Friday, August 9, 2013

Starcrossed Review

Author: Josephine Angelini
Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed Trilogy)
Published: 05/31/2011
Good Reads-
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.

Sooo, the beginning of this book sucked. It was so awful, I was expecting the whole thing to be a flop. I mean, I can’t even find the words to explain how horrible the beginning was. But if you put aside the first let’s say hundred pages, and the writing style I couldn’t get myself to fall for, the rest of Starcrossed was pretty nice. For one, the characters were all so likable, I couldn’t even pick a favorite because I was warming up to them all. I love love love all things mythology especially Greek since I know the most about it, and Starcrossed really lived up to the demigod level. Now here’s what happens:

Helen is you everyday average teenager, besides the fact that her mom left when she was a baby, nothing in her life has ever stood out. She lives on the quite island of Nantucket, works in her dad’s News Store, and tries to get passing grades. When a new family moves onto the island things get pretty freaky. One things leads to another and before she knows it Helen is learning how to use a sword, fly, and a bunch of other coolio things that only she could do. Of course things can’t be always good and nice, so bad things begin. She’s falling for a guy she can’t ever have and no one is willing to explain why, her friends think she’s lying to them, or going crazy. Her mom kidnaps her, things get flipped upside down again and again.

I’d have to say aside from the awful beginning, the rest of the book is pretty awesome. Like I mentioned before the characters are all amazing you wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite, all the plot twists fit in pretty well I’d say. Starcrossed is an exciting adventurous read that I think lots of people would enjoy. I don’t really fell like the name suits it, only because the whole “starcrossed lovers” theme isn’t that strong in the book. Like it’s there, and to the characters is a super huge deal, but reading it, I feel like it was one of the many minor details.

Overall Starcrossed was a good book, and I picked up Dreamless the sequel right after. And being that I finished Dreamless two seconds ago, I like Starcrossed a whole lot more. Starcrossed scores a 3.5 for me! I wish the beginning was better!!

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