Paperback, 503 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Macmillan
(first published January 1st 2012)
0330529749 (ISBN13: 9780330529747)
settingNantucket, Massachusetts (United States)
Can true love be forgotten?
As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.
Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation
I admit that it has been a long time since I read starcrossed and that I had therefore sort of forgotten what it was that had occured within the first book, but it wasnt too hard to get back into the gist of things because the book seemed to have this way of filling me in on what occured. In the last book we see Helen and Lucas pretty much fall in love, like all good looking characters do within the books. But there is a problem with their romance, one that neither of them seemed to know about, nor any of the rest of the Family. Helen and Lucas are cousins, and therefore dating and having a relationship with one another is against all rules that every human and scion for this matter have in there right to life. Its incest and therefore considered a very big no no, no matter the situation. This is certainly something that is therefore going to be hard for the two to forget, because its a matter of being friends and nothing more than friends. But honestly can you be friends with someone that you have loved?
For Poor helen though, this is not the only problem that she has. She wants to stop the furies from making the scions hate one another. She wants to stop this whole scion killing scions for a blood debt thing, so that all scions can live in some peaceful harmony situation that will make it easier on everyone. In order to do this though she has to descend into the underworld and she is the only one who can do so, and the underworld is your worst nightmare come true, in fact it is probably worse than that. As helen descends, she is put through trial after trial after trial and her dreams are non existant. She becomes tired, irritated and her health is getting worse, which isnt making things better for her. Her life is nothing but a big huge mess and it was hard not to sympathize with her. In fact I wanted to fly into the book and hug her, to tell her that it would all work out in someway or another and that actually, its not all that bad, that all she has to do is to believe and have faith in what she is doing.
But things turn from bad to worse and from worse to well...there just isn't a word for it. Helen just can not catch a break and she is becoming more and more ill. Because without dreams she is killing herself and she isn't even aware of it. However she is not alone in the underworld for long, for orion is there to help her, and he seems to make things better for her. you start to see a budding relationship build which leaves you with the question, is something about to blossom between them. Has she found someone that she can be with who isn't related to her? Of course not. He's from another scion house which means she can have fun and she can be with him, but she can not fall in love with him and be with him in that way. Seriously, there life that revolves around the situation of the heart and what the heart wants is a very confusing one and is not somewhere that I would want to be.
I do think that the book is written very well and the story line is engaging because it flows naturally, in that there are no awkward spots where you are left wondering why that scenario was placed within the book. However, I almost felt like I was being overwhelmed with problem after problem in this book. there was just to much going on, when it didn't need to be happening. Although it all flowed in some places it did just feel like a whinge and a whine moment, which just seemed to take away the overall appeal of the novel which is sad. But that didn't stop me from reading on, because its obvious that the author has talent. It just meant that I had to get over the while whinge whinge whine whine situations and just take the story plot for what it was, even if that meant that secretly I was routing for orion and helen rather than helen and lucas.
Clearly this is not the end of the series because the abrupt ending just seemed to make everything a little to perfect and there were still a lot of things that clearly needed to be cleared up and sorted. But I almost felt like the ending was entirely rushed and that it was almost like she has forgotten that the book had to end at some point and then had to put in an ending just to make sure it did end. Regardless though, it has left me wanting to hold onto this series because there is a whole lot to enjoy in regards to reading it and you do feel like you can become one with the novel and the characters and get a true perspective from it. so its worthy of a four star rating and is worthy of more than just one read over.