Book Review: Oppression by Jessica Therrien

SERIES. Children of The Gods, Book One
RELEASE DATE. February 28, 2012
PAGES. 346
FORMAT. Electronic - Advance Reading Copy
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance
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SYNOPSIS. Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal.

For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability.

Or so she thinks.

Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her.

Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable—except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to centuries of traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning—and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.

THOUGHTS. Being an obsessively huge fan of mythologies, Oppression was immediate and easy to love. Any book that has an inspiration or hint of any myth in it (Greek, Roman, Norse etc.), I definitely welcome it with wide open arms.

Oppression was both compelling and fascinating. It was both mythic and exciting. I love the idea that the gods and goddesses here weren't literally gods (or not even close enough to be associated as demigods or half-bloods). From the series title itself, they are Children of the Gods, human vessels whose blood inherited godly abilities and are called Descendants. There are no longer the Zeus, Poseidon or Hades we knew. They are reimagined in another personality. I love how Therrien put a new twist on our favorite gods and goddesses. She brilliantly and effortlessly incorporated their world into our world that I almost wanted to believe and live into. Even the idea of an impending war between the Descendants is simply fascinating and one of the subplots that I'm anxiously preparing for. Therrien’s great mixture of myth, urban fantasy and dystopian is enough for me to continue the Children of The God series.

Therrien created as well a fresh batch of mythic characters. I love Elyse’s character so much. For all of her life, she felt she was different. All she’d done was run and hide because of what she thought was an abnormality in her. I really felt her pain and anxiety when she had to avoid people. I felt her fear, loneliness, and sadness. But thanks to William, everything in Elyse’s life changed. And that’s when I found out that Elyse and William’s romance really drawn me to the story more. I adored William too. He wasn’t the kind of guy you have to hate first before falling on him. I could really feel his love for Elyse. He was the kind of guy where you feel secured and cared. But there is one unforgettable character that I really wished was given more attention, Kara. I loved her strong-willed personality and how she reacts to every situation. Kara is really one of the intriguing characters in the story. I wanted to see more of her, more of her incredible power, and definitely more of her story.

Oppression is a very good start for a beautifully weaved series. It left me wanting more. If you want a story with a handful of Greek mythology, a dash of infectious foretold romance, and a cup of a brewing war then Oppression is definitely for you. Jessica Therrien is a debut author that could blow you away. She forged an outstanding, refreshing tale that could top every favorite books in the mainstream publishing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series, CHILDREN OF THE GODS. She spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband, and is currently at work on book three in her CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

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