Friday, May 20, 2011


 Starcrossed Marketing Copy : Helen Hamilton has always known she’s different from the other teens on tiny Nantucket, but it’s not until Lucas Delos moves to town that she realizes just how special she is. Facing Lucas in the halls of high school, Helen’s possessed by a powerful need to kill him--and she almost succeeds. But when their mutual hatred of each other transforms into desire, Helen and Lucas discover they are both Scions--descendants of Greek gods--and that their two families have for centuries been engaged in a deadly blood feud. As Lucas teaches Helen to use her powers, which include flying, controlling lightning, and an immunity to weapons (in addition to her gorgeous face, which she’s inherited from a certain namesake whose own face “launched a thousand ships”), the two grow ever closer--but can never be together until they find a way around the curse that’s destined to keep them apart.

"Starcrossed" is a fast paced action adventure, romantic mythological story.  Yes, that sounds like a lot in one book but as page after page goes by in this 500 page novel you will experience it all.  Helen and Lucas are wonderfully written characters and Lucas's love for Helen is warm and genuine.  One can't help root for them to be able to defy their fates.  Lucas's family and Helen's friends are terrific co-stars and I enjoyed the budding romances there too.

Josephine Angelini has written an amazingly complex book.  Although quite long I never lost interest and honestly I was not prepared for the twist near the end.  I had hoped it was a stand alone but now I will anxiously await book two.  Readers familiar with Greek Mythology will love this and those not familiar may choose to do some further reading. 

It will be very surprising to not hear in reviews that there are many similarities between "Starcrossed" and "Twilight" and to tell you the truth they are hard to ignore.  However, this does not distract from the fact that "Starcrossed" is an engrossing and original story based on Greek mythology.   Recommended for YA fans of mythology and romance.  Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Harper Collins via Netgalley.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
In order to give her dying mother more time and one last chance to say goodbye to her, Kate agrees to spend six months with Henry.  She also agrees to take a test that will determine if she is worthy of becoming immortal, marrying Henry and ruling the Underworld along side him for eternity. In this version of a Greek myth, Henry is Hades, once married to Persephone.  For nearly a century Henry has been trying to replace Persephone and every possible girl has been mysteriously murdered.  Agreeing to the deal for purely selfish reasons at first, Kate slowly falls in love with Henry.

Kate is a loving daughter having spent four years taking care of her dying mother.  While she doesn't have many friends she is loyal to those she has.  She is a very likable girl.  Henry is god what else can I say!  Ava is easy to dislike and James is someone I'd like to get to know better.

Aimee Carter has written a book very different from other mythology retellings.  She is a new voice in YA literature and a very welcome one.  Having read this book a while ago but not blogging right away I've recently reread it and enjoyed it as much as the first time.  The second time around I understood the beginning much more clearly.   I look forward to the next installment and hope to get to know James a little more and wonder if a love triangle is being created.  Recommended for fans of mythology, romance and contemporary fiction.  Read as an ebook arc courtesty of Harlequin Teen via Netgalley.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Ten Miles Past NormalPublisher's description: "Janie Gorman wants to be normal. The problem with that: she's not. She's smart and creative and a little bit funky. She's also an unwilling player in her parents' modern-hippy, let's-live-on-a-goat-farm experiment (regretfully, instigated by a younger, much more enthusiastic Janie). This, to put it simply, is not helping Janie reach that "normal target." She has to milk goats every day…and endure her mother's pseudo celebrity in the homemade-life, crunchy mom blogosphere. Goodbye the days of frozen lasagna and suburban living, hello crazy long bus ride to high school and total isolation--and hovering embarrassments of all kinds. The fresh baked bread is good…the threat of homemade jeans, not so much."

There's nothing like an upbeat feel good book. TEN MILES PAST NORMAL is just that. The writing is fluid and conversational and Janie is a strong, intelligent almost 15 year-old girl who is just beginning to pave her way in the world.

I love how the cute boy Janie has a crush on turns out to be just a cute boy. I admire Janie and Monster's understanding that although they have chemistry the age difference is too big for now. I appreciate how Janie's parents give her space in dealing with school, farm life and her social issues. The historical story weaved in about the civil rights endeavors of some of the townspeople was informative and enlightening. The literary references made me smile (cows that type, gotta love it.)

This is one of those books I wish hadn't ended quite so soon. I really enjoyed it and will recommend it to tweens and young teens.

Read as an e-book arc courtesy of Simon and Schuster. It will be published in March 2011.