Author: Josephine Angelini
Published: May 31, 2011 by HarperTeen
Series: Starcrossed #1
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Source: e-ARC via NetGalley and Publisher
Summary: 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.
Review: I always love reading about mythology (whether Greek or Roman). This book was no exception. It had a great mythological spin on it, but some things weren't that original or well explained.
Starcrossed was a surprisingly well written novel. I was expecting some kind of fluffy mythology about starcrossed lovers and what not, but there was more than just fluffy romance, there was actual depth.
Helen was not my favorite character. She was too whiny for my taste and managed to get on my nerves often. Her friend Claire, however, was wonderful. She was so funny and one of those no-nonsense girls that I always manage to connect with. The members of the Delos family were also great characters. The girls in the family were surprisingly different. I thought since they weren't the main characters they would just blend together, but each of the family members stood out in there own way. Hector was also a great character. He was really funny and sarcastic but could be the serious and sympathetic one too.
The plot kept the story moving, but there wasn't one specific thing that I remember as the main point of the book. I liked that there was a reason for Helen and Lucas to hate each other in the beginning (the blood feud and the furies and what not) but I don't understand why they suddenly stopped hating each other. I also wasn't clear on where Helen was going in her dreams and why, but those might be things that are discussed in the sequel.
The ending was unexpected to say the least, but it'll be interesting to see where that takes the story.
Starcrossed was a fun and interesting book that held me captivated even if it didn't have a clear direction all the way through. It could have used more explanation on some points, but it was overall well written. This is one series that has major potential and I'm definitely excited for the sequel.