Review of Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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.


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I enjoyed this book but there were quite a few things about it that quite annoyed me. The main, huge, gigantic niggle was that the book felt familiar. Where had a been last time I read a book just like this? Oh yeah, Twilight. Helen has no idea where her mother is and lives in the middle of nowhere with her father. Suddenly a new family moves in, one everyone's talking about and they're all super attractive. So, some of the family hate her and some are intrigued by her. Oh and she's really attractive and doesn't realise this... sound familiar?

The first 100 pages of the book I really enjoyed, it was hilarious reading about Lucas' family trying to be polite to Helen even though they wanted to tear her head off and vice versa. Unfortunately it goes downhill from there and slightly complicated. I also felt that it was dragging a lot. The Greek Mythology is a bonus, I guess but if you asked for a YA book with Greek Mythology attached, I'd recommend the rather amazing 'The Goddess Test' by Aimee Carter.

3/5

Received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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