Starcrossed

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Overwritten and overreaching, yet intermittently compelling, Angelini's debut novel, first in a planned trilogy, follows 16-year-old Helen Hamilton's stumbling discovery of her mythic identity. A new school year is starting, and a new family has joined the small island community of Nantucket—the Delos clan, wealthy, beautiful, and numerous. Helen hates them all, Lucas Delos in particular, with a mindless ferocity that even she doesn't understand. He responds with a strange acceptance of her attacks that draws Helen into an unwilling collusion as they try to find a way to coexist. Lucas, however, is reluctant to explain the knowledge he clearly has, until a terrifying accident forces his hand. Angelini includes family drama, school angst, and a Homeric horde of characters to complicate the basic love story; many have mythologically meaningful names—Cassandra, Ariadne, Tantalus, etc.—though their connections to their namesakes are complex and ambiguous. Nevertheless, the awkward, fate-shadowed romance between Helen and Lucas has many moments of sweetness and emotional connection, which should keep readers invested. Ages 12–up. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Another entry in the supernatural love category. This time it is the story of descendants from the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. These demigods are controlled, it seems, by the Fates, condemned to reenact ancient grudges ad infinitum. It doesn't take long to figure out what is going on, as the names of the characters are a dead giveaway, especially since they are all in the same family, and readers get an inkling of "special powers" right from the beginning. Helen is the main character, and, you guessed it, she has the "face that launched a thousand ships." In addition, she is incredibly strong and fast and heals herself. When first she meets Lucas (wait, he doesn't have a Greek name but that will be explained later), she instantly loathes him. Of course, it isn't long before Helen and Lucas are inseparable, and yet, strangely, he won't kiss her. Forbidden love rears its head à la Twilight. There is, of course, an ancient curse that they must somehow break, etc., etc. The characters are a little flat and the writing is uneven, but there are times when the story is compelling. It's too long, though, and some passages are seemingly not connected to the plot or character development. Evidently, there will be a sequel, as there are plenty of loose threads at the end, and not a Fate in sight to snip them. Better choices include Tera Lynn Childs's Oh. My. Gods. (Dutton, 2008) and Lauren Kate's Fallen (Delacorte, 2009), both with sequels.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
Kirkus Reviews

What if Bella Swan were a demigod?

Helen is the loveliest girl on Nantucket, but until the sexy Delos family comes to the island, she's always tried to stay under the radar. It's not just her looks that attract attention; Helen knows her strength, speed and hearing all approach superpower levels. But she can't stay hidden in the presence of the Delos cousins, Jason, Hector, Cassandra, Ariadne and the sexiest one, Lucas—yes, Lucas. (Some complicated handwaving explains why he is named Lucas instead of—as was intended—Paris.) Readers trained on trendy Greek mythological fantasy won't be surprised to learn both Helen and the newcomers are demigods. In their blonde beauty (really!), they look exactly like their quasi-mythological ancestors and are cursed by the Furies and the gods to replay ancient dramas across history. Lucas and Helen are both drawn together and forced apart by fate and desire. The cousins, meanwhile, help Helen develop her powerful demigod abilities while tutoring her on the massive forces arrayed against her. Though weirdly inconsistent perspective, startling shifts of voice and scenes that feel like they've been copied almost directly fromTwilightbreak the flow, the drama's epic scale complements the love story's pacing. A refreshingly strong heroine carries readers into the setup for book two.

Teens who have outgrown Percy Jackson and moved into the paranormal-romance phase won't mind the amateurish prose; they'll be caught up in the we-must-we-can't sexual tension.(Paranormal romance. 13-15)

Lauren Kate
“A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can’t wait to read more!”
Kiersten White
“Move over, Romeo and Juliet—Josephine Angelini debuts a dizzying tale of action, drama, and romance with just the right twist of humor and tragedy. Modern mythology has never been sexier!”
Sophie Jordan
“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062011992
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 203,429
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband . . . and she can still drive a tractor.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Amazing love story and plot!

    Oh heaven help me, not only is this kind of love story that fires me up, but there's sparks flying around the non-love interest guys, too! Angelini is an amazing writer. She sets up a beautiful love story that has spanned the ages combined with an intense plot that keeps you turning the pages. Her writing is clear, descriptive, passionate, and at times humorous. One scene I was holding my breath and the next I was laughing out loud. A writer soon becomes one of my faves when she/he can pull off the love/hate relationship between characters, and Angilini smoked it with Helen and Lucas. Helen can't seem to control the voice within herself urging her to kill Lucas, and finds herself chasing him down in the hallway at school, ready to pound his head in. But as the story progresses-no spoilers-Lucas and Helen overcome this, and fall in love. Beautifully written, the romance in this story is breathtaking. I loved all the twists and turns and heightened tension between Helen and Lucas as they struggled to be together, and decipher their connection to one another. The other characters are wonderful, too. Lucas's family (hot brothers, whoa-and cool sisters) are great at helping to build that tension. I have to admit that I did kind of see the twist near the end coming, and was praying it didn't go there, but. At least part of the story is written in third person, so we get another POV and the reader doesn't have to wait till the next book to breathe a little easier. I really liked Helen. I'm so happy she was not a whinny, pouty girl that isn't willing to accept her powers. She's tough, smart, and ready to fight for what she wants. I love the romance in this story. I love the action, the suspense, the plot, and. Just everything! It's a great addition to the YA market and I'm counting down the days till I can get my hands on the second book. Anyone who enjoys Greek mythology, smoldering, true love romance, and action-packed plots, will devour Starcrossed. I highly recommend it!

    From my blog at YA Bound

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Very boring

    Instead of this book go read...
    -THE HUNGER GAMES
    -Divergent
    -A million suns
    -Percy Jackson series
    -Gemma Doyle series
    AWESOME BOOKS!!!!!

    5 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

    Similar to City of Bones

    The plot of Starcrossed reminded me of the first book in the Mortal Instrument series in the sense that Helen Hamilton finds out she isn't as normal as she thought and she gets pulled into a secretive world full of power and death. Helen falls in love with Lucas and their relationship has a similar plot twist to Clary and Jace's, along with a parent who storms into her life with awful news. Overall I enjoyed the book's fresh take on mythology with the scion idea rather than demigods. The ideas were original and the plot flowed nicely. If you read The Mortal Instrument series and loved it I recommend this book, though Angelini's writing style is very different than Cassandra Clare's.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Loved it!

    Helen has led a quiet life on the island of Nantucket. It's been just her and her father for as long as she can remember. Her mother left when she was very young, taking all of their pictures, erasing her existence. The only thing Helen has left of her is the heart-shaped locket she wears around her neck. Helen spends her days in quiet solitude. She has a few friends, helps her father out at the general store and runs track. She does everything she can to fly under the radar, not wanting to draw attention to the fact that despite her immense beauty, there is something very different about her. She is both freakishly strong and unbelievably fast.

    When the new school year starts, the arrival of the Delos family to the island causes a shift in Helen's world. Whenever she sees any of the members of the Delos family, an uncontrollable rage washes over her. She begins having dreams of dark-haired women, crying tears of blood, and someone is walking on the widow's walk of her house at night. Even more bizarre are the dreams of the barren wasteland she wanders in her sleep, and the mud and blood that cover her feet when she awakens.

    After Helen and Lucas Delos clash in the hallway at school, her life begins to veer even further of course. There's a reason behind the rage, the bloody women, the dreams and Helen's fast speed and abnormal strength. A secret that threatens her very existence. What Helen is about to learn about herself will change her forever and the only one who might be able to save her is the very boy who at one time, she wanted to kill.

    Jospehine Angelini has written a powerhouse of a novel. A modern retelling of Homer's Iliad, Starcrossed is a breathtaking paranormal romance with plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning quickly. The story moves at breakneck speed. I turned the pages so quickly I practically sprained my wrist. The characters are well-developed and the story perfectly paced. There is a very nice balance between the romance and the action of the book. I, personally, prefer the latter of the two, and I never felt like I wasn't getting enough. This one will appeal to fans of both. This is one to add to your summer reading list. The only downside is that I have to wait for the next installment. (At this time, Dreamless, the next in the series, is slated for May 2012)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    LOVE2READ!!!!!

    This book will have you hooked from page one. I couldnt put it down, i was instently in love! This is perfect for us girls, i promise you, youll have it down by next week at the latest. Total nail biter, there were soooo many twist that i was left gasping. I was shocked at what ended up happening, and you will be to. You will never see it coming! This fantastic novel brings a new meaning to life, and the mythical world we all know and love. If your into the mytholagical fantasy this is your book. The perfect blend if fantasy, action, mystery, and romance. Fall in love with the book that is, Starcrossed, i know i did!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    People

    PEOPLE!!!!!! Iam pretty sure reweiws are supposed to be short & sweet not a summary of the story!

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    A Unique Twist on Greek Mythology

    I was really looking forward to this book. First of all, the cover is gorgeous, the synopsis sounded interesting, and I love mythology. However, Starcrossed didn't turn out to be everything that I was expecting.

    Helen Hamilton leads a fairly ordinary life. She goes through the motions of school and chores and tries to avoid attracting any unnecessary attention. But all of that changes when the Delos family moves to Nantucket. When Helen finally sees Lucas, she hates him instantly; so much, in fact, that she literally flies into a rage and attacks him. And that is only the beginning. She can't bear to be around any member of the Delos family, and the feeling is mutual. Yet with one near-death experience, everything changes. Soon Helen and Lucas don't know if they are destined to be mortal enemies or star-crossed lovers. Helen has a lot to learn from the Delos family, about herself and her history, but when she finally learns the truth, will it be too much to handle?

    I really wanted to love this book. After hearing some of my friends talk about it, I thought I would love this book. But I couldn't. The mythology was interesting, and I enjoyed learning the truth about Helen's heritage and abilities along with her. Similarly, I liked getting to know the Delos family and their talents. The book was certainly never dull; there was always something new to discover or another sweet moment to experience.

    Yet even though the book was good, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I rarely ever say this, because so many books have similar plots (and let's face it, I read similar stories because that's what I like), but this book reminded me of Twilight. It took me a long time to see past the similarities; it wasn't the overall story that had things in common, it was the details. I think I could have overlooked a lot of this if the mythology had been stronger, but instead I spent more time trying to figure out what was going on for the first part of the book than being drawn into the story.

    That being said, I did enjoy this book. The second half of the book was much more engaging than the first. Aside from one of the last revelations, I felt that some important questions were finally answered. However, there is not much of a sense of closure; instead, a lot of threads are left to be addressed in the sequel. Even though it took a while to get into this book, I do plan to read the next in the series and see where Angelini takes this story.

    In Starcrossed, Angelini gives a unique twist to Greek mythology and uses it as a backdrop to two teenagers caught in an ill-fated love. I'll be curious to see what happens next!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Omgggg!!

    This book is AMAZING. I loved everything about it! I just fell in love with every character, espcially Hector!!! <3333

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Recommended, but a terrible beginning...

    I could barely stand the first 50 or so pages of this book. It started out slow and boring and I thought about switching to another book. I was glad I stuck it out because before I knew it the storyline finally kicked in and I was reading till early hours of the morning. I just couldn't put it down. I recommend this book, but beware of the terrible beginning. I give it 3 stars because I feel that she could've wrote a better storyline at the start to make it more attention getting. Happy reading :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Not worth the hype

    Essentially Twilight with Greek mythology. There were some bits I enjoyed, but overall, it was a dud.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    Modern Greek mythology

    Great story, great characters, can't wait for more! It was fun to connect the different characters with their Greek counterparts. As irritating as I thought Helen was at the very beginning, she developed into a character I could like by chapter 3. Her relationship with her father Jerry added a fun normalcy to her otherwise bizarre life. I wanted to dislike Lucas on principle, but I just couldn't manage it. Even though I don't generally go for teen dramas, I am looking forward to more from Angelini.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    LOVED IT! Definitely worth the read!

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
    Release Date: May 31st 2011
    Reviewed at: YA-Sisterhood book blog
    Reviewed by: Baby sister Brittany

    The Sisters say: Solid. Satisfactory. Smashing.

    What I LOVED about it:

    THE SETTING. Nantucket made for a unique and interesting setting that worked well with the plot of the book.

    THE MYTHOLOGY. I'm a huge Greek mythology fan, and all the connections to the Trojan War made me one happy reader! I especially enjoyed Helen's mysterious dream adventures, and her encounters with the fates.

    HELEN'S BFF, CLAIRE. She's pretty awesome. That's all I've got to say.

    THE RELATIONSHIPS. I adored Helen's relationship with her father. They were quirky and witty, and it was fun to look in on their lives. I loved the family dynamics of the Delos family (which, by the way, abounds with dreamy male characters).

    Add this to your to-read pile!

    For a full review containing spoilers visit the YA-Sisterhood book blog on blogger.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    This was the first book I've ever read that had me hooked beginn

    This was the first book I've ever read that had me hooked beginning until end, which in turn hooked me onto the whole trilogy. If you truly enjoy this book, I urge you to continue on as it only gets better from here.

    I bought this book off a whim and now it's the first book that pops into my head when people ask me for recommendations.
    I love Greek mythology, and not only did this stick to the facts faithfully, but it gave it a unique twist. If you've ever been interested in the legend of Troy, this give the most unique insight that I think really explains perspectives in writing and how we view anything.
    The other thing I love about this book is how it actually portrays problems in a relationship, not petty problems but things that get in the way. It may not be like our realistic day to day relationships, but it adds depth to their love story, which makes it all the more, more interesting.
    Josephine Angelini is not only a mastermind, but a brilliant writer and I highly recommend this book for anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    Original take on the Greek mythology and home of the fantastic love story of Helen and Lucas. That¿s exactly the way history can be a lot of fun!

    STARCROSSED and I didn’t have the best start. I had to adjust to Angelini’s writing style first. Then protagonist Helen seemed like a very static character and the things happening to her were more than strange and inexplicable.

    I don’t know on which page, maybe I was about 70 pages into the story, but suddenly I connected to it. I wanted to know what was about to happen to each character, see how they interact and what the Greek mythology references were about.

    Helen and Lucas are equal when it comes to their status as supernatural beings. I really liked that this paranormal love is about two equal lovers. They fall in love, they both want each other and although they are equal their love is yet another one forbidden. Angelini involved pretty interesting concepts of the correlation between love and hate.

    She also built great tension and I couldn’t wait for Helen and Lucas to get their special moment. When it was finally there…the tension just puffed. I hoped for a more vivid display of romantic scenes and still hope for that in the sequel (I'm sure Josephine Angelini will do a fab job).

    We got many characters and they felt like a huge family to me, so familiar and fun. I liked all of them so much. They all have talents that relate to ancient Gods. We also got the oracle of Delphi. Their talents fascinated me, the powers of Gods or semigods seem endless.

    THE VERDICT

    I give it 4,5/5 stars.

    STARCROSSED is the first of many Greek mythology themed books being released right now and it was the best to start with. I’m eager to learn more about the Greeks and Lucas’ and Helene’s love story in the much anticipated sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great first book. Cant wait for the next one!

    Ancient Greece meets tiny New England fishing village. Its a fresh take on an ancient story, blending legend, history, fantasy and teenage hormones. A page turner from the start to the finish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

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    I love me some Greek Mythology!!!

    I was amazingly lucky enough to receive an e-galley of Starcrossed through Netgalley last February, so it has been awhile since I read this book. However, I still find myself telling people all about this book. I personally, and several of the other sisters on the blog also, have a little thing for Greek Mythology. Because of this, I was hooked from the very beginning!

    Starcrossed had the perfect mix of what we love about ancient Greece and our modern world. How fascinating it was to have furies suddenly appear in the middle of beautiful, modern day Nantucket. The romance was steamy, the plot was action-packed, the characters were spunky (and not just the main ones), and there was one little twist that will rock you to your core! Oh yeah, I must not forget to tell you that Helen and Lucas are doomed by destiny!!! Do I have your attention now!?!? All in all, it had everything that our readers are looking for in a book! If you are a fan of Greek mythology and books like Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Amy Carter's Goddess Test, read this book today!!! Then you'll be out searching for your own Greek God or Goddess!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    I absolutly loved this book. I've always been a greek mythology

    I absolutly loved this book. I've always been a greek mythology nerd and to read this type of book made me vey excited to read more. angelini uses very good adjectives to describe the setting!! If i could, and i will, i would read this over and over again!!!!

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    Is it possible to love a book? If so, then I think that I have f

    Is it possible to love a book? If so, then I think that I have found my match!
    Starcrossed has been my favorite book from the moment I finished the first
    chapter. Not only am I a sucker for romance, I also loved the Greek twist that
    enchants this novel. Starcrossed is not like any book I have ever read before.
    The love that is shared between The Heavenly Helen Hamilton and the dreamy
    Lucas Delos sparks a desire in the reader, leaving them begging for more. As
    a person delves deeper into this book, they feel the emotions that the
    characters feel, which takes us on a roller coaster through love, lust, loss, and
    forbidden desires. This book should be a highly recommended novel that  
    would definitely be suggested to everyone in need of a new hobby. Once you
    pick up this book, it's hard to put down! Helen is smart, brave, and curious
    about many things in her life. Lucas is portrayed as a beautiful young man that
    is not only strong and smart, but considerate and caring as well, who helps
    Helen discover who she really is. While reading this book, I fell in love with
    Lucas as fast as Helen did! This novel will always be my favorite. There is,
    however, one thing I would change. When I was first reading this book, I
    skimmed over the description of Lucas, and in time, thought he was a blonde
    (for whatever reason) and then I went back over it and realized that he wasn't.
    Even though Lucas is a brunette, I will always look at him as a blonde. Two
    thumbs up and five stars, this book is, by far, the inspiration of my writing. 

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

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    A Fantastic book

    A Fantastic book Contemporary, Mythology, Young Adult, Nantucket



    Helen Hamilton has been trying to hide how different she is for the past sixteen years, her whole life. Which is not easy when she lives on the small and sheltered island of Nantucket. Lately it has been getting harder too. Having nightmares of a desert journey in which she is desperate Helen wakes up parched and to find her sheets covered with dust and dirt. At school she is suddenly having hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood. When Helen first sees Lucas Delos she has no idea they are destined to play leading roles in a tragedy that has been repeating throughout history courtesy of the Fates.

    Helen soon unlocks secrets of her ancestry and as she does she also learns that some myths are more than legend. Having demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that draw Lucas and her together and as at the same time they try to tear them both apart.


    This is the beginning of a trilogy that starts out with a story that is sure to stay with readers for a long time after they finish reading it. It weaves myth into a wonderfully different contemporary story that is sure to please any reader that picks this one up. It is very different than most books and stands out very well. From the very beginning the story pulls the reader into it and doesn’t let go until the very end and even then it will have readers hungering for the next story in the trilogy. The characters are very well written and they get the reader emotionally invested in the story from the very beginning. The way that each clue is presented and how the characters go about trying to find the answers they need make for a story that moves along quickly and the action is blended wonderfully with the mystery that is woven throughout the book. This is one trilogy that is worth reading and if the other two books continue like the first this is going to be an excellent trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    i love it

    its the best triology ever!!!!!!! i fall in love with Lucas and Orion

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