Monday, May 28, 2012

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Released: May 31, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Series: Starcrossed, Book 1

Followed By: Dreamless
Page Amount: 487, US Hardback
POV: 3rd Person
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=84/100  B

Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

This was one different book. The plot consisted of the Three Fates and other aspects of mythology, which I found uber-intriguing. It was a unique concept that I enjoyed immensely. Overall, this book had a pretty slow pace, with the exception of the ending. The repeated frenzy of Helen trying to date Lucas seemed to repeat every 100 pages. Nothing really added to the plot until about halfway through. I think this series has a ton of potentional though for the next two books.            

The characters in Starcrossed were pretty interesting. Helen had a lot of depth. She was three-dimensional, but whiny at times. Lucas could hurt her so bad emotionally, but then the next minute she'd go running back to him all lovey dovey. I obviously had a few problems with their relationship. Lucas is a great guy. I understood all of his motives throughout the book. I wish Helen could just understand that he couldn't be around her. The other Delos family member were just like Lucas: likable and believable. They all had distinct personalities that fit their backstories. The secendary characters and Lucas were probably one of my favorite parts of this book.       

The ending was really intriguing, but I think it happened a bit quickly. This was a fairly slow-paced book, but the ending flew right by. I kind of wish the ending was dragged out longer instead of the rest of the book. The ending just seemed a bit rushed. It had one big even after another. All in all, this book was pretty good. It had a unique plot, centering on mythology. It's like Percy Jackson for teens.   

My Favorite Part: The mythology behind the plot.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's pretty unique.
Will I be reading the next book? I think so, I want to see how this series is going to continue.

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Review by Macy ♥

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