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On to the review…
Title & Author: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Genre: YA- Mythology
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Series: Book 1 in a planned series
How I Got the Book: e-ARC
“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.”
To be completely honest, my expectations of Starcrossed weren’t too high. I had read a few reviews that didn’t list many positives about the writing or the plot of the book. While I agree with a few things that the critics had to say, I thought Starcrossed was a very entertaining read.
From start to finish, I enjoyed reading about Helen, the Delos clan and the deep mythology surrounding them both. I think Angelini has a great descriptive writing style, which paints scenes and characters vividly.
Noel whirled and bullied her way around her work space. Everyone was talking and laughing and arguing at the same time, and although Helen couldn’t understand a word, somehow they all seemed to be understanding each other. It was a Delos symphony, and Noel was the meastro.
As an outsider, Helen could see Noel for what she was- the center of the family, the beating heart that fed all the muscle she was tripping over while she was trying to cook. She was the personification of a warm frire and an open door…
I really enjoyed this style of writing and thought Angelini deftly wove a tale of betrayal, love and family honor. Some reviewers were put off by the third-person omniscient point of view, saying that it was almost too much information about each of the characters thoughts and actions.
I can definitely understand their point, but when I really love a story and what’s going on- it doesn’t bother me. I’m a give-me-all-the-details type of person, so I love finding out all of the juicy tidbits. If you don’t like that style, Starcrossed may be a bit off-putting.
Also, I really liked the themes included in this book. It added some depth and meaning to the story. My faves were:
- Fate vs choice/free will
- Choosing what your family wants vs choosing what you want
- Being different vs blending in
- Repeating others’ mistakes vs breaking a pattern
Not a Twilight Knock-Off
On the down side, Starcrossed did remind me of a certain popular vampire series…
I think the hype surrounding Starcrossed may have put off some reviewers. A lot of praise was generated pretty quickly, and some readers were left feeling a little flat.
If you’re looking a quick read full of forbidden (albeit high school) romance and fascinating mythology, Starcrossed is for you! If you’re looking for a book with a bit more substance and story line beyond “starcrossed” lovers or if you didn’t care for the Twilight series, then I would suggest reading a different book.
For me, the mixture of action, suspense and the world of demigods was a great combo. The pages turned quickly, and I finished the book feeling satisfied.