Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Published: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: 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 Thoughts: I'm gonna go ahead and put this out there so that you guys can grumble over it real quick and then move onto the next paragraph, hopefully forgetting that I started out this way.

This book reminded me so much of Twilight that it's ridiculous.

With that being said, I LOVED IT. Helen was a fun character to read about. Not mopey or whiny (TAKE THAT, BELLA!) and freakishly strong and fast. So much so that when she sees good lookin' Lucas for the first time, she tries to TAKE HIM DOWN. Because what else are you going to do in the hallway with a cute boy at school? But she doesn't want to take him down in the fun way, she wants to make him dead and stuff.

Now why would ANYONE want to do that?

The overdone "I hate you/I love you" cliche totally works in this story, because there's support behind this plot instead of just making it difficult for kicks and giggles. I loved the weird push-and-pull dynamic between Lucas and Helen. It was hot. There, I said it. It was so good that the tension was a character all its own.

Have I mentioned how awesome Lucas' family is yet? I haven't? Well they are fantastic. So many personalities, so many fun characters, SO MUCH LOVE. Hector, the cocky, buff older sibling (ahem, Emmett. SORRY!) was my favorite. I can't help but love the arrogant characters who tick everybody off.

And the overtaking of YA with Greek mythology continues. I'm totally accepting of this.

Enthralling read. Fast paced plot. Beautiful cover. I really enjoyed this book. You should read it, too.


  1. I freeeeaking love this book! I totally agree - sometimes when a boy and girl in a book get all hateful or weird for no good reason it just makes them annoying - the conflict actually worked in this story. Though this didn't remind me much of Twilight, except maybe for the family dynamics, which now that I sit and think about it, I could see that. I can't wait for the next book! Aaargh!

    Wonderful review! :)
    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  2. I am so excited about this book, although I'm not sure about the Twilight-feel that you got from it. I am not a Twilight fan at all. Still, the cover is gorgeous and your review made me smile, so I'll be picking up a copy of this ASAP.

  3. Hahahahha!!

    Ok, I will try not to ramble in this comment...(fingers crossed).

    Read the first paragraph of my review of this book and you'll know why I am laughing. I had my issues with the book, but overall, I enjoyed it. But it's nice to see I'm not the only one dragging out the "T" word. ;)

  4. Love love love me some mythology. :)


  5. I didn't pay much attention to this book, until this review.. I will most definitely wish list it ASAP.

  6. Omigosh glad someone else found the similarities to Twilight! I thought it was just me!!!

    Great review:D

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