Oh My Gods
Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic. But, for Helen Thomas, it's tragic.She's just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings - who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London!Between keeping her family's true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen's stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus.She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life.Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions?

Oh My Gods Details

TitleOh My Gods
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 3rd, 2019
PublisherScholastic UK
ISBN-139781407188737
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Mythology

Oh My Gods Review

  • Emilie Emzbooksandco
    January 1, 1970
    I was so hyped for this book, and I’m so disappointed… I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that good either. Greek Mythology is clearly my thing, so when I found out this book was about Greek Gods but in the contemporary world, living among us, I was thrilled.But as soon as I started this book, I knew I was going to be disappointed. I don’t know, I guess it wasn’t for me. I think I was expecting a lot, and it didn’t hit my expectations. I didn’t like the end at all, Hades being nice was not rig I was so hyped for this book, and I’m so disappointed… I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that good either. Greek Mythology is clearly my thing, so when I found out this book was about Greek Gods but in the contemporary world, living among us, I was thrilled.But as soon as I started this book, I knew I was going to be disappointed. I don’t know, I guess it wasn’t for me. I think I was expecting a lot, and it didn’t hit my expectations. I didn’t like the end at all, Hades being nice was not right for me aha. I really wanted more. I did like some parts of it though, the characters were funny, I liked the modern vision, the representation, and the idea in itself. So yeah, this wasn't the right book for me, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
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  • Jaleesa
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that this book was actually really cute. I do not think I am the target demographic but I could appreciate it for what it was. It was very easy to get through and it was funny and charming. I would recommend it for teens interested in Greek mythology or for anyone looking for a quick read with some heart to it.
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  • Silesia
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited about this book from the moment that I read the acquisition announcement in the Bookseller. It looked like it was going to be the book that 14-year-old me was desperate for. A story about a relatable, insecure teenaged black girl who lives in London combined with my (almost) snobby knowledge of and love for Greek mythology. The book opens with a light and conversational letter from Helen to her mum. It gives a pure, unobscured window into her mind and by the end of the letter I fel I was excited about this book from the moment that I read the acquisition announcement in the Bookseller. It looked like it was going to be the book that 14-year-old me was desperate for. A story about a relatable, insecure teenaged black girl who lives in London combined with my (almost) snobby knowledge of and love for Greek mythology. The book opens with a light and conversational letter from Helen to her mum. It gives a pure, unobscured window into her mind and by the end of the letter I felt like I already understood who Helen was and what was important to her. Sheppard’s ability to retell the Greek myths convincingly through the voice of a teen protagonist is amazing. Helen is living with her Dad and demigod siblings because her Mum has passed away and her Grandma Thomas is too old to look after her any more, but this fact is handled in such a light and respectful way that it still allows the book to be fun and friendly, without erasing the sadness that comes with losing a parent. The narrative is punctuated with Helen writing letters to her Mum, explaining what is going on in her life and how she feels. The letters faintly echo the Greek Chorus in that they give a summary of what is happening in the main story in a different voice and are written with different typography. The letters also beautifully convey the fact that it is perfectly normal to feel like you don’t fit in at that age and that you don’t get all the answers straight away either. When you’re a teen, feeling awkward and unsure, it’s not very often that we get answers to our questions. The whole time I was reading Helen’s letters I was conscious of the fact that she’d never get a reply, and there was something quite satisfying and relatable in that.Alexandra Shepard wrote such a wonderfully engaging story and made Helen’s voice so believable that in a story centring around Greek Gods living on Earth and all the powers that they display throughout the novel, the only thing I found unconvincing was that the 43 bus goes over Waterloo Bridge. Oh My Gods has everything I want from a teen novel. A lovable protagonist that generates literal laugh-out-loud moments, a crazy family that are the source of her most cringe moments, a great friendship group and a love interest that seems way too good to be true. I wish I had books like this in my life when I was growing up.
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  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    Alexandra Sheppard managed to successfully escort me back to being a teenager. I felt all of Helen's stress at making new friends, embarrassment at her family and butterflies about kissing boys. It felt like a beautifully accurate representation of the daily struggles of being a teenager, with a handful of light-hearted Greek mythology sprinkled on top. I'm a sucker for any kind of mythology, and this book nicely interwove the most elemental aspects of key Olympian gods with the modern world, gi Alexandra Sheppard managed to successfully escort me back to being a teenager. I felt all of Helen's stress at making new friends, embarrassment at her family and butterflies about kissing boys. It felt like a beautifully accurate representation of the daily struggles of being a teenager, with a handful of light-hearted Greek mythology sprinkled on top. I'm a sucker for any kind of mythology, and this book nicely interwove the most elemental aspects of key Olympian gods with the modern world, giving them all endearing personality traits without over-complicating the book with any history. It's a nice easy read that is unapologetic in its diversity, and gives a few interesting twists to classic mythology. The cover is gorgeous and I've found myself frequently thinking about it since I finished reading it. This is the exact book I wish I could have read as a fourteen year old, and therefore I would thoroughly recommend it.
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  • Cait Atkins
    January 1, 1970
    This was adorable.I’m long past the target age for this book, but I still very much enjoyed it. I know for a fact that my 14 year old self would have related to Helen and her friends very much, and although it did make me cringe, the inclusion of colloquialisms that my past self used enthusiastically were a part of making that happen.As a fan of all things classical, I enjoyed how information about the Greek gods was frequent and accurate, yet didn’t overpower the fun, playful side of the story. This was adorable.I’m long past the target age for this book, but I still very much enjoyed it. I know for a fact that my 14 year old self would have related to Helen and her friends very much, and although it did make me cringe, the inclusion of colloquialisms that my past self used enthusiastically were a part of making that happen.As a fan of all things classical, I enjoyed how information about the Greek gods was frequent and accurate, yet didn’t overpower the fun, playful side of the story.A great debut, well written, and engaging. Predictable, but in a good way. Perfect for the target demographic. I’ll happily read from this author again, and would love to see Sheppard write something of a similar balance for an older readership.
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  • Leci
    January 1, 1970
    Oh My Gods wasn't terrible, it actually was a pretty fun story, but it wasn't the book I was wanting it to be so it was a bit of a let down. I was especially disappointed by the portrayal of the Greek Gods. I know I can be rather picky about this, so it might just be me, but they just weren't the right mix of being amazing and terrible at the same time.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    I bloody loved this! Such a fun filled story. I loved Helen and her dysfunctional family so much. This book made me laugh, smile and feel very warm. The letters written into the story brought a very real element to it. I’d LOVE more from this series!
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  • Virginie (chouettblog)
    January 1, 1970
    The story was building too slowly for my liking but I really did enjoy the last quarter of the book.
  • Lucas
    January 1, 1970
    Helen Thomas should have it easy, her father is a Greek God, after all.For the rest of my review you can visit: https://bit.ly/2LFLuuR
  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    A light, lively story about Helen Thomas, an ordinary teenage girl trying to make friends and fit in at her new school, while dealing with the fact that her dad, and siblings, are immortal Greek gods. Great for readers with a broad mix of tastes; think Georgia Nicolson's adventures crossed with a fun fantastical twist.
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