Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Starcrossed (ARC)

Author: Josephine Angelini
: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy/Mythology
Publication Date
: May 31, 2011
 Harper Teen
Age Range
: Young Adult
: 496
Date Scoot Read:
May 2011
: ARC from Author for review.

Scoot's Rating
: 9-  Great read! Couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
: 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.

Scoot’s Review:
All Helen wants to do is blend in with the crowd; in fact too much attention makes her literally sick to her stomach. However, not standing out is tough when you are smart, athletic, tall and beautiful.  Regardless Helen does everything she can to downplay her attributes until in one split second everything changes; she meets Lucas Delos.  The Delos family has moved onto Nantucket Island and for reasons she can’t understand it fills Helen with rage.  Confused and struggling for control of her life Helen turns to the Delos family for help.  Working together Helen discovers truths about herself she never would have guessed and finds both love and tragedy.  Starcrossed is the best modern mythology storyline I have read to date. In some modern mythology novels I have read I felt like I needed some kind of Greek mythology handbook to read with it to understand half of the story, but with this novel I never felt that way.  I enjoyed the mythological elements and I was easily able to follow along with Helen on her journey of discovery.  I really enjoyed this novel and how well it was developed and executed.  The story quickly reeled you in with great writing and characterization and then kept you hooked with a fast paced plot. The pacing of the story was done well and the story was long enough to have time to develop without feeling rushed. I enjoyed Helen’s personality, so she was easy to rally behind as the lead character.  The other story leads and supporting characters were also well developed and I liked getting to know them throughout the novel and am definitely looking forward to continuing to their stories in the next book.  The romantic elements of the novel didn’t feel rushed or overdone, they felt natural.  Besides the main romance for Helen there were smaller romances in the works that I enjoyed watching develop.  This story has a well woven plot with plenty of directions for the author to take in the future.  Overall I was very pleased with this novel and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.  This book releases today so when you have a chance find a copy and read it!

  • Check out my character interview with Claire -Helen’s BFF- here!
  • Make sure to follow the Starcrossed Book Tour here for your chance to win a Kindle3 wifi! The tour ends Friday, so go quickly!




StuckInBooks said...
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StuckInBooks said...

Oooo I loved this one too. Now we have to wait a year for book 2! (I hate waiting!) ;)



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