So while I was in London at the airport I was in WHSmith (as I always am) looking through the books at the 3 for 2 book sale. I was scanning through the books when I gasped and saw this beautiful cover with the word Starcrossed down the spine. I immediately knew I had to get it. Even if I didn’t like it I knew I wanted it on my book shelf. So I bought it along with the second book Dreamless, a copy of Uglies by Scott Westfeld and Beautiful Creatures by Garcia Stohl. I started reading it immediately and was hooked. Now it’s not like the style of writing is amazing or the main characters are likeable or anything like that. It’s just I am a huge fan with books to do with Greek Gods and mythology etc. (which is why I love Percy Jackson so much) So I just loved reading it purely for my love of this kind of supernaturalish style of stories.
Here is a short summary for all those of you who haven’t read it yet and want to give it a go:
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
Now if you still haven’t read it please go before you spoil yourself and then come back and see if we have the same opinions ^^
Being the first book I’ll tell my opinion of the characters first off:
Helen Hamilton – quite a typical main female character. A tall gorgeous girl who thinks she isn’t pretty but *gasp*really she is and all the guys think so as well. In my opinion she is a bit pathetic and really just needs to get out there and kick some ass.
Lucas Delos – Of course another typical cliché main male character. The new boy who comes in and is so mysterious and yet Helen finds herself drawn to him. (eh I mean she wants to kill him but pish posh she’s still attracted to him) He is different and hot and all the girls want him. What’s new?
Claire – Helen’s BFF – I quite liked her character but I mean what kind of best friend stabs their friend with a knife to see if they can’t get hurt when they’re little? As well as that, who pushes them to see if they can fly when they’re little to? Either way she’s a smart cookie at least who knew her friend was a bit ‘different’
Hector – Ahhh Hector. My favorite character in this book. I love his personality, style, opinions…basically anything to do with this character I’ll just grin 😛 I sort of like him and Helen together but I think they’re more suited as cousins/relatives etc.
Daphne – Just needs to leave and go far far far away. I mean why does she need to come and make up this stupid crap about how Helen and Lucas are brother and sister (sort of a Mortal Instrument moment here 😉 if i say so myself) and it’s NOT EVEN TRUE.
Other then that I have to say I enjoyed the book a lot. It wasn’t the strongest writing I’ve seen I have to admit but I loved most of the characters and the plot and the whole general idea was quite interesting. My favorite part was especially when Hector and Helen get into a little argument I mean just naaaw Hector is such a likeable character in my opinion 😛
So getting down to business with rating this book:
Characters: 6 points
Plot: 7 points
Originality: 7 points
Language and Style: 6 points
+ 1 point for cover
So overall I give this book: 27/40 and I feel like it is quite an enjoyable book though I’m not sure it’s for everybody. I mean…if you enjoyed Percy Jackson I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this book.
If you’re looking for something to read I recommend this but just saying, I’m not 100% sure it’s for everyone.
Favorite Part: “Bro, put a clean shirt on at least!” Hector admonished as soon as he saw Lucas.