Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Harper Teen, Release Date May 31, 2011
Disclosure: This book was given to me for review by Little Shop of Stories
Helen has spent her whole life trying to be average. She has grown up on the small island of Nantucket, and all she has ever wanted was to fit in. But when you are stronger, faster and a quicker healer than the average person, it is a little hard to do. The Delos family moves in town and it becomes impossible for Helen to fit in anymore. When she isn’t filled with unexplained rage whenever she is around Lucas Delos, the attractive new guy, she is wishing she could see him again. While the Delos family might be the answer to why Helen is extraordinary, they also bring horrible news. If Lucas and Helen end up together, it could re-ignite the Trojan War.
I was really excited to receive this book. It has had a lot of hype in the YA world. Dubbed the “Percy Jackson for girls”, Starcrossed is book 1 in a trilogy that is inspired by Greek mythology. When I opened the book I was a little bit disappointed at first. The characters reminded me a lot of Twilight, minus the blood-sucking nature. There was such a strong sense of the Edward/Bella love story that I almost put it down, but I am glad that I stuck with it. Once I got past the comparison and the story moved towards Greek mythology I really was hooked. Like couldn’t put it down hooked. And in my world, that’s a good thing.
So here’s the “real deal” on the book. If you are someone who has never taken a walk into the YA world, this is probably not the book for you. The plot is a bit predictable and the feelings are a tad on the surface. However, if you love a good YA romance with a flair for the supernatural….jump right in! You find yourself really rooting for Helen and Lucas. It also made me brush up on my Greek mythology. Overall, it’s an enjoyable read that any teenage girl would love. And if you are a teenage girl at heart, you will really enjoy it too. So mark your calendar for May and decide which demigod is your favorite.