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Starcrossed is squeaking by with a solid 4 out of 5 star rating. Why? The first half of this novel was so creative and so delicious that the second, less-than-thrilling, half gets an acceptable pass.

This clever novel penned by Josephine Angelini, took off in such a great and exciting way. I haven’t read many books about Greek Mythology, nor have I read too many Young Adult books about demigods, so Starcrossed was definitely new and exciting. The beginning was very clever and I appreciated Angelini’s slower romantic approach.

From reading the synopsis, any reader will know that Helen and Lucas belong together. They are fated, yet forbidden. Who doesn’t love an epic romance? Angelini, who was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, along with Mythology’s Helen and Paris, wove a modern day fantasy.

Helen, the beautiful girl with hidden talents, finds out she is part demigod when a new family moves into town. She immediately hates this family and tries with all her strength to kill one of the sons. Lucas, also a demigod, feels the same rage towards Helen. Without giving too much away, I absolutely loved this “I hate you so much” approach to romance. It was a rare sight for a reviewer to see. I’m used to love-at-first-sight novels, not hate.

Starcrossed started off clever and funny, yet towards the middle I found myself beginning to yawn. Angelini throws a lot of Greek Mythology into this novel and I found myself getting lost more than once. The heavy mythological aspects took away from the first half. What started off so light and fun ended up being a drag. I really wanted to love the last half; however, I could hardly keep up with it. I felt like I needed to take a course in Greek Gods just to understand the who’s and why’s. I doubt this novel will be to every person’s tastes.

Along with the heavy mythological confusion, I felt like the romance between Helen and Lucas was too rushed and then over before it started. They’re forbidden, yet they never really get together. By the end of Starcrossed I felt let down that these two never had a chance.

Overall, Starcrossed is definitely worth the read. This is book one in a series, so I will definitely be waiting for the second book. This one did leave a lot of major plots unsolved; one of them, Helen and Lucas’s love for one another. I hope to see some great romance in book two! 

Book Blurb for Starcrossed

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.00