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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
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Oct 05, 11

bookshelves: mythology, genre-young-adult, classic-retellings, cover-is-awesome, abandoned-series, genre-paranormal
Read from September 20 to 21, 2011

2.5 stars

Whenever I have to write a review for a book I didn't like it's very hard to find a good balance between pointing out actual issues with the book without turning it into a mindless rant that no one can understand but me (and that makes me look like I'm a total jerk). I will probably fail miserably to do that here so I apologize in advance. That being said, I did not like this book. I actually went into it with, I think, fairly reasonable expectations. I've heard good and not-so-good reviews about it so it's been all over the board as far as that goes. Personally, I thought I would really like it, but at the same time I don't think my expectations were set too high. In my defense, the description of the book is not very clear at all. What in the world is the book about, you may ask -- other than starcrossed lovers, of course?

This, in my opinion, is the first major flaw with the book. As readers we like to go into a book already knowing a little bit based on the description we read off the back cover/inner flap. Perhaps we've read some reviews, but the description on the cover should be enough to get us going. We need something going in so we can know if it's a book we think we'll like or something we should pass on! I think this is a fair thing to ask for. Go ahead and read the description above and tell me what you think this book is generally about (if you didn't already know). What kinds of creatures is it about? Is it even really a paranormal book? What kind of world does it take place in? What kinds of problems are these "starcrossed" lovers going to find themselves wrapped up in? We get nothing from the description. So going into this I had literally no clue what this was about until it was finally described to me to a certain extent -- after 100 pages into it I might add. For the first 100 pages I was literally clueless as to what was going on. There were people who hated each other from the moment they set eyes on each other but they had never met, I had no clue what kind of superhero/paranormal/whatever creatures we're dealing with, etc. So the first 100 pages was literally like walking through a thick fog. Mystery can be intriguing, but by a quarter of the way into a book we should have a good understanding for the characters, who they are, and what the hell is going on for the most part. This wasn't fun mystery, this was throw across the room because it's stupid mystery (and I use that term loosely).

My second problem with the book is Helen. At times I liked her. But when she finds out all these strange and fantastical things about herself, these people she's just met, and the world around her, how does she react? Is she a bit taken back and confused, and maybe a little bit freaked out? No. She shrugs it off like this kind of stuff happens every day. She's thrown absolutely insane revelations about herself and she acts as though someone has just told her about the weather. It was not a reaction any person would have. No one would be that laid back about this stuff in the least. In addition, most of the characters in this book have basically no personality. If the author didn't tell me who was talking all the time, I would literally be wondering if it was one of 10 people. Everyone talks the same, reacts the same, and is the same. They even all look the same! It's insanely boring and makes it extremely hard to relate to any one character.

Just to clear up a bit for those who like to know at least a little bit about the books they're reading before going into them, this book is a retelling of The Illiad by Homer. There, enough said. I haven't even read The Illiad, but knowing that would have helped me understand things so much more. Why couldn't they have just said that on the book flap? Why did I have to dig around and find that out in a video interview on Amazon. That information alone can tell you that it's about Greek Mythology and that it's probably about Gods/Goddesses or something to that effect. If nothing else, that information can tell you that maybe you'd appreciate this book more if you go out and attempt to read The Illiad first. I sure would've liked to do that because I think I might have liked this book much more after understanding the original story.

So normally I will give two stars to books that I dread picking back up each time I have to read them, and of course did not like at all. I gave the extra half star in this case because I think there's a good possibility that I would've enjoyed the story if I had already read The Illiad. As a person who hasn't though, this book just fell flat. The characters were flat, the story was flat, the world and the relationships were flat -- everything really was pretty darn boring. To be fair, I'm not a big fan of mythology stories, so I suppose I should've dug around in order to find out that this was not a paranormal story really, but a mythology story. Again, knowledge that would've been nice to know going into the book. But overall, you might like this book if you've read The Illiad or you're a big fan of Greek Mythology. If not, you still might like it. Who knows? I know I didn't though.

Well, I think this concludes my stupidly long rant. Isn't it funny how sometimes we have much more to say about books we don't like than books we do? Obviously I'm not a fan of the book. I think the idea probably had potential, but it wasn't executed very well. I will probably not be reading on in this series, which is rare for me too because I usually give a series at least two books before I decide that, but I can't imagine wanting to sit through another book like this willingly. Who knows though, there's still a whole year before the next one comes out and I tend to get caught up in lots of hype so if there's lots of talk about the book I might give in and read it anyways. There's definitely more story to tell after this one ended, lots of things were left unsaid and there's definitely still more big stuff that's going to happen. But, since I'm being brutally honest, I find myself not really caring too much what happens next.

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Quotes ♥ Sarah ♥ Liked

Josephine Angelini
“She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.”
Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini
“Yeah, but damn!" Kate said, fanning herself with her hand. "When I was your age all of the guys were trying to prove how anti-establishment they were by out-uglying each other. I so got robbed!”
Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

Reading Progress

09/20/2011 page 103
20.0% "So confused. You would think that after 100 pages of the book it would be at least somewhat explained why everyone wants to kill each other when they all just met! It makes no sense and it's driving me crazy. This book had better explain to me what the hell is going on soon or I'm going to start throwing it across the room." 13 comments

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message 1: by Giselle (new)

Giselle Oh no. I was looking forward to this one. :(

♥ Sarah ♥ If you've read The Illiad, you might like it because it's a retelling of that. Or if you're a big fan of Greek Mythology.

My main problem is that 1)I think the book description should have been clearer that this was a retelling of The Illiad and also that it was Greek Mythology...and 2)Because the book description wasn't very clear on anything I was clueless as to what was going on for at least 1/4 of the book. By the time I figured out what was going on and that "aha this is mythology and a retelling"...I was bitter about not really being clued in for way too long.

But oh I have lots of problems with the book I suppose. My review will be a rant-fest galore. lol I was really looking forward to this one too. :-\ Oh well.

Mariya You finished it! Haha.

Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog) Really? I've heard it was really good and was getting ready to buy this!

♥ Sarah ♥ Yeah, I wasn't a fan Fran. You might like it if you're a fan of the Iliad (although I've recently heard otherwise from someone who read the Iliad). I also heard lots of good things so I was excited. But no, I wasn't very impressed with this one unfortunately. :-\

Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog) :( Maybe I'll wait to give it a try. Although I did add it because I'm a fan of Greek Mythology, so we'll see. Sorry you didn't like it!

♥ Sarah ♥ Yeah if you're a big fan of Greek Mythology you might like it. I really didn't know what it was about going into it. lol

message 8: by Darkfallen (new) - added it

Darkfallen Oh WOW! Great review girl. I have been on the fence about this one but I think I'll pass now. I have a pile of ever-growing ARCs that I just don't think I have te time to take a chance on this one.

But seriously great review. It's nice to read a well written review of a bad book. So many people just bash a book they don't like. It takes a certain skill to write a good bad book review;)

♥ Sarah ♥ Thank you so much! It is very hard. I'm glad to hear that I didn't come across as just plain mean. lol

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