Friday, May 13, 2011

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini

Plot Summary:

Helen Hamilton has always known she’s different from the other teens on tiny Nantucket, but it’s not until Lucas Delos moves to town that she realizes just how special she is. Facing Lucas in the halls of high school, Helen’s possessed by a powerful need to kill him--and she almost succeeds. But when their mutual hatred of each other transforms into desire, Helen and Lucas discover they are both Scions--descendants of Greek gods--and that their two families have for centuries been engaged in a deadly blood feud. As Lucas teaches Helen to use her powers, which include flying, controlling lightning, and an immunity to weapons (in addition to her gorgeous face, which she’s inherited from a certain namesake whose own face “launched a thousand ships”), the two grow ever closer--but can never be together until they find a way around the curse that’s destined to keep them apart.

The Afterglow:

When I started reading STARCROSSED, I wasn't sure I would like it. It seemed a little too out there (and that's saying something for someone who loves paranormal fiction as much as I do!). While I thought the premise of demigods interacting with mortals was interesting, it didn't feel as fresh as I wanted it to.

However, the more I read, the more sucked into the story I became. Helen, the main character, wakes up in the morning after having a terrible nightmare - only to find physical evidence that the nightmare actually happened. I thought this was really interesting, and this was one of the first things that hooked me.

When she meets the Delos family - Lucas the love interest, Hector the slightly dangerous brother, Ariadne the kind and personable sister, and Cassandra the Oracle, I kind of had a TWILIGHT flashback but got over it pretty fast.

I've always loved mythology and enjoyed learning the stories of the demigods; how there were four Houses who went to war with Zeus and Mount Olympus, plus the legend of Atlantis. I also liked the Romeo-and-Juliet-style forbidden love that wove its way through the book, although I wish that part would have started sooner.

The end leaves the reader hanging quite a bit, but luckily there will be a sequel. Hopefully it will come out soon, because I am anxious to see what happens with Lucas and Helen!

This book will be released on May 31.


  1. Sounds like an intriguing read. Love the cover! Thanks for the info.

  2. Sounds great! Looking forward to this now. I love demigods and the gods too of course, but the its the children of the gods that are the most entertaining.

  3. I love the concept! I like Percy Jackson, but this sounds like it's even more up my alley. Thanks for the afterglow review, Anne!

  4. Thanks for the great review. Sounds like a book I'd like.