Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.

9462795Book One in the Starcrossed series

487 pages

Published 31st May, 2011 by Harper Teen

Helen Hamilton is tragically beautiful, only she doesn’t like people noticing. She slouches and tries not to draw attention to herself. She also has a several strange traits that hides from everyone – including herself – like inhuman strength and speed, and the way she heals very quickly.

Her weirdness only gets worse when a new family moves to town – the Delos’. For some reason whenever she sees them – specifically Lucas – she wants to kill them. Like literally kill them – her hands were actually trying to squeeze the life out of him in the middle of the school hallway.

When Lucas and Helen manage to stop these murderous urges, Helen learns some impossible truths about herself and the Delos’. They are demigods, descended from ancient Greek gods. But even as the two teens grow closer, there is still something keeping them from being together romantically.

A Love written in the stars. A Feud started in ancient Greece. A Curse not even the gods can break.

I must say, this is probably the best supernatural young adult book that I’ve read in a long time. The tension between Helen and Lucas is fantastic – obviously they wanted to be together, and I wanted them to be together, but it seemed impossible. Meanwhile, there’s a second tier couple in the background – Lucas’ cousin Jason and Helen’s best friend, Claire – who I was rooting for just as much as the main characters. I wouldn’t mind reading a novella or something about those two.

As far as the validity of the all the Greek mythology goes, I have no idea how close to true it is, but I also don’t care all that much. It was a good story. Don’t let mythology snags ruin it.

Straight away I noticed some uncanny similarities with Twilight. The Delos family dynamics, for example (also kind of similar to My Blood Approves, for that matter). Or the fact that Helen lives alone with her father (her mother left them when Helen was very young). But I actually love that strange ‘lots of people who aren’t your typical family but live together anyway because there is obviously something different about them’ vibe. No accusations or complaints here.

It took me a fair while to get around reading Starcrossed, so anyone who is into the supernatural stuff has probably already read it. But if not, here I am giving it a solid recommendation.

Additional: I have now read the two sequels to this, Dreamless and Goddess, and thought that they were also really good. Unfortunately it was during my seven month absence, and I don’t want to give them incomplete reviews. But seriously, they were of a much higher quality than some other very popular series in the YA genre. I gobbled them up!

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