Publisher: Harper Collins, Inc. (May 31, 2011)
Kindle: 496 pages / 833 KB
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
We start off with Helen who isn’t normal, but wants to be. Or so she tells us. Sure, she can lift heavy weights and run distances without tiring, but how strange is that? To the skeptical, it can all be explained with extreme training that happened prior to the reader’s entrance into Helen’s life. But that’s no fun, nor is it supernatural in any way. Solution to that: Helen is a demigod.
I’m not talking Rick Riordan’s half-bloods who get quests from their godly parents and a decrepit oracle. This is about an ancient blood feud and generations of parallels forced onto the younger generation by the Fates.
Enter the Delos family. Before their arrival on the small island Helen lives on, Helen had no idea what she was. All Helen was is a beautiful, extraordinary girl trying desperately to fit in and fade into the background. It’s all for naught as the first thing Helen does is try to kill Lucas, on of the Delos kids. Oh, that blood feud at work again, forcing innocent people into violent rages they don’t understand.
This book started off slowly with Helen’s overly modest nature and need to be normal while inwardly accepting that maybe she isn’t, and it grates on my nerves at first. But with the appearance of Lucas and his family, things start to get interesting. From there the mysteries just keep coming.
As “Starcrossed” is only the first in a trilogy, more questions are brought up than answered. But Angelini wrote the book in such a compelling way that rather than be upset over being so left in the dark, I’m happily anticipating the next book. It’s just so frustratingly wonderful. Or is it wonderfully frustrating? Either way it is an interesting play on Greek mythology, and is definitely a recommended read.