Thursday, August 4, 2011
This Months Read: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
When I read the book description about Starcrossed on GoodReads, I knew that I had to read this. I just can not help myself when it comes to love stories! Helen is a character that you feel so sorry for. Her mother leaves her when she is a small child, she lives on an island with only one friend, and she runs track and works in her father's hardware store. Then literally in just a few chapters everything changes. Lucas moves onto the island and Helen's world is turned upside down. Helen tried to kill him the first time she met him and has no clue why. The twist of this book is the Greek Mythology tie in. The details and back stories are written to make you feel every breeze and pain with Helen, I loved it! I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology and I love how it was all tied together.
It took me a little while to get into this one. The first hundred pages or so were a lot of background and explanation. I understand that we needed to set the scene for the events to come, but I felt it was a lot of, "And here's something weird happening to Helen that she doesn't understand!" [Describe for awhile.] "Oh, and here's something else weird about Helen that she doesn't understand!" [Describe for awhile.] And so forth. It was only once Helen started learning who she was that the story took flight. (If you've read the story, you will understand what I did with my wording there. ;-) From that point on, I was hooked. Like I have heard many people say, I absolutely fell in love with Lucas. He was such a dedicated and loving character. For the last third of the book, new developments were happening rapidly and I kept going, "OMG!" (I really did. Just ask Mary. Every time I did it, I sent her a message about it and she nicely keep telling me, "Oh, it's getting good!") With the world already set up, I can only guess that the next book in the trilogy will be even better because we will get to jump right into the action.
Having taken 4 years of Latin in high school I was familiar with some of the Greek mythology this story was based upon, but this is the first Greek fiction I have ever read. I LOVED it. Helen grew up on Nantucket (a small island in Massachusetts) and was always aware of the fact that she was different, but never understood why. While Helen and her friends had an interesting dynamic, the story didn't really take off until the Delos family arrived on the island. I enjoyed discovering Helen's unique abilities along with her and sharing in Lucas and Helen's developing relationship. From mortal enemies to destined lovers, I couldn't help but root for them. I was absolutely devastated by some of the twists that took place the last third of the book. The readers become aware of at least one lie that greatly impacts the characters, but they have yet to discover it. How many other lies they have been fed has yet to be determined. Angelini left me completely thirsting for Dreamless, which is scheduled to be released in May 2012. (For those who have read the book, the pun is intended. I'm just following in Flo's footsteps.) I can only hope that over the course of the next two books the lead characters will unravel the lies, Helen and Lucas will conquer the Demigod world together, and the Delos family (including Helen) will live happily ever after. Is this too much to ask for? I don't think so. It is fiction after all.