Author: Josephine Angelini
Format: ePub ARC
Pages: 310 (ePub)
Published: May 31, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds
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!?