Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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.

Title: Starcrossed
Series: Starcrossed #1
Published: May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062011995 (ISBN13: 9780062011992)

This isn't your typical love at first sight novel. No, it was more like kill on first sight. I have always loved Greek mythology (except when I'm reading it in class, of course). The stories of how people connect things unexplained without science is interesting to read about, and how Angelini related modern times to something that occurred thousands of years ago was enthralling. 

Most of us have heard of the Trojan War, about how the goddesses began to fight over what is now known as the Apple of Discord, which created a chain of events that began the war. As punishment from the numerous deaths, after one person kills another, the Fates would haunt another person to kill the person who killed first, and then that person would be haunted. It's a viscous cycle of death, though I'm not exactly sure how killing more people makes up for deaths, the Fates have a twisted since of logic. Because Hector, Lucas's cousin, is now labeled as a kin-killer, Lucas has the never ending urge to kill him. 

Like any good love story, there is usually forbidden love. Helen and Lucas are from two different Houses, so they can't be together unless they want to invoke the wrath of the gods who would declare a war on humanity. They try to stay away from each other, but the Fates also happen to have a dry sense of humor and refuse to leave them alone. 

The only way to solve these problems? Destroy the Furies.

The characters in this story were amazing, each with their own personality that is unforgettable. Helen's friends, Claire and Matt, are so supportive throughout this whole ordeal, it makes you begin to question who really is the strongest out of the group. 

Overall, this was a very interesting read, with some witty, suspenseful, and heroic moments.  I've already begun to read the second book, so hopefully that review will be up next week!

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” -Henry Ward Beecher
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