DNF Review: Starcrossed

9462795Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)

Author: Josephine Angelini

Rating: DNF (Did Not Finish)

Provided Synopsis: How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen 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. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood … and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Review: I couldn’t do it. I wanted to like this book so much because it has Greek mythology, and I love mythology with a passion fiery enough to fuel Hephaestus’ forge. But there was no way for me to ignore the similarities to Twilight. Cringe.

Helen Hamilton lives year-round on the island of Nantucket. She prefers to go through life attracting as little attention as possible because she can feel that she is different. Life for Helen changes at the beginning of her junior year of high school and with the arrival of the Delos family. Suddenly, she is seeing three women crying blood, and she is filled with rage whenever she sees a member of the Delos family; they react the same way to her, but are better at controlling it.

When the dust settles Helen learns that she and the Delos family are demi-gods. Helen’s initial reaction to the Delos family is explained to be fated since the four houses are out to kill each other. Because Helen is being targeted by those who want her dead, the Delos family gathers around her for her protection. She spends a lot of time at their house. They try to teach her to fight. They follow her around. One of the Delos daughters can glimpse into the future. This family and Helen’s relationship with them screamed Bella and the Cullens. Helen and Lucas are even star crossed insta-lovers who can start a war.

And I just couldn’t do it. I had to force myself to read to the point it was time to abandon. The characters and their relationships with each other (did I also mention that Helen only lives with her dad?!) were too similar to a series I had already read and disliked. Very disappointed.


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