Author: Amy Leigh Strickland
Reading Level: LEVEL
Released: July 16th 2011
Review Source: Matter Deep Publishing
They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but for Zach Jacobs, that just isn’t true.
It’s hard enough being seventeen– juggling school, football, friends, and teenage romance– but Zach’s about to find out just how complicated it can get when he begins to suspect that maybe he was the lightning. Teenage woes hardly seem significant when you’ve got lightning shooting from your fingertips and a couple of murderous Titans trying to settle an ancient score.
Olympia Heights: The Pantheon is the first of four books in the Olympia Heights series.
I was loaned this book by a good friend of mines, I in return handed him Dark Descendants. Needless to say, he loved the other book, as I knew he would. The Pantheon, left me lukewarm, and while it was a good read it too some time getting there. The characters were kind of one sided and made their reincarnated selves obvious to the readers but somehow they were oblivious to these trends and reoccurring similarities.
It started off confusing if anything, so many characters and brief descriptions it was hard to keep everyone in order while reading. It was a good read, all the drama of the gods really do fit well with the hierarchy and drama of high school. Having it placed in and around my hometown is interesting but the author didn’t utilize the details to really make lay it out to the reader.
Once it started to pick up though it was good. The obvious drama of June and Zach was painfully obvious as Zeus and Hera. Yes, Zeus cheats, clearly he won’t change his ways, but in today’s modern time you’d think Hera would know to ditch his ass. I did love Diana and her twin, Di was so funny and if anything I’d read more of this series to read more of her interactions with her ‘Boo Berry’ loving hamster. I would also like to read more on penny and Peter’s relationship, see where it goes and what not, hopefully his situation sorts itself out and if he can win penny’s heart, the right way this time.
I’m not sure if I will continue with this series, not that it was a bad first story but for the idea and themes used I much preferred reading Dark Descendants by Jenna Black. I read Olympia Heights over three days, really in two once it started to improve.