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“This was a really good story, but it took me several chapters to really be able to get engrossed in the story. It wasn't until the two families really came together that I got pulled in and I was swept away with the rest of it.
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“I have to admit, I was somewhat biased when I started this - I had heard that this book was b-a-d. But I bought it over a year ago on a whim (pretty cover, it happens to the best of us) and I thought I'd just read it and give it away if I ended up not liking it. Well, turns out I couldn't...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Review: http://extreemeobsessed.blogspot.com/2013/06/starcrossed.html”SoulsticeX3 wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't even know how to explain my lovingness for this book. Everything about it was just amazing and I still read scenes from time to time, and they never bore me.
Lucas and Helen, oh the love, they are perfect for each other. And with this novel I absolutely love some of the background/side characters.. Hector.
So many thrilling moments where I just wanted to be in that world and experience all their powers and skills. ”
“Helen 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.”Katharine G wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to admit, I was somewhat biased when I started this - I had heard that this book was b-a-d. But I bought it over a year ago on a whim (pretty cover, it happens to the best of us) and I thought I'd just read it and give it away if I ended up not liking it. Well, turns out I couldn't possibly give this away to anyone: It's so bad I wouldn't even dare to have someone think I read this of my own volition. Which I did, but that's beside the point.
What annoyed me the most? Helen "Mary Sue" Hamilton. Honestly. She's not pretty, of course. The boys don't like her, sure. She's super fast, super strong. "Stronger than all of [six demigods] combined!" - to quote the book. She also couldn't possibly hurt someone, even if they punch the sh*t out of her. She claims she couldn't possibly hurt someone, even if they wanted to kill her, no matter how powerful she is, she'd never be able to use those powers (for good). Oh, and she thinks something like "If Lucas is gay, I'd get a sex change operation". Um. Sorry, but no. Just NO. Everyone also seems to think that Helen is super special - even though I couldn't see any character trait that would at least remotely justify such an opinion. Twilight comes to mind, doesn't it? Especially since the only things she does are these: making food for her Dad, buying groceries and showering. Sounds familiar?
What also extremely bugged me was the whole relationship between Lucas and Helen. I was interested at first, since they hated each other so much Helen couldn't help but attacking Lucas in broad daylight. But guess what happens literally the SECOND they break the curse or whatever? They're totally smitten with each other. They can't help holding hands, etc. This might be the most extreme case of Insta-love I have ever read. Ever.
I'm not even going to talk about the part where she suddenly turns invincible. I just won't. It made me want to gauge my eyes out for EVER having bought a book like this. Seriously, don't expect me to review any of the sequels because that is a waste of money, paper, time, nerves AND electricity (you know, to write the review which is mostly going to sound just like this ...)
There are also some historical inaccuaries (the Allies didn't divide Germany into two countries to avoid World War 3. When the Soviets decided to make East Germany its own country, the USA and England decided to aid West Germany to create some sort of buffer for communism, BUT WHO CARES ABOUT ACCURACY, RIGHT?!)
Lucas and Helen can't be together because they'd bring total war to the world. Picture me surprised. I mean, I was of course honestly expecting them to be able to live happily ever after. I thought everything was over now and ... oh well. I'm not going to talk about the fact that Helen was willing to basically bring hell to earth, but kissing her cousin? "Haha, nope. I don't love you THAT much."”
“Posle svih izmisljenih likova i stvorenja, evo nam i polubogova !”Ljiljana M wrote this review Thursday, February 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love it...”luna wrote this review Monday, February 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book goes really deep into Greek Mythology with a bit of a twist. It has a lot of romance between the two main characters that adds to the suspense of the book. It made me fall for Lucas in how sweet he was towards Helen. So excited for the rest.”Mariah wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. The blurb explains that, when "shy awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she think two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she's ever seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands”. But really, that's just the start of it, barely grazing the surface of the fascinating world that Josephine Angelini has created in Starcrossed.
One of the things that captured my interest in this novel is the Greek mythology that inspired the story of Helen, Lucas and the rest of the Delos family. It's such a fascinating subject and Angelini clearly did her homework.
The character development in Starcrossed is incredible, and the connection between them all is totally believable. I hate comparing anything to Twilight, because the saga really isn't my favourite and I'm still baffled by its success, but the Delos family relationship and the way that Helen is accepted into their home reminds me of the concept behind Stephenie Meyer's sparkly vampire novels.
Honestly, this novel is up there in my top ten, closely following Divergent and The Hunger Games. I would recommend it to any fans of Twilight, but if you're not a fan don't let this put you off because Starcrossed is much, much better. If you're interested in Greek mythology and classical civilization you'll love it too. Plus, it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and so far it's not predictable at all, so if you're a fan of books and reading, I recommend Starcrossed to you too.
“I absolutely positively loved this book. It was amazing! This is something different from the normal paranormal romance books & it was a non-stop addictive read.
Helen is an extraordinary teenager. Her mother left when she was a baby & her father raised her. She is special & doesn't know why or what her abilities include. All her life she hasn't known why she was different until a family moved to her island. They were all extremely beautiful & everybody was drawn to them. When Helen first saw Lucas at school, her first instinct was to attack & kill him. In her attempt the whole school was flabbergasted & couldn't understand why Helen would want to kill somebody she hadn't even met. This was built into her genes & she didn't understand why she was so angry with him.
Lucas & Helen are drawn to each other, they can't be apart, but they can't be together. They have explained that Helen is a demigod & that's why she has wanted to kill Lucas, because his family are as well. They are from different families & that causes an instinct to kill one another.
Somebody is trying to kidnap Helen. Lucas is trying to find the culprit & protect Helen in the process. Helen started training with Lucas & his family to build her strength & find all her abilities. While in the process, Helen ends up confiding in her best friend since birth Claire. Claire is not surprised & knew Helen was special. Ever since they were children Claire was testing Helen to see if she could be hurt. Helen was surprised, but relieved.
Helen's love for Lucas grew stronger, but they cannot be together because of their families. The kidnapper is found & another is attempting to kidnap her as well. They are discovered & defeated.
What will happen to Helen & Lucas & their love for each other? We will have to wait for Dreamless. This book was fantastic & highly recommended to everyone. I rated it a 5stars.”
“Omg this book has me on a roller coaster with emotion. I so love the 2main characters I just wish in the 2nd book they find out the truth cause this is one book characters I would like see together.......and yeah their so much better than Edward and that dang on Bella ”monika lovesreading j wrote this review Wednesday, October 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No