Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

1159679Being 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?

Rating: 5/10

This book had a rather entertaining idea but ended up falling short. While there were some moments that were rather funny, most of the book was just all right. I think one of the things that really didn’t work for me with this book was the end. While the majority of the book is rather light, and vaguely interesting, the ending tried to make the book something that it just wasn’t…exciting. By the end of the book, the world comes close to ending, and an epic love story occurs that lines up well with Greek mythology, but ultimately is a completely different tone than the rest of the book. It was also rushed and little confusing.

Plus, Artemis comes to a conclusion by the end of the book that I thought was rather obvious and logical (or as logical as Greek mythology and gods can be) that when she has this big eye-opening moment, I’m just confused as to why she didn’t figure that out before. That, and the fact that everything that happens in this book is Aphrodite’s fault is never really revealed to anyone else in the book and she thus goes unpunished. This seems a little strange considering the fact that if Artemis’s plan didn’t work out, the world would have descended into total darkness and would end. I actually felt like the author just kind of forgot about that part because she was so immersed in making this epic ending that didn’t fit.

Despite all of the ranting, I didn’t hate the book. In fact, my total lack of strong opinion about this book makes it really difficult for me to write a review about it. What is there to say other than “Eh.” *shoulder shrug* I just don’t really feel anything about it. I will most likely forget that I read it in a few months time. Therefore, my overall view of this book is: kind of entertaining, but utterly forgettable.


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