Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Starcrossed (#1) by Josephine Angelini

Helen has always stood apart from everyone else. She's never really felt like she fits in. She gets sick when she's being paid too much attention to and has weird dreams she can't explain. Helen doesn't realize how beautiful she is and constantly tries to blend in with the crowd.

The Delos family moves to Nantucket Island. Immediately Helen has a violent reaction to them, especially Lucas, who she tries to strangle in the school hallway. She can't explain it and doesn't know why she has such strong feelings. Until the day that Lucas saves her life. The violence is broken and Lucas explains to her about her true heritage.....as a demigod. From that point on, Lucas and Helen are inseperable as she learns more about her self, her powers and the fact that someone is trying to kill her so they can raise Atlantis.

Her long lost mother comes back to town, gives Helen some news that will possibly keep Lucas and Helen apart forever. But her mother has many secrets and Helen does not trust her in the least!

I just fell in love with this book. I'm so thrilled that there's a book TWO because I hated the ending of this book (knowing what I know). Lucas and Helen's romance is "dreamy." Yes, I said it. Dreamy. Don't know another word to describe. They have an innocent romance because to do anything more would be to bring about another war between the world and the gods of Olympus. Lucas and his family tries to help Helen by teaching her about her powers (flying, lightening, being impervious) and they fall in love but cannot be together because of a secret that only Helen's mom knows. There were some twists that I'm dying to see how they play out in book two, which unfortunately doesn't come out until 2012!

I really loved everything about this book (except the ending, which I realize the author needs to keep us hanging). I've always enjoyed Greek Mythology so this was a cool twist on a romance novel for Young Adults that I had never read before. It's always refreshing to find something new to read.

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