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Starcrossed Book Review

18th May 2017


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.

Starcrossed was one of those books that I picked up and had reservations as to whether the story was going to be for me or not. I’m sad to say it wasn’t for me. This book was so tropey and wordy I almost gave up half way through. Plus the characters bothered me – well the ones that we were allowed to get to know – you know when we weren’t following the two boring main characters around.

I think the problem with this book was that nothing about it was original. The characters were boring and underdeveloped and it felt like there was too much trying to be squished into one book. There was too many plot points and too little explanation, I felt lost throughout all of it and just bewildered by some of the choices and tropes that were used!

My least favourite character in Starcrossed was Helen – I hated her. Nothing about her made any sense. She spends her entire childhood knowing that she was incredibly fast and so much stronger than those around her but never thinks to question it just live with it. Experiences excruciating cramps for her entire life but never seeing a doctor – none of this is believable or normal. Her father never noticed his daughter crippled with stomach pain? I don’t think so. Plus she was so boring that I just didn’t care. That’s where I have an issue with this book. All the characters were boring, so by default the story was boring. I wanted someone to save me from Helen’s angst!! Please someone save me.

Favourite character in Starcrossed, um if I have to choose one I’m going with Noel. She was the life of this book, and her spirit kind of uplifted the book until it didn’t. I don’t know an awful lot about her and it kinda sucks that we don’t! If I could change the book I would just have Noel talking about the crazy crap that goes on… but then she was ruined in the end.

In terms of recommending this book – the answer would have to be no. I don’t think I will be carrying on with the series, and this book just disappointed me in every way if I’m honest. Crap characters and tropey plot equals upset reader!

Have you read this book?  Have I missed something vital in the story? Let me know in the comments below!

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