Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: Starcrossed

Release Date: May 31, 2011
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 487 pages

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.


Protagonist: Helen has always been different, and she knows it. The thing she doesn't know however, is why. That all changes when a new family moves to town and she has to resist the urge to kill them. With their help she discovers the secrets of her ancestry and learns to defend herself from those who would like to see her dead. Helen grows in many ways throughout the course of this book, one in particular is that she begins to take the circumstances she's been dealt more seriously and to never assume she's safe. As the end gets closer she's shocked to discover that she has a destiny that could rewrite one of Greek's greatest tragedies.

Romance: There are a few romances in this book, the most primary being the one between Helen and Lucas. This relationship starts out with Helen trying to kill Lucas, though she doesn't know why. Later, once the compulsion to kill is released their romance develops at a slow but steady pace, with a few roadblocks here and there. Roadblocks aren't the only things keeping them from being together, there are a few twists that stop them from being together. In addition to this romance there are a few others that are introduced and in some ways I find even more compelling than the main romance.

World-Building: Two words: Greek Mythology. This is the main reason why I picked up this book to read in the first place. I'm a huge fan of Gree... well Mythology in general, but Greek is my favorite as you could probably glean from my header. What makes this series different from others that try and tackle a Greek myth base is that this one is based around the well-known but rarely referenced Trojan War. I've never read a book or book series that derives most of it's plot from the Trojan War, and to see it was a welcome relief as most Greek Myth inspired book series I read is a different take on the Persephone and Hades myth, as if Greece doesn't have more myths.

Predictability: For the most part this book was very predictable. I'd have to say there were only a small handful of times I was truly caught of guard and they weren't for the largest twists either. Speaking of large twists there is a game-changing twist in this book that within a chapter or two is completely dismissed to the audience, while most of the characters remain oblivious. The sad part is that this twist should eaily be disproven by a few of the characters, but just isn't/

Ending: The ending was kind of crazy, as in I knew what was going to happen but was still caught off-guard
by how it happens. It's one of those endings that doesn't quite end in a cliffhanger, but the things that were revealed at the end would have been the cliffhanger if there wasn't that bit off extra story to cushion the blow of the newly revealed information.


Of course this gets a full 5 crests, not just because it's Greek Mythology but because it's done right. It's very well written with wonderful moments of comic relief all rolled together with the action, adventure, and romance I expect to read when I sit down to read a book.

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  1. great review zach. i have a copy . still hesitant but i;ll give it a try

  2. I really wanna read this book..great review

  3. I love Greek Mythology, I should read this book
    Great review