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. (via Goodreads)
I had a lot of problems writing this review. I couldn’t find a good place to begin talking about my thoughts about the book. Then I realized that it’s probably because, in my opinion, the book lacked a clear focus. I feel like the mythological system in the book is kinda all over the place. I do hesitate to say that, because I have no doubt that Josephine has it all organized in her mind, but I just don’t think it came across in the story. I’m not saying she needed to reveal everything about the organization of the houses in the first book, of course not…but I just didn’t feel like there was any rhyme or reason to any of it. Shame, because I love mythology. I think the book would have done better with a more narrow focus versus trying to fit in so much.
As far as the characters go, I enjoyed getting to know them. Helen, Lucas and their families were all intriguing characters. Helen especially, as she had to absorb so much throughout the story. Sometimes I felt the way she reacted was ridiculous though, she seemed to switch between being able to easily accept the things she was learning about herself and completely unable to process them. The back-and-forth made it hard to accept her reactions as legit. Nonetheless, I still overall enjoyed getting to know her.
Despite the fact that I don’t really get sucked into the whole “I love you but we can’t be together” thing in most circumstances, I couldn’t help but like Lucas (cheesy or not). I would go to China/Italy/Brazil/Paris with him any day. As with the rest of the book though, I didn’t find him especially memorable.
So, even though I normally love anything with a mythological theme, this just wasn’t a book that stood out for me. The plot felt unorganized and the characters were just “okay.” However, I do think that it’ll have a lot of appeal for readers that enjoy the “forbidden love” theme – so give the book a chance if that is something you normally love reading!