored carpet, each drop a hidden ruby in the sand.
Beautiful prose! So there’s that. And the book did keep my interest. So for that, I was torn between three and four stars. Technically, I would give it three and a half, but since there are no half-stars in the rating world, I’m going to go with my gut here and give it ★★★☆☆. If you haven’t seen my rating system at the bottom of my page, then I’ll include what three stars mean:
“★★★☆☆ : Readable book. Might forget it at some point, but I was able to read to the end, and it kept my interest.”
I feel that’s an accurate assessment of the book. I will continue with the series, because as most people know by now, I’m not one to quit a series. But I have other books to read, so I’m going to focus on those, and probably return to this series at a later date. Here are the other two in the rest of the Children of the Gods series:
Will you be checking out Oppression? Are you a fan of Mythology books? (I am obviously!) Are you upset I didn’t review a spooky book for Halloween? (Sorry…not much into the “spooky” books, but I’ll be posting a book haul library post, and I have some semi-spooky titles in there that you’ll see)
Happy Reading…and Happy Halloween (tomorrow)!!