Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

(Starcrossed #1)
by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 31st 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780062011992
Source: e-ARC

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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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  1. Thanks for the great review !! I can't wait to read this book now =)

  2. I really love this new mythology trend. This one sounds great! I'll have to add it to my wish list!

  3. I enjoyed this a lot as well. I loved Claire and hope to see more of her in the next books. Hector was pretty awesome as well. I agree with you, the secondary characters are very well developed. Great review!

  4. I've been hearing some good buzz about this one!

  5. The book is getting a lot of praise. I take this as a good sign :P And okay, when the secondary characters are well written that is deff a double win for me yay!

  6. This sounds quite promising. I requested it from Netgalley, but was declined. I guess I'll have to wait until it shows up at the library.

  7. Thanks for the review! I've been interested, but not overly so. This definetely sounds like a book I'm going to be reading this summer!

  8. I LOVED this book! One of my favourite readers this year! Great review, thanks for sharing. Donna

  9. Thanks for the heads up on the book starting kind of slow. Whenever that happens I tend to lose interest. If I know that's what will happen I will push through it though to finish it up! Thanks for much for the review! :)

  10. Have I told you how much I love your blog? It's soo cute.

    But I want to read STARCROSSED so badly. Great review! Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

  11. Good review, I'm having the opposite experience to you with this book but it's always nice to see what other people think.

  12. I love it when a book has great secondary characters as well as main. I've got to meet Luke and Hector. I'm really introverted too so I think Helen and I would get along great... as long as we didn't have to talk to each other. :)

  13. Great review! You made me want to read this book even more. Thanks! :)

  14. This book has been on my TBR list for a while and I have heard so many fantastic things about it! I cannot wait to read it!

  15. I love Greek mythology and just read one I didn't really love so hopefully STARCROSSED will bring everything back up for me. It makes me happy to see a review mention supporting characters, especially if they're fleshed out and interesting.

  16. Wow, this sounds like a really interesting read. I love Greek mythology so I'll definitely check this one out. Thanks for the great review and happy reading!


  17. I'm still not sure whether to read this book or not. Your review now makes me want to get a copy, but I've read some other reviews that weren't very positive. Hm... (Knowing me, I'll probably give in in the end. :D)

    Thanks for sharing your opinion!


  18. Sounds great! I've heard lots of good things. I like introverted characters - I'm one too. And the mythology sounds interesting.


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