Gods Behaving Badly
Written By: Marie Phillips
Published By: Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company an imprint of Hachette Book Group Inc., 2008, First Edition, 320 pages, perfect paperback
“Gods Behaving Badly is a roller coaster ride of wicked-fun!”
Product Description – From Amazon.com
“Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they’ve had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.
Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees–a favorite pastime of Apollo’s–is sapping their vital reserves of strength.
Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?”
Gods Behaving Badly is a really interesting book. There is some colourful swearing and brief, sexual content, but these elements were essential to drive the story forward and help portray the characters temperaments more accurately. It was as if Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Zeus and others…were living in a neighbourhood nearby; the author’s skilful story-weaving talents should be commended! It is really nice to find an inventive plot and a creative new story. I was rapidly reeled-in to the story of these Gods from Mount Olympus and the interactions between the humans in this story. Theses God’s are marvellously flawed. The interactions between the human characters and the unique facets of Alice and Neil personalities are mesmerizing. I was captivated by all of the little idiosyncrasies and the fallibility of these two, eccentric human characters. The plot moves forward with steady momentum and has some exciting twists and turns. At times you’ll probably want to give Apollo a kick in the pants or tell Aphrodite to stop meddling, but one thing is for sure; this story WILL NOT bore you!
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it
A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.
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