- Page Count: 487
- Release Date: May 31, 2011
- My Rating: 5 stars
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.
This might be one of the most underrated YA books I’ve ever read. I love anything to do with retellings and/or Greek mythology, so this ended up being the book that got me back into YA literature while I was buried under a pile of college textbooks (the cover was too gorgeous to resist).
Helen is a Nantucket teen who has the face of Helen of Troy and demigod powers, but doesn’t know what’s going on. A new family moves to town and they have all the dynamics of Edward Cullen’s family (a bunch of superpower teens coupled up and passing as teenagers). The younger son Luca has the same face as Paris… and the same star-crossed lovers story of Troy starts to unfold again. But this book is WAY better than Twilight, I promise. The worldbuilding, creative blending of Greek myths, strong characters, solid relationships, and execution turned what could have been a cheesy plot into something genuinely enjoyable.