Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Book Review (100). Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)

Publication: 31st May 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 487
Genre: Fantasy
Age Appropriate: Young Adult

Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention. 

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?
My Thoughts.
From reading different reviews for this book you either love it or hate it, and I'm glad to say that I absolutely loved it.
I've been meaning to read this for the longest time, I remember when it first appeared on Goodreads, I loved the synopsis and then when they revealed the cover it just made me want to read it even more. But for reasons even I don't know I kept putting off reading it until I received a review copy for Dreamless (the next book in the series) and it gave me a reason to finally pick this up.

I wasn't really familiar with the Greek mythology about Helen Of Troy and the Furies so I did a little research beforehand to catch myself up and I found the story interesting and was intrigued to see how this was incorporated into the storyline.
I loved that the myth was taken and used in a modern day setting but also adding a twist so that the myth is repeated in every generation.
Having never read another book with the subject of Helen Of Troy I found this to be a fresh and exciting read, I couldn't get through this book fast enough to see what was going to happen next.
Helen is an extremely shy individual, she does everything she can to try and blend in to become invisible, she also suffers severe stomach cramps whenever attention is on her.
She is really beautiful and tall which doesn't help in her quest to stay unnoticed.
And then a new family moves to town the Delos' and the first time she see's Lucas she tries to kill him, not knowing or understanding why she hates him so much and feels the need to kill not only him but his sister and cousins who also are new in town.
But she discovers that the Delos' feel the same way about her too and she can't understand why.
And then Helen finds out something about herself, her mother (who deserted Helen and her father when Helen was just a baby, and whom she hasn't heard from since) and the Delos' that connect them all.

I loved most of the characters in this book especially Lucas, and Hector grew on me quite a bit.
And that ending, well I'm just glad I have the second book sitting right next to me to read as soon as I post this review.
I give this 5/5.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you loved this one. I've had it on my kindle for a while and really need to read it!