Series: Starcrossed #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: May 31st 2011
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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 admit that as I started to read this book, I was weary. It started out really choppy and confusing. I didn’t really find my groove with it until almost 100 pages in! But there was something about it that kept me going…I saw the potential surrounding this Greek mythology story about starcrossed lovers that I hadn’t yet discovered. And let me tell you…when you get to the part where you learn exactly who this story is about, you’re going to be hooked, especially if you’re a Greek myth fan like myself. I give Josephine so many props for how unique this take is. The lore, while rooted in Greek mythology, is really interesting and has many layers. I loved it.
It really took me awhile to warm up to all the characters in this book though. While I was interested in discovering what was going on, I really didn’t feel any empathy for our starcrossed lovers until another hundred pages or so. I did enjoy the entire cast, especially the family dynamics for both Helen and Lucas. Also, there was lots of humor happening, and I love that in books. Now, Lucas and Helen did have an insta-love thing happening, but it came with a huge dose of insta-hate, so that was different. And I guess it also had to do a lot with who they are. In other words, I got it…but not instantly.
By the end of Starcrossed, the story has evolved into a pretty big, twisted tale. So much is happening, and our poor main characters can’t catch a break. I have to admit I wanted to jump right into the sequel, Dreamless, upon finishing Starcrossed because I was THAT invested in the story by then. I can’t wait to continued this journey.