My rating: 4 of 5 stars
★ ★ ★ ★ – Kept me interested all through and I liked it.
“Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini is a YA novel based on greek mythology. It’s the first in a trilogy, and yes. It ends on a cliffhanger.
Warning: This review might contain spoilers.
Helen has always hated attention, but the moment she lays eyes on the hot new guy, Lucas, she doesn’t care that she’s in an overcrowded school hall—she needs to kill him.
This summary is probably one of the shorter ones I’ve written. But honestly, that pitch is all you need in order to give this book a chance.
Thoughts while reading:
~ Greek Mythology? Pleasant surprise. Probably would have known if I’d read some reviews prior to reading.
~ Hector you magnificent lil’ bugger. I like you. I really like you. Almost love you—but I like you.
~ The fates sounds so creepy. And not in the disney hercules monstrous ways, but more in the possessed child way. *shivers*
~ Random creepy kidnapper shifter wins the “Worst mom of the year” award.
~ NO! That is not okay. You don’t get to pull a Mortal Instruments on me. That incesteous stuff is super icky. Please. Stop yourself.
In this next section, I’ll delve deeper into the story, and there will be spoilers. Please skip this part of the review, if you wish to avoid it.
I’m going to do the simply thing and simply state which parts I didn’t like, and what I liked. That way, I can get my rant over with quickly.
Incest. Is. Not. Wincest.
One more time for those writers in the back-row: Incest is not wincest!
I am sorry, but… It’s just not a good twist. It has been done. The shock factor is gone. And now it’s just… icky. If you want to throw in some new forbidden love, find another reason. I mean… the whole “arch enemies” subplot had so much potential. That’s the twists I’d like to read more.
Especially because it made sense why they kinda hated each other + why they didn’t exactly care since the grudge wasn’t theirs.
I have four brothers, and like… 30 first cousins. (My family is huge) and the idea that any of those could be a love interest? *shudders* It doesn’t matter whether they’re actually related
I’m looking at you Star Wars or whether it’s a lie City of Bones, you feel me?. Just… please don’t. My enjoyment of said ship decreases so much. It doesn’t matter if I know whether it’s the truth or not either. Just… ugh.
And while I’m at it… What is up with the mom? Like… You are probably the worst mom ever. God… You suck. On so many levels.
Apart from that, though. I generally liked the book.
It was a new spin on Greek Mythology and Demi-gods. And it was definitely a new spin on a romance. Somehow, the idea that they had to fight the urges not to kill each other—it intrigued me. I can imagine that when an outside force keeps tempting you to hate something, it only makes sense that it becomes more interesting. And when you’re curious, it’s easy to notice all the small things that usually makes us fall in love.
I’m a sap, okay?
Recommended for: This is the kind of book that you either will love, or hate. From other reviews—yes… I peeked—I gather that there’s a lot of things wrong with the context of the book. That it appears sexist, or that it portrays a ton of unhealthy things, that impressionable young minds probably shouldn’t take to heart.
But… I’m just not that kind of reader, personally. I don’t mind if the characters of a book has different views than mine. I mean… Sure… I didn’t like the incest, but it wasn’t enough to make me burn the book or even put it down. I basically binge-read the entire series.
And I think it’s important that authors keeps writing on subjects like these because it will give the reader a chance to make up their own mind and form their own opinions on the content. Sure, I wouldn’t give it to a ten-year-old, and if a younger teen read it, I suggest that they have someone to talk to about it, but… other than that…
It’s just an entertaining story. So if you don’t mind that the content show how some people might see the world, then I think you should give this book a try.