- Copertina rigida: 487 pagine
- Editore: Harper Collins (31 maggio 2011)
- Collana: Starcrossed
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 9780062011992
- ISBN-13: 978-0062011992
- ASIN: 0062011995
- Peso di spedizione: 590 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 167.374 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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“A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can’t wait to read more!” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen)
“Move over, Romeo and Juliet--Josephine Angelini debuts a dizzying tale of action, drama, and romance with just the right twist of humor and tragedy. Modern mythology has never been sexier!” (Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy)
“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.” (Sophie Jordan, author of FIRELIGHT)
Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in theater and a focus on the classics. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three shelter cats.
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Unpopular opinion alert!
I have to admit, if I hadn’t read as much YA before taking on this book, then I would have definitely taken it more lightly and even liked the book, as it however stands, this was a compilation of clichés and plot devices that have slowly and steadily appeared on my “avoid at all costs” list. There was no love triangle – yet – but everything else I try to steer clear of was represented. So, I’m probably more harsher than I should be, but I can’t lie to myself.
Same old same old, is what comes to mind first. So let’s start with some of the aspects that didn’t have me singing for joy:
Helen, the heroine, was so gorgeous, but of course, didn’t see herself as this goddess, she was so over powerful that it was boring, but still needed constant protection and whined when she needed to train, and she was simply dull with a side dish of mopey, weird (the non-cute kind), insecure, childish and Mary Sue. How can a character, if we look at her stats: descendant of gods, awesome powers, dazzling looks, endless capabilities, such history and potential – be such a blob? She was the worse kind of special snowflake, a mixture of all the YA heroines I’m not fond of.
Insta love is a device that needs to disappear or at least be believable and try to come across slightly natural. In this case, I felt that it was too rushed and left me asking “Uh? When? What? How?” The romance, having started with such cliche-ness, I felt there was only one step from hating to endless love, no actual development and it didn’t leave space for the most important component, which is chemistry. There were some adorable moments between Lucas and Helen, I won’t deny that, but the overall atmosphere and course of their relationship wasn’t entirely original or exciting.
The we-are-siblings-and-thus-can’t-be-together-but-actually-aren’t trope needs to be buried deep deep underground. It just aids in stalling the plot and encourages love triangles. Also, adding here the we-shouldn’t-be-together-because-it-means-the-end-of-the-world is just too much for me to bear.
Please let’s also stop with the annoying, overly opinionated and obtrusive best friends, Claire was a wacko.
It’s not all bad though, there were some aspects that were quite intriguing, but were overshadowed by the bothersome stuff:
The overall plot and backstory of the book was actually quite decent and a fresh take on Greek mythology. Even me, who knows her Greek gods, goddesses and legends, and thus, is prone to read everything related to it, hasn’t encountered anything overly similar in other stories in regards to what aim and form the mythology took in this book. Then again, nothing really surprised me and I figured out several things before they, I'm guessing, were meant to be revealed.
I actually grew really fond of Hector. He seemed to be the only voice of reason, didn’t hesitate to act or tell things how they were and seemed to be the only one who actually DID something when needed. Pluss, his fate is quite intriguing and I hope I wasn’t the only one who saw potential in the end with him and “her”…
I quite liked the huge family dynamics and the big cast of characters as well.
The idea had potential and the whole plot was so promising, but what can you do when annoying clichés dominate and the redeeming factors are scarce. I know that this is a very popular series and I’m in the minority, but I have to be honest, this book wasn’t for me.
[ SPOILERS AHEAD ]
Starting with [Helen/Lucas] before I gush out about how much I adore these two and ship them so hard right now. Let me start with: part of me loved how much of caveman Lucas was when he’s with Helen, though the feminist part in me… not so much. What drove me into picking up this books is when I heard about how the two protagonist meet and how literally they tried to kill each other (well, mostly Helen, but I didn’t know that then! lol), I was like holys*** I NEED THIS NOW!?! AND I WAS RIGHT!!!! THIS BOOK ATE MY SOUL!!! THEY BOTH FLY TOGETHER!!!!! HOW CUTE IS THAT!!!? This is way better than Superboy flying Lo around. The happiness inside of me is suffocating right now!!! AND when they FINALLY first kissed, omg, my heart STOPPED!!! I had to wait till page 381 FOR THEM TO FRIGGIN KISS!!!! YOU’RE ONE SICK EVIL LADY DEAR AUTHOR!!!! HOW COULD YOU KEEP ME WAITING LIKE THAT!!?!!? And then *dum dum duuuum* they find out they are first cousins and the drama never ends, Oh how I worship it. xDDDD; (ofc we find out it was a lie, and I actually knew before hand, because I can do math…! –o–;). I need to start book 2 soon!!!!
Dig the diversity choice [Claire] I 2004758.973,495,872,348% LOVE HER!!!! ASDFGHJKL!!!! OMG!!! SHE KNEW!!!! Hahahahahaha, this whole time she new and… *LMFAO* I just can’t even. The way she CASUALLY talked about almost murdering her best friend was hilarious and I laughed so hard my stomach hurt afterward, but it was worth it. Aki-chan is without any question my favorite. :3
A none boring parent story, god bless [Jerry & Kate] my heart goes for them. Truly. Many crap happened to/around them and they haven’t got a clue.
The Delos family: [Castor/Pallas] for some reason I can only imagine these two as: Russell Crowe as Castor and Gerard Butler as Pallas. Dunno why! :3 While I generally liked Castor, I couldn’t feel the same way about Pallas. He was too hateful (I guess we know now why, but still, Helen DID NOTHING!!!).
Oracles stories are always captivating [Cassie and the Furies] Cassie is a hard character to give your approval to at the beginning of the book, but after unearthing her story, she becomes very appealing. I hate the three old haggards for everything they did to her and those before her, and pretty much everyone in this book!
The man of Steel… water, wait he was Aquaman!? [Hector] oh well, let’s see I Hated him >> Liked him >> Hated him >> Loved him >> Hated him >> Felt SORRY for him… I just hope that un-aged old bitch doesn’t hit on him just because he looks like her dead husband! @_@;;
The wonder [TWINS] kinda cliché how they both fall in love with Helen’s besties, but I ain’t hating it. ;)
The BIG BOSS! [Noel] “[...] All the chairs were taken, and the standing room up against the counter was constantly changing as Noel whirled and 'bullied her way' around her workspace.” Reason to love this good woman. xDDD;
OMFG, I LOVE HER!!! [Dora] OMG, NOOOOO!!!!! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!?! I didn’t even see that one coming!!!! Her death shocked me sooo much. I know she asked for it, but still. How could you ;-; Also, I’m kind of ashamed of myself, when Creon’s mother called her son and told him about the traitor who called her, I instantly assumed it was poor Noel, because she didn’t approve of Helen/Lucas… Still WTF, she was too cool to die just like that!!!! :'(
Expired Douchebag [Creon] wow, to say I hated his guts is an understatement, but I wasn’t prepared for his death at all. I thought he’d stick around, at least throughout the second book. Oh, well, rip Cree, I won’t miss you. \_(ツ)_/¯
The ‘I knew she was up to no good character’ [Daphne] never liked her, I think she’s evil. Her actions at the end of the book sure spoke volumes.