Published: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I'm gonna go ahead and put this out there so that you guys can grumble over it real quick and then move onto the next paragraph, hopefully forgetting that I started out this way.
This book reminded me so much of Twilight that it's ridiculous.
With that being said, I LOVED IT. Helen was a fun character to read about. Not mopey or whiny (TAKE THAT, BELLA!) and freakishly strong and fast. So much so that when she sees good lookin' Lucas for the first time, she tries to TAKE HIM DOWN. Because what else are you going to do in the hallway with a cute boy at school? But she doesn't want to take him down in the fun way, she wants to make him dead and stuff.
Now why would ANYONE want to do that?
The overdone "I hate you/I love you" cliche totally works in this story, because there's support behind this plot instead of just making it difficult for kicks and giggles. I loved the weird push-and-pull dynamic between Lucas and Helen. It was hot. There, I said it. It was so good that the tension was a character all its own.
Have I mentioned how awesome Lucas' family is yet? I haven't? Well they are fantastic. So many personalities, so many fun characters, SO MUCH LOVE. Hector, the cocky, buff older sibling (ahem, Emmett. SORRY!) was my favorite. I can't help but love the arrogant characters who tick everybody off.
And the overtaking of YA with Greek mythology continues. I'm totally accepting of this.
Enthralling read. Fast paced plot. Beautiful cover. I really enjoyed this book. You should read it, too.