Monday, May 30, 2011
REVIEW: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
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?
Oh WOW. This book, seriously, is amazing. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is so exciting and addictive reading that I stormed through the nearly 500 pages as quickly as is humanly possible. I was just so desperate to keep reading and find out what happens in the story and with these characters that I grew to love so much.
When I picked up Starcrossed I was really in the need for a romantic story to make me feel strongly and to just sweep me away, and this book did not disappoint me in that. It is was everything I could have wanted and more. With romance and long-standing feuds. It has family secrets and betrayal, friendships and super-powers. Like I said, this book? It's amazing. Plus the whole setting of Nantucket really added to the atmosphere with the stormy weather.
I feel as though retellings of Greek mythology is becoming all the rage nowadays, and I think for good reason. There's so much passion and adventure and thrilling stories from Greek mythology that how it can not be hugely fascinating to revisit? Such as the case with Starcrossed, as Helen and Lucas are modern reincarnations of characters from Greek myths, bound to each other and to a fate that is already been set aside for them. But will knowing what Fate has in store for them change the decisions of these two love-birds, as they fight against the chemistry and strong emotions that they have for each other? AHHHHHH! It's all very exciting.
Together with the swoon-worthy aspects of the romance, and the awesome action and fighting between demi-gods, there is also some really great characters here. I especially love Lucas and his entire family. Unlike Helen, the Delos family have grown up knowing what they are and what is in store for them and the responsibilities that each bears makes for some really interesting reading.
Honestly, I'm so excited about this book and seeing what comes next in the series. You all must go and read it! Highly recommended from me.