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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Posted by Caitie F on July 2, 2014

Title: Gods Behaving Badlygods
Author: Marie Phillips
Hardcover: 293 pages
Pub Date: Dec 10, 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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?


If you would love to see what the Greek gods of the Percy Jackson books would look like if they were in an adult book, look no further. They were manipulative in that middle grade series, but that is nothing compared to how they act in this book and it is fantastic.

Can you blame them? They are gods no one believes in anymore and their power is dwindling, so when they use what is left, they make it count. Sure, mostly it is vengeance (the book starts with Apollo turning a woman into a tree because she doesn’t want to sleep with him), but everything in mythology shows that is what they would be like. It may not be right, but it is entertaining!

The humans in the story, Alice and Neil are great as well. They are just good people trying to make their way in the world who get caught up with these gods. Their goodness makes it a lot more interesting, especially when they have to try to be epic heroes. I especially love Neil and his reactions to the gods.

This is overall a really fun book to read. If you want something a little more light-hearted and quick, this would be an excellent choice.


One Response to “Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips”

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