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Beauty's Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy

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What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, t
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Luthien
Maybe it's unfair to rate this book at all since I only read the first thirteen pages or so, but...

I've read a lot about the Trojan War. Even before I read The Illiad in college, I'd read many, many other books on the subject, and particularly the character of Helen (including Goddess of Yesterday all the way back in middle school, and later on, Troy, Helen of Troy, Nobody's Princess, Lord of the Silver Bow and The Memoirs of Helen of Troy).

Thus I went into this book with fairly high expectation
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CeJayCe
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was incredibly eager to read this book. I love historical fiction, and I adore books based on Greek mythology.

That being said, this was such a disappointment. The book read very much like a Greek myth; it was fast-paced with little emphasis on character development. Hermoine's character was incredibly flat. In Book I: Hermoine, the stage was set so well for a very deep and reflective protagonist. But that was quickly lost in the next book, where Hermoine did little more than walk on ships and
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The Gypsy Emmy
Oh my gosh. Thank goodness that's over. I seriously feel as if I just read a history book in the kindergarten version of mythology.

This book has absolutely no feeling whatsoever and was seriously as entertaining as a late night infomercial on why the sky might be blue.

Ugh.
Jojobean
I absolutely loved this book!

The book is about Hermione's life, who is the daughter of Helen of Sparta/Troy and King Menelaus. The story takes place in the time of the Trojan war and after it. All the myths of the Trojan war are in this book but they are told in Hermione's pov. We see all the characters from her perspective and how she feels about her mother, who is the cause of all the death of both Greeks and Trojans. The myths of Agamemnon's return from the war and his murder, the myths of hi
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Sinika
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: greek-writings
I really, really found this book to be a disappointment. And that was sad to me because I've read other books by Carolyn Meyer (Beware, Princess Elizabeth and Doomed Queen Anne, for example) and really enjoyed them.

I can't say for certain whether the problem is that I've outgrown Meyer's writing (and that sounds really pretentious to say) or just that the writing and characters in this particular book were really flat.

Instead of the plot being an actual story, it's just the author taking us from
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Rose VanCrayle
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked that it is a fictional story with many mythological elements to it. I have always found the story of the Trojan War interesting, especially the myth surrounding Helen of Troy. I think this was well written. I also liked that the author gives you an idea of how Greek culture was during that period in history.
Alienne
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Liza Wiemer
Cover - Gorgeous!

I'm always in awe of those who love to dig in and research history with a passion that ends up pouring out onto the pages of a novel. Carolyn Meyer is such a writer. She brings to life a history that may or may not have existed. After all, no one knows for sure if Helen of Troy really existed. Certainly, the mythology described in the novel is just that - mythology. But readers will be swept away by Hermione's journey, which takes her to the beaches outside of Troy where she liv
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Shelby
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I’ve read many of Carolyn’s books in the past, and enjoyed her historical fiction when I was younger. She writes brilliant, entertaining books that can also be very educational. However, Beauty’s Daughter just didn’t do it for me. As much as I wanted to like it, I couldn’t seem to get through it. I felt like there was a lot of backstory information at the beginning, which was, and normally is, necessary. Especially in historical novels. However, it seemed to weigh the story down and get in the w ...more
Juli Pennock
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Meaning no offense to anyone who likes this book (nor to the author), life's too short to read something you're not enjoying. And I did not enjoy this at all.

It was very flat, very "this happened then that happened and then this happened and that guy did this and that guy did that." Even a visit from a godly messenger was completely ho-hum.

I wanted to love this, but I didn't actually care enough about it to hate it. I only made it to page 39 before returning it to the e-library.

Seems like a com
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Mokamonkey
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-books
I feel like the author needed to decide which story she wanted to tell. This was supposed to be about Hermione, but she went into a lot of unnecessary backstory to many secondary characters, including people and events that aren't central to the story. If she had focused on giving Hermione a true and clear voice, showing the events of the Trojan war and beyond through her eyes, then this would have been a much better book.
Christa
I finished this book more from obligation than enjoyment. The book and characters had no depth making it fall flat. There was little humor and even though it would have made the book lengthy it would have been worth it for more detail.
I love Greek Mythology and this could have been an awesome edition but by the end of it I was more disappointed than contented at how dull Hermione turned out to be.
Laura Gill
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
**In the interest of full disclosure, I have also written a novel about Hermione and Helen. That fact has no bearing on this review.

Ever since Ms. Meyer announced back in Spring 2012 that she was writing about Hermione and Helen, I have been looking forward to reading it.

I was very disappointed in the result. Now I am unsure about how to approach the review. Do I write as a fellow author and risk alienating Ms. Meyer or her many fans? Do I write as an enthusiast of the Late Bronze Age Aegean, w
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Bailey Allison
I had a few issues with this book. First of all, it was only descriptive. Sure, many Greek myths are told this way. But there was no substance to the descriptions that made Homer and other writers so easy and enjoyable to read. There was no heart or character in anyone in this book. Especially Hermione. She was the main character and I barely knew her.
Secondly, this book was by far the most hetero-washed version of Greek myth I have ever read. The author gave Patroclus a few passing sentences a
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Gia Landi
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mihika
Jun 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Honestly, if I were you, I would not go anywhere near this book. When I first opened it, the first chapter captivated me, and I absolutely had to keep reading it. Book I was amazing; I thought that Book II was going to be just as awesome, but I was sorely disappointed. Not only was there no character development, there was no real plot either. It was just Hermione traveling; to me, this was incredibly boring. I had a very, very hard time finishing this book, and I think it's a waste of time, tru ...more
Valerie
I absolutely loved this story - Meyer has woven a tale of heartache and love surrounding the life of Princess Hermione of Sparta, the daughter of Helen of Troy. The multitude of Greek history and mythology in this story was appropriately intermixed with the tragedy of the Trojan war sparked by Helen and Paris. Hermione was so real throughout this book, and her strength was no doubt an inspiration. The perspective of Helen as selfish was something I had not considered before in previous retelling ...more
Esther
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The beginning of the book was good and intriguing, however; when you get to the middle I started to lose interest. I felt like it was fast paced then it dropped its momentum. It took forever to get to the end. Okay read.
Elise
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book was honestly very predictable and lacked in an overall feeling. The book included a lot of romantic stuff I wasn’t a fan of. I would have preferred it with ought that aspect. The Greek time period and culture was interesting read to read about though.
Andreajanel
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Plot became sluggish and I struggled to finish.
Lexi
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was ok. I can't quite articulate what was lacking but something about the writing I just wasn't really feeling.
Ariana Estrada
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book. It was something totally different from the types of books I read. It kept me entertained and always wanting more.
Krystle
2.5 stars.
Sarah
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
It felt more like a chore reading through it than actual enjoyment, which is why it took forever to finish even though it's a small book.
Andrea
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for a good historical fiction novel. I'm even a bigger sucker for Carolyn Meyer. Carolyn writes her characters true to life - or at least I imagine to to life considering her characters typically have been dead for a couple hundred, if not thousands, of years.

Carolyn has written her stories from the perspectives of numerous non-fictional women, but in Beauty's Daughter has turned her attention toward Greek mythology. Told from the perspective of Hermonie, Menelaus and Helen's daugh
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Kirsten Jensen
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Everyone knows the story of Helen – queen of Sparta turned princess of Troy. The story goes that the God Zeus seduced Leda (Helen’s mother), and following this affair she birth Helen, the most beautiful woman in all of Greece. Even in her childhood, Helen’s beauty was irresistible and Thesesus, son of Poseidon, kidnapped her. For years he kept her under lock and keep until her twin brothers, Castor and Pollux, rescue her.
Upon her return, Clytemnestra (Helen’s older sister) married King Agamemn
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Shinrinyoku
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ok
Hermione is quite a person. She made most of her situation by taking chance.
I loved Hermione and Zethus' friendship. He didn't have to die.
Menelaus was a good father.
Helen's character could have been a little developed.
McKenzie
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story. I loved hearing about Helen of Troy's daughter, Hermione. She's a young girl who snuck onto a ship to Troy. She's such a strong girl who wishes that the war is over and that she can marry her true love, Orestes. I enjoyed the Greek myths so much, I thought that this is a good book.
Christie
I look like my father.

Hermione has not had a great relationship with her mother, but what can you expect when your mom is Helen of Troy (nee Sparta). Helen has always lamented the fact that she has an unattractive daughter and Hermione has felt like her mother doesn't take her seriously. One day a Trojan prince comes along to whisk Helen away, leaving Hermione behind. Hermione and her father and the rest of the Greeks go to get Helen back.

This was one of the most boring books I have ever read.
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Sara
I was really disappointed with this book. Carolyn Meyer is one of my favourite historical YA authors and so when I heard she was writing about Helen of Troy's daughter I was so excited and almost considered buying it so that I could read it faster. Thank Goodness I didn't. 15 or so years are crammed into 300 or so pages and whole important events are skipped over or ignored with no development between them to make them feel earned. I would have actually preferred if she had stayed home with her ...more
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Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by t ...more