Author: Josephine Angelini Website | Twitter
Stand Alone or Series: Starcrossed, #1
Genre: YA Fiction/Mythology
Publisher: HarperTeen May 31, 2011
Hardcover: 487 pages
Available On: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository | Kindle | Nook
Description from GoodReads:
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?
First Impressions: I have heard many people compare Starcrossed to Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I cannot imagine how they will be similar but I enjoyed Twilight and hope to enjoy this book.
Plot & Characters: Starcrossed was action packed from beginning to end. The way Josephine Angelini interwove greek mythology with the life of two young adults was a joy to read. You will find romance, revenge, and mystery in Starcrossed. Even though this is the first of a series, the ending left me wanting to read more yet satisfied until the next one.
The hate the characters feel for each other when they meet was very refreshing. I was loved that Helen didn't just fall in love with Lucas at first sight. I don't necessarily have a problem with instant love but it is a bit refreshing to see something different.The characters in this story are amazing, from Helen's friend to Luca's family there are many well developed characters that help make this a great story.
* There were a few things that might be compared to Twilight but for the most part they are very different. I would imagine that those who enjoyed Twilight will enjoy Starcrossed but that is because they are both good stories with young characters that fight supernatural obstacles to protect their love.
Final Thoughts: Starcrossed will keep you entertained and transport you to a world where gods, curses, and prophecies are an everyday problem.
Buy, Borrow or Skip: Buy! A great story and the beautiful cover will make a great addition to any library.