Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 31, 2011
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. - Goodreads.com
I'd be pre-disposed to like this book before reading it just for the simple fact that it's based in Greek myth, and I love Greek myth. That aside, however, the author did a wonderful job bringing something brand new to old myths.
Helen grows up thinking she's a normal girl, when she is the farthest thing from it. She walks through her life happy to blend into the background and not be noticed at all, despite her beautiful face. When Lucas comes into her life, at first she has the strangest reaction to him, one of anger and loathing, that she can't explain. It takes a certain event to lift that aspect of an old curse, and at that point, they can't stay away from each other. I can't say more without ruining some of the story.
Suffice it to say, I fell in love with these two together. Their romance was so well developed, it was almost agonizing to watch. You alternately wanted to wait and savor every development, and also you wanted to hurry them along and tell them to kiss already!
Helen's relationship with the rest of the Delos family was endearing, and I was so happy to see her suddenly feel like she belonged with a group of people when she had felt so outcast for most of her life. As they help her learn to fight and help her discover who she truly is, I love watching Helen come out of her shell and really blossom.
This was a fascinating story that kept me completely entertained and sucked in. It was unique and new, while still melding with traditional Greek myth. I know a sequel is coming and I find myself unable to wait for it to come!! Mark your calendars for May 31st. You will want a copy of this wonderul debut book by Josephine Angelini!
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