Author: Josephine Angelini
Details: ARC, 496 pgs. (Published in Hardcover)
Published: May 31st, 2011 by Harper Teen
isbn: 0062011995 (ISBN13: 9780062011992)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Author (for book tour)
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.
It seems like every time I pick up a young adult book these days I'm terrified that it's going to be the same old thing just retold in a different fashion. Fortunately I didn't feel like that at all with this one! I didn't find it to be at all predictable either. Maybe smaller themes here and there, but for the big picture I was completely surprised where some things went. The twists and turns thrown in really threw me for a loop. It was fantastic!
I really loved the setting of the book and I loved the Greek mythology and demigods, etc. I also loved the different powers that the characters had. I think that the author did a fantastic job in keeping each character unique and strong in their own ways. And I LOVED the powers that Helen had. I wish I could do the things she could do. And they were so different from the average.
I liked Helen and that she really stuck to her beliefs. I think maybe she was a bit naive at times, and maybe a little blind to things I thought were obvious, but she's a teenager so I suppose that was what was the most realistic. As far as the other characters go, I think that they all stood out in their personalities and that's very important. I never once felt confused about who was who and there actually quite a few characters in this book and each one was pretty important, even when they played a small role.
The romance was terrific. It wasn't insta romance, though it was fast. However, it was for good reason. You'll have to read it to find out what that reason was though ;) I really felt the connection between them and there was a good bit of sexual tension, for sure!
The book left off with plenty of unanswered questions, but it wasn't a major cliffhanger. Something that would have driven me crazy was somewhat answered, even though not everyone in the book knows yet. I'm just really glad that the author let us know that little tidbit.
This book was quite clean. Surprisingly clean. And I'm very glad for that! I don't recall any cursing. And there wasn't any sex. The characters in the book are in their junior year but it's definitely appropriate for younger readers, in my opinion.
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Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way. Also the final copy may have slight changes and the cover may be slightly different.