Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Comes out: May 31, 2011
Format: ARC (e-book)
Age group: Young Adult
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.
I must say how excited I was to get this book. I knew that since there were a few people who reviewed the ARC and said that it was amazing, and so many people wanted it, that I wouldn't get a copy. The day I got this, I literally screamed and started dancing around, and putting it as my Twitter status with lots of exclamation points. There is a reason that there was so much praise for this book.
First of all, I must worship the writing. Josephine Angelini has the clearest, most elegant storytelling ability that I have ever seen. Her words flowed and were stunning, and the description was lush and put you right in the scene. She didn't have a really fast pace, but she had a perfectly balanced amount of action, romance, and musings throughout the novel. It was one of the most perfectly balanced novels that I have read in a long time.
I loved Helen. Her shyness, but not in a way that was awkward, was alluring and her cramps a source of mystery. Her backstory was intricate, throwing many twists into the story. And although you would think that because of all the twists, the story wouldn't flow, it did amazingly well. Helen was beautiful and was a source of intrigue. Her talents were constantly evolving and her curiosity at her origin and worry about people noticing her was very realistic. I loved how although she was shy, she had these moments where she opened up and said something really funny to Lucas or one of the other main characters.
Lucas was utterly swoonworthy. Handsome, but not in a way that makes the reader exasperated that yet another "perfect boy" is the love interest in a story. He cares about Helen, but is not overprotective or controlling. Their lives don't revolve around each other, but they are in love. His history was intriguing, and I loved how he thought that family was one of the most important things in life. I loved how Josephine made family a main element of the story - so few books do that nowadays. And the great part about this is that it wasn't all the "love at first sight" story thread that all of the YA romance books do nowadays. At first they hated each other, which I thought helped make the story original.
Josephine Angelini is a brilliant writer and I will definitely be reading the sequel. This book was elegant, clear, and utterly filled with everything that you could want in a book.
Recommended for anybody who loves: the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books; shy protaganists; Greek mythology; The Goddess Test; Abandon; paranormal romance; amazing storytelling, etc,.
Possible book club ideas:
How do you think that Josephine made this story her own (as opposed to trending young adult books and genres)?
Do you believe that Daphne was justified in doing the things that she did? Why or why not?
If you were a Scion, what talent would you like to have?