Review: Starcrossed

Posted June 15, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: StarcrossedStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on May 31, 2011
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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.

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In Ms. Angelini debut novel we follow the main character Helen, as her world is turned upside down when new students enroll in her high school and she’s filled with the blind rage to destroy them all.  Soon Helen realizes the Delos family is hiding a legendary secret that evolves her in a way that she didn’t think was humanly possible. Plus the secrets that she’s been hiding are suddenly brought to the light and she has to embrace her past or watch her future crumble.

Starcrossed was an interesting read that had all the elements to be an epic read but in the end it didn’t capture me as much as I wanted it to. Don’t get me wrong it was a good story that did capture my interest at different points. I really enjoyed the beginning, it was attention grabbing and had me flipping the pages to see whether Helen and the Delos family, mainly Lucas (who I knew since the first page he was introduced was the love interest) would end up destroying each other before they even knew that they were destined for each other. Now that is a page turning situation!

But then things quickly turned and the focus was put on Helen and her powers and the secrets she and the Delos family was keeping, which wasn’t totally predictable but didn’t hold my attention the way the beginning did. I really enjoy the battle of wills element within a story.

Helen and Lucas were good characters, they were realistic and relatable. I wished their relationship could have developed at a slower pace and they could have gotten to know each other more. Defying the past and making up their own future, fighting the urge to fall head over heel in love with each other I feel would have added more intense moments between them. It would have been better than going from overwhelming hate and destruction to instant connection and love. Though there were little moments where I could see Helen and Lucas’s relationship changing and growing and I wanted more of that.

My favorite character had to be hands down, Hector. He was gritty, in your face and yeah a bit crazy but what some call crazy I call passionate and boy was he passionate! Every scene he was in he lit up the pages and he was the only one who didn’t handle Helen with kid gloves. I hate the kid gloves treatment.

What I really liked about Starcrossed was the action. Ms. Angelini didn’t hold back when it came to hurting her characters and I loved her for it! There were bloody lips, broken bones, missing teeth, the whole nine yards. I felt that the action really shined throughout the story, more so than the romance.

Over all Starcrossed was a tasty story that I would like to see where Ms. Angelini takes it. With it ending like it did I feel there is way more action and drama in store.

3 Stars

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