Helen Hamilton has always known she is different from the others living on Nantucket Sound but when a new family moves into town even she is shocked by her reaction to them. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini begins with the Delos family moving to Nantucket, not really interested, Helen is shocked by her strong reaction to Lucas and even more shocked when she tries to kill him. This just isn’t Helen’s year, not only does she try to kill someone she doesn’t know, she is suffering from strange dreams that leave her feet covered in dust and cuts and now she fears she is suffering from hallucinations.
Lucas and his family have moved to Nantucket Sound to get away from their family politics and now find someone that they didn’t believe existed. Lucas finds himself drawn to Helen but he fears that they are just on a path set up the Fates, destined to end in tragedy. When Helen is attacked several times, Lucas starts to wonder if he cares if he is destined to end in tragedy so long as Helen is safe.
An interesting take on the mythology of the ancient Gods and Goddesses, Starcrossed was a great read. Helen’s feeling of being different and finally finding out who and what she is are believable and touching. I loved the scenes in the kitchen centered around Lucas’s family but especially his mother. Unlike so many YA novels (so many of them have nonexistent or non paticipatory parents), Starcrossed has some great parental figures for all the youth characters and I loved the Delos’s family dynamics. I flew through Starcrossed in one morning but the build up to the second novel, Dreamless, has me really looking forward to the next novel!
You can read an excerpt here.
Awakening Reading Order:
Dreamless (May 2012)
Unknown Title (unknown date)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Format: Hardbound, eBook
Page Nos.: 496
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
So Starcrossed has its own theme song, performed by a German Band called the Demigoddesses, how cool is that? I have posted it here for your listening pleasure. 🙂