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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Fantasy, Myths
Publication.Date  May 31, 2011
Published By:  HarperTeen
AuthorJosephine Angelini

Starcrossed Goodreads
My review copy:I bought in order to do this review.

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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.

So, what can't you take? Decide which of the two options is harder, and do the other. That way, no matter how hard your choice turns out to be, at least you can find comfort in knowing you're avoiding something even worse.”
“I don’t know why you’re fighting it, Len. One, he’s frigging gorgeous. Two, he’s so frigging gorgeous you need to count it twice. Three, he saw you fall down and left practice to see if you were okay. That’s, like, devotion.”

This was a much different read for me. I hardly ever pick up fantasy or myth books, but this particular one sparked my interest so I decided to review it for Mermaids and Myths month, here on Bookish Lifestyle.

The author, Josephine Angelini, spends the first couple of chapters setting up the story, attaching the reader to her main protagonist, Helen, and establishing the tight bonds she shares with her father and friends. While I am usually known to skip ahead in a book like this, I had no interest in doing that in Starcrossed. I loved Helen from the beginning, and the way she kept those close to her. I adored the  fun-loving relationships she treasured. To be her father or her best friend was to be loved by this special girl, and I think that is really unique.

And, then we meet Lucas, the man candy.

Helen goes from sweet, to a raving lunatic. She attacks the most gorgeous boy she’s ever seen right in the middle of her high school hallway. People stopped and stared. Helen could not seem to gain control of herself and ended up having to be physically removed from Lucas. The reader, at this point is really confused but must read on to figure out why Helen lost her temper. This is how the author hooks the reader into the story so that the reader can't possibly go anywhere or risk missing something.

Lucas is one of the most worthy, loyal, and honorable boys that Helen could ever meet. He is perfect for Helen, except this one minor detail of them obsessively wanting to kill one another. The story shifts and maintains a steady To me giving away any of the story would ruin it for you, so this review will be a bit vague as I feel this book is one you must go into almost blind in order to appreciate the many twists and turns, the author takes in the story.  Let me know if you've read this book, as I know it is an old one. I'd love to hear what you thought of it in the comments below.

About the author:

Josephine Angelini is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband, their baby girl, and three shelter cats. Her debut series, Starcrossed, Dreamless, and Goddess, (Harper Teen) are all international bestsellers and have garnered the praise of various major publications, including the LA Times, and have twice won the Reader’s Choice Awards in Germany. The second book in the WorldWalker Trilogy, Firewalker, (Feiwel and Friends, Macmillan) will be out in the US on September 1st.

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