Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini
Publication Date: 05/31/2011
Audience: YA
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

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.
Summary from Goodreads
I wanted to love this book.  I mean it's base story line is about Greek gods and goddesses, my favorite, but I couldn't get past the main characters obvious lack of brains.
Helen Hamilton is ridiculous.  I was constantly reading and thinking "Dear Helen, things aren't adding up, you really should be questioning this whole situation." but hum dum Helen usually had to have it spelled out for her in order for the light bulb to click on.  And since she's so oblivious to all the things, she trusts all the wrong people.  Frustrating as hell.
Then there was the most ridiculous of ridiculousness insta-love.  But first it was insta-hate, which Helen never questioned.  She first lays eyes on Lucas, immediately wants to tear into his aorta, and NEVER thinks "hmm, that's not normal".  When the red haze of her uncalled for hate dies down she doesn't wonder why she hates him, she just continues hating him.  It takes her several chapters to just figure the whole thing out.  Come on Hamilton!  By the time she gets up to speed, insta-hate has turned into insta-love.  They literally go from trying to kill each other in one scene to holding hands and not wanting to be separated in the next.
My basic thoughts on this whole book is that the story could have been so much more had the characters not infuriated me from chapter one.  But they did, and if I hate the characters chances are I'm going to seriously dislike the book.  I originally marked Starcrossed as a 3 star on Goodreads but after gathering all my angry thoughts I'm left with only 2 stars. Sorry Helen.


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