Saturday, August 4, 2012
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
First in the Starcrossed trilogy
Helen Hamilton lives on the island of Nantucket and all she wants is to break free of the island and explore the world. Helen has always known she was different and she’s felt like she’s never belonged. When Lucas Delos comes to the island, Helen starts to have the strangest urge to kill him and his family. As Helen discovers a new world where Greek mythology is actually real she struggles with adjusting to who she is and what she will become. I know this book is incredibly cheesy and stupid and really a huge cliché, but when I was reading it I enjoyed it and there was only a handful of problems I had with it which I’ll address later in this review. I love Greek mythology. I’m a Greek mythology nerd. Anything with the words Greek mythology in a review or summary have me sold on reading the book. Let’s face it Greek mythology is like chocolate to people on diets. It’s my kryptonite when it comes to books. So that being my kryptonite I was all “OMG I can’t wait to read this! I’m gonna read this when I’m done with the book I’m reading.” The first chapter was boring as hell and I almost gave up. It was such a snooze fest.
The main female character is Helen. Some of the things Helen said annoyed the crap out of me and made go
Example: If Lucas would turn out to be gay, I would have to get a sex change or something along those lines. I read the book in April I can’t remember the quote word for word. But really who would do that or say that? Helen is supposed to be this brilliant person and apparently so is Lucas and his family, but Angelini proved these people are dumber than calculators. *MILD SPOILER AHEAD READ PAST IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS * Helen is stupid as hell. Ajax is obviously not your frickin dad if he died two years before you were born. These demigods are supposed to be so intelligent, but they are obviously dumb because they can’t do math. Someone get Helen and Lucas a calculator.
I really liked Helen at the beginning. I thought she was strong and relatable. Then when she met Lucas and got involved with him her smaricle particles deteriorated. Maybe that’s why she can’t do Kindergarten math. Instead of her seeming strong she became annoying and just stupid. I hate when a heroine goes from awesome to annoying. Even when reading the book I was like
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5.5
The main male character is Lucas. Lucas was annoying, but there were times when I did like him. I didn’t love Lucas and he was nothing special in the YA world. In fact while I’m writing this review I can’t even remember anything good about him. I probably should have said something about him the first time I wrote my review.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 6
The Villain- Too much work to explain without giving spoilers and since I gave one already I’ll try to keep the rest of the review spoiler fee.
Villain Scale: 7.5
I liked Lucas’s family. Especially Hector who I would have enjoyed Helen being with a lot more. You know what, no I wouldn’t, I would want him for myself at least for a day. I liked Helen’s friend, Claire, but there were times when Helen seemed rude to Claire and I didn’t like that.
Character Scale: 7
After reading this book my mind was blown and I had to wait a whole day before I could write a somewhat decent review. I liked how there wasn’t a love triangle, but I heard there is in the sequel. I hate love triangles, but now that I think about it I might not mind if he’s a lot cooler than Lucas. I’m looking forward to reading Dreamless, because I loved Starcrossed even if the characters weren’t all that great. I enjoyed the story and can’t wait for more.
Cover Thoughts: The cover is really pretty, but Helen seems awkwardly placed. I still really like the cover though.