Review: Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I love books with a mythical twist to them, but I especially love Greek myths. When I saw the synopsis to Oppression I was immediately hooked. I’m so glad that another Greek myth book was written, but this book was more than that. The book definitely brought out some new aspects and twists to the Greek myth. Moreover, it had a diverse cast of amazing and relatable characters.

First, Oppression was completely different from other Greek myth books I’ve read. It kept most aspects of the myths while twisting some in a very different and innovative way.

Next, the book has an awesome cast of characters. Elyse, the main character is one of the most kickass heroines I’ve seen for quite some time. She knew what she wanted and although she had to get used to a new world, she knew who she was as a person and she knew that she had to find her way in this new world. Despite being new and getting used to this new world, she kept going forward even though various people were against her.

William was the other main character and he was so sweet! He wasn’t the bad guy girls usually fall for–such a cliché–but was instead more of the boy next door. Like Elyse, William knew who he was and how he wanted to change their world. William befriended, and soon fell in love with Elyse. However, unlike most novels where the heroine waits for the guy to save her, Elyse was her own person and she didn’t let anything or anyone dictate what she did. William was more of a guiding figure who followed Elyse and showed her things about the world she’d been introduced to. Lastly, the romance in this book was a slow evolving romance and I absolutely love how it didn’t take center stage. Instead, it evolved as Elyse found out more about the world she’d been introduced to and her role in it.

The rest of the characters in this book were as diverse and unique as Elyse and William. Each character had his or her own unique personality and power, and each character had a purpose that moved the story forward.

Overall, I really enjoyed Oppression and would recommend it to those who like Greek myths and those who like a slow, sweet romance.


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