Starcrossed By Josephine Angelini

Friday, 3 August 2012

Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis: Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is--now it's getting harder. She's having nightmares of a desperate desert journey, visions of three women weeping tears of blood. And why is she possessed by the sudden, unstoppable urge to kill the handsome new boy in school, Lucas Delos?
A love written in the stars . . .
A feud started in ancient Greece . . .
A curse not even the gods can break.

I really wanted to love this book. I picked it up after a shining recommendation from a friend but I can't say I felt the same way she did. The book fell flat a little for me to the point I put it down and read another book which I found much better. Starcrossed has an interesting premise and the Greek mythology aspect  intrigued me. I mean who doesn't want to read about a girl who instead of falling for the gorgeous boy, she want's to kill him. It annoys me because the story could have been so good! I didn't hate it though, I just didn't love it either.

The characters, I felt, were all quite one dimensional. Helen, the heroine of the book, was just very annoying. She's portrayed as painfully shy to the point she is in physical pain when she talks to someone which would make an interesting character. The problem is that her shyness doesn't seem consistent, it appears when it fits the story but otherwise it just disappears. I also hated the way she treated her dad, like he was the child. I never would have gotten away with anything that he did but she never got punished. Lucas was good to start with, nice, handsome demigod but as the book went on he got annoyingly protective and just reminded me of Daniel from fallen who I despise. At points there conversation would go very weird and awkward, some of the things he said were downright creepy but Helen thought nothing of it. At one point I just had to put the book down and compose myself after something he said. Characters I did like were Lucas's cousins and sister. They were better characters than the main ones. Her best friend, I think, would have made a much better heroine. Hector and Jason, his cousins could replace Lucas any day.

Overall this book was average, my rating might have been lowered by the fact that I had originally had such high hopes for this one. It wasn't horrible but I wouldn't recommend it either. I will probably read the next in the series but I don't think I will buy it. The ending for me was very frustrating so I might have to read the next just to see how it is resolved - and a bit more of Hector and Jason.

My Favorite quote:
“How do you know all this about me?" Helen sputtered. 
Claire sighed."After I pushed you off the roof..." she began.
"After you WHAT?" Lucas yelled.”

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3 People dared to comment.:

Diantha Jones said...

I completely agree Emily. This book was dull despite it's amazing premis and it's about Greek mythology and you know how much I love that! Helen made me want to gag on several occasions and Lucas just fizzled out about halfway through the book. You're better than me because I don't think I'll be reading anymore of this series. It was too much of a bore.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great you give an honest appraisal, and let the chips fall as they may. So important, when you have folks relying on your word to make their literary choices. Well done :)

Bo said...

I'm sorry to hear you were less than enthused about the book. While it was not at the top of my list of best reads, I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to get a chance to read the sequel. Then again, I don't like coffee. Not every book is for every one.

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