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. – Goodreads
Starcrossed is one of those reads that I grow to find more frustrating as more time passes by. I had seen many positive reviews, and the cover is so gorgeous, that it proved impossible not to be excited for it. Imagine my surprise when it came very close to joining my pile of “did not finish” books. I decided to continue on after putting it aside for a day or so, hoping that I just needed a break, but unfortunately Starcrossed never picked up for me.
Set on the island of Nantucket, Helen Hamilton has always felt different from everyone around her. Once the Delos family arrives, she learns just how different she really is. Upon seeing Lucas for the first time, her first instinct is to kill him and the two characters have a go at attempting to destroy the other. Their animosity is later explained as the Furies trying to keep them apart and, of course, they’re eventually able to stop the powers that compel them to kill each other. Helen slowly learns the details of her history, revealing her as a demigod.
When it comes to romance in books I’m so easy to please and yet it proved impossible for me to care about Lucas and Helen: individually, together, whichever…but their romance especially! Despite the “IT’S DANGEROUS TO BE TOGETHER, WE CAN’T” protests from Lucas, they quickly moved from their insta-hate to their insta-love. I could get behind the former, sure, but failed to see when and why they grew to have feelings for one another. I never felt a spark between the two.
I have no problem keeping up with a large cast of characters — which we definitely have here — but the majority of them fell flat to the point that I didn’t care to keep them straight. With the exception of Hector, I couldn’t tell you specifics about any of them and I’d probably even butcher their names in any attempts to do so.
With some polishing and tighter editing this had the potential to be a good read. I’m intrigued by one certain event involving Hector towards the end, but it’s not nearly enough to keep me invested in the story. These 400+ pages were more than enough. Who knows, though, maybe I’ll skim through the next installments, but right now I’m thinking that this is where the series ends for me.