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Monday, May 9, 2011

ARC Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Release Date: May 31st, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rated: YA
*ARC provided by the publisher*

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.

What I thought:

This was a really good story, but it took me several chapters to really be able to get engrossed in the story. It wasn't until the two families really came together that I got pulled in and I was swept away with the rest of it.  Once I got into the story it was great. I can't wait to see what else plays out, there are tons of possibilities left open and I can't wait to see what the author takes the story.

There is so much I want to talk about but a lot of it is spoilers. I loved the revelations of the family and the plot, I thought it was very interesting and different from others that seem similarly themed coming out around the same time. There was such a great cast of characters and I was completely intrigued with them all.

I'm excited to see how this plays out in the next novel. I'm eager to continue this story. This was filled with such great writing that I will definitely keep Josephine Angelini on my watch list.

My Rating:


Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I just reviewed this as well!

I enjoyed it but thought that it wasn't perfect. I can imagine that it is going to be a hit thou.



Aimee said...

I imagine so as well. I love mythology mixed in like this. I'm a sucker for it. But there seems to be a whole rash of novels coming out lately with the same element.

Ladybug said...

I'm looking forward to read this one, I have it on my Kindle :) Great review.

Candace said...

I really liked it as well! I think it's kind of odd that all of a sudden this (Greek mythology) is the really big thing. I like it though, and it seems like so far they've all been very different from each other, so that's good.

Connie said...

Great Review!

Here's mine!

For the first 50 or so pages I thought this was going to be just like Twilight. Initially there are lots of similarities between Helen Hamilton and Bella. For instance they both are living with their dad and both feel a bit out of it at high school. However, from about page 50 onwards this story takes on a life of it’s own. With demigods, Greek mythology, furies, the underworld. It is a fast paced page turner. And Lucas Delos is the perfect heart throb. I hope there is a sequel coming soon because the ending left me wanting so much more!

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