Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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?"


I absolutely positively loved this book.  It was amazing! This is something different from the normal paranormal romance books & it was a non-stop addictive read.

Helen is an extraordinary teenager.  Her mother left when she was a baby & her father raised her.  She is special & doesn't know why or what her abilities include.  All her life she hasn't known why she was different until a family moved to her island.  They were all extremely beautiful & everybody was drawn to them.  When Helen first saw Lucas at school, her first instinct was to attack & kill him.  In her attempt the whole school was flabbergasted & couldn't understand why Helen would want to kill somebody she hadn't even met.  This was built into her genes & she didn't understand why she was so angry with him.

Lucas & Helen are drawn to each other, they can't be apart, but they can't be together.  They have explained that Helen is a demigod & that's why she has wanted to kill Lucas, because his family are as well.  They are from different families & that causes an instinct to kill one another. 

Somebody is trying to kidnap Helen. Lucas is trying to find the culprit & protect Helen in the process. Helen started training with Lucas & his family to build her strength & find all her abilities.  While in the process, Helen ends up confiding in her best friend since birth Claire.  Claire is not surprised & knew Helen was special.  Ever since they were children Claire was testing Helen to see if she could be hurt.  Helen was surprised, but relieved.

Helen's love for Lucas grew stronger, but they cannot be together because of their families.  The kidnapper is found & another is attempting to kidnap her as well.  They are discovered & defeated. 

What will happen to Helen & Lucas & their love for each other? We will have to wait for Dreamless.  This book was fantastic & highly recommended to everyone.  I rated it a 5stars.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. It has such an interesting premise. The old myths are so full of potential, it's cool to authors tryig to "reboot" them.