Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: Starcorssed by Josephine Angelini

Paperback: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen  
Release Date: May 31st, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

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}
Hands down this was my favorite read from this summer. I have been gushing all day to anybody who would listen to me about the beautiful writing and tragic love of Lucas and Helen. Sigh.  From page one I was hooked. Helen Hamilton is my kind of girl. She literally is the face that launched a 1000 ships but she has cramps anytime people pay the slightest attention to her. Poor girl. Her best friend Claire is full of spunk and is the most understating best friend Helen could ever ask for. Once the Delos family moves in and starts at her high school Helens feels major unease about them and the moment she lays eyes on the gorgeous drink of sexy water she launches a full on attack and literally attempts to choke out said hottie.
Helen along with the Delos kids and the majority of her high school realize that something is going on between Lucas and Helen even though they’ve never met up until Helens tries to strangle him. So, we have Helen who has now met people who are just like her, these three girls with bloody tears show up every time she is around the Delos family and her lust to kill Lucas is nearly unbearable. The dream/nightmare sequences are so beautifully told, and within these night time journeys, Helen and Lucas end up saving each other, but neither realizes this “dream” has actually happened. This is where things start to get interesting. 
I really loved everything about this story. The Delos family dynamic was awesome. It’s a little similar to the Cullen’s from Twilight, they disagree with their kind and have chosen to live a different lifestyle and they definitely have some cash. The mythology was beautifully retold, the action was intense and wild, and have I mentioned how hot Lucas is? Swoon. J
Overall, I love every word of this book. It has action, romance, suspense, intrigue,  and actually some really funny one liners.
I’m bummed that I’ve seen some 1 and 2 start ratings for the book. I’d give it more than 5 if I could. Can’t wait for book two, Dreamless.


Anonymous said...

this is just a 2 for me, sorry :( i didn't like Starcrossed - too much drama for me.

Lex said...

I would give this book higher than a 5 myself as well! It was great...sure overly dramatic, but when has Greek myth ever been anything but overly dramatic? I'm not always a fan of open-ended stories, but this one gave hope and I'm holding on to that firmly. Can't wait for Dreamless!

Lacey said...

@Maria, lol. I gotchu, tons of drama. I could't get enough of it.

@Lex,Dreamless better be just as fab. and opened-ended stories are seriously the key element (besides love triangles) in YA books. Drives me INSANE. But I keep coming back for more, so something is working.


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