Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is being called “Percy Jackson for teenage girls.” It’s a delicious meld of Greek Mythology and high school romance, but the part we like best is that it’s set on Nantucket! Glory of glories! (The island’s too small to fudge building locations and street names so it’s good that Angelini gets her island geography correct.)
The reader is introduced to Helen Hamilton, our modern day heroine, who just wants to survive high school. Although most teens battle identity issues, Helen, who hallucinates female statues crying tears of blood and has nightmares of epic desert journeys, is startled to find out that she’s not exactly human… she’s a demigod.
When the Delos family moves to Nantucket everything changes. Helen is mysteriously drawn to the new heartthrob, Lucas Delos, and after a failed attempt to kill him, she begins to grasp their roles in a reoccurring, age-old Greek tragedy. Even though Lucas brings Helens powers to light, the Fates are doing their best to keep them apart.
Angelini’s writing is compared to Stephanie Meyer, however she develops more characters and a plot that has a bit more depth and historical background. The characters are very relatable, considering their only partially human, and the romance between Helen and Lucas isn’t as gooey as Twilight. This is not to say that it is not a beach read, it most certainly is, however a slightly more elevated one. This book will also please those who were opposed to Bella Swan’s weak female lead. Helen is a more like Katniss in The Hunger Games. As some conflicts are resolved, more than a few rise up to take their places, leaving plenty in store for the two remaining books in the trilogy.
Starcrossed hits our cobblestone streets in June. We can definitely reserve you a copy.
-Reviewed by Lizzy Skokan