Monday, September 15, 2014

[Review] Starcrossed (#1) - Josephine Angelini

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In STARCROSSED, Lucas and Helen, descendants of the Greek Gods of Olympus, fall unconditionally and irrevocably in love. But they aren't only destined to be with each other by the gods, but also destined to kill each other.

Very sketchy world building

In the real world, scions (or descendants of the Gods) don't make any sense. If everyone who is even remotely related to them had special powers, you do realize that basically everyone would have special powers. Humanity has common ancestry if we go back 2000 years and there's no way that out of the 7 BILLION people we currently have living in the world, only about 1000 share those ancestors. It's not even direct ancestry that makes you a so-called scion, but it's just having your Grand-Grand-Grand-Grand-Grandfather having been with a 56th Cousin of a Scion one time, that makes you a Greek Superhero.

In general there isn't enough unique features about this that could have possibly made me like this. I didn't really like the main characters, I didn't quite get this whole scion plot and the writing just didn't work for me either. The idea is interesting, but just lacks in execution and that certain spark of uniqueness that usually makes me fall in love with novels.

Wait, I've Seen Those Characters Before

I really don't like comparing books to TWILIGHT because it's so overdone and mostly untrue, but with this one I couldn't help but notice significant parallels that aren't even trying to be disguised.
We have characters like:
  • The Seer
  • The Super Pretty Distant One That Isn't So Rude If You Get To Know Her
  • The Relative That Turns Out To Be a Traitor Because Why Not
  • The Super Strong and Weirdly Proud of it Guy
  • The Dad Who Reads 3257 Books A Day and Is Also Blond and Weirdly Attractive
  • The Mom Who Could Probably Kick Your Ass Even Though She Isn't That Powerful
  • The Creepy Shy Kid That's Also Really Close With The Seer
Of course all of them are super-attractive though. Comes with being descendants of Gods.

Anything sound familiar? They also happen to be the only family ever in the blood-lineage that doesn't get messed up in a massive kin-feud. Similar to the Volturi, the Hundred Cousins are their barbarian arch-enemies, even though they're basically relatives. Forced to flee from the tyranny that is their crazy family, Lucas & Co. go to Nantucket, a foggy, stormy little island in the middle of no-where. It's just not subtle at all.

Overall: Do I recommend?

I'm a sucker for mythology so I had fun trying to guess who was related to whom and what Angelini tried to make me believe. Towards the end I was struggling, I was annoyed and I felt betrayed of a nice mythology-related read. Can't see myself ever wanting to re-read this either.



Destiny brought them together. The gods will keep them apart.

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.

An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another.

But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...

Have you read STARCROSSED?

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