Review: Starcrossed

Author: Josephine Angelini
  • Series: Starcrossed #1
  • Published: May 31, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperTEEN
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 487 pages (ARC)
  • Source: Gifted
  • ~*~Summary~*~
  • 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?

  • ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~
  • Greek mythology is something that I really enjoy, so I was looking forward to this book. Once I obtained it, I completely devoured it! I found all aspects of the book to be really interesting, such as the several different houses and one houses desire for power. And all of this is placed on Nantucket! I know, of all places, Nantucket is not the place that I would think some demigods can battle each other, but it truly did help the story!
  • The main character, Helen, was incredibly interesting as well. She was just a normal girl, or at least she thought she was. She happened to be incredibly fast when she ran and could never find jeans that properly fit her long legs, but hey, I'm a tall girl too and I have the same problem! Then, the Delos family comes back to town and everything changes. The normal girl that we thought Helen was is no more. Instead, she's a powerful demigod and nobody knows where she comes from, what house she belongs to, and the true extent of her powers.
  • I loved the entire cast of demigods in this book. Each one had amazing powers that were totally unique and somehow helped the plot along perfectly. I thought it was a nice touch to have such an element constant throughout the progression of the story.
  • I have to say that one thing I had a problem with was the romance in this story. While I did love it, I didn't like how it began. Obviously, the summary hints about their very first encounter. It was so sudden that I was the tiniest bit put off by it. Then I was really surprised that everything was so intense between Helen and Lucas after that. They went from attempts to kill each other to the need to fight an intense attraction for each other. Of course, as we begin to truly learn some things about them it all falls into place, but I think that aspect of the story could have been executed differently.
  •  All in all, this was an awesome story. I really felt for the characters! I didn't want anything bad to happen to them and every time one of them got upset or hurt, my heart broke for them. I truly adored Lucas and can't wait to see what him and Helen do in their future--forbidden love at its finest. Aside from some characters being too quick to trust others, I can't find any faults in this awesome tale rich with mythology. I can't wait to pick up the second book to continue Lucas and Helen's story!
  • ~*~Cover~*~
  • I love this cover. It very much hints at the mythological retelling and the background is gorgeous. Great choice.
  • 4 stars 
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  1. Loved this review! I won this book and got it yesterday and I am just so excited to read it :D

  2. read dreamless! I just got it and its good so far!

  3. Love the review! I loved all of the characters too :)

  4. This sounds really good :) I'll definitely be reading it soon. I'm so glad that Helen is a great character. Awesome review!

  5. I want to read this! *Adding to Goodreads Shelf*

    Konstanz Silverbow

  6. Thanks for writing the review like this, I have read two other reviews of this book, one was raving about it the other completely slammed it. I'm glad you enjoyed it but still acknowledged some flaws :).

  7. Lovely review and I love Mythology books. I may have to move this one up on my tbr list especially since I already have a copy of it.

  8. Ooh, sounds interesting! I love mythology (and demigods!) and have been looking for more YA books that fit into that category.

    Thanks for the review! (:

  9. I liked this story, but it seemed to drag a good bit. I actually had to reread it before I read the second book because I think I may have skimmed the first go round. I liked it a lot better the 2nd time around. It still was a little bogged down, but I didn't skim anymore. I can't wait for the last book to see what happens with the gang!