Saturday, September 24, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed #1
Pages: 487
Release Date: May 31st 2011
Published by HarperTeen
Source: Library
My Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: (From Goodreads)
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.

My Review:
Starcrossed was an enjoyable read in some ways, though I can't say it lived up to my expectations. I definitely cared enough to finish the book....but my thoughts are quite mixed.

When I first heard about it, Starcrossed sounded amazing and epic. Greek mythology? Check. Super hot fairytale guy? Check. Forbidden romance? Check. It was pitched as "Percy Jackson for teen girls." I adored the Percy Jackson books, but greek mythology YA for teen girls (and boys, too) was more up my alley. My turn out for this book is that I liked it, but there were things that I disliked as well.

The thing that bugged me the most in Starcrossed was Helen. I am sorry, the girl just didn't speak to me. She wasn't the worst character I've ever countered in a "paranormal romance"-not a Luce or a Bella or a Beth at least-but I could never connect with her, and there were times when she really ticked me off.

As for the other characters, I enjoyed them, they were certainly entertaining. I fell for Jason more than I fell for Lucas, (not that that's a bad thing!) but I did also have a soft spot for Lucas. Who couldn't? I was also quite intrigued by the characters Hector and Daphne.

The plot really went back and forth for me. I really enjoyed the greek mythology aspect....and there were parts that I greedily flipped through the pages, but others in which things fell flat. I will give you that the author was good at creating a suspensful atmosphere, though I'm just not getting why this turned into such an outstanding read for people. (If you liked it, it's not that I don't value your opinion, it's your preference.)

Overall, Starcrossed was a wishy washy reading for me. A read of many feelings. Not all good, but not all terrible. I would recommend borrowing this one if you want to read it, instead of buying it.

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