sábado, 17 de septiembre de 2011

Starcrossed, Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed 1.
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Kindle.
Pages: 400 pages.
 Website: http://www.JosephineAngelini.com
 About the author: Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Starcrossed is her first novel.

Where can you buy it:
Book depository
Barnes and noble

What goodreads says:
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.

My opinion:

So I read this book as part of The Book Nerd Choice organized by the fabulous Jean Vallesteros. Every month she and Alice choose a book that we will all read and at the end there will be a poll to choose our favourite character :) The character that wins will get a bookmark drawn by James Vallesteros (who is an awesome artist) So here's my review of starcrossed:
The story starts with Helen discussing with her dad (she lives with her single dad) about the possibility of getting a new car (argument that she looses may I say Dad-1. Helen-0) Enter Claire Aoki (aka Giggles) who looks fragile but is a total bad ass (in a good way of course) and Helen's best friend; and finally at school we meet the Delos children (Hector, Jason, Adriane, Lucas and Cassandra) who have just moved from Spain (I wish...(I live in Spain^^)) for whom Helen feels an instant dislike; and every time she's near them she sees three old women who are always urging and crying blood. 
She also starts having these weird nightmares where she finds herself in a barren and desolate land, and upon awakening finds herself covered in dust and incredibly thirsty (for me it was kinda obvious where she was "going" but then people says I read to much and therefore know things other people wouldn't) Then something happens and Helen no longer feels the urge to kill the Delos family but a new enemy is approaching from their own family and time is running out.
I did like this book, it was well written and had an interesting story, I loved the Delos family and Helen's best friend Claire, but I didn't like Helen to much in the beginning she annoyed me and at the end I was kind of indifferent to her.
But I liked Starcrossed because it wasn't your typical girl meets boy and falls in love at first sight, actually far from it, more like hate at first sight, or I want to kill you at first sight.
I love Greek mythology and in my opinion there aren't enough books based on it (or any mythology for that question) so I eagerly read anything to do with it. 
I love the idea that the characters are scions (or demigods, half bloods whatever you know them as) and are condemned (lets see how they get past that)
I loved Lucas, but my favorite male character was Hector and I cried soo much when you know what happened (well you do if you've read the book)
And my favorite female character was either Claire (Helen's human best friend) and Cassandra Delos, Lucas's younger sister. I also loved Luca's mum Noel (she was amazing and so funny)
My main problem was the twist at nearly the end of the book, it felt forced and as it's been done before a bit repetitive and I think the book would of done equally well or even better without it (of course this is only my opinion)
Some of my favorite quotes are:
"She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it" (Soo right^^)
“After I pushed you off the roof . . .” she began. “After you what?” Lucas yelled.
“The Descender must go down to those who cannot forgive and cannot forget. The Descender and her Shield will free the Three from their suffering as she will free the Houses from the cycle of blood for blood,” 
“And I start answering him with my usual flair for clever repartee,” Claire said, a bit too innocently. “Translation: you insulted him.” 
"You and I are way too fabulous to be ordinary"
“I don’t know why you’re fighting it, Len. One, he’s frigging gorgeous. Two, he’s so frigging gorgeous you need to count it twice. Three, he saw you fall down and left practice to see if you were okay. That’s, like devotion.” 
Overall an enjoyable book.

I give it 3.5 stars out of five.

Next month we'll be reading:
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly so come and join us at Jean book nerd

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