This book was definitely not what I expected... and I don't know if that's good or not. I absolutely love Greek Mythology and would probably read anytThis book was definitely not what I expected... and I don't know if that's good or not. I absolutely love Greek Mythology and would probably read anything that has something to do with it, which is why I bought Starcrossed a few months ago, even though it did take me a long time to start reading it. I liked the story overall, as it was a pretty good take on the story of Helen and Paris without being entirely copied from it, but I still had a few issues with the characters and some parts of the plot.
Helen wasn't a likable character at all. I feel like the only thing she did in the whole book was whining, feeling sorry for herself or just being annoying. There wasn't anything about her that made me like her or at least feel some kind of compassion for her, there was no depth to her and I just couldn't bring myself to like her enough to be interested in what happened to her. That kind of ruined a part of the book for me, since I couldn't really focus on it and 'be' in it. I felt like I was only reading an account of facts without feeling anything at all. And, huh, am I the only one that thought Helen was just too perfect? I get that she's supposed to be 'the Face' and everything but she has no flaw!! And she still finds a way to feel sorry for herself. That annoyed me, too. I don't see how you can like a character that's as perfect as she is, unless it really is done on purpose and is useful to the story. Here? She's perfect and everyone acknowledges it. Lucas wasn't a great character either... There was nothing to him, I felt like he was just there because the story needed him to be there, but he didn't bring anything to the book. I also didn't really care for the way he behaved around Helen: I know they hate each other at the beginning, but his behaviour towards her in those scenes still wasn't great. I mean, this book is supposed to be for teenagers and young adults, and it depicts a guy dragging a girl out of various places while she doesn't stop him because she's too afraid she's going to make a scene? Huh, no. I'm sure there are plenty of other ways to convey how much they don't like each other without writing scenes like those ones.
The other thing that disturbed me was the plot and the structure of the book.Everything just seems too convenient, like if the author needed something to happen right at that moment she wouldn't worry about what came before or after. When Helen learn what she is, for instance. I get that she's always known she was special, but she doesn't seem that shocked to learn that gods and demigods exist and that the stories are true. It felt like there was no 'building' (for lack of a better word)before things happened. I know the novel is already quite long, but I think the beginning was perhaps a bit too long and reducing it + developing other passages would have been better. The writing was fine though, I'm not saying that it's the best I've ever read but it didn't disturb me and I had no problems with the narration (except for a few things here and there but nothing major).
Now, even though there were some things I didn't like at all in the book I still enjoyed it, though I did focus only on the bad aspects here. For those like me who like Greek Mythology, or who enjoy reading retellings or stories with starcrossed lovers, I think you'll enjoy this book a lot. The story was really good, and some of the minor characters were likable too....more