Starcrossed City

Starcrossed CityTitle: Starcrossed City
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #0.5
Date: March 5, 2013
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Free online fiction.

A spin-off from Josephine Angelini’s irresistible Starcrossed series. Mysterious demi-goddess Daphne meets the totally hot Ajax for the first time in sultry NYC. This is where it all begins.

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http://www.josephineangelini.com/blog/2013/03/11/starcrossed-city/


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It was interesting to read a story from Daphne’s perspective. I am just so used to not liking her, that I forgot she was human too. It shocked me to see how sad her story was—especially compared to Helen who had a pretty happy childhood. I was also shocked to see how similar Ajax and Daphne’s story felt to Lucas and Helen’s story.

“Starcrossed City” is not essential to the Starcrossed story at all. It precedes all of the events with Lucas and Helen, although it does provide insight to Daphne’s character and humanizes her—which is nice, since she is a pretty easy character to dislike.

 

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Goddess

GoddessTitle: Goddess
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: May 28, 2013
Pages: 421
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.


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Reading Goddess is such a bittersweet feeling. The story is so fantastic and readers have likely been on the edge of their seat wondering what happens since they put down Dreamless. As amazing as it is though, you know this is the end, and that does make it a little sad. Josephine Angelini continues to weave the same magic into Goddess that she did with the rest of the Starcrossed trilogy.

The love story hasn’t changed too much since Dreamless. Helen and Lucas still want each other even though they’re forbidden to be together, and Helen and Orion are trying to determine if they can be together in light of that fact.

More important that the love story, however, is the merging of all the houses into one. Since Lucas, Helen, and Orion became blood brothers at the end of Dreamless, they have officially released the gods from Mt. Olympus and opened the floodgates for the doomsday prophecy they’ve worked so hard to keep from happening.

Most of the novel focuses on the scions quest to prevent the prophecy from coming true and keeping the gods from wreaking havoc on the mortal world. While I won’t get into too much detail, so I don’t spoil the story, there was a ton of action and adventure! There was also a bit of mystery regarding the Tyrant, but it was fairly easy to figure that part out. We meet even more gods and goddesses than we did in Dreamless and the story as a whole is just really well done. I enjoyed everything from the mythology to the love story, and really, really loved all of the parallels Angelini created between the current story and Troy.

Goddess wraps up the Starcrossed series quite nicely. All of the major plot points have been answered, there are no seeming cop outs, and it was just a great read! It is impossible to put down and I finished the whole thing in essentially one sitting. Josephine Angelini is a master and I’m sure her next series will live up to this one.

 

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Dreamless

DreamlessTitle: Dreamless
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: May 29, 2012
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out. A ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.


Josephine Angelini is one of those amazing authors that can create both fantastically developed characters and a kick-ass plot. Dreamless was just as amazing as Starcrossed—there was tons of adventure, mystery, romance, and of course, mythology! What more could you ask for?

As Helen parades around the Underworld trying to find and destroy the Furies, we get an in depth look at one of the most explored places in Greek mythology. There was nothing interesting about Angelini’s Underworld, but we did get to meet an awesome new character, Orion. Orion adds a lot to the story and I am really looking forward to seeing more of him in the next novel.

Angelini manages to keep romance alive in the story despite the ridiculous Lucas/Helen situation (this is the only aspect of the trilogy that truly irritates me beyond belief). Even though Lucas and Helen spend a lot of time a part, they are constantly thinking about each other and I still believe in the strength of their relationship.

The storyline in Dreamless is just fantastic. Not only is it action-packed, but it is also surprising and incredibly exciting. As soon as Dreamless was over, I wanted to pick up the sequel (which unfortunately won’t be released for another year). The ending is just amazing and I need to see where Angelini takes us next.

Dreamless is a fantastic read that will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. It was nearly impossible to tear my eyes away from the pages and I cannot wait to read Josephine Angelini’s next novel. If you are looking for action, romance, and mythology Dreamless is the perfect choice.

 

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Starcrossed

StarcrossedTitle: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: May 31, 2011
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover
Source: Won
5 Stars

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.


Starcrossed has a lot to offer: action, mystery, romance, and of course Greek mythology! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Josephine Angelini’s debut novel and I am anxiously awaiting Dreamless, the sequel.

We never get to see any of the mythological gods, with the exception of the Furies and the Fates. However, most of the characters are descended from the gods and therefore have Herculean-esque traits. It was fascinating to read Angelini’s take on why the gods disappeared from everyday life and how these heroic abilities had been preserved through the ages.

The main characters, Helen and Lucuas, are star-crossed lovers. Even though they are perfect for each other, destiny has other plans in mind. The two are constantly drawn to each other, despite their initial urges to literally kill one another. I loved watching their relationship progress, and it is a large part of why I am eager to read Dreamless.

In addition to the heart-stopping love story, Starcrossed is filled with fight scenes and danger that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Helen has a lot of enemies, and if she doesn’t learn to protect herself she will end up dead. Therefore, she needs to rely on the generosity of a few unlikely friends to teach her self-defense and protect her when she can’t protect herself.

This heart-grabbing novel is definitely a must read for fans of Greek Mythology and epic love stories. Dreamless simply can’t get here fast enough.