Tuesday 14 June 2011

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Bookish Details 
Pages: 518
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: June 2011
When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton sees Lucas Delos for the first time she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.
With an ancient curse making them loathe one another, Lucas and Helen have to keep their distance. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen . . .
This is the first in a trilogy based on Greek myths. I think that Greek myths are starting to take over the world of fiction, and I'm super excited because it's fascinating to read them being re-told in modern ways.

This story is about sixteen year old Helen. When she first sees the new boy in area, Lucas, she wants to kill him. She soon discovers that there is a lot more to it than just not liking him. Helen starts to find out more about who she actually is and how much danger she is in. 

Together, they fight their instinct to hurt each other, forming a romantic connection. But their families are determined to keep them apart, and they'll do just about anything to achieve it, including telling life-changing lies.

Starcrossed is an exciting read with plenty of action that jumps right off of the pages. It's the action scenes that were by far my favourite parts to read, having a very cinematic feel to them.

However, I did find the romance between the characters a little dull at times. That might just be because I've been reading so many similar love stories in fantasy YA lately that I'm a little immune to them. It takes an extra special spark for me to really root for a romantic connection.

There was a cliffhanger at the end that I wasn't expecting in this story, but I have come across a few times before in other YA series'. I'm keen to see what problems it will cause for Helen and Lucas. 

Fans of The Mortal Instruments will definitely enjoy this story, and I'm looking forward the second book in the series, due for release next year.

I'd rate this book: ★★★

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