This book was a perfect start for my leisurely summer reading! Phoebe Castro is a typical high school junior with a talent for cross country running, which helps her feel close to her dad who passed away. All of a sudden, her mom decides to marry a Greek man and move them to a remote Greek island for Phoebe’s senior year! It’s not until she gets there she is told that all the students on the island are descendents of Greek gods – yes the ones your 9th grade teacher makes you study. Only for Phoebe, they are very real, and most of them do not like a stranger in their prestigious school. Things get especially challenging when she finds herself attracted to a gorgeous guy who she knows she should stay away from, and an evil stepsister sabotaging her every move.
Ladies, this one is for you! A little romance, a beautiful beach, and lots of angst make this a fun read. It’ll probably be a frequent contender in my bookshelf of recommendations!
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I was skeptical going into reading this book. As an avid Hamlet fan (I taught it to skeptical seniors for several years) I didn’t think someone could do the story and character of Ophelia justice, but I really enjoyed this book! It is interesting and intriguing from the very beginning, and I think readers will like regardless of whether they know the story of Hamlet or not. There are some plot twists that are expected, but some that are not.
Ophelia’s young life is discussed briefly, and we follow her take on the happenings at court of Denmark after Hamlet’s father is killed. Her love interest, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is struggling with the death of his father and the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia deteriotes as a result. It doesn’t help that Hamlet and Ophelia, because he is a prince and she is not royalty, shouldn’t be together anyway and they have to hide their feelings for one another. Things progress and get particularly difficult for Ophelia, but I don’t want to give anything away! Just know it’s a read worth your time, especially the ladies!