Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)

Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)

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by Jessica Therrien

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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 average people, 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…  See more details below


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 average people, 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 for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. 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.

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Acorn Publishing, Battle Creek, MI
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Children of the Gods Series, #1
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5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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Oppression 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 274 reviews.
Fairhaven More than 1 year ago
Oppression tells the story of Elyse, a girl who not only can heal people with her blood, but who mysteriously ages five times slower than regular people. Though she thinks she's alone in the world, there are actually many others like her, with different abilities but similar stories. She's special, though. There's a reason her parents never told her about the others of her kind. Before she was born, an oracle prophesied that she would bring change to her people. Elyse isn't sure that she's ready to be a revolutionary. She's only just begun to make friends, to discover who she is, and to find love. All in all, an incredible debut from Jessica Therrien. I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.
Hamlet More than 1 year ago
YA fiction usually isn't the first thing I run to pick up, but anything that manages to combine Greek mythology, X-Men-like powers, mysterious prophecies and a coming-of-age story is worth the read. Jessica Therrien's Oppression does all this and more, bringing together a host of interesting characters into a story full of tension, romance, and discovery. You'll be glad the conclusion leads into a sequel, because this is not a world you'll want to be over with any time soon. Read this book.
ClaireFrith More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely fantastic! There was not a moment when I was not enthralled. Oppression follows the story of Elyse, a 89 year old woman who barely looks 18. She believes she has a rare genetic disorder which means she ages 5 times slower than the average person - but in reality the truth is a lot more exciting! She is in fact a Descendant - someone who is a descendant born from "Greek Gods". From the very beginning, this story jumps into action, and had me on the edge of my seat for every moment - I found it awfully hard to put down! Not only is Oppression enchanting, but it also pulls on your heart-strings. You watch Elyse discover this new world she never imagined existed, and not only the beauty but also the horror that comes with it, and you just can't help but feel for her through-out the story. Jessica Therrien has taken Greek Mythology, and put a fantastic modern twist to it - I can not wait to read book 2!
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Great interesting story. kept me entertained through.
Janet29 More than 1 year ago
This original Young Adult Novel is a breakthrough, mixing the real world with the paranormal. It has characters you will fall in love with and characters you will hate. It will be the next page turner sitting on your shelves waiting for part 2!
AllisonMichelle More than 1 year ago
I read this book in three days. Total page-turner. I loved the characters...William in particular (WHAT A CUTIE!). Can't wait for the next book. Please be soon...
Tattoogirl_Reads More than 1 year ago
Jessica Therrien has a pretty good debut on her hands here. You’ve got kids (?) with abilities, romance, an evil to overthrow, and a super hot dude who smiles a lot. (Just how I like ‘em) Elyse, the main character, is sweet, innocent and shy. Sometimes I hate that but it worked here because she wasn’t so shy that it was crippling. She would venture out and do things. But was Elyse my favorite character? Nope, my fav was Kara the bad girl. You’ll know why once you read it. For now I’ll just leave it out that. William, our stud of the moment, is pretty awesome. Very smiley and says the perfect things at the perfect times. He does have a moment of bullheadedness which works because if he didn’t he’d be too perfect. I like him. He’s so flirty There are some points that I hope get worked out in the next novel like the flashes from one setting to another or one time period to another. They are pretty halting and hard to catch up with at times. The other thing that didn’t quiet fit was the characters ages with their maturity. I don’t think that’s going to change in the next novel because it would be too much. I liked their personalities I just don’t see how they are realistic when compared to their ages. All in all, this is an enjoyable read, especially if you like the Greek god scene. And I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the preview before purchasing this novel. I'm usually pretty selective, but this story was very suspenseful and entertaining. I' m looking forward to the next book in this series !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait until the next one comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything about greek myths so this book held my interest till the very end! I can not wait to read the second one. I could totally see this becoming the next movie craze!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shocked me with how good it was. With many different twists and turns as well as magical powers and of course romance this book made it hard for me to put it down. I so cant wait for book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I cant wait for the next one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book. Kept me entertained and wanting to read more! Can't wait for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment i started reading this book i was hoiked!!! It us absolutly brilliant and i cannot wait for the sequel!!!!
Larya More than 1 year ago
I am a very social girl. That said, I do not think I could voluntarily stay away from other people, for any reason. But that is exactly what Elyse does. For OVER 50 YEARS. Yikes. Elyse grows up knowing that she isn’t exactly, well, normal. Her first clue might be that she ages FIVE times slower than an average human. But, if that doesn’t convince her, the fact that her blood has the power to heal people just might. When her parents suddenly pass away, Elyse has to learn to adapt and blend in all on her own. As she moves on with her life, Elyse meets the mysterious William and tries desperately to stay away from him. She is pulled slowly into William’s world where she learns things, dangerous things, about herself and the world they live in. Will she fulfill the prophecy? Or will she take fate into her own hands… Right away, I really connect with Elyse’s character! She obviously has had a sheltered life but, despite that, she is FULL of spunk. Elyse stands up for what she believes in and refuses to be intimidated into abandoning her loved ones. I respect her and understand what she thinks and feels. Her character is loveable and easy to relate too! I also feel attached to William but in a different way. He obviously cares for Elyse and would do anything to protect her, which is why I like him so much. I view Elyse as my friend, and he tries to protect and make her happy. The mythology in Oppression is ASTOUNDING. I love how detailed it is. Every “Descendant” comes from a bloodline, and the powers are determined through the bloodlines. Therrien does a fantastic job of giving the descendants powers that are unique but that still make complete sense. I did not get to see nearly as many cool powers in action as I would have liked, but I suppose I can wait for book two for that! I cannot help but notice how fast Elyse’s relationship with William turns serious. For someone who has spent her life hiding in shadows and keeping her distance, it takes Elyse almost no time to break free of those habits. In the very beginning of the book, she also blindly does what William asks of her, which I don’t think fits her character! That said, throughout the book I see Elyse grow more confident and become an amazing person. The Cover: This cover is a real eye grabber. It hooks my attention with its light against dark contrast and makes me instantly curious about its contents. I am not really sure what the circles of lighter color around the face represent, but they add depth and help frame the girl even more. I really like this cover! I give Oppression 4.5 out of 5 stars: Very Highly Recommended! for more of my reviews go to Epiloguereview at blogspot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will put the writer on my watch list!
AubreySchlue More than 1 year ago
This is a really original book - I'm always on the lookout for some good YA Paranormal Romance, but this one comes with an excellent/original premise. I honestly cannot wait for the second book to come out!!!
2blueyes More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book; it was definitely worth the dollar I spent on it. I like the base for the novel and the characters. It's a little oddly paced and the main character's thoughts and actions don't seem very in tune. Overall a good book. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been awhile since a book caught my attention....this was definitely the best short read ive ever come across. I recommend this book to everyone! I cant wait for the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall it was okay. Found alot of words i had to look up and other paragraphs i just didn't understand. While Elyse was describing Leninia for i whole page, i got frustrated and stopped reading. But of course the next day i finished it. The book was quite written different, and i'm not sure i liked the way she wrote it. I'm a fast reader and this took me a week or so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great read i recommend! Finished in three days! One of my favorite books now and cant wait for the 2nd book! :)
MrBookWonder More than 1 year ago
I never thought that this book would be so fantastic. As a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythologies, I didn’t have a hard time understanding Oppression. I think this book was blessed with Aphrodite’s beauty because I was completely in awe of it. Oppression was immediate and easy to love. It was both compelling and fascinating. It was both mythic and exciting. There are so many good points in Oppression that I really could pinpoint. I loved the idea that the gods and goddesses weren’t literally gods but human in nature yet inherited incredible abilities. Plus the idea of a brewing war between the Descendants and the higher Descendants definitely showed that this story has so much to tell in the following books. Therrien’s great mixture of myth and dystopian definitely won me. Therrien created as well a fresh batch of mythic characters. I loved 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 caught me. 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. Another character that I fell in love with was Kara. I loved her personality as being strong-willed. Kara was 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 infectious classic romance, and a cup of 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.
bookchelle More than 1 year ago
I first fell in love with Jessica Therrien's Oppression when I saw the cover a few months ago.. I was browsing around several publisher catalogs and book store sites for February releases. It's not a secret that I fall for book covers. So when I passed by Oppression's gorgeous book cover, how could I resist? I am almost always partial to a cover with a hue of green. Add to that the beautiful cover model with a simple font face. For me, it's cover win! Oppression revolves around Elyse, who on the outside looks a little older than 18, but in reality is closer to 90. She believes that she has a rare genetic disorder, but in fact she is a Descendant - someone born from the Greek gods. It has been prophesied that Elyse is the destined savior of the Descendants against the council, the offspring of the seven gods. But the pressure of the prophecy could be a little too much, especially for Elyse. I enjoyed Elyse. She was smart and loyal. Elyse had a good head on her shoulders, but that could be because she was closer to 90. But in her sheltered world, she understood things that maybe others wouldn't have. She appreciated what was around her and who she was. Elyse is loyal. If you see her actions, she didn't run away from her destiny. Instead, she accepted it. Each and every single character that I was introduced to brought something to the dynamic. From a main character to a supporting character, they each had a purpose, just like their own abilities. For me, Therrien tells the tale of each character in a very engaging way. She slowly reveals details and personality traits of each character, enough so that I have learned to embrace them individually. When I first started reading Oppression, I was pulled in by the first few pages. The them of mythology is a familiar one, but the premise of descendants living beyond what their physical appearance appears to be, is new to me. The world that Therrien created was enchanting, filled with the captivating history of where the Descendants came from and who they strive to be. I love it when authors put a twist on classic tales. Oppression is unique, definitely, but Therrien gave it a familiar feel. She introduced an astonishing world that complimented her characters nicely. They are all a part of everything, but each detail is unique and significant. There are a lot of answers left to be answered, and I can't wait for the following book. I am curious to find out more about The Council. I want to know who they are as a whole, and the different members. I also want to know more about Elyse and who she was. I just want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next one!