Warning: this review is full of spoilers.
I just couldn’t resist the premise of this book: a boarding school for the descendants of the Greek gods. I’m a sucker for books that take place in schools and particularly boarding. And come on! Greek gods! How cool is that?
Phoebe is an interesting character for YA. We often see shy, bookish protags (probably because that was what most authors were like), but Phoebe is a B student, doesn’t love to read, and her major interest is running. This book passes the Bechdel test in spades, with Phoebe’s three main female friends. Phoebe’s mom comes back from a family reunion in Greece with a fiance and a surprise move to a tiny Greek island just in time for her senior year.
There were a ton of things I liked about the book, but in the end, I didn’t quite connect with Phoebe. Her voice was a little adult at times and there were character inconsistencies that were hard for me to ignore. And the premise wasn’t executed as well as I wished. The students pretty much could just do “whatever” and the issue was only one of control. But then some people seemed to have specialized powers, so that was a little… The whole thing just seemed not terribly thought out.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who was excited by the premise or who was in the mood for a teen book with a pretty satisfying romance and a different kind of main character.