Author: Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 1, 2011
How do you defy destiny?MY THOUGHTS:
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
For a book that's almost 500 pages in length, Starcrossed is a book I devoured in one siting! The story of Helen of Troy was one of the few Greek myths that I haven't read before, but reading this book made me want to go back and study it right away.
The first thing that drew me in was the sort of insta-hate relationship between Helen and Lucas — where they literally want to kill each other — which I thought was so original! Josephine Angelini crafted a sizzling, fun, and very sweet romance with these two, and along with the fast-paced plot and cool Greek mythology, it made a compelling combination.
One of my favourite things about Starcrossed had to be the secondary characters. Every single member of the Delos family had their own distinct personalities and abilities as demigods, and I was constantly grinning at the witty banter that passed between them.
But as much as I adore selfless characters, the way Helen let herself get beat up and took it with a smile made me want to shake some sense into her. She was witty and fun and had some really hilarious one-liners, but the third person narrative and the way she reacted to things made it really hard to connect with her. It was also sometimes hard to tell who was thinking what because the perspectives switched constantly mid-chapter.
Overall, even with those little things, Starcrossed was a blast to read and it'll have you hooked on the story from beginning to end! You should definitely give it a shot whether you like Greek mythology or not. I can't wait to see what's going to happen in the sequel! :)
BUY or BORROW?: If you love a good starcrossed romance with an original take on demigods and Greek myths, then this is the perfect book to add to your collection!