- 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. 146.814 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.
What is so incredible to me is that each name used is exactly correct for the character's attributes and what family they belong to. Their storyline is so in line with the ancient Greek mythology I'm just awed by the genius of the author. I checked. I looked things up. I wanted to know what the Iliad and the Odyssey were about. You'd think a Lit major would have read them, but somehow, I missed them. I'm not sure I lucked out.
Starcrossed is as complex as any Greek epic, but I think much easier to enjoy. With a large cast of characters and plots and subplots I never got confused. Josephine Angelini took a combination of stories and rewrote them in the present day. And it works, seamlessly and beautifully. And you don't have to have read any of the Greek epics to understand it. You don't even have to remember your Greek mythology because it is well and easily explained.
The setting is Nantucket, a small isolated island, busy in the summer, but not overly populated with year rounders. Helen Hamilton is a year rounder living with her father in a quaint shingle sided whaler with a widow's walk. They have a good relationship, ignoring a few strange things about Helen, and Helen works in his store a few days a week. Helen's mother took off when Helen was a toddler and oddly enough took every photo of herself with her. Helen is drop dead gorgeous, thin, athletic, inhumanly fast and strong and very intelligent but, she hides all of these gifts, preferring to fly under the radar. She doesn't even try in classes, only sometimes doing her work. Even in track she sometimes hides on the course so she doesn't finish first or too fast or she hides in the middle of the pack. Deep down she's afraid of what she is witch, monster, freak, animal? Helen tells the story to us so we know what she's feeling and thinking, what her greatest fears are. And what hurts her. Sometimes though, we do see things through one of the other character's view points and it's always interesting no matter who it is.
Lucas Delos is Helen's male counterpart. He is drop dead gorgeous, tall, athletic, intelligent, inhumanly fast and strong and bestowed with other talents. But most of all and differently from Helen, he is self assured. He is comfortable in his own skin. He's grown up knowing what he is and it isn't any of the kind of things Helen fears. He's part of a large family that just arrived from Spain. He lives with his parents and sister, aunt, widowed Uncle and his daughter and two sons. And they will all be attending the only high school on Nantucket. They are big news to the island to say the least. They prove to be invaluable to Helen to understanding her ancestry.
With all the references to the Iliad and the Odyssey you must realize that this has something to do with Greek stories. But you cannot imagine. And don't peek at the ending, it won't make sense anyway. I wanted to write an intelligent, clever review because I think Josephine Angelini, again, is a genius. She took all these characters from the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Orestia, one I'd never heard of, and other Greek plays/poems and threw in some, no I mean carefully placed some Shakespeare and Greek mythology (yes that is different from the Iliad and the Odyssey) and set it down gently in a perfectly believable setting. And it works. It works so well I can't stop trying to figure out the next book! I'm reading the Iliad and the Odyssey! And the Orestia!
I've read it twice now and I'm ready to read it again because my heart is breaking at the cliffhanger ending and I hate those. But it's more that the characters are hanging on the cliff rather than us because we know something they have yet to figure out. Hopefully they will soon. In the beginning of the next novel. You, the reader, should be able to pick up on it easily.
So, instead of being intelligent and clever, after four tries, this being my fifth, I've settled for gushing. Gushing that I love this novel more than anything I've read ever. Gushing that Josephine Angelini can bounce ideas off of me any time she wants. Gushing that any writer that puts this much work into a novel deserves to be read. But don't read her because she did her homework and I'm the geek that looked it up. Read it because you love a good story with lots of family and love and stories from the past and cool talents and explanations. Just read it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. It's magic. It's epic.
Using the Trojan War and the love of Paris/Helen as it's origin point, Starcrossed is as epic as Homer's Illiad and Odysseythat is at its core. The hallmarks of Greek mythology are all there--lust, envy, rage, revenge, love, loyalty, and pietas. Angelini improves upon the classic tale greatly, notably making the modern characters far more endearing than their ancient counterparts. The end leaves us with both gravitas and the promise of a future quest. Between beguiling adults, burdened teens, and fated destiny unfolding, the only thing that's missing (as of yet) are the meddling gods. I don't yet have words for how excited I am to read the second book.
I pre-ordered my copy because this is one book that MUST be in every YA and paranormal fan's library. You can get yours here.
With the release of Starcrossed and Kelly Keaton's Darkness Becomes Her, dare I hope that Greek Myths are the next big thing in YA?