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>Teen Review Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs


Goddess Boot CampSeventeen-year-old Phoebe has recently learned that she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe). Now, in order to learn to control her newfound – and very strong – powers, she’s being forced to attend Goddess Boot Camp. The only problem is, none of the other campers is over the age of ten! It’s not going to be easy to survive camp, train for the Pythian Games, and keep her romance with Griffin going strong, but goddess help her, Phoebe is determined to make it work!

In the sequel to Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Diving right back into Phoebe’s life proves to be even more fun and chock full of drama the second time around!

After landing the hottest guy on campus, getting a coveted spot on the track team and coming to grips with her new life in Greece and her new powers– Phoebe just can’t seem to catch a break. Every time she starts to get her crazy life situated another obstacle gets in her way-this time it’s many different obstacles.

For starters, Phoebe’s powers are running amok. Because she can’t seem to get a grip on them her step dad sends her to boot camp with a bunch of kids! Now, before I get too ahead of myself let me explain. Phoebe came into her powers and knowledge of them later in life. Most kids born into the godhood grow up learning about it and have a much better grasp on their powers by the time they are Phoebe’s age. But, because our heroine didn’t have that luxury she is stuck playing catch-up and it is very important that she harnesses her powers sooner rather than later. However, it may be easier if the added pressure of her new stepsister being a counselor their weren’t weighing heavy on her shoulders.

The boot camp isn’t the only stress Phoebe has going on either. There is an upcoming tournament (Pythian Games) that is important to her but her time is stretched thin as it is. Plus–It’s ain’t easy being the new girl and it’s never easy when you fear your hunky boyfriend may be straying. Is it just stress causing her insecurities or something more? Tera Lynn Childs does a nice job of plotting the story and tying up all the loose strings to give readers a satisfying resolution.

With all the teenage drama and emotional highs and lows this book is a super fun and fast summer read that is quirky and cute with easy to love characters, a twist on mythology and a beautifully described setting of the Greek Isles! Fun, fun, fun!

  • Author: Tera Lynn Childs
  • Series: Oh. My. Gods!
  • Release: June, 2009
  • Source: Personal Library

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>Tween Review: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs


Oh. My. Gods.When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the uberexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

With all the heavy and dark books on the market for the young adult crowd, it is no wonder that we need some happier and fun books to lighten the load every now and then. Tera Lynn Childs is an author I turn to for such a task. Her books are funny, entertaining and un-put-downable!

In Oh. My. Gods. we are introduced to Childs modern day take on Greek Mythology (think Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson for girls). The heroine, Phoebe is in the middle of a highschool crisis. Her mother has re-married and  is uprooting Phoebe to live in the Aegean sea. As any young girl in school will tell you, this is totally un-cool. I mean, we work so hard for getting into programs, trying out for sports and our popularity status that moving can feel like the end of the world…and for Phoebe it does. Especially when she is sent to a special Academy where all the other students think they are a god…well, in this case they kind of are but all the same….it’s a HUGE deal!

Keeping secrets, felling like an outcast, adjusting to a new family in a foreign land….all of those things are issues that can really weigh a girl down. But then, Phoebe manages to get a spot on the divine track team (even though she isn’t one of the divine) and then a total hottie enters the picture and gives Phoebe something to look forward to in her new home.

Readers will stay glued to the pages following Phoebe’s new adventures of trying to find her place and sympathize with her ordeals and homesick feelings…It’s tough being a kid.

Tera Lynn Childs has written an ubercute story that is sure to put a smile on the face of those who read it–It did for me!

  • Author: Tera Lynn Childs
  • Release: May, 2008
  • Series: Oh My Gods!
  • Source: Personal Library

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>Tera Lynn Childs Good Summertime reads MEGA Giveaway!


I have been so excited about this feature for a while now. There is just something about summer that alters my mood and leaves me wanting to read particular type of book– nothing too heavy, but with good characters and an engaging plot that keeps me turning the pages. Oh, and a romance of course because what is a summer book without a steamy crush with a cute boy (or girl).

Well, one of the authors I have come to love writes perfect summertime books about Greek Mythology, teenage angst, young love and mermaids too! Just who am I referring to you ask…well Tera Lynn Childs of course!

In celebration of her next release in her “Forgive My Fins” series I am going to give one lucky person the chance to enjoy these awesome books themselves by giving away all three books by Childs I reviewed this week PLUS her newest book that drops June 28th, FINS ARE FOREVER!

Oh. My. Gods.Goddess Boot Camp  Forgive My Fins  Fins Are Forever

 This contest is international…sort of. If winner is a US resident they win all books if winner is international they win a copy of Fins Are Forever shipped from Book Depository. Oh. My. Gods. , Goddess Boot Camp and Forgive My Fins are signed by the author. To enter you must be a follower of this lovely blog. If you already follow PBD, awesome- just simply leave a comment in this post along with your email address so I can contact you if you win. If you don’t follow PBD that is easily fixed by clicking on the follow icon on top of the screen or right sidebar. This is one of those super, mega giveaways so I am going to give extra entries for the every person that leaves a comment in the following posts:

Also…It would be really awesome if you shared the love and spread the word about this contest on Twitter or Facebook. If you do be sure to mention @paperbackdolls and @teralynnchilds .

This contest will end June 30th. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email and announced in the Week In Review post Sunday July 3rd.

Good Luck!

>Interview with Tera Lynn Childs – Romantic Times Feature


Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever (June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa, starting with Sweet Venom (October 4, 2011). She has also epublished two fun chick lit romances, Eye Candy and Straight Stalk. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Q: With so many various writing conferences and cons nowadays, authors seem to have several options to fill their schedules. What is it about Romantic Times that made you add this event to your busy schedule?

Oh. My. Gods.A: I’ll be honest and say that Los Angeles was a big inducement. I love southern California, so any chance to visit (and as a tax write-off!) is great. But I’m also impressed by all the great Teen Day stuff that’s happening at RT this year. I think there’s going to be a great turnout of teens and YA readers, and getting the chance to meet them is definitely worth the trip.

Q: As far as busy schedules go, do you find time to read for yourself? If so what are some of your current favorite books?

A: I don’t read as much as I should, but I can’t get past The Hunger Games being my favorite recent book. I also loved Life As We Knew It, even though I haven’t been able to read the sequel yet because it was just so emotionally draining.

Q: So many adults are enjoying the YA genre now. Do you feel like your writing has messages for the targeted audience of young adults, or do you keep in mind the cross-over audience as well?

A: In all honesty, I don’t think much about the reader when I’m writing. My main priority is telling the story that my characters need to tell, and I follow that wherever it leads. The only voice in the back of my mind is that of my editor. After five books together, I’ve learned a lot of what she likes and doesn’t, and I try to make our revising jobs easier by tackling those as I write.

Q: Do you ever get “star-struck” meeting other authors or have “fan-girl” moments?

Eye Candy (City Chicks)A: Of course! I started out wanting to write romance and I still go a little insane when I see my favorite historical romance author, Julia Quinn. And I’m still a bit intimidated by my favorite YA authors, even ones I’m friends/acquaintances with, because I’m still in awe of their talent. I would lost it if I were in the same room as Suzanne Collins.

Q: Since Romantic Times has an emphasis on romance, who are some of your favorite romantic couples of fiction, or ones perhaps you’ve created?

A: Darcy and Elizabeth, of course. My favorite in more recent romance are Simon and Daphne in The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. That book still makes me cry. And I have to say that Quince and Lily in myForgive My Fins are the favorite couple I’ve created. They work hard to get together, and I think the payoff is … lifetime.

Q: Are there certain things you have to have to write, like snacks or music?

A: My music and snacks and drinks change, depending on the season and the book and my general mood. But the one constant is that I have to be out of the house. I usually write in cafe and coffee shops. I’m sure it’s habit, but I just can’t produce pages at home.

Q: Writing seems to be such a personal thing, is it hard to send your work out into the world? How do you deal with getting feedback from so many different people?

Forgive My FinsA: Yes, it’s personal, and yes, it’s hard. I entered a lot of contests when I was first writing, and that taught me a few things very quickly. I will never, ever be able to write to please everybody. There will always be someone who doesn’t get your writing, doesn’t like heroines who can’t make up their mind, can’t stand the bad boy hero, or hates characters named Jane. Bad reviews still hurt, but you have to be Zen about it. I always tell myself that maybe that person stepped in a muddy puddle on the way to work and their day went downhill from there. Who knows why they didn’t like the book, and dwelling on it can’t change that.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to young adults (on anything), what would it be?

A: High school is only one stage in life. As soon as you graduate, the old social rules change. Ten years down the line, the calculus geek is going to be a music producer, the hot crush is going to be married with children and a job he hates, and the quiet girl in the honors classes will be an up and coming author. Just get through it as best you can–with your friends, your family, your art, whatever–and stay true to yourself no matter what.

Q: What is your opinion on the steady popularity of supernatural elements in YA fiction? Do you think that the Vampire (were’s, angels, demons, fairies) trend is here to stay?

Goddess Boot CampA: Yes! And I’m not saying that because I write about mermaids and descendants of Medusa who hunt monsters. I don’t see any signs that the bulk of the audience is shifting to straight contemporary or historical or mystery subgenres. There is room for all of those and more in YA, of course, but it just seem that the paranormal is staying strong.

Q: As writers of Young Adult fiction, teens (and some adults for that matter) can get kind of obsessed with characters and the authors that created them. Do you enjoy the fame and attention you have gained from writing or is it more of a nuisance?

A: I love it. Even as I get asked the same questions over and over (and over and over) I appreciate that, for that particular reader, it’s the first time she’s asking the question. I may be telling the four-hundred and ninety-seventh person that no, there are no plans for moreOh. My. Gods. books at this time, but it’s the first time I’m telling that reader. And above all I appreciate that the reader was so drawn into my story that they’re taking the time to write and ask questions. I can’t ask for much more than that.
Fins Are ForeverQ: What is next for you? Any exciting news you could share…or tease us with?
A: This summer, Fins Are Forever (the sequel to Forgive My Fins) goes on sale. Then, this fall my new trilogy about monster-hunting triplet descendants of Medusa begins with Sweet Venom. I am SO excited about this one. I call it Buffy meets Charmed meets mythology (with maybe a little Parent Trap thrown in). I can’t wait for it to hit the stores!

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