Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini- Review
But wait! There's more! Wall flower giantess, Helen, flies into a murderess rampage at the sight of the cute new guys at her high school (well, ok, isn't that every one's first reaction?). And then finds out she can fly. And then falls in love with the guy she tried to kill. Did I mention she's actually stunningly gorgeous and turns out, has Helen of Troy's face? Nope? Well how could I forget that?! Guess the buff giantess thing was just supposed to throw us off the scent for a few hundred pages.
ps- notice the pacing of those sentences, the lack of development? now imagine 487 pages of them.
Besides the just plain annoying things (Gig!!!! gah!), this story was all over the place. Descriptions about characters were flung around in this half hearted way but never seen through to their conclusions or just blatantly ignored. I.E. Helen is supposed to be incredibly shy but ends up wandering around an unfamiliar house in a transparent nightie completely unconcerned and then crawling into bed with the guy she previously tried to strangle. Don't even get me started on her absurd relationship with her dad who is wildly unimpressed by her sudden relationship with this buff, hot guy driving a convertible but who also doesn't cause a fuss when she disappears for entire 24 hour periods.
Since I've obviously given up the "if you can't say anything nice" motto, I have to say this as well, why write about something that has already been beautifully done by someone else if you don't have anything new to add? Lets be honest, Rick Riordan has rocked the socks off of the Demigod story, and it's inevitable that Angelini's story be compared to his since they share similar mythology. Even the idea of Helen's un-resistible beauty has been done better in other YA fiction, Fire (by Kristin Cashore) is a stellar example of a character with a beauty so powerful it could be her downfall, and on both scores I feel like Angelini hasn't added anything that could be called her own to those ideas.
But seemingly, what do I know? Bloggers and authors alike have been raving about this debut novel, so I will leave you with this little clip of dialogue between Lucas and Helen and let you decide if you can take any more of it,
"Falsefinders-Scions who can feel lies- are very rare, but I'm one of them. I always know a lie when I hear it, and if it comes from someone close to me I can't stand it. So you can't lie to me , Helen. Ever. If you don't want to tell me the truth, please, for my sake, don't say anything at all," he pleaded.
"Does it hurt?" Helen asked, her curiosity piqued.
"I've tried to explain to Jase how it feels, but I've never been able to get it right. It's almost like that feeling you get when you've lost something really important and you can't find it, but it's much worse. The longer the lie hangs there, the more frantic I get to find the truth. I'll dig and dig for it..."