By Josephine Angelini
May 31, 2011
HarperTeen, 496 pages
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
— Amazon.com description
I thought this was going to be the Year of the Mermaid in young adult fiction, but it looks like it’s the Year of the Greek Myth. To which I say: AWESOME.
I think this book is a solid contender in the rush of mythology-based books lately (Abandon, The Goddess Test). There are secrets and twists and some pretty scary nightmares that kept me intrigued from start to finish.
I have to say, though, that the mythology tripped me up majorly. Perhaps I read it when I was too busy, but every time I picked up the book I found myself struggling to remember who was who and all the bits and pieces of the complicated backstory. For those willing to give it all their focus, though, I don’t think this will be a huge problem.
(MINOR SPOILERS) But I did love how the author presented the romantic relationship midway through the book. It started off with hatred, then friendship, then confusion. For much of the book, Helen had no clue what Lucas thought of her. He held her hand, but acted too much like a friend and absolutely refused to kiss her. You don’t see the “are we friends or are we more?” situation presented too much with all the “instalove” going around, so I really enjoyed that tension here.
If you like mythology books, definitely check this one out. Not my favorite, but I’m still very eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for my review copy of this book.