Thursday, June 02, 2011

"Starcrossed" by Josephine Angelini


SERIES: Starcrossed #1
PUBLISHER: MacMillan Children's Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

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 seen 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...


I did a Classic High School so, I studied Greek for 5 years and Greek Mythology was my favourite subject. I can affirm that the author has done the subject a good justice! She took some myths and rebuilt a world around them so fascinating and unique that left me breathtaking all the time!

I found myself captured by the plot from the beginning. It's fast, full of action and one of the best thing is that there aren't many long, annoying descriptions, but everything is explained through dialogues that sometimes make you even laugh a lot, but the anxiety is always in the air... Don't get this in the wrong way, it's a very good thing because I was emotionally involved, so much that in many parts I feel heartthrob... And that's a sign of a well written book.

Every character has its charm, but personally I found in Hector something I couldn't find in anyone... I'm not saying that he's the type of guy "Ok, here we go with a triangle-love-story", but his relating to Helen didn't leave me indifferent... There's definitely a development in every chapter and a growing relationship between the two of them, where respect plays a main role. I like him, a lot!

Probably the only aspect I liked less is that there are some parts in which I thought some characters took some things too easily... But then there's the positive element of sex. Nothing that a young reader couldn't read, don't worry, but it was extremely enjoyable to find a sexual atmosphere so positive in a YA for once! A very good change because the characters are more sincere about what they really want, don't have any problems to admit it and that's why they appear more realistic to me.

It was an awesome debut and I definitely can't wait to read more about this intriguing story!

Did you know "Starcrossed" has its own theme song!? Well, I heard it before reading the book and I LOVED it! I had it in my mind for the whole time I was reading the book, it's absolutely perfect! So, I feel like it's my duty to share the video because it deserve to be watch and the song is too beautiful! Enjoy and don't forget to read the book! ;)

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