29 March 2011

{Book Review} Starcrossed

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 March 2011 at 10:24 PM | | | | | |
Starcrossed #1
Format: ePub ARC
Pages: 310 (ePub)
Published: May 31, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds



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 w
ay 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.

Confession: I almost passed up the opportunity up to read Starcrossed because of the comments on Goodreads and a few people told me I might not like it. Almost. After I scolded myself for being so simple minded that I wasn't even going form my own judgement on it I prayed it wasn't too late for that eARC. Thank 'Gods' it wasn't.

One small thing I want to do before I delve into my personal thoughts about this book it say something. And this is because some other reviews I have read about this book, and several others published lately actually have had this one little topic in it. So this is for all you Twilight fans out there. And Note that I am quite possibly one the biggest fans of them all so I say this with love and hope you get it through your thick, thick skulls. STOP COMPARING EVERY BOOK WRITTEN IN YA TO TWILIGHT.

Please. I am very literally begging all of you. Stephenie Meyer carved out this genre, she made YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance what it is today. She's the damned Christopher Columbus of it and did we go back and say the next guy who found land somewhere was ripping him off? I think not. Every book you read in YA Fantasy has a heart wrenching love story that faces many hard ships. A support group of people behind them, be they friends or family or both. Someone if not all of them will have super natural powers and/or be supernatural beings - this is, by definition YA Paranormal Romance!!! <--- extra exclamation points in hopes of that last bit really sinking in.

If you don't want a somewhat similar type plot line in all the books you read, pick a new genre and be done with it. You don't have to like Twilight, I won't make you. But you do have to get over this thing where you think everything written A.T. (After Twilight) is exactly like it.

*steps off soapbox*

Now, onto the main event - Starcrossed.
To start I want to mention that I really like a book that is just kind of right in the middle of something when it starts. 8 pages of landscape description does not a happy blogger make. With Starcrossed we start out with character development right from the get go. I love this. The more I know my characters me more I can actually be them, and I want to be my characters. I need it.

There are a lot of people to keep track of in this book, I'm not going to lie. But unlike I have with dozens of other books the author makes it easy to keep them straight. I can't fully pinpoint what exactly she does but I never once had to stop and go "Okay....that's the friend from school, but is it the one who likes her or the one who has a tail?" (kidding - no one has a tail in this book! LOL)

One of the characters I had a hard time with though, was Helen's father Jerry. It wasn't maybe so much him as it was the relationship between him and his daughter. It seemed, well it was weird. Where Angelini was trying to bring across the comfortable easy relationship between a father and daughter I sometimes kinda felt icky because their conversations were very much like "couples" would be. Not in a sexual manner, but phrasing and such just made me go..."ummm not for me". I had like 2 examples and for some reason my Nook decided that anything I noted before page 170 was not important. Stupid Technology.

The story line keeps you guessing, every time I thought I figured one thing out I was pointing in a new direction. I was on my toes the whole way through. I spent a great deal of time laughing at the hilarious banter between characters. I am actually really mad that I lost all my highlighted one-liners from pre-page 170 and will be going back for them. As often as I laughed, I had tears welling up in my eyes. I talked to this book like a movie patron who yells at the baby sitter on screen not to go into the basement. There are gut-wrenching heartbreaks, wonderfully romantic love stories. Curve balls you wouldn't see coming if you had a super human sight. It's just really got a little bit of everything....in fact I want to see this as a movie I think it would kick ass!

Let's wrap up - I'm giving Starcrossed 5 Birds!
I had chills, I had tears - this book did exactly what I pray ever book I pick up will do. Grab me and drag me in, make me not want it to end and have me thinking about it for hours after it's done. Also have me plotting how to sweet talk someone into getting me an ARC of book 2 when it's available...gah is it 2012 yet!?


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11 comments:

  1. I absolutely cannot WAIT to read this book!

    Well said about everyone comparing every single thing to the Twilight books (I'm also a huge fan) but I get so freaking irritated when people shrug great books off and say, 'It's no Twilight.'

    Grrrr!

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  2. I swear like every YA paranormal book I have read at least someone in their review has said, this is a copy of Twilight. no offense, I like Twilight and all and I mean when I read it, big fan! but seriously, I think you are way to obsessed wit Twilight to actually look at the big picture in other books if you're always trying to find some way to compare them to Twilight. It seriously pisses me off when they do this.

    glad you liked it, but yea. it could go both ways, like it, in between or didn;t like it. I could've scored it 4 stars, but I kinda got irritated wit some of the characters. I am thinking wit the ending that DREAMLESS will be even better XD

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  3. Mariya - I really like that you are willing to move forward with a series even if you we not the biggest fan of it's first book. Seriously, we have so much to read sometimes it's hard to devote our time to something we don't like A LOT. You're a great blogger always willing to give things another try! Love it!

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  4. haha. thank you 8)
    how could I not read book 2, Josie killed me wit that ending, maybe I should hunt her down LOL

    but yea, like 3 stars, is enjoyable for me, and I have this thing, called first book syndrome(haha) for some books, where it's the first book and the rest could be better which has happened wit a lot of series for me.

    STARCROSSED was like so heartbreaking, so sad, and many other things, 3 stars for me. I could see why people really like and why they didn't like the book. I think I was really surprised where the book kinda ended., I mean what happened was like WOW. Oh, and yea. I can't stand Daphne.

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  5. I have First Book Syndrome too a lot!!! I thought I was the only one.

    And you know I don't think we're supposed to like Daphne. I don't really like her either but I know this story isn't going anywhere with out her.

    Every book has to have the one you hate, the one you love, the one you want to smack around, the annoying one....they all make up the story!

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  6. I so want to read this book! It sounds amazing! And I agree, you can't have a book without someone to hate/love.
    Brilliant review!

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  7. I like this book more than Twilight, but I love the mythology that she puts into the story, I love Greek mythology. I just finished this book yesterday and I am completely in love with it.

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  8. LOL I love your review. I can't wait to read this book. The author is the best, so friendly and approachable.

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  9. I can't wait to read this book. Great Review!

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  10. HA!! :) I love everything you said about people comparing stuff to Twilight the entire time and how totally ridiculous it actually is and GO READ A DIFFERENT GENRE if you have a problem. Agreed.

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