Friday, June 17, 2011
REVIEW: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Blurb: 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.
The Short Stick: It's a Greek Tragedy, literally!
The Goods: Mythological correctness, teenager correctness, and some weird freaky things happening to some interesting people. She had a lot of the personalities of the demigods right on point, and then there was all the hotness. That was great as well. Some parts of this book had me squeeing and wanting more of the same, especially the dream sequences which were written beautifully. And then yeah there were the scenes between Lucas and Helen which were always very charged.
The Not So Goods: If you know me, you'll remember that day I said on twitter: "Okay book, giving you one last chance, so long as you don't DIRECTLY QUOTE TWILIGHT again" I also threatened to throw the book across the room, which um I didn't because it got better, and because I got the book on my kobo reader and that would have meant throwing A LOT of books up against the wall plus breaking my kobo. #ereaderlove Anyway so the book took a nosedive around page 5 on my kobo (tiny pages!) when Helen / Lennie's dad began NOT hovering. Let us take a little trip back to Twilight the movie, "Charlie was great like that, he didn't hover." now let's fast forward to Starcrossed. "He didn't hover, but he was there when I needed him." I just about had myself a heart attack. THEN we add the family of hot people moving to Nantucket and everyone in the school ogling them (which is actually a lot like Alyson Noel's Immortals and Bree Despain's books and yeah, hot boys come to a new school and people ogle. I get it, but it's old news.) And the writing was from the scrap pile. Lots of dialogue, very clunky surrounding sentences, and wow, thanks Angelini for some of those visuals. At least she's not afraid to make girls seem a little masculine and point out some of the less attractive qualities of a girl. I've ranted enough about this one and I think you get the point.
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they were stereotypically real.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, although the book is like Twilight.
Jace Factor: Pass, and there's more than one!
Primrose Factor: Pass, nothing lost we weren't expecting to lose.
Potter Factor: Fail, it's a Greek Tragedy, that's the oldest in the book.
Cheese Factor: Fail, but then I find when it gets Greek it gets cheesy no matter what.
Bible Factor: Pass, there was mythology, not really religion.
Temperature: 96 degrees, there was some bed action.
Recommendation: Read it because you'll like the fight scenes and the romance scenes. Pass if you don't like that Twilightesque drama where everyone acts weird until something finally happens.