Author: Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 31st, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Ebook from Publisher via Netgalley
Series: Starcrossed (#1)
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2011 (hosted by the Story Siren)
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.
I really liked this book. The ways the famous Greek myths are put forth in this novel are not only unique, but fantastic as well. Most YA Greek myths books are about demi-gods and monsters and God Parents, but it’s rare (at least for me) to read a book that deals with a historical event such as the Trojan War and in particular the “love story” between Helen and Paris of old. The love story of Starcrossed drives me batty but also makes me ridiculously happy because for once the characters don’t have smooth sailing (I won’t say anything else for fear of HUGE spoilers). Read Starcrossed, if you don’t want to face the wrath of the Gods!!