Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

Synopsis: 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.

Plot: I'm a huge mythology buff, so once I saw this book...I had to get it! The plot consists of a girl named Helen who lives on an island, Nantucket, and hears the gossip of a new family that moved there. She isn't interested in seeing them and even has anger towards her best friend when she talks about them. It isn't until she sees Lucas that she knows her life won't be normal again. Her feelings for him are manipulated by the three weeping women and there's only one way to get rid of those feelings. As the two see more of each other, they just want to part because of their feelings and their ancestors' history. With Helen learning more about herself and her powers, she grows closer to Lucas. It seems everyone and everything is tearing them apart, and the gods are not the only ones trying to break them apart. This romance is definitely a rollercoaster for the readers and will cause you to be torn yourself.

Characters: Helen - Helen doesn't want to be seen and will do anything to make sure she's just another shadow. Once she meets Lucas, this all goes down the hole and sees in everyone's sights. She is a character that develops throughout the book and decides what's best for others rather than just herself.
Lucas - Lucas is a character I could swoon over for days. He doesn't hide his feelings for Helen and has a strong protection over her. He cannot see her hurt nor does he want to be the one to hurt her. Since he has been exposed to his family's past, he tries to help Helen along the way and show her how demigods behave. He has his own secrets and slowly opens himself up to Helen.

Cover: I love the cover to this book. To me, it fits the mythology theme and shows some of the powers of the demigods: water and wind.
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four because it was an amazing book and held it's own version of Greek mythology. It leaves you wanting more and definitely asking questions about the characters. There are surprises and twists around every corner, so the book never dies down. My only thing to say about this book is that it does have a slow start, but it does give a nice backdrop about the characters and the life they live before everythign changes.
Peace and Fangs,

1 comment:

  1. Starcrossed has a sleuth of awesome characters. Although she doesn't necessarily blow me away, Helen is a pretty likable character. She has a lot of shy tendencies and doesn't like confrontations. However deep down there's a part of her that is extremely tough. It's pretty much just always been Helen and her father, Jerry, due to her mother running off when she was younger. Although Helen's father is extremely loving and caring, you get the sense that Helen is more of the pillar-like character, supporting her father. Helen's also got a crazy and mad-funny best friend named Claire also referred to as "giggles" and "five-two" due to her petite-Asian size. Claire is definitely one my favorite characters in the book. I'd love to have a good friend like Claire, besides being extremely caring and hilarious she's fiercely protective of Helen. She may be itty-bitty, but I'd definitely not want to pick a fight with her. Among others, there's also the Delos family which include some gorgeous, tan, and muscular boys, Hector, Jason, and of course Lucas. They alone enticed be to plunge further into the story.


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