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~Epub ☨ Starcrossed ♴ 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 HistoryAs Helen Unlocks The Secrets Of Her Ancestry, She Realizes That Some Myths Are 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 WHAT THE HOLY GRENADE WAS THAT A damn good book, that s what that was I am officially a Josephine Angelini fan, that s for sure She s one intelligent, story choreographic, badass woman She definitely wrote a book that, from the very first page, has it all Romance.Suspense.Intrigue Action.Mythology And it has Lucas Delos eyebrow waggleHelenHelen Hamilton has always been different.She s workin her way up to being 5 11 which on the ultra small island of Nantucket, IS a pretty big deal.She has super human strength.She could probably beat Superman in the 400 meter track meet event.She s the high school freak.She s always waking up with cuts down her legs and sand in her bed.Oh And she can shoot lightning bolts from her hands.Yep And when the Delos family comes into town, and has very similar abilities she gets a LOT curious.Especially when Lucas Delos, who she can t decide if she wants to kiss or kill, tells her she s a demigod Just like himLucasLucas introduces Helen to his greek tragedy of a world.He and his family alone teach her how to fight, to defend, and to reach her full potential.But he can t touch her.He can t hold her.He can t kiss her.He can t love her.And he desperately wants toIf I kiss you, I won t stop, he said in a desperate whisper But it s forbidden.Thrust into a world of rules and godly regulations, Lucas and Helen can t be together without serious and very lethal ramifications.Particularly when all the other demigods of the world want to kill Helen for a chance at full immortality.So Lucas and his family take it under their responsibility to protect her at any costs.But in between her training and protection Beneath secret smiles and hushed caresses During pick pocketed moments Lucas and Helen seemingly repeat a mistake as old as the fates, themselves.And fall in loveAnd if they still want to separate us Then we run, Lucas said, his voice low and even They ll chase us, she whispered EDIT I originally gave this book three stars, simply because it is based on Greek mythology, and I ve had a love affair with Greek mythology since I was a kid However, upon further consideration and a sudden recall of my Homer and Bullfinch, I am forced to concede that the Greek Mythology in this book is about as authentic as cranberry sauce in a can So, only two stars, and I m STILL being generous Two Twifans are walking down the street to the cinemaFangirl 1 ZOMG, I h8 steffie meyer Y hasn t she written Twilight buks alredy I miss edwrd, n bella is so cool, zomg, I jus cnt get enuf of her Fangirl 2 Did u see the trailer fr breaking dawn Omigod, arnt Robsten the cutest couple eva I cnt blive we hav 2 w8 til nvmbr fr prt 1 Fangirl 1 But at least thr r 2 movies to luk frwrd 2 Wht if smeyer neva writs anuther Twilight buk Aftr the movies, wll have nuthin 2 luk forwrd 2 sobs Fangirl 2 spots a poster at the cinema and jumps for joyFangirl 1 wht r u so excited abt Fangirl 2thisFangirl 1 ZOMG, s thr a new twilight muvi Y didn t I know abt this Fangirl 2 No silly, it s tht nu buk by Josephine Angelini, cald Starcrossed It s JUST lyk Twilight, bt 4 smarter ppl Lyk us It s so cool, its abt this couple of teenagers who fall in luv, but they cn NEVA B 2GETHR I hurd dey signed Robsten 4 dis muvi b4 the buk was even printed Fangirl 1 gasps NO Did u read de buk I wnt it NOW Lts go buy it And oh I gotta tell my Tweet peeps abt dis And put it up on fb And my space Oh I cnt w8 2 read dis and that is why, ladies and gentlemen, Josephine Angelini will be laughing her way to the bank in a couple of months, when the book comes out I think I would have enjoyed this book if the soundtrack of Bella s Lullaby hadn t been running in my head the whole time What is Starcrossed about, you ask Starcrossed is the story of a painfully shy, socially inept girl who meets a really hot boy with whom she feels an instant connection even though they must stay away from each other for fear that one of them may kill the other However, this seemingly insurmountable problem is soon solved when girl and boy save each other s lives, thereby easing the path to true luurve The boy has a large, close knit family, some of whom are warm and welcoming while the others are hostile and suspicious of the girl The girl, unbeknownst to her, has been super speshul all her life, but neither this, not her stunning beauty of which she is also largely unaware has catapulted her to fame and popularity In short, she is a wallflower who likes to hide behind her hair I wonder if her hair, too, smells of strawberry shampoo random Twilight factoid Anyway, moving on, boy and girl do, of course, fall in love, but they can NEVER be together Or at least, not without causing the destruction of all human civilisation Wow, I knew teenage dating was a minefield, but this is the first time I ve heard of it being a nuclear warhead Of course, boy s family are very different from the rest of their kind, they don t believe in killing, except in self defense, and have moved into a small town to avoid the rest of their clan, who are rabid, psychotic killers Blessed with extraordinary good looks and great athleticism, the boys of the family are all star footballers.Where there is true love, of course, there must be danger There are a whole bunch of people out to get the girl, including a very dangerous member of boy s psychopathic extended family So while girl is busy debating whether boy likes her, since he is making no moves towards her, boy s cousin is hunting down girl Girl is being protected by stalker ish members of boy s family Until girl finds out that boy has vowed never to touch her, goes off in a snit, gets attacked, gets rescued, sneaks boy upto her room while oblivious single father watches TV and declares her love, only to find out the shattering truth that keeps them apart Sounding familiar yet Yeah, so basically, this is fanfic This is what you get when a Twifan decides, why don t I make Bella and Edward demigods instead of vampires Why don t I flip it a little and see what happens if it s Bella who has the bloodlust and the super powers right from the beginning And while I am at it, why don t I sell my fanfic to a publisher for a million dollars or so After all, there are over 15 million people worldwide jonesing for a Twilight fix, so I might as well cash in while Smeyer is busy writing about An Alien Called Wanda But here s the deal this is not a badly written book I would rate it slightly higher on technique than Twilight And there are parts where the book gets positively interesting, before she ruins it altogether, but on that later Five reasons why Starcrossed is better than Twilight 1 The love interest is a teenager the same age as the heroine No immortal hundred year old with an inexplicable penchant for cradle snatching here 2 Nobody falls in love with their food 3 No love triangle thus far 4 Greek mythology even fake Greek mythology is better than fake vampire lore 5 Claire, the heroine s best friend, is an actual character, as opposed to a cardboard cutout like whatsherface Angela Although the constant references to her height and her fierceness and her hurriedly put together chemistry with Jason were sort of boring Unfortunately, the unmistakable resemblance to Twilight sort of killed every other thought in my brain for the duration of this book It s not just that the larger plot structure reminded me of Twilight it s also very many, many small details Like Helen s habit of hiding behind her hair Like Helen s brand of awkward, insecure social interaction Like how she logs on and Googles all the suspicious paranormal people stalking her Like the fact that Helen s dad is a single father who spends most of the book watching sports on TV and being away on work at all the crucial times Like the fact that Helen is so modest she can t change in front of another girl Like the fact that Lucas has a loving, close knit family with a sister who is a seer and can see the future Like the fact that there is a scene with a car crash from which Lucas emerges unscathed Like the fact that Lucas manages to sneak into her bedroom without her father knowing, and lies on top of the bedcovers while she lies under them in fact there is one scene where she brushes her teeth in the bathroom and gets ready quickly for bed while Lucas is waiting for her in the bedroom, then goes to the head of the stairs and yells goodnight to her father, who is watching sport on TV My memory may be at fault, but isn t there the EXACT SAME SCENE in Twilight Also there are several points in the book where Angelini seems to be trying too hard to refute the fact that she is writing Twilight fanfic There are references to stalker ish men, and women who do what they re told because their men wanted them to, and both characters claim that they don t indulge in such behaviour Helen s best friend is all like, oh you have superpowers, you must be a vampire And then there are corny vampire jokes The lady doth protest too much, methinks The only thing this book has in common with the Percy Jackson series is that they are both vaguely based on Greek mythology And Angelini twists the myths beyond recognition in an attempt to make them fit the parameters of the story A simple Wiki search would tell her that Helen had no dealings with Aphrodite And that Paris was the one caught in Aphrodite s clutches Not to mention the fact Helen is directly descended from Zeus, owing nothing of her conception to Aphrodite I m not saying, read the Iliad, but at least read Wikipedia And all of her demi gods are so super, super, SUPER speshul, with a vast array of supernatural knuckle dusters, that even the gods would have difficulty surpassing them Wish fulfillment much So anyway, I m breezing along, trying to get Robsten s faces out of my head, feeling my usual illicit thrill at the idea of star crossed lovers, when I get to a point in the book that s actually sort of thrilling, and doesn t remind me of any other work of fiction I start to think that maybe there s some hope for Angelini, after all And then what does she do view spoiler She channels Cassandra Clare Yes, Cassandra Clare A fanfic tribute to the queen of fanfic Aaaargh Thankfully, she doesn t leave us, the readers, in suspense for long, even if her characters are going to be tortured for the next two books, at least hide spoiler Beware of spoilers Characters So this is where I went slightly balistic I m going to talk about the two main freaks of the book.Helen Hamilton Grams is a Mary Sue She s so damn perfect and untouchable that it s difficult for me to relate to her Tall, beautiful, graceful, heavenly Hence, her nickname, Heaven Hamilton Really She s quite pathetic really She whines a lot and can t stand if someone makes fun of her, which reminds me of mostly ever other YA MC She is also very selfish Especially with her father Everytime Jerry tries to talk to her or ask her anything, she completely disregards him and flees.Lucas Did he even exist in the book Lucas makes Edward Cullen look like the most complex character in the world Lucas was a blank sheet of paper Without even the college ruled lines Oh, yes However, he did everything he could to make him look like the creepiest man in the world 1 He stares at Helen Typical of a creepy main hero 2 He follows her around To her house The market Anywhere You name it, he s been there 3 He tells other people to follow her around.4 He tries to kill her, lmao But it s just so romantic, though Right Plot Silly and dull Writing Angelini s writing wasn t even there Where was it The sentences were simple and short Imagery was a whole different concept to Angelini Similes and metaphors What are they And every once in a while, she would bring up a vague word that had nothing to do with the sentences at all She didn t even seem like she knew what she was talking about.I do not know what happens in the next 200 and something pages I decided to not read I don t even want to know. This is a story of an impossible love and two people destined to repeat historyWanna know who I loved most in the book I was never a fan of Helen and Paris, dunno why, and in this book the main couple certainly didn t change my mind.I liked Hector the best, he is an amazing character and I wish HE was the main one instead of Paris, but oh well, can t have everything The world buildingWell, like I said, the main story here is the Trojan war about to repeat itself, and Paris Helen s tragic love story happening all over again.What s different here is that all the main characters are descendants of Greek gods.They have special powers when I say special powers I mean every damn possible power you can think of and then some you can t.A bit too perfect for a half god, didn t like that part.There are pages and pages of rehashing Greek history unfortunately for me, I know Greek history mythology very well so I got bored at that part but oh well D.Still, it was interesting, it really was DDThe storyHelen is the most beautiful woman ever And I mean Helen, a 16 17 don t remember exactly but let s say teenager girl who has known she was different for a long time.When a new family moves into her town, and she meets one of them, Helen gets overcome with the need to KILL that dude from that new family.Yes, it s hate at first sight, I love those and I loved it here too.It all has an explanation, one I m not about to give you ehehehehe , and eventually, Helen and Lucas fall in looooooove 3What I loved here Hector OMG He is the best part of this book, I can t say enough how much I loved EVERY scene with that guy EVERY I would die of happiness if he was to get his own book 3But then knowing how wonderfully Hector s fate ends, I don t have high hopes The Greek mythology and everything about it I love GM and I loved it here, though at times the explanations were a bit overwhelming and too detailed.The whole concept of the book is great, different, and I really liked it.What I didn t like here The main couple.Let me explain I loved them in the first half of the book Well, I loved Lucas blushing All the love hate thing was great and all, I have to admit.But then, something happened near the end that really pissed me off, I was irritated and they all got on my nerves All of them except Hector of course 3 3 3.Helen.As someone who carries the whole series, she never warmed up to me, I didn t like her at all She s lucky she had Lucas as other MC cause I liked them as couple in the first half.The ending.It was stupid and unnecessary, the drama that happened in the end Well it happened about 85% I think.It was so idiotic that I couldn t read any, I actually skimmed and read the last 15% in about 5 min.I admit, I am not dying to read the sequel Overall, the book was good at the beginning, great in the middle, but near the end I just couldn t stomach it So I m somewhere in the middle with my rating as well.3 stars for Starcrossed Alright, I know that I originally rated this book 2.5 stars and, back then, I honestly thought that it deserved that much I really did However, a little over a month ago I was given an assignment for my AP class we were reading the Iliad at the time to cover the apology of Helen as was told in the Odyssey and really her whole life especially the time when she was in Paris and how she effected the Trojan war At first I was kind of moaning about it my GR friends can attest to that but, then, as I got and into the topic andreallyfinding out as much as I could in that time about Helen Now, I am far from an expert in the subject there are still so many opinions that I don t know about but would really like to but since I consider myself well versed than your average GR member, I will spend thiswholereview talking about how horribly wrong Angelini is about Helen and Paris relationship image error I hate to say this but I am going to be tearing this one apart I think I m the first person to write a negative review for Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini on the entirety of the internet But that said, here goes nothing.This book did nothing for me Nothing Absolutely nothing And here s why.Starcrossed is set on Nantucket island and features the shy, willowy Helen as she gears up for the first day of her junior year of high school She and her father live alone and she has a job and a best friend, but something is coming Something that will change Helen forever Before she can even realize it the island is abuzz with news of the Delos family moving to the island Helen begins to develop feelings of rage and unrest as she hears about them She begins to see visions of three women demanding blood And, worse of all, the minute she meets the gorgeous Lucas Delos she tries attacks him.Is Helen going insane And what does all of it mean And, why oh why, should I care I heard about this book over a year ago all the book world has been waiting for it It s Percy Jackson for high school girls It s the new Twilight series Blah, blah, blather I was as excited as everyone else, but I m over it This book did so little for me.Part of the problem is in the writing itself This is a debut novel and it shows Angelini s writing is less of a fluid storytelling style and of a disjointed spewing of every thought Helen or rather Angelini has as she goes along I watched as paragraphs of random thoughts congealed together to form what is supposed to be a narrative and I wondered why the character was so ADD Then it hit me Percy was ADD and this book is trying to be exactly that I can t help but feel that Angelini decided to smash two popular things together to try to make something new and failed miserably.I see that she loves Meyers It shows The writing is so similar The problem is that no matter how much I and everyone loved Twilight and the subsequent books upon the initial reading there seems to be a universally agreed upon fact Meyers, for all her success, is not a good writer She s great at character development and in capturing the essence of Bella s spirit but not a great writer We follow Bella because we identify so hard with her Helen is no Bella She s drippy and annoying and easy to disconnect from I found nothing engaging about her.To mimic something in tone, and do it worse than Meyers, is a crime To try to tailor it after something that is so universally loved is also a bad move It s going to get weighed against and slaughtered if it fails I didn t even make it through one hundred pages and I was tossing this down in annoyance I didn t like the voice of the main character, the smashed together plot line which I feel I ve read before and the direction it was going It felt overly contrived, and I was not amused by it The only thing I enjoyed about it was the setting.I m not even the hardest core Meyers fan and I feel bad for her In this case imitation is not flattery The formula is way too similar I feel even worse for Rick Riordan who shares a very like idea This is an example of how his books could have been done if they were done Very Badly.I wish I had reviews up to compare it with I know others are going to love this, and it will sell a ton However, I did not love it I did not like it I couldn t go on, and that is always a bad sign.1 out of 5 stars review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com The first time I read this book, I just threw it down 50 pages in in disgust I absolutely hated the initial pages of the book Helen was insipid Despite there being no clear description of her, I could tell that she was going to be another of those I am so pretty but I just can t see it type of girl Well, she is, and she is so typically Mary Sue, but upon a rereading, the entire book is so well written and its portrayal of mythology so well explained and creative that I am so glad I gave this another shot.I still have problems with Helen She is so perfect, but her perfection, her typical way of underplaying herself and underestimating herself becomes a lot understandable in the book as one goes along That s where the book shines In so many YA books these days, there are huge, gigantic, gaping plot holes, and I end up finishing the book with questions than answers This is not so with this book Every question I had was explained, every complaint I had was addressed in a rational manner true to the book s imagined and actual mythological world I can say overall that I have very few complaints with the characters besides the intrinsically perfect quality of the main character, Helen, and her equally perfect star crossed love, Lucas.The plot is fairly confusing, but essentially the Delos family moves onto the Nantucket island where Helen and her single father has lived their whole life Helen starts dreaming about wandering across a dry landscape, and has hallucinations of three women weeping Her encounter with the Delos clan ends up disastrously, with the entire family and her locked in inexplicable hatred of each other As they fight their predestined hate, the family and Helen get to know each other and seek to solve the mystery of Helen s true heritage.As I ve stated, the beginning did not do it for me From the first few pages, we get the impression that Helen attracts attention, although we never get a clear impression of how Helen looks from herself Some of the Labor Day tourists were staring at her, not unusual, so Helen tried to turn her face away as subtly as she could Helen is such a frustrating character, particularly in the beginning when we first get to know her It s all Helen Helen Helen for the first part of the book Helen goes to school Helen talks to her friend Helen talks to her teachers Helen dreams, or rather, gets nightmares What made this worse is that the impression she forms is not a very good one She constantly downplays herself and her talents She tries to play dumb in class so she won t attract attention, even if she s in need of a scholarship so she can attend college her teachers notice this and calls her out on it, but all she has are weak, halfhearted excuses as to why she s not exerting herself or displaying her true intelligence I think you re capable of much than you are willing to admit, Hergie said, frowning I know you aren t lazy, Helen I also know you are one of the brightest students in your class So what s keeping you from taking advantage of all that this educational system has to offer you Even in track, she devalues her own performance, deliberately slowing down her true speedand still she hopes to get by to college on an athletic scholarship Coach Brant and I have noticed something interesting about your times, Helen No matter who you re running against, no matter how fast or slow your opponents are, you always come in either second or third How can that be Do you have an answer No I don t know I just run, okay I try my best No, you don t, Coach said harshly.And on, and on, and on, for the first part of the book Helen is initially such a whiny martyr, getting cramps and being shy and reticent at attracting attention, She just wants to be left alone Why couldn t they all just ignore her Secretly, Helen had always felt she was different, but she thought she had done a pretty good job of hiding it her whole life By this point, this early on in the book, I was on high Mary Sue alert.Then came the appearance of the Delos family and the Furies I dislike anger and violence in this book, and this part gave me such a claustrophobic feeling It s like being stuck in an elevator with someone clearly hiding some intense emotions like trying their best not to cry in public It feels so awkward and frustrating and as much as you sympathize with themyou just want to get out of there ASAP That s what it felt like with the inexplicable hatred and violence that the Delos family and Helen get when they re thrown together, and with Helen s violent and inexplicable emotions thrown into turbulence whenever she is in their presence.Later on in the book, Helen improves She never becomes truly likeable to me, but it was explained clearly why she was the way she was It was well explained as to why she is special, why she holds so much value to the Delos family, and why she has all these special powers that she has It is not intrinsic The powers are given to her, she is not special for the sake of being special, and her reticence to shine and to show her true self, be it academically or athletically, stems from the mystery surrounding her heritage And what a heritage I loved the mystery surrounding her mother, and how it is gradually revealed, and why she is literally unable to let herself shine or be seen as intelligent or special by others.I did feel bad for Helen, having a mysterious mother who left her at birth She grew up thinking that her mother hated her, and to be honest, the things revealed throughout the story kind of confirms that I can t reveal the other things, but her name itself shows that her mother probably doesn t like her own daughter that much the name Helen is rooted in Greek mythology as the woman who betrayed Troy, It s why we Scions never name our children after her For us, naming your daughter Helen is like a Christian naming their child Judas Ouch, and I thought naming your child hashtag was bad true story, sadly Actually, I think I d rather be named Helen than hashtag, regardless of how much my mother hated me, it s better to have a name nobody will laugh at.As a character, Helen grows and matures realistically She comes to realize how selfish she is, and how she needs to get her head out of the sand Her life was also the only thing keeping the Olympians from coming back to earth and starting World War Whatever So the Delos family had to protect her even if they all died doing it And here she was refusing to learn how to fight No wonder Hector hated her Helen learns from her mistakes.The rest of the characters in the book were very well done There is an enormous supporting cast the Delos family are a giant clan, and their younger children all go to school with Helen and is subsequently involved in her training Their sheer number and names all Greek names, all fairly accurate except for Castor and Pallas IT S CASTOR AND POLLUX, DAMMIT are overwhelming at first, but they all play a separate role and each character has their own personality I ended up liking them all immensely.I love the fact that the girls in the Delos family are beautiful, stunning, smart, but also kind and never jealous of Helen There s so much girl on girl hatred, especially towards beautiful girls out of jealousy and coming from beautiful queen bee mean girls in YA fiction that it is refreshing to meet the lovely creatures in this novel Ariadne, Cassandra, and Pandora are kindhearted and warm, and as beautiful on the inside as they are physically stunning They are the calming presences among the sea of adolescent male Delos testosterone.Lucas is rather too perfect for me to fully love I liked his endless patience with Helen, the fact that they meet, recognize that their hate is controlled by destiny and by something beyond their control, and fight through it all despite their overwhelming antagonistic emotions Once they get past that part, Lucas becomes a rather too perfect guy for Helen I feel like he enables her self pity, and loves her so much to the extent that he can never see her flaws, although he does reach his breaking point eventually and tell her that she s got to get over her fear of herself and start fighting Their insta love is explained through mythology, and is understandable, although clich d.Hector, for me, was a much likeable character He s somewhat of a rogue, he s got considerably personality than Lucas, and I love that he sees Helen s flaws He never treats her like a princess like Lucas does, and he calls Helen out on her bullshit whenever he sees it When Helen is too scared to fight, because she is a pacifist, instead of insisting that he ll protect her as Lucas does, Hector kicks her ass and tells her not to be a wuss He seriously trains Helen, and does not shy away from hurting her she heals extremely rapidly, Hector is in no way needlessly abusive if he feels she needs to learn how to seriously fight and defend herself He is the one who stands his grounds and tell Helen to suck it up when everyone is pussyfooting around her There are so many ways to kill a person, Helen You think you re safe because you passed Cassandra s test with the sword, but you re not, Hector said, his voice thick with frustration and worry I know you re still in shock, but I don t have time to wait for you to get comfortable with what you are People are coming for you You have to grow up, and you have to do it now or a lot of people are going to die So go home Eat something and get some rest You look sick and I don t want Luke blaming that on me But tomorrow you come to train No excuses The explanation of how their family is related to Greek mythology is extremely well done I had a lot of questions why are they all so beautiful Why are they all so talented Why do the houses exist All eventually answered, and so well explained I hate books with complicated schemes that end up digging a deeper hole for themselves for lack of a credible plot This book is extremely well written Despite my initial hatred for the main character, I am so glad I revisited this book I ended up loving it, and will continue to read the rest of the series. Starcrossed is the story of a teenage school girl, Helen, who meets new boy, Lucas, and tries to murder him with her bare hands for no reason Lucas, also, wishes to kill Helen in a horrifically violent way because they re both demigods on the opposite side of a war.I really thought this book was going to kill me either with hypertension or an aneurysm for all the times it had me almost screaming in frustration For example Lucas is violently dragging Helen out of a supermarket Helen doesn t want to leave and is worried that Lucas is going to kill her but can t say or do anything or she ll make a scene.No Fuck no Girls, if someone is manhandling you against your will then that is actually the perfect time to make a scene Why is this concept of meek submissiveness in women perpetuated It literally costs women their lives to be like this I m not shitting you Making a scene saved my life once Big time It was the difference between seeing my parents that night or never again Or what about the part where Helen is debating meeting up with Lucas, who she knows has been trying to hurt her However, she has a feeling that he won t kill her because he doesn t seem like the type.Are we trying to perpetuate a mindset in young women that could directly cause them severe harm Approximately 2 3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non stranger.38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.28% are an intimate.7% are a relative Girls ages 16 19 are 4 times likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault Nobody is vulnerable than the young girls reading these novels yet, consistently, there are messages that impede them from knowing what the right and normal responses are to sexual assault or physical violence perpetuated against them.What I also find quite aggravating is that, in this novel, all the girls at school are jealous of Helen because she s just too beautiful Look, there are a variety of reasons why people might not like you Your manners, social skills, lifestyle, personality, politics, religion, race, style, if you like Nickelback If you think the only reason that people don t like you is because you re just too beautiful then maybe you should reconsider It s likely that they despise you because your head is so far up your own ass that you could perform a colonoscopy with your own nose And, yes, you re all welcome for that little mental image.But even if you took all these factors away, I STILL wouldn t like this book Angelini seems confused over what makes love powerful, or Starcrossed love tragic Look, it wasn t just that Romeo and Juliet spoiler died that made the story powerful Lucas and Helen don t really hate each other and nobody in this story actually has a reason to hate anyone else It s all a manufactured emotion by the furies to get them to fight But this misses the point completely because if the hate isn t real and thus meaningless, then the love isn t real and thus meaningless too Neither are real emotions and both are just created by the furies to perpetuate their story arcs And Lucas and Helen not being together isn t tragic because they never sacrificed anything to be together anyway Romeo turned his back on his family and tried to befriend a hated foe, in the process losing his best friend The tragedy is that he makes a terrible decision and then fate, from that point on, makes it impossible for him to redeem the situation The tragedy is that Juliet takes a leap of faith, trusts in others and Romeo, is brave enough to step out and defy her family, only to be betrayed by destiny and left to wake alone and deserted in a tomb.My frustration with YA authors is that I think they forget what it s like to be teenagers and in love I think they write characters and try to convince the reader that the love these people are experiencing is so strong it can conquer anything that it s epic love.Most of the time I don t think these couples would last a year, let alone eternity Because, after all, when they survive the scheming madman or the ancient prophecy against their love, will they be able to survive each other The miserly old crone in me thinks, no Spoilers below WTF is up with the ending Helen Oh Lucas, I love you so much Lucas Helen, I love you too Our love in unconquerable Eternal All consuming Helen Damn the fact that us being together means the gods will unleash their wrath upon the earth and that innocent people will die Let s be together anyway Lucas I agree The feelings I have for you are so strong that I can t stay away no matter the damage this will do to countless people and to my entire family Helen Wait I just found out that we re cousins Lucas Oh Gross Well, I guess I ll see you around some time then.Helen Yeah That was close Well, have a nice life then, Lucas Kat tears hair out in frustration Okay, so possibility of war and danger and impossible obstacles, they can overcome, but the fact that their love impinges on antiquated social norms destroys it Look, I m not exactly advocating that you seek out your cousins for the purposes of reproduction here However, if you were to find out tomorrow that your significant other has been your cousin all along, is it really that big a deal After all, it is not uncommon for siblings, separated at birth, to accidentally find each other as adults and marry There s been than one case of people finding out after marriage that they were closely related Also, that they are being separated merely because of the fact that apparently NOBODY can do some basic mathematics image error 3,5 Sterne Puh schwierig schwierig Also der Anfang war mir viel zu klischeehaft Sowas a la Twighlight Teenager Highschool Lovestory aber ich mochte die Richtung in die die Geschichte ging und obwohl ich dachte, dass es durchaus viele Parallelen zu Percy Jackson griechische Mythologie halt geben k nnte, war das absolut nicht der Fall Diese Welt hier folgt anderen Regeln Allerdings sind mir hier manche noch nicht so ganz klar logisch, aber das kommt vielleicht mit dem n chsten Band Also f r den Plot gibt es auf jeden Fall einen Daumen hoch die Charaktere fand ich eigentlich auch alle ganz gut, auch wenn mir unsere Protagonistin Helen manchmal ein wenig suspekt war Ich fand Ihre Gedanken und ihr Handeln einfach nicht konsistent genug Manchmal kam sie mir vor wie jemand ganz anderes und j ngeres als die 17 J hrige, die sie eigentlich ist Aber alles in allem wurde ich hier nicht entt uscht.