July 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperCollins
Category: Young Adult Fiction

If you are a big fan of the series Twilight, Mortal Instruments and The Iron Fey, then for sure you can not miss this book. Starcrossed is all those books combined plus greek mythology.  

Helen is a beautiful, shy teenager whose life is turned upside down when a new (and big) family transfers to her town.  For some odd reason she goes into a rage when she sees them, especially gorgeous Lucas, who happens to hate her yet is intrigued by her at the same time.  She eventually finds out that she is a demigod, same as Lucas and his whole family.  All becomes well when they save each other's lives until someone starts hunting down Helen.  And though Lucas and Helen clearly want to be together, history and mythology plus a wrong claim, makes it impossible....at least in this first book.

Author Josephine Angelini
I have to admit i have become a big fan of Lucas and Helen. She strikes me as a typical teen with a lot of hangups, albeit hers are about her amazing beauty and freakish abilities which she never understood since she never knew her mother who is actually of greek god descent while her father is merely mortal.  Lucas on the other hand has always known who he is, what he was born and trained to be.  They are very different characters, the only similar thing about them is their attraction to each other, aside from their incredible and rare ability to fly.

I love how the author developed their relationship.  The speed with which it progressed was perfect.  You could actually relate and understand why they can not let each other go, even when they hated each other.  As for the rest of the family, Hector, Lucas' cousin strikes me as the Starcrossed version of Twilight's Emmet, while Jason is Jasper, and Cassandra and Ari are Alice together in the sense that Cass has the vision but Ari has the heart of Alice.  As for Helen, she is more like Meghan of the Iron Fey series, who doesn't know what she is worth.  Lucas.... well....he is like Ash...beautiful and sensitive Ash.

This is a book you should not miss.  The adventure and romance are exhilirating.   However There are a lot of open ends that would need to be expounded in the sequel DREAMLESS out in May 2012,  and I await with fingers crossed, that finally then, Helen and Lucas would be as happy as they deserve to be.
Starcrossed is now available at NATIONAL BOOKSTORE branches nationwide.

1 comment:

  1. I liked Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. It reminds you of Stephanie Meyer's books. Like here it is all about the impossible love between Helen and Lukas. Only that Meyer's protagonists were vampires and here it's demigods. These demigods are equipped with special strengths and it is fun reading how Helen discovers her powers. This novel shall be the first of a trilogy and even if it does not end with a cliff-hanger, one can imagine how it will go on.