She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more 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 Delphi.
In 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.
This wasn't a particularly spectacular book in any way. It was humorous at times, but that's about it. Helen, although like-able, is still a bit of a brat and her character depth doesn't really ring true. Maybe this is because of the connotations we always have of her - a vain woman who managed to start an epic war. The story line is ok, the prose is ok (although a bit childish at times), the characters are ok...it just didn't really do much for me.
An ok book, good for a young adult fluff read if you're bored.
Young adult readers, especially those who like mythology.