GODDESS by Josephine Angelini


From the "Starcrossed" series, volume 3
Age Range: 14 - 16
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Power, love and vengeance come together in this consistently over-the-top conclusion to the Starcrossed trilogy.

Nantucket teen Helen Hamilton is a direct descendent of Helen of Troy, and she’s as entangled as her ancestor was in wars between gods and men. Helen is a Scion, one of an ancient family descended from the Greek gods and cursed to re-enact the old hatreds throughout the ages. Her erstwhile lover Lucas is himself the reincarnation of the first Helen’s lover, Paris. Along with the other Scions—most of whom are confusingly similar to multiple other characters and have seemingly random Classical names, such as Orion, who looks exactly like his uncle Adonis and is Aeneas reborn—Helen must keep the Greek gods from destroying the Earth. With monster-filled battles and the Earth at stake, the plot has no need for the ludicrous forces creating unresolvable sexual tension between Helen and Lucas. Their love has been destined for eons, leaving them without the free will to feel as strongly about others. Helen and Lucas are first cousins, and Scion close relatives always have insane children. They can’t choose to be childless because of another ancient curse which will damn the human race if Helen doesn’t have a baby. Cinematic battle scenes are punctuated with a presumably unintentionally hilarious fireworks-backed kiss and culminate in an overly expository epilogue.

Oh, the humanity. (Paranormal romance. 14-16)

Pub Date: May 28th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-201203-6
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2013


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