by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 31st 2011
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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. -Goodreads
Starcrossed is a wonderful mixture of Greek mythology, and a forbidden love. The book started off a little slow, but soon I became so fascinated that I flew through the pages. It made for a read that I really enjoyed!
All of the characters, including the secondary ones, were well written. I really liked and related to the main character, Helen. She was shy and almost introverted. (So am I.) But she was like this for a reason, to keep people from noticing how different she was. We do see her grow more confident in herself throughout the book, especially after she meets Lucas. Ah Luke… I love Luke! Their relationship was really interesting, especially in the beginning. I wasn’t sure where the author was going to go with it, but I love where it went. I really liked Luke’s family as well. His sister and cousins really made the book interesting. Especially Hector, I liked him. Helen’s best friend, Claire, was one of my most favorite characters in the book. She was a feisty little thing! I really grew to care for all of these characters.
The plot was very creative and I found the mythology to quite interesting. I’ve read quite a few books lately that have dealt with mythology, and I definitely think this is one of the better ones. The ending of the book left me hanging a bit, in a way that I just really want to read the next book in the series. Like, now, please!
Overall, this was a book that I really enjoyable read for me. It will definitely be a welcome addition to my bookshelf, and I’m anxiously looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I am sending a huge thank you to HarperTeen and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book. I really enjoyed it!
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