|Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini|
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire 16 years trying to hide how different she is--no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust.
~Hardcover, 487 pages Published May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen
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The story has a great sense of place in Nantucket. I felt transported to the ocean and the idiosyncrasies of it's small towns. I love it when an author takes me away for a little while.
Helen and Lucas' forbidden love didn't work for me. I couldn't relate. I wanted to feel the spark caused when two people can't stand to be together and yet can't stay away, but I couldn't get into it. I knew they would end up together and it slowed the pacing for me. Later in the story when it was known that they could never fully express their love to each other, I cringed at the resulting scenarios. Helen and Lucas alternate between pushing the boundaries and claiming that they could remain celibate.
There is tons of action in Starcrossed and I didn't want to put the book down. I never knew who would be spared and who was in serious jeopardy.
Unlike some paranormal stories where the protagonist finds out later in life that all along they had these amazing powers, Helen's story is entirely plausible. I could believe that she didn't know about her God-like powers because of the curse that had been placed on her and the fact that she suppressed her own memories about her powers. I love it that her best friends knew that she was extraordinary and she didn't even have a clue. And cool powers--invincibility (but also vulnerable if she lost her necklace), and a lethal lighting charge.
It would be way cool to see her abuse her new-found powers a bit and be tempted by the "bad side" of the family.
I'm not sure what to think about the sirens. They are wicked in an awesome, gruesome way, and I would like to have seen Helen and Lucas go after them.
The bottom line:
Starcrossed crosses the line between myth and reality as it asks what in life can be controlled and what is left to fate?