Sunday, April 27, 2014

Starcrossed - Joesphine Angelini

Title : Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Format: Paperback 
Release date: May 31st 2011
Genre: YA romance, Fantasy. 
Stars out of ten: 


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. 


This book was gripping, from the first time Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos whose family has just moved to the small island of Nantucket she wants to kill him. She has no idea why and over the course of time they both are at neck and neck with each other. Helen is being haunted by Furies and nightmares. During one of these nightmares she sees Lucas on his hands and knees, feeling around as if he is blind. Cutting his hands on sharp stones, looking very afraid. Helen walks over to Lucas and tries to talk to him but all he does is mouths her name and begs her to leave him behind, Helen thinks is going to be stuck in the dry land of her nightmare forever pulling him up forcing him to walk with her. She is half awake thinking she is on a raft, only to find when she gains full consciousness that she is actually lying on Lucas, and that he saved her life. He explains that he is a Scion, lying on top of him Helen realises that she doesn't detest Lucas any more and later on realises that the fall abolished the Furies tat were haunting them both when they were near each other. 

Helen learns that she is also a Scion and that she has many abilities as every Scion has. But he is powerful but cannot control it, she gets trained by the Delos family who are trying to help Helen in finding which house she belongs to. 
Throughout all that is happening she is being hunted by Creon who wants her powers, but Helen is also falling in love with Lucas which is forbidden. They know that Helen belongs to a different house to the house in which Lucas is, the houses cannot mix. They are at war with eachother. 


Chapter One: "But if you brought me a car now, it would be yours when I go away to school in two years. Still practically new," Helen said optimistically. Unfortunately her father was no sucker. 


I really liked this book, because it was so fast paced and I like books that are easy to read. However I did find the whole story line a bit difficult to grasp, and the relationship between Lucas and Helen I didn't think was that great because Lucas always seemed a bit distant and his personality didn't really come through and that was a bit disappointing. However I would recommend it.