Goddess — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Josephine Angelini

released: May 28, 2013

format: e-book, paperback, hardcover

pages: 437 pages

publisher: HarperTeen

Read: June 1 -2, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com  • Goodreads.com • B&N.com • Author’s Website

The Down-low

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.(From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This tumultuous ending to an amazing series will surprise, shock, and amaze readers — it is everything you want in a book and more.

My Thoughts

Wow.

I just want to hug this book and the characters in it.  Angelini drops us right back in the middle of the action — the Scions trying to heal from their fight with Ares.  The book takes off and never slows down.  I could not put it down at any point — every page was full of mystery and suspense.

I really have to hand it to this author — I wasn’t able to predict the events that were going to occur.  She completely avoided as many cliches as possible (except the fatal love-at-first sight encounters that all the characters somehow faced) and left my head spinning with the twists and turns the story took.

The Greek mythology is brought to life — not only from the modern sense, but from the days of Troy.  I think it is great that we got to see both ‘Helens’, especially since there are teens reading the story.  I loved how other points in history were also woven into the plot.  My hope is this story inspires teens to read The Iliad or The Odyssey or any of the other classics that were a starting point for this story.  I know I found myself wanting to pick them up again.

The best part of the book was that the ending isn’t shiny and perfect.  Things happen, choices are made, and the end is a bit unpredictable.  I have issues with books that can’t finish a series strong — it tarnishes the entire series.  This is definitely one book that does not disappoint in that aspect.

Overall

Five out of Five Stars

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Dreamless — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Josephine Angelini

released: May 29, 2012

format: E-book, paperback, hardcover

pages: 496 pages

publisher: HarperTeen

Read: May 16, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com • B&N.com • Author’s Website

The Down-low

StarHearts, as fans of Josephine Angelini call themselves, will stay up all night reading Dreamless, the second book in the bestselling Starcrossed series. The saga mixes mythology, romance, action, and intrigue in a completely original way.

Dreamless continues the story of Helen Hamilton, a shy girl living on Nantucket Island whose desire for an ordinary life was thwarted when she discovered she is a Scion, a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a power, and Helen’s is the ability to travel to Hades.

Helen is determined to use her talent to stop a war amongst the gods and change her destiny, which is to live a life patterned after that of the tragic Helen of Troy. But her quest may cost her Lucas Delios, the boy she loves. (From Amazon.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This second book in the Starcrossed trilogy takes Helen, Lucas, and all their family and friends on more twists and turns through the modern world of greek mythology.  The mixture of mythology, suspense, action, and romance is a perfect blend of magic — it will keeping you hanging on until the very end.

My Thoughts

I had two issues with this book — the love triangle and the fact that no one could figure out Helen’s true parentage.  But, obviously these were major plot points that lead up to the final book, so I was able to accept them quickly.

This book wasn’t as fun as the first one — and I mean that in the best way.  I have found the true point of the second book in a trilogy is to add gut-twisting emotional issues that the protagonists have to work through.  The ‘happily ever after’ image has to be shattered so it can be remolded in book three.  And this book did hit me hard emotionally.  I just wanted to hug Helen all through the book.  And Lucas and Orion.  All three deal with more than any other characters and are still amazing characters.

I also have to say that the ending of this book was rather brilliant.  I sometimes hate how books in a trilogy have endings that seem thrown together — just to get you to the next book.  But this one ends perfectly.  Not that I wasn’t screaming “WAIT, WHAT ABOUT…” No, you still have questions and I wish some things would have been answered in Dreamless, but obviously we will see how they turn out in the final installment.

The mythology interwoven in this book is supberb.  Angelini really knows how to manipulate the myth into something that is completely realistic for 2012.  And that is SO important when writing about something that’s been around for thousands of years.

Overall, this book was an amazing addition to the Starcrossed series.  I for one can not wait for Goddess to hit the shelves at the end of this month!

Overall

Four point five out of Five Stars

 

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