Josephine Angelini – Starcrossed


publisher: Pan Macmillan
published 2011
pages: 513

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When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time; she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has been in her life; the second that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.

An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next…

In (Very) Short:

+ young adult fiction centering around demigods and revamped Greek myths
+ fast paced story about the main character Helen discovering what she really is
+ family and friendship are important focal points
+ the characters are divers and funny
+ female version of Percy Jackson
– the romance is very twilight-esque and a little annoying
– the love between the main characters is immediate, destined and forbidden in order to cover all young adult fiction basics

My Opinion:

Helen Hamilton does not fit in the world she lives in, but when a new family moves to the Nantucket she discovers that she is a demigod – a descendent from the Greek gods with all its perks and trouble.

She heals, is super fast, strong, and can levitate, but she also hates demigods descending from other Gods than she did with a passion, a passion capable of driving her insane. To stop the madness caused by the Furies the demigods have to kill the opponent.

When Helen and Lucas meet their hate flares up in an instant, but at the same time they are drawn to each other. Together they discover that everything they have known, is shattered by the revelation of the truth by a person no one wants to trust.

The story takes a different turn on the demigod myth already established and popular in the Percy Jackson books. The descendents from the Gods themselves, the partition into the houses, the powers Helen, Lucas and his family have are unique and create a different aspect and different problems for the characters.

While in other fantasy and young adult fiction that mixes “our” world with a hidden truth of some sorts (vampires are real, demigods exist etc.), the supernatural characters usually separate themselves from either friends and family. Often the character is without family. Here both family and friendship play an important role which give Helen strength and much needed support from people she has known and trusted her entire live.

The love story itself for me is quite twilight-esque since it seems to cover all the basis: They fall instantly in love, they are destined to be and it is forbidden for them to be together. In an attempt to cover all the basics it has been carried to excess.

Bottom Line:

This is a wonderful book that revamps the demigod myth by referring to the good old times as well as developing a new perspective on the topic. It made me look up some of the old myths and I thoroughly enjoyed the revamping. By the end of the book it is clear that this is made to be a trilogy as the reader is left with a somewhat closed narrative of the first part, but left with enough open story lines to grab the next installment. I certainly will.


 rating 4


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