Review: Jessica Therrien – Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)

Blurb: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 for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable–except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to 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. (source:

When I started reading this book I didn’t know what to expect. I found it on Goodreads and I knew it was something about gods. Well, I LOVE books about gods so I had to start reading it. And I don’t regret it!

Seriously, I fell in love with it. ♥

At first it was a bit strange because there was 89-year-old Elyse who looks like someone who’s only 18 *lol* It took some time to get into the story but this happened really fast. Especially when William finally showed up.

For me, as a reader, it was really obvious that William (and Kara as well^^) were also like Elyse but she didn’t believe it at first. And this is some point that was a bit annoying in my opinion. Did she really believe that she was alone on the world? Some … creature that grows 5 times slower than any human being? Come on, her parents were also like this and THAT had to say something to her. I mean, her parents never told her anything but I think that it was obvious she wasn’t the only one in the world.

But then she met William and everything went really fast. The world that he showed her was great! When she first went to The Institute I had to think about other books (Covenant and VA^^) but this one isn’t about some supernatural school – and therefore I’m thankful.

The plot was great, also the whole destiny-thing with William and so on. The story about her friend was tragic but I liked it anyway.

The characters were well-written, every single one had his charm, even Kara. I somehow liked her. Well, my favorite one is William – but this is not really a surprise.

The thing with the abilities … I loved this. Especially William’s … I won’t spoil this one but I have to say that I had to laugh about it at first.
But all the other ones – great ideas!

Well, there were also a few things that I didn’t understand or that annoyed me a little, but this weren’t very much.

Altogether the book gets 4 out of 5 stars!


Über Caro

Durchgeknallte Mathe-Studentin, deren Lieblingstiere flauschige Schafe sind und die ohne Bücher, Musik und TV-Serien nicht leben kann.
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