Helen always knew she wasn’t normal; she was abnormally strong and beautiful. I didn’t like how extremely shy she was, but it was understandable. She hated the attention she got and was physically hurt whenever she got too much of it. I did sympathize for her when she was constantly bullied at school, but sometimes I wished she would stand up for herself and fight back. Thankfully though, you do see a positive change in her as the story progresses.
When Helen sees Lucas for the first time, it’s literally hate at first sight. They can’t be near each other without wanting to kill the other and it was completely intriguing! There was a lot of romantic tension with them, and I was rooting for them the whole time to be together. I could also tell that there are some sub-character relationships developing, even though it isn’t shown flat out. Helen may be the focus on the story, but there are so many other things going on!
Other than the ‘good guys,’ I have to give props to Josephine for the sick, manipulative and just plain evil villains she created. This is told in third person, so we do get to see what is going on in their evil heads, and it all surprised me! They all posed serious threats to Helen, Lucas and his family and it was interesting to see how they would overthrow them. I can’t wait to see more of one specific villain, who is even closer to Helen than you think.
I have to admit the first half of the book was a little slow for me, but there was so much tension, suspense and mystery that I just had to keep reading! Thankfully, the pace speeds up in the middle and all the way to the end. There were so many twists I did not see coming that kept leading the story into completely different directions! The Greek aspect was sometimes confusing, but I wasn’t completely lost. And when I did understand it, it was utterly fascinating. The whole overall idea of Starcorssed was just unique and interesting!
There were parts of Starcrossed that I loved and thought were amazing, but others where I was left bored or confused. Since part of the ‘absolutely amazing parts’ were at the end, I think the sequel, Dreamless will be even better. There are some big secrets being kept from Helen and so many more mysteries that still need to be solved. This was hard for me to rate because of my love-hate relationship with this book, but the love outweighed the hate, so I think it’s fair to give it 4.5/5 stars.(less)
Of Poseidon starts with a bang, and ends with a bang - and a cliffhanger. It was hilarious, fast-paced and completely captivating! And after that huge twist and cliffhanger at the end, I’m dying to read the sequel. The few mermaid books I’ve read, I didn’t like, so I wasn’t expecting to like Of Poseidon as much as I do. This is hands down my favorite mermaid book yet!
All of the characters had me laughing out loud and are going to be hard to forget. The constant bickering between Emma, Galen, Rayna and Toraf was always entertaining. The story alternates chapters between Emma and Galen. I loved Emma’s vibrant personality and sarcastic humor, and Galen was charming and irresistible. Unsurprisingly, there is romantic tension between the two, but it was sweet and steamy and I loved it. They start off as pretending to date each other, but then real feelings start to evolve. There’s even romance between the sub characters that was just as enjoyable.
The world of Syrena was very intriguing to me. Syrena are mermaids to us humans, but the Syrena take offense to that word. Unlike most paranormal books, everything about the Syrena is explained through scientific reasoning. And as boring as that sounds, it was actually really interesting. They don’t just pop out a tail, there’s mentioning of bones intertwining and such - I don’t know the exact wording they used. Emma as a whole was also intriguing. Everyone knows she’s not human, but she’s definitely not Syrena either, so what is she? I didn’t expect the answer that came soon in the book, though I probably should have.
Overall, Of Poseidon had entertaining characters, a fast moving plot and an intriguing world. And like I said before, I’m craving the sequel after that unexpected twist and cliffhanger. Plus I’m looking forward to re-visiting the characters again. If you haven’t had the best of luck with mermaid books like me, I still recommend you give this one a try because I ended up loving it! I recommend to fans of paranormal romance. (less)
I missed Ashton's gorgeous, captivating writing, and the amazing characters she's created. I had such high expectations, and Everbound defi...more4.5/5 stars
I missed Ashton's gorgeous, captivating writing, and the amazing characters she's created. I had such high expectations, and Everbound definitely did not disappoint me.
This plot was full of action, deceit, and more greek mythology of course, that all just made one epic and fast-moving story. In Everneath, I was definitely all for Team Cole, although I still really liked Jack, but now, I'm just, torn. Cole, with his twisted and tragic soul, but love that ran so deep for Nikki, and Jack whose known Nikki forever and has done absolutely anything he could to keep her safe. And not to mention both are seriously hawt. ;] Whether you start off Team Jack or Cole, you'll end up loving both and being as torn as Nikki.
And what a plot twist ending! This book was nothing close to being predictable and I enjoyed the awesome surprises along the way. And after that ending, I am most definitely looking forward to book 3.(less)
Everneath was everything I expected it to be. It was intriguing, interesting and had many unexpected events. I’m proud to finally join in all of the raved reviews about it!
Everneath has alternating chapters. Sometimes it’s the present, and sometimes it’s the past. The chapters all had the time left before she went back to the Everneath, or in the past’s case, went in for the first time. I thought this was a very unique and interesting concept. Although it was a little confusing since the story sort of starts off in the middle of things, but it just made me want to keep reading to find out what happened.
I loved Nikki’s character. She was always looking for things to do to make up for leaving her friends and family even though it wasn’t all her fault. She’s always hard on herself for leaving everyone behind, but was still strong after everything that has happened to her.
The talk of Greek Mythology isn’t boring at all. It was interesting reading about the different Greek Myths and how they connected to Nikki’s situation. I’m not too familiar with the Hades and Persephone myth, but the book explains enough of it for me and definitely was similar to Nikki’s story.
The love triangle between Nikki, Jack and Cole is well developed. I could see how they both were in love with her even though I didn’t experience all of the rising chemistry between them. Jack and Nikki were friends from the beginning, and she and Cole were stuck in the Everneath for a century, so it was practical for feelings to be developed.
I loved Cole and Jack, and I’m sure everyone will! Cole was sort of the bad boy in the story and Jack was the good one. Even though Jack was the quarter-back in football and had a sort of player reputation, I could still tell that he felt something more with Nikki. Cole was witty and mysterious with a lot of self-assurance, but it was obvious he had a deep connection with Nikki even though he doesn’t admit it and Nikki doesn’t believe it. Both boys are charming and will definitely have you swooning!
The ending was shocking! I did not see it coming! The very last pages made it seem like anything could happen in the next book. There wasn’t a cliffhanger, which I’m glad for since the release date for the sequel is so far away, but it still made me want more.
I enjoyed reading Everneath and all of its twists and turns. You may be confused at first, but the more you read the more things start to click together. The left out details just made me want to keep reading and reading! I recommend this to Greek Mythology and Paranormal lovers.(less)
Dreamless was just as captivating and engaging as Starcrossed, if not more! Unlike Starcrossed, the beginning wasn’t slow, but it was a bit confusing. Helen was popping in and out of the underworld without so much of an explanation. And I still feel like it was left unexplained. All that is said is that when she goes to sleep at night, she winds up in the underworld and Angelini leaves it at that. But this was my only complaint and the confusion soon wears off as the story progresses.
Ever since Daphne lied to the Delos family that Helen was their cousin, it’s been hard for Lucas and Helen to stay away from each other. It was so frustrating for it to cause a bunch of problems for the family and Helen when it was all just some big lie Daphne made up. And along with family and Lucas problems, Helen has to deal with the torturous Underworld every night. Helen probably had the worst to go through, but everyone else was too busy with their own minor problems to notice her suffering. That is, until Orion comes into the story.
Orion was charismatic, funny and charming so it was impossible not to like him. I can tell there was a bit of a love-triangle brewing, but I think it was very well done. Instead of focusing on the love-triangle and putting an unnecessary amount of drama into it, Angelini doesn’t make it the main focus like other novels do. Orion and Lucas aren’t constantly fighting over Helen, but are working together to help her and I think that’s what other YA guys should be doing. Sure, there were some times where Lucas was a little jealous when Helen spent time with Orion when he couldn’t, but it wasn’t like he punched Orion in the face over it or anything.
The Greek Mythology was also very enjoyable and not boring at all when it’s brought up in the story. It was a bit confusing to follow along, but I wasn’t completely lost. The third person also made it even more enjoyable as we get to see what else is going on. There was a lot more sub-character relationships developing and so much more going on that Helen doesn't knows about.
Overall, Dreamless was a successful sequel to Starcrossed. The complaints I had were minor and easily forgettable once I got into the story. The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, but still managed to make me want more. Helen really grew from that extremely shy girl she was in Starcrossed, into a much more tough and strong heroine. If you have read Starcrossed and haven’t read Dreamless, what are you waiting for!? And if you still have yet to read Starcrossed, I totally recommend you try it.(less)