by Josephine Angelini
Published May 31, 2011 by HarperTeen
Helen's history reveals some answers and a lot more questions as she is forced to re-examine things she thought only myth. The Fates have tied Helen and Lucas together but they are also pulling them apart...
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Things begin to spiral out of control with the arrival of the Delos family. Praised by others as mysterious and beautiful, the only thing Helen feels when she first meets Lucas Delos is rage. As Helen begins to unravel the mystery of her ancestry and the gifts that make her different, she falls deeper into a world she thought only a myth. There is an undeniable link between Lucas and Helen, but has Fate conspired to keep them apart? Having Demigod powers certainly puts her a step above the rest, but will it be enough to thwart her tragic destiny?
Starcrossed is the first book in a new trilogy. I loved the original, new take on the Greek Gods mythology. There was a lot of background information to this story, but Angelini did a superb job keeping it all easy to follow, giving it to us bit by bit. Helen and Lucas are so heartbreakingly tragic. This is a love story - yes. But don't expect an easy journey or a happily ever after just yet. Afterall, it is only book 1. Lucas has a big family full of eccentric, wonderful characters. You come to care about them as much as you do Lucas and Helen. Then there's Helen's Dad who is loving, and kind, if a bit overprotective and Helen's best friend Claire, who is a spunky riot.
There were a lot of twists and turns to this story and I truthfully could not put it down. The scenery is beautiful, the descriptions leap off the page to form images in your mind. I found myself wanting to know more about these people, invested in their journeys.
The wait is too long, but you can be sure I will be picking up Dreamless, the 2nd book in the series, when it comes out May 2012.