Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Gosh, I don’t know what the hype about Starcrossed is all about. On release day I saw tons of great reviews and publishing houses throwing toga parties…so I was excited to read it. This book had all the potential to be great, but should not be mentioned in the same breath as the Percy Jackson series. Sacrilege.

Details, Please…
Basically this story is a retelling of the Iliad set in Nantucket. Helen (Len) Hamilton a native of the island has dreams of leaving on a track scholarship. She’s socially awkward and get cramps whenever anyone stares at her too long (yes, you read that right…) Enter the Delos Family from Spain with names directly from The Iliad except Lucas who they spared from naming Paris (it would be too obvious then.) However, Helen is being hounded by three old ladies who happen to be the Fates, the ladies who spin, measure and cut the threads of people’s lives. Apparently they want her to kill Lucas the first time she lays eyes on him because of some vengeance cycle and apparently they are from opposing houses that split after Troy was destroyed. Then all of a sudden they’re in love but they can’t be together because if the houses unite the gods will start war.

So What? *Spoilers ahead*
Yeah, I’m asking that too. Okay, half the time I didn’t know what was going on with all the Greek myths…So basically these modern day characters are running around with recycled faces from the Trojan War because that’s just how they reincarnate. So she’s Helen descended from Zeus but her mother is Aphrodite? And she physically goes into hell every night? What is she Persephone too? Maybe I’m not so sure of my Greek myths cause I’m confused. Also, some of the story is just odd like her mother on purpose gave her curse cramps for her own protection and her best friend knew all along she was a demi-god because she pushed her off the roof on purpose when they were seven. Some friend. And then the part that made me mad was that Helen won’t let Lucas tell her what to do about her college future, but she briefly considers losing her virginity to someone else so she can be with him? As if that would change things. Is this girl stupid? And this is the face that’s supposed to launch a thousand ships? Her character is annoying and towards the end she bucks up a bit, but really its 496 pages of moping about her forbidden love with Lucas. I mean if you want the whole forbidden love thing read Twilight at least Bella wasn’t stupid enough to offer her virginity to someone other than Edward.

If you are looking for Greek myth stuff then just read the Percy Jackson Series. If you want high school drama amidst Greek myth just read Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs. If you want a bit more romance with Greek myth then The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. Starcrossed was just confusing and long. The only character I liked was Hector. Check it out at the library if still interested. And to be fair I’ll post some positive reviews of this book, because perhaps it’s just me.

Bookish Delights
YA Bound
Heaven Hell & Purgatory


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