Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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RATING: 3.5/5

BLURB: “When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands. An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the Gods themselves can prevent what will happen next…”

REVIEW: I first read this book and the second in the trilogy a few years ago, but having never gotten around to reading the third, I recently bought the whole set second-hand on Amazon and decided to read them altogether and refresh my memory of the story. In the first installment of the series, ‘Starcrossed’, we are introduced to Helen, a beautiful and intelligent young girl who isn’t entirely ordinary. It is only with the arrival of the Delos family, however, that Helen’s unusual powers begin to manifest themselves properly; particularly when she is faced with the handsome Lucas Delos, who she hates and wants to murder on sight. Lucas and Helen’s relationship slowly develops, however, as more of Helen’s true character reveals itself, and the two find their hate for each other overcome by much stronger feelings of love. Helen discovers that the Delos family are Scions, descended from the Greek Gods and members of the House of Thebes; and, more importantly, Helen appaears to be a Scion too, albeit a Rogue one from an unknown House. As Helen begins her training to hone her powers with the Delos family, all of whom she gradually grows closer to – even Hector, the temperamental cousin of Lucas  -and develops a stronger bond with Lucas, she becomes a target for Creon, son of the aggressive and reclusive Tantalus, and requires almost constant training and protection. Things take a turn near the end of the novel, however, when Helen’s absent mother arrives and announces herself as Daphne of the House of Atreus, also dropping the bombshell that Helen and Lucas are first cousins and therefore can never be together. By the end of the book things are left in a sorry state, with Lucas and Helen forced to be apart, Creon defeated but at the expense of Hector becoming an Outcast, and Helen finding out that she must descend to the Underworld in her dreams in order to destroy the Furies and end the wars between the Houses. I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment in the trilogy again; my only complaint regarding the novel is that Helen and Lucas’ relationship can sometimes feel a little bit cliche, mimicking the pattern of many young adult novels that choose to make the relationship a forbidden one based on some kind of supernatural occurence. Overall, however, I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to finding out what happens at the end of the series.

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