Christmas Awards 2011

Sunday, 18 May 2014


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Publisher: Harper Teen

May 2011

ISBN: 978-0-06-201199-2

Pages: 487

Contemporary, Mythology, Young Adult, Nantucket

Helen Hamilton has been trying to hide how different she is for the past sixteen years, her whole life.  Which is not easy when she lives on the small and sheltered island of Nantucket.  Lately it has been getting harder too.  Having nightmares of a desert journey in which she is desperate Helen wakes up parched and to find her sheets covered with dust and dirt.  At school she is suddenly having hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood.  When Helen first sees Lucas Delos she has no idea they are destined to play leading roles in a tragedy that has been repeating throughout history courtesy of the Fates.

Helen soon unlocks secrets of her ancestry and as she does she also learns that some myths are more than legend.  Having demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that draw Lucas and her together and as at the same time they try to tear them both apart.

This is the beginning of a trilogy that starts out with a story that is sure to stay with readers for a long time after they finish reading it.  It weaves myth into a wonderfully different contemporary story that is sure to please any reader that picks this one up.  It is very different than most books and stands out very well.  From the very beginning the story pulls the reader into it and doesn’t let go until the very end and even then it will have readers hungering for the next story in the trilogy.  The characters are very well written and they get the reader emotionally invested in the story from the very beginning.  The way that each clue is presented and how the characters go about trying to find the answers they need make for a story that moves along quickly and the action is blended wonderfully with the mystery that is woven throughout the book.  This is one trilogy that is worth reading and if the other two books continue like the first this is going to be an excellent trilogy.

I give this one 5 red roses


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