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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 hig 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?


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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 hig 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?

30 review for Oh My Gods

  1. 5 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    Fun take on demigods and greek mythology. Unlike other books with greek mythology this is mych more comedy than action, though there is some action in there. It is predictable but in a nice way. There are not too many conflict in this story which makes for a nice and comforting read- espesially appriciated since the last 3 books I read were subpar in my opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Silesia

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Good honest fun! I was hyped for this as it looked super fun, and the cover is definitely drawing in the right vibe. It’s set In modern London and it’s about a teen trying to fit into a new life when she is related to Greek Gods. What’s not to like about that? It is definitely at the lighter end of the scale, but it’s a quick easy read and will make you smile. And that’s honestly what I wanted from this book! I saw the ending coming, so it wasn’t really anything too surprising, which is why I gave Good honest fun! I was hyped for this as it looked super fun, and the cover is definitely drawing in the right vibe. It’s set In modern London and it’s about a teen trying to fit into a new life when she is related to Greek Gods. What’s not to like about that? It is definitely at the lighter end of the scale, but it’s a quick easy read and will make you smile. And that’s honestly what I wanted from this book! I saw the ending coming, so it wasn’t really anything too surprising, which is why I gave it 3.5 stars. But I’m still glad I picked it up and would definitely recommend it - especially if, like me, you are coming off the end of a vicious cold and need something light to ease your brain back into thinking! 💙

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Emzbooksandco

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jaleesa

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I love anything to do with mythology, particularly Greek so that meant I just had to read this book. Being half Greek, though unfortunately not half Goddess, made it even more appealing. Helen is such a down to Earth, normal girl apart from the little matter of her father being the King of the Greek Gods. She hasn't had the easiest life so far and now she just wants to settle down in her new home, make some friends at school and maybe even have her first real kiss. Of course, life never goes to p I love anything to do with mythology, particularly Greek so that meant I just had to read this book. Being half Greek, though unfortunately not half Goddess, made it even more appealing. Helen is such a down to Earth, normal girl apart from the little matter of her father being the King of the Greek Gods. She hasn't had the easiest life so far and now she just wants to settle down in her new home, make some friends at school and maybe even have her first real kiss. Of course, life never goes to plan and her new family cause no end of problems for her. Though the Gods have been around for centuries, they can still learn something from Helen. She's a normal girl but when she's needed, she finds the bravery inside her and shows the Gods who is wisest! I really hope there will be more books starring Helen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I wish I'd had this book as a young teenager. It was the mortal bits I loved the most- the school friends, group chats, north London. And nothing beats it when a bus route you know comes up in a book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I loved Oh My Gods! I'm giving it 4 stars because I feel like the ending was a little rushed and I would have loved more development in the action at the end!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Bawden

    Helen's teenage foot-in-mouth moments had me laughing out loud, her letters to her mum made me cry, and I stayed up late to finish it. I enjoyed this book so much as an adult and I would have lapped it up as a teen. I can't wait to see what Alex does next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kath Lambert

    I talked in a previous review about how I ended up reading the first fiction novel of a writer who I first found out about at Grrrlcon, but this time around I read a first novel from a fellow attendee of Write Like A Grrrl, which was the precursor to Grrrlcon. A workshop that I also attended. Therefore I am all about grrrls supporting grrrls, and I’m really glad I bought this book as it didn’t disappoint. The story centres on Helen, a half mortal daughter of the Greek God Zeus, living in London o I talked in a previous review about how I ended up reading the first fiction novel of a writer who I first found out about at Grrrlcon, but this time around I read a first novel from a fellow attendee of Write Like A Grrrl, which was the precursor to Grrrlcon. A workshop that I also attended. 
Therefore I am all about grrrls supporting grrrls, and I’m really glad I bought this book as it didn’t disappoint. The story centres on Helen, a half mortal daughter of the Greek God Zeus, living in London of all places. Not only does Helen have to deal with normal teenage problems, annoying siblings, a new school, boys, and the dreaded spots, she also has to keep the secret that her family is really a bunch of gods. A teenager with a secret, what could possibly go wrong? This is a really lovely novel that covers grief (at the loss of a close family member), how to get along with your family, first love, and most importantly, how to not lose your friends along the way. The last couple of chapters had me really tearing up as Helen delivers a heartfelt speech, and finally starts to open up to her new friends about why she’s been so flakey of late. A situation I’ve definitely been in on behalf of the friends POV. For a first novel I think the author has done a fantastic job of setting the scene, and showing the reader a different side of London. Something I haven’t seen, possibly ever. And I’m guessing that the author is from, or has spent a lot of time in the places mentioned in the book in order to describe the areas so vividly. My only gripes with the book are very minor, sometimes the pacing skips, and days/weeks etc seem very short, and some of the pop culture references seem more like they come from someone the authors age, than from a teenager in the present day. But perhaps today’s teens are more fond of 90s movies than I realise. These are minor things I picked up on but they didn’t impact my enjoyment at all, just some things for the author to bear in mind in her next book. I saw recently that someone commented on one of the authors Instagram posts that this book would make a great CBBC show, and I have to agree. It would lend itself perfectly to being adapted into a mini series (or a longer series if Alexandra decides to give us some more of Helen’s stories). I wish her every success with this book and all of her future endeavours.

  11. 4 out of 5

    BooksNest

    Thank you very much to the lovely people of Scholastic UK for allowing me to take home a copy of this amazing novel from their event in February. This book is written for teenagers, with a main character who is still at school and pre-ALevels. With this in mind, I’m not going to be reviewing it from the perspective of a critic, but from an enjoyability factor. Because I can see that for teenagers this book will allow them to really empathise with the characters and the language used. Not to menti Thank you very much to the lovely people of Scholastic UK for allowing me to take home a copy of this amazing novel from their event in February. This book is written for teenagers, with a main character who is still at school and pre-ALevels. With this in mind, I’m not going to be reviewing it from the perspective of a critic, but from an enjoyability factor. Because I can see that for teenagers this book will allow them to really empathise with the characters and the language used. Not to mention it makes me feel old and out of date with phrases and slang that is used, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two. This story follows half mortal Helen, daughter of Zeus, thrown into a house with Gods whilst trying to live an ordinary life. Told through Helen’s narrative and letters to her mum, this story really sees a birds eye view of Helen’s hectic life living with the Gods. As someone who has always been interested by mythology, this was right up my street and I loved seeing a different perspective of the Greek Gods. Getting to know each of the main God characters, Zeus, Aphrodite, Eros and Apollo, as more human-like was interesting. They are having to blend in to live on Earth and not reveal their abilities. It makes for quite a comical read and I really enjoyed the take Alexandra Sheppard had on this, you can tell she loves the mythology herself too. The dynamic of this and initial plot was simple and clear and I really liked that. It was fairly obvious the direction the plot was taking, but I enjoyed that this allowed us to spend more time with the characters and seeing how Helen lives her life. I’m interested to know if we will see more in this world because I still have questions about Helen and her half mortal status. If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, or any kind of mythology for that matter, then this is a book for you. Join Helen as she adjusts to having a family that isn’t quite so ordinary. This is a book I wish I’d have in my teen years.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I picked this up as it looked like a bit of fun: a YA fantasy about a demi-god adjusting to life with her family of Greek gods masquerading as mortal Londoners. I love Greek mythology and anything that reimagines the personalities of the gods and goddesses is right up my street. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to the premise. It was very teenage; and I say that as a card-carrying fan of YA, so I know it's nothing to do with it being the wrong genre for me or my expectations of stories that I picked this up as it looked like a bit of fun: a YA fantasy about a demi-god adjusting to life with her family of Greek gods masquerading as mortal Londoners. I love Greek mythology and anything that reimagines the personalities of the gods and goddesses is right up my street. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to the premise. It was very teenage; and I say that as a card-carrying fan of YA, so I know it's nothing to do with it being the wrong genre for me or my expectations of stories that feature teenage characters. There was no real complexity to any of the characters, the plot was incredibly predictable and the writing didn't always flow particularly well. I still wanted to find out what happened at the end rather than DNF-ing, hence the two-star rating, but it's certainly not one I'd recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I'm personally not a huge fan of YA, but I'm a sucker for really anything having to do with Greek myth or myth retellings. It's a typical teen formula of a girl trying to juggle the drama of starting a new school, annoying family members and first romance all with the added drama of having her dad and half siblings as the Olympian gods. I'm a bit biased since it's not my favorite genre, but to be fair, I did figure out the major plot twist within the first 150 pages. I would've liked some extra I'm personally not a huge fan of YA, but I'm a sucker for really anything having to do with Greek myth or myth retellings. It's a typical teen formula of a girl trying to juggle the drama of starting a new school, annoying family members and first romance all with the added drama of having her dad and half siblings as the Olympian gods. I'm a bit biased since it's not my favorite genre, but to be fair, I did figure out the major plot twist within the first 150 pages. I would've liked some extra details about actual Greek myth - it was the cause of the major plot points in the book but if you take that element out, it does lose the novelty but it doesn't really add anything of significance. It was cute and had some funny moments, but overall, if Sheppard plans on writing a sequel in the future I probably won't pick it up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cait Atkins

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leci

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tomo

    3.5 en realidad. Es una lectura ligerita y amena, no ha estado nada mal, aunque por ser así de ligera no puedo darle más puntuación ya que no profundiza demasiado en los personajes ni la trama es realmemte espectacular. Cumple su función y es disfrutable, que las lecturas ligeras también son necesarias.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Harri

    Not amazingly or particularly excitingly written, but a cute conceit delivered without anything particularly awful happening and with enough narrative tension to keep me engaged and have me stay up late to finish it. Perhaps aimed at younger YAs than I’ve previously read?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    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!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathiee

    It was boring Meh, nothing really interesting tbh. Very lighthearted and kind of poorly written sometimes, the wording just felt weird. Fun read if bored.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fay

    Lovely book, very interesting depiction of the Greek Gods and how they would live their lives in this mortal realm. Some great rep and great characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Brilliant book from start to finish. What a love letter to London and to the importance of family and friendship.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leticia Vila-Sanjuán

    haters will say i'm biased

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Sweet fast read. I recommend

  25. 5 out of 5

    Virginie (chouettblog)

    The story was building too slowly for my liking but I really did enjoy the last quarter of the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A really fun book! This book follows the hilarious story of Helen, a half-mortal who is starting a new school and dealing with her chaotic relatives that happen to be Greek Gods.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    This book is terrific fun, and an annoyingly good idea. But it's also says important things about what it feels like to fall between the cracks. I loved it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

    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

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma

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