Author: Josephine Angelini
4 out of 5 stars
Electric bolts shoot out of your hands and everything around you is lit up by a stark, bright white light. You squint as you try to understand what is going on. Shouldn’t it be burning hot? Shouldn’t you not even be alive right now? How is any of this possible? You can’t help but revel in the exhilarating feeling you’re experiencing. Suddenly, it all stops. The electricity, the light… everything. You slump to the ground, completely drained, barely able to keep your head up. The one thought going through your mind is, what was that?
Helen always knew she was different. She could never really explain it, but ever since she was young strange things seemed to happen to her. Inhuman things you could say. Helen never really paid attention to these unusual occurrences though, and tried not to bring attention to them. She never really had an explanation for them… until now.
It all started when the Delos family moved in. On the tiny island of Nantucket, gossip spreads quickly, and the Delos family moving in was the talk of the town. A husband, a wife, a son, a daughter, an aunt, and another father, with his own two sons and a daughter. Big news, huh? Little did Helen know that this family would change everything for her. She’s just like them, a Scion, a descendant of Greek demi-gods.
Helen is suddenly thrust into this new world, and delves into her complex family tree. She is part of a much bigger family than she could have ever imagined before. The Scions are split into four houses that represent four different bloodlines. Each house is set against each other and are constantly at each others throats, literally. An all-consuming rage overcomes her when she first sets her eyes on Lucas Delos, and she can’t seem to stop herself from trying to rip his throat out. And so Helen’s relationship with the Delos family begins. But what Helen wants to know is what does all of this mean? Who is Helen, really, and has everything she’s known been a lie? Most importantly, will Helen be able to control her new powers, or will they wreak havoc? All is revealed, in Josephine Angelini’s debut tale, Starcrossed!
Filled with action, romance, suspense, mythology, and superpowers, Starcrossed has it all! This was a lot to take in, but it gets easier as you read on. After sorting through all of the facts thrown onto Helen, things start to make much more sense, and it all begins to sink in. A suspenseful read, with tons of action and fighting, this book kept me thoroughly entertained. Starcrossed was given to me by HarperTeen as an uncorrected proof for review.* Thank you so much HarperTeen! This book has something for everyone that I’m sure a large variety of teens will enjoy.
While reading Starcrossed, I felt like I was right there beside Helen as she learned to master her powers, fell in love, and ultimately learned about her heritage. I only knew what was being revealed to Helen, which kept me in constant suspense. I was just as confused and frustrated as Helen at times while she struggled to come to terms with everything that had suddenly been dumped onto her. It’s ironic though, because even though Helen has just discovered she is a Scion, something unlike you or me, I was still able to connect with her. Helen’s trials and mistakes while learning what she was made her feel even more human.
There were a few parts in the book that were told from another character’s perspective. I would have liked to have seen this become a larger part of the story, as I felt they really added to the plot. It was interesting to see what was going on in the different houses, and a bit more about what other Scions were like. It would have been nice to see this become a more permanent fixture in Starcrossed.
The Greek mythology interwoven with this book was so much fun to read about, but I feel that some more explanation would have been nice. The core ideas of the Greek myths were there, with a fun new spin to them, but I feel like they could have been executed better. It might have been easier for me to grasp certain prophecies or myths this way, and really see the big picture.
The idea of Scions was so creative and I was constantly surprised by what they were capable of. It was so interesting to see all of their unique powers and learn about the extent to which they could go. Also, throughout the long family trees that Scions have, many faces from past generations or in Greek mythology repeat in future generations. Details like this made reading about the Scions interesting and all the more fun.
I absolutely loved the big family feel of the Delos family! They were so at ease with one another, and their love for one another was always evident. I would love to live in their hectic household with cousins, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, and aunts running around the place. They always had each other’s back and meals at their house were always an occasion.
Starcrossed is a fantastic, action-packed read with everything a reader could want thrown in. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Dreamless, and hopefully more will be revealed. Join Helen, as she tries to adjust to this new world and sort through everything to discover who she really is in, Starcrossed!
-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf…
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!
*I received this novel from HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. I received Starcrossed as an uncorrected proof in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much HarperTeen!
Check out Josephine Angelini's website at http://www.josephineangelini.com/.
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