Monday, 26 September 2011

Review: Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini

Published: June 3rd 2011, Macmillan
Pages: 514 pages, ARC
Series?: Yes, this is book one
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history.

Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

My review: Hmm. What to say about Starcrossed...? Well, it certainly wasn't a bad book. Then again, I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago and am literally having to force myself to write this review, which probably isn't the best sign in the world.

Nothing about Starcrossed is bad exactly but nothing about it memorable. I finished it, exhaled a big ole sigh of 'mehhhh' and haven't thought about it since. Harsh? Perhaps, but I'm really getting tired of reading the same old story rehashed over and over again, just with a slightly different paranormal being taking the lead role.

So. Over. It.

The writing in Starcrossed is pretty in places and I'd really like to see Angelini write in a different genre, as her style is really nice. However, it's hard to get excited about any love story when it's pretty clear within the first couple of chapters who the heroine is going to end up with.

You know the drill - girl meets boy, girl and boy hate each other, lots of tension, big epic kiss and boom, it's the tried and tested formula for the vast majority of paranormal romances. Is a little something out of the ordinary too much to ask for? Oh, and if you are looking for a paranormal novel that isn't completely predictable then I'd suggest you check out Unearthly, I loved it.

Huge fans of the genre will love this one, I'm sure. It's bold and epic and filled with swoonworthy scenes. Plus, it perfectly sets things up for the rest of the series so we have much more to look forward to... yay. No, I probably won't be reading the rest of the books in this series but I have to give credit where credit's due, I did really enjoy the writing in Starcrossed so kudos for Angelini for that.

First line: "'But if you bought me a car now, it would be yours when I go away to school in two years.'"

Read if you liked…: Fallen - Lauren Kate

Plot: 2/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 2/5
Cover: 4/5
Total: 12/20 (C)

1 comment:

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