The description says you ll find yourself rooting for Helen I beg to disagree I felt just the opposite Helen is a spoiled, stubborn, selfish, impulsive, immature, bratty child She is inconform with everything She gets her way with everything She is smarter, slyer, and altogether better than everyone else at everything by the ripe old age of fourteen she is actually much younger throughout the first half of the book, yet that doesn t impair her knowledge or skills at all The other characters serve as foils or teachers for Helen Okay Obviously Ms Friesner wanted to make Helen a strong female character, which is all nice and well, but most if not all of it is much too unbelievable In fact, it seems Ms Friesner wanted to glamorize every female excluding Clytemnestra, Helen s twin sister in the book and biggest foil Helen is perfect Helen is unhuman Root for her Nay, I wanted to bash her on the head. I don t know what s wrong with me I want to like the books I read and yet I m constantly disappointed Then I read the reviews and other people did like them So I think the problem is me I can definitely see recommending this book to fans of re told Greek myths, especially ones featuring strong heroines But here s what I wanted If it s supposed to be historical fiction, I wanted to know about what it would have been like to be Helen of Sparta before she became Helen of Troy if she were a spunky feminist who wanted to learn how to use a sword and travel the world How realistic would this have truly been If it s supposed to be myths brought to life, then I wanted it to stick to the original stories without adding Helen to stories she wasn t a part of Also, I d prefer a concentration on one main story so there s a building of tension, a climax, etc., instead of a rambling account of several different unrelated events Man, I am picky and demanding I did like the probable realistic explanations for the stories that have come down to us as hyperbolic myths But I couldn t quite get my bearings in terms of the sensibility Do the characters think like ancient Greeks or like modern Americans Either is fine, but I felt like it bounced back and forth. Do you like heroines who are strong, independent, and self sufficient You may want to meet Helen She s not your average princess Sure, her mother and father are king and queen of Sparta And sure, she may grow up to be Helen of Troy But Helen is a young firecracker of a character She is not going to stand around learning how to do needlework while her two brothers, Castor and Polydeuces, get to have all the fun of learning to ride and hunt She s not going to miss out on all the fun of learning how to use spears and swords Disguising herself as a boy, she fools everyone but her brothers and their teacher, Glaucus Fortunately for Helen, he bought into her theory of how the future queen of the country needs to be able to defend herself Now, being an adventurer and hunter like her brothers isn t all fun and games Helen is learning it takes hard work, sacrifice, and a strong mind Some may call her pretty But Helen pays them no attention She wants one thing in life freedom to live HOW she chooses Beauty can be just as much of a hindrance as a help in that regards. eh, crappy ya novels seriously, what is up with that ya novels tend to be better than just slapping random words together, right there is a most definite lack of direction in this, and the characters lack depth, but fine, again, ya novel is it possible to stop introducing such immature characters and trying to make them pass for mature just a thought that doesn t sound unreasonable, right another point is, of course, that nothing really happens throughout the course of this book and the text is GINORMOUS if this was a word doc in traditional times new roman size 12 font, this would barely hit 100 pages no plot, no character REALLY, just a half baked premise is this what you intend to feed your young adult readers the main character annoyed the hell out of me she tried to make her sound like she wasn t being a complete selfish ass by going off and doing whatever the hell she wants, but fails miserably, because, in the end, her character helen goes anyway, and to hell with the people who care about her this is all on the whim of a childish need for adventure, which makes perfect sense, of course.too many things to complain about it would be stupid to rant about a book i don t even much like i ll end the post shortly, but first, i need to get something straight too why did the boar hunt last like 2 seconds it was also never fully explained why 2 girls were able to defeat the boar when 30 or 40 so grown men couldn t, and died doing it fine, so they re good, but inhuman they are not and too much of the mythology tried to pass as dialogue, with one character telling it to another used WAY too much, it is simply not a storytelling device any, it was turning my brain into mush i seriously CANNOT stand it a second longer maybe i m just not wired to think like a young adult any. She Is Beautiful, She Is A Princess, And Aphrodite Is Her Favorite Goddess, But Something In Helen Of Sparta Just Itches For Out Of Life Not One To Count On The Gods Or Her Looks To Take Care Of Her, Helen Sets Out To Get What She Wants With Steely Determination And A Sassy Attitude That Same Attitude Makes Helen A Few Enemies Such As The Self Proclaimed Son Of Zeus Theseus But It Also Intrigues, Charms, And Amuses Those Who Become Her Friends, From The Famed Huntress Atalanta To The Young Priestess Who Is The Oracle Of DelphiIn Nobody S Princess, Author Esther Friesner Deftly Weaves Together History And Myth As She Takes A New Look At The Girl Who Will Become Helen Of Troy The Resulting Story Offers Up Adventure, Humor, And A Fresh And Engaging Heroine You Cannot Help But Root For I don t have a lot of thoughts on this one I really like Hellen a lot and enjoyed following her throughout the story I also loved a lot of the side characters and the characters were really what kept me going But the plot was kind of a mess It felt like we were jumping from one thing to another and they were barely connected I mean, she was needing to escape a neighboring Kingdom because she thought she was going to be forced into a marriage, then there was a wild boar hunt, then another thing and another and another the plot kept changing and it was this build up to these big dramatic things and then they would be over in two seconds and it sort of felt like, well then what was the point I mean, it felt like there were a handful of different plots that this story could have focused on and spent the entire book centered around, but for some reason, the author tried to do them all And it felt really weird in pacing and all over the place I gave it three stars because the characters were great and the plot had a lot of potential, but this really isn t something I d recommend unfortunately. This book was pretty goodSome parts were exciting, while others were kind of boring I thought the idea was pretty interesting, since I love Greek mythology, and I m fascinated with the legend of Helen and TroyIt was cool to see this author s view on Helen s childhood, though it wasn t written that well There were only a few things that bothered me The author italicizes words way too often, about ten times every page, and so that was quite frustrating Also, the author had a tendency to go off on a rant about things that weren t that important or significant to the plot Lastly, the author left out a few things that were supposed to have happened to Helen when she was at a certain age For example, she was never kidnapped by Theseus at age ten, but rather passed that year with nothing like that happening, which made me feel exasperated Other than that, it was pretty good It left off at a cliffhanger, and I ll probably read the sequel A fascinating look at not just the childhood of Helen of Troy, but of the era in which she lived The historical notes at the back of the book talk about how Helen would have lived not in Greece s Golden Age, when Homer was writing the Iliad, but centuries before in the Bronze Age It put a whole new spin on the story reading and writing were nonexistent, as was money, and the women of Sparta really would have been huntresses in their own right Very intriguing My only complaint is that there were a few too many training montages if you will, when Helen was learning some new skill. I loved it so much, to tell a story like that was so cool and I found myself devouring the book in a couple of days.The fact that I love greece and sparta to begin with was a plus to this book, I was rapidly immerse on all the mythology and names and cities.I can t wait enough for the second book to see how this all will end or start and I thinks this series is one I would grow to love.One of the things I really liked was that Helen was no damsel in distress, she is a strong female that wants everything the world can give and The way she fights for what she wants and believes is right is inspiring so I hope every girl embrace her as a role model and fight back for what they want.More reviews www.bookwormiespot.com Don t judge me I can still feel you judging me with your judgy little eyes, hehe After seeing Manu Bennett in the ill fitting Shannara Chronicles, I was missing the sublime Spartacus I noticed that this book was published in 2007 and that reminded me of 300 a silly but fun movie So I succumbed and picked this novel up Nostalgia would kill you, so put down that pipe While not quite the adventurous fun ride it was pretending to be, I did enjoy and even liked some aspects of it Plus MC training with the sword reminded me of Arya, so there s that Interestingly enough, the endnote was way , well, interesting than this short novel itself So read it just for that.
Esther M Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A s in both Spanish and Drama She went to on to Yale University within five years she was awarded an M.A and Ph.D in Spanish She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full time author of fantasy and science fiction She has published twenty seven novels so far her most recent titles
- 296 pages
- Nobody's Princess
- Esther M. Friesner
- 04 December 2017 Esther M. Friesner