Series: Starcrossed #1
Published by: HarperTeen on May 31, 2011
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Greek mythology and paranormal romance?!?! How could I not jump at the chance to check out Josephine Angelini’s debut novel for myself?!
I really wanted to love this book from beginning to end, but honestly, I didn’t love it until the late middle/end of the book. It started off really slow and Angelini throws in all these bits and pieces to the puzzle at odd times that I often found myself asking “what is going on here“?!?! Helen’s reaction to the 3 women who haunt her was somewhat unbelievable and when she and Lucas met for the first time, it was kind of out of the blue and it didn’t really stick with me.
Don’t get me wrong, Angelini’s writing is fantastic and her creative take on Greek myth was unique and refreshing, but the beginning was a bit too frustrating and confusing for my taste. I’ll admit, though, she re-awoke my love for Greek myth.
Once the real action started and Helen and Lucas’ romance began to blossom, that’s when I really got into it and found that I couldn’t put it down. I loved all the characters in the book, like Hector, the big tough guy who is also your “lovable big brother” or Ariadne, the sweet, helpful friend you’d love to have on your side. I enjoyed learning about each of their powers and abilities, and discovering Angelini’s take on this epic tale of romance, war, and fate. She definitely had me rooting for Helen and Lucas!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series.