Friday, July 22, 2011
Starcrossed is Josephine Angelini's YA twist on Greek mythology.
Helen has never been normal - but she's tried very hard to pretend she is. Not an easy task on an island as small as Nantucket. But in her sixteen years of life she has never been branded the freak she knows she is, so she think she's been successful overall. Sure, the popular crowd hates her - but she has Claire, her best friend since forever, her dad, as supportive and awesome as can be, and Kate, her dad's business partner and the closest thing she's ever had to a mother. None of them know her secrets, but they come the closest.
But when all of a sudden she starts seeing three women weeping tears of blood, while she's awake and certainly not dreaming, Helen has a lot harder time trying to ignore/hide her oddness. Especially when these disturbing women seem to be urging her to hate every member of the new Delos family with a wrath so strong she can't seem to control it, even in public. And Helen has never hated anyone.
Plus, she's waking up after vivid dreams exhausted, feeling like she has walked for miles - and has the bloody, dirty feet to support the idea. Helen has no idea what's going on - but it's becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the Delos family, especially devastatingly handsome Lucas - whom Helen inexplicably can't stand the sight of.
Something a lot stronger than coincidence is dealing Helen a hand - and she's about to find out what it is...
I tried to give just enough to peak your interest - because this is definitely a book you don't want any spoilers on! It's not necessary. Just give Starcrossed your attention for, like, ten pages and you'll be hooked without any help from me.
It's instantly enigmatic with Helen seeming to have secrets even she doesn't know the answers to. The reader isn't let in on the secrets for quite a while, which is all the more interesting. Then we have the mysterious, quickly talked about, large and wealthy Delos family arriving in town and occupying the huge property that has been vacant - another enigma... love it!
Starcrossed is bursting with personality - each character as individual and vibrant on the page as the next. For example, we've got Claire the BFF who is hilarious, quick thinking, impossibly witty and just overall awesome. Then there's our main character Helen whose panic attacks, shyness, and headaches start to feel like an omen for something bigger - but who wins us over fast with her pure niceness and loyalty as a daughter and friend. With all the mysteries fermenting at the corners, I was ready for the ride Starcrossed was going to take me on before I even knew how wild it was gonna be!
Freaky stuff starts to happen to poor Helen, and I was totally involved and hanging on every word - utterly fascinated. I was wondering what the heck was going on!!! Starcrossed is truly original and chilling as we enter this world of delicious drama, going on this crazy, insane, incredible journey with Helen. I mean, there were moments when I was just like WOWZA!!! Starcrossed was blowing my mind!!!
Ooooh, Josephine Angelini offers us a dynamic, intriguing, and oh-so-different, definitely creepy, mysterious, amazing feel! Starcrossed is dreamy awesome, scorching hot, packed with fiery plots and a relatable, likable gal to follow. It's shocking, twisty, and has near-constant unpredictable surprises! I found Starcrossed to be incredible, powerful, thrilling, and electric with energy that just sizzled through the pages.
As you can tell - I loved it!!! The author puts her own modernized spin on Greek mythology and presents such stunning plot development, which increases in rapidity and depth, I was just stunned. This is YA at its best! Starcrossed has all the magnificent, romantic, bloody and violent trappings of a Greek tragedy - it wowed me over and over and over again!
And - oh my! Sequel??? There better be! Because NO WAY is that the end!!!
Holy crap, bibliophile! Starcrossed is not one to miss!!!!!
***BIBLIOPHILE ALERT! I have been reading like an even crazier book addict than usual this year, and apparently three reviews a week can't keep up pace with me! Because of this, for the entire month of July I will be having FIVE reviews a week! That's right! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! So, please remember to check back here more often during July - and come August I'm planning on returning to three reviews a week. Keep the schedule change in mind, and don't miss any reviews! :)