Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: Starcrossed

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.

**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

Helen Hamilton is just trying to make it through high school. Possessing the ability to run faster than most human beings (among other powers), she knows she’s always been different from most kids. When the Delos family moves onto Nantucket Island, she has the sudden urge to kill Lucas—one of the Delos boys. The closer she gets to him, the more she sees the Three Fates, who are behind her murderous thoughts.

After a brief visit with death, both Lucas and Helen realize the Three Fates aren’t following them anymore, and that they actually care about each other. Lucas teaches Helen how to control her powers since certain Delos family members want Helen dead. The extended Delos family members believe that, if they kill the last of the Four Houses (Helen’s), they can raise Atlantis. But the further Helen and Lucas dive into their relationship, the more they learn about their roles in previous lifetimes—and how destiny will always keep them apart.

I had originally debated whether I would give this book 3.5 stars or not, but decided to go with 4. The reason? I couldn’t stop reading. Even though I’ve been finished for days, I still think about the characters and wonder what’ll happen in book two. I know everyone’s comparing this book to Twilight, but it seems comparing every book with a falling-head-over-heels relationship to S. Meyer’s work is pretty popular these days. While there are similarities, I like to read books for their stories and not base them on something I’ve already read. Where’s the fun in that?

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