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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
May 31, 2011
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. – Goodreads
I am absolutely loving this Greek mythology madness going on right now. A lot of the new Greek mythology-inspired YA books thus far have been based around Persephone and Hades, so the fact that Starcrossed isn’t stood out to me from the moment I first heard about it.
Now, I admit, the beginning of Starcrossed had me going WHAAAAATT for a very long time. I literally had to put the book down to ask Twitter if anyone else was super confused. It was like the opposite of “insta-love” and I just could not figure out what the hell was going on. But, luckily, things started to become clearer and more interesting very quickly.
I enjoyed the storyline, overall, throughout most of the book. There were lots of moments of action and several intense WHAAT bits that kept me hooked. I didn’t see some of the very important twists coming, which was awesome (although I did anticipate a few others).
And the characters – loved them. I wasn’t even a huge fan of Helen, the protagonist (although I didn’t mind her), but I loved all the secondary characters in Lucas’s family, as well as Kate and Helen’s dad. They were fun and full of personality and each with their own backstory, but not to the point where it got too complicated to keep track of.
Overall, I very much enjoyed Starcrossed. It had its cliched moments, but despite the length, it was fairly fast-paced and interesting, and I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series, Dreamless, next year.