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. (Goodreads summary)
I truly loved this book! Fun, fun, fun twist on some very old stories! There is just enough suspense and mystery revealed to keep you reading and never allow you to get bored. I loved how intense the plot and love story is. There is so much tension throughout that the reader is sitting on the edge of his/her seat waiting for the next “AHHHH!” moment!
Helen totally captivated me and drew me in from the beginning. She is a normal teenage girl trying to fit it, yet at the same time, is utterly exceptional. She struggles with knowing she is unique and wanting so very badly to fit in yet, knowing she can’t. She also has no idea what/who she is and therefore is very afraid of it. Lucas is wonderful and a delightful leading man. I absolutely adore his family as well. I am a big fan of secondary characters seeming real and fully developed individuals and that is exactly what you get in this lovely novel. The family dynamic of the Delos’ is very fun and so very Greek. 😉
The action sequences were well paced and kept the plot moving forward. The mythology and development of the back story was believable and original. I love connecting the dots for myself and trying to guess what’s going to happen next which this book definitely delivers.
My only criticisms, which kept me from giving Starcrossed a five star rating, is that there were moments I felt were very “Twilighty” or could have been lifted out of The Mortal Instruments and the final resolution was a bit forced and a little “convenient” however, these were minor annoyances and I cannot wait for the next book! =)
Author: Jospehine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed (Book #1)
Published: May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 487 pages; Kindle; Nook
Source: borrowed from library