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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 theatre, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband ... and she still can drive a tractor.
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 theatre, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband...and she still can drive a tractor.
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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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 a 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 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"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!"--Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy "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!"--Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen "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."--Sophie Jordan, author of FIRELIGHT