Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

Wow another year is gone! I'm actually ready to end this year though. But only because I'm more than anxious to see what this new year is going to bring. Especially after all I accomplished this year, such as:
  • Graduating from Sam Houston State University
  • Carrying through my new years resolution (which as actually starting a blog!)
  • Speaking with so many great authors like Simone Elkeles on twitter and here
  • Meeting other great book bloggers
  • Starting my Goodreads account and getting so many FANTASTIC recommendations
  • And finally reading so many great books.
If all of these things happened to me in 2011, I cannot wait to see what the new year will bring. (Hopefully it'll bring a job as an editor or something in the publishing world... But that's just wishful thinking.) My new year's resolution this year is to continue with my blog and start graduate school in the summer/fall. 

Lastly, and this is the sentimental part, I want to thank each and every one of you for following my blog. It originated as just a mere New Year's Resolution, but I could never decide just what type of blog I wanted to make. Then, I ended up having an English class I took that made me write about everything I read ranging from all types of genres. After that class, I wanted to read nothing but stuff that could TAKE ME AWAY from the real world where I wouldn't have to hardly think, just enjoy the story. So during the summer, I decided to do a book blog featuring just Young Adult (YA) titles. Since then, my blog has gone under so many changes and I'm so happy that it continues to grow. I hope that you all continue to follow me and watch as it gets bigger and better! 

Happy New Year to you all,
Nikki H.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow Friday


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee& Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  7. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Q: The New Year is here — and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

1. STOP PROCRASTINATING! (And then stick to it!) More than sometimes I find myself planning out a post and then saying the whole day "Oh I'll just do it later." And then later never comes and then the day is over. And most times, those are my meme days which means I can't do it the next day. 
2. Do more memes. I find myself only putting up reviews and my memes are only on Thursdays and Fridays. I feel like I should at least do 3 because there are 7 days in a week. 
3. Get a better background and a banner. With the title Take Me Away, I meant it as in a vacation (hence the green and kind of palm tree looking thing I have now), seeing as a book can transport you to anywhere. 
4. Host giveaways! I'm no longer in school and have time to do maintenance and can actually get the books out to my followers. 

So be on the lookout for these changes! Please follow me to see these changes as they come around!

What are you doing to your blog? Leave a link so that I can see!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ABC Challenge 2012

How to enter
Create a list on your blog or Goodreads with your list of books. You can create a list of books that you want to read or start a blank list and add the books as you read them. Once you have created your list come back here and add it to the linky below! Make sure that you post it on the same blog/Goodreads that you are going to post your reviews on throughout the year.


You need to be a book blogger or have a GoodReads account.
Any book fictional book released in 2012 will count towards the challenge. MG, Young Adult or Adult.
Make a blog post/Goodreads list on the books you plan on reading and then link back here.
Sign ups end at June 2012

I have not decided on what I'm reading yet, but I will decide over the next few days and post them on here. Until then, you guys should go to her blog and sign up as well! 
  • A: Arise by Tara Hudson (June 5, 2012)
  • B: 
  • C: Crash by Nicole Williams (July 19, 2012) 
  • D: Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (May 29, 2012) [See Review here]
  • E: Everneath by Brodi Ashton (January 24, 2012)
  • F:  (The) Fault in Our Stars by John Green (January 10, 2012) [See Review here]
  • G: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (August 7, 2012)
  • H: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (January 17, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • I: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (May 1, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • J:
  • K: Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle (August 14, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • L: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (June 29, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • M: Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin (April 24, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • N:
  • O: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (May 29, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • P: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (July 31, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • Q:
  • R: (The) Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (September 18, 2012)
  • S: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (May 1, 2o12) [See my Review here]
  • T: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (July 3, 2012) [See my Review here]
  • U: Until I Die by Amy Plum (May 12, 2012) 
  • V: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst (September 11, 2012)
  • W: Wake by Amanda Hocking (August 7, 2012) 
  • X:
  • Y:
  • Z:

 Which challenges did you join? Will you join in this one?
See my review tab to see all the reviews posted here :) 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hardcover, 438 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Published by: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Hush, Hush #3
Source: Library

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past... bridged two irreconcilable worlds.... faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty, and trust....and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for -and their love- forever.

Well this may come as a shocker, seeing as how much I loved the rest of the series, but I didn't really enjoy this. I felt like the whole story was completely drug out. Like it was filled with fluff (what I like to call completely over-exaggerated descriptions and details). The story could have been a lot shorter if some of the fluff was cleared away. It also would have been a lot better. I was a little bored up until the end when it was like POW in your face. Something else I didn't enjoy, was the absence of Patch for the most part of the book. I fell in love with this series because of Patch and I became obsessed with him. For him to not be "him" in this one crushed me. Lastly, I was upset with plot. I guess this goes along with my thinking about the fluff, but it was like nothing really happened besides her getting her memory back and fights with her mom. I was a like okkkk more action (or more Patch haha). I was kind of confused as to what the book was actually becoming. Then the end was where it all was like "IN YOUR FACE" and I finally got the message of the book. I guess what I'm saying is.... This book was a filler to me. Let's hope that the next one is the same and has more writing like the last 3 or 4 chapters.
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

Have you read this? What did you think of it? 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is simple and fun, you just pick up your current read, flip to a random page, and choose 1 or 2 teaser sentences to share!  Here are the guidelines:
  • Grab Your Current Read
  • Open to a random page
  • Pick two “teaser” sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHARE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away.  You don’t want to ruin the book for other readers)
  • INCLUDE the TITLE & AUTHOR too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR and wish-lists!  If possible, add the page number.
This week's post comes from the book Silence, from the popular angel series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Now if you know me, you know that I am in love with this series and the whole idea of Angels and humans with romance mixed in. So, here's a little into what I am reading now: 

"It wasn't the best position to be in, but something told me Patch had been making the best of risky decisions his entire existence. If I had to get dragged into a gamble as big as this, I couldn't think of anyone I'd rather be with. " -Silence, page 350

What are you currently reading? What does your teaser about?  

Friday, December 23, 2011

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Hardcover, 308 pages
Published August 16, 2011
Walker Books for Young Readers
Perfect Chemistry #3
Source: Library

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill. 

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules. 

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

     Wow... This is going to be hard. I guess I should start by saying, this is one of those reviews I didn't want to write. It made the realization that the series was over, far too real. From the very beginning when I met Alex I fell in love with the Fuentes brothers. Then in book two, I fell in love with Carlos when I really met him as well. This book was no different. (P.S. Sorry Alex, but Luis has now become my favorite Fuentes brother.) 
     Towards the beginning I found it interesting to see that Elkeles had switched it up a little and put the chip on Nikki's shoulder instead of the usual Fuentes brother. It showed that he had indeed learned from his bother's mistakes and was able to move past them. Throughout the whole story I could feel both him and Nikki's turmoil, when they experienced it both together and separate. At times I found myself talking to the book like the characters could hear me. [Ex: Ugh Luis! Don't do that! Make the right decision!] It was just THAT good. I also found myself reading blearily through tears at many times throughout the book. (As well as throughout the ENTIRE series smh) I ended up staying up until 3am to finish the book in one sitting. I had planned on getting to a certain page and going to bed, but it just so happened I picked the part right before the climax, and when I got there, sleep was no where in sight. One thing I really enjoyed about the book was the Epilogue. I was happy to see that she included the Fuentes brothers' mother to show that her and her family were finally at peace. She was a huge part of this series and it was nice to see that she was finally happy. 
     Simone Elkeles is a brilliant contemporary author. She is the one who introduced me to the contemporary genre, because I never read it unless it had some type of paranormal involved. With this series, I have learned to appreciate the classic "Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again" tale. 
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Now if this review does not persuade you to read this, maybe this book trailer will!

See my review for the first book in the series, Perfect Chemistry here.
See my review for the second book in the series, Rules of Attraction here.

Follow Friday

This hop is hosted by Parajunkee & Allison Can Read

Question of the Week: If you had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why? 

Well, there isn't just ONE book I'd like to stay in, I'd much rather go from book to book. But if I had to pick one (well one SERIES at least), I'd pick the Percy Jackson series. I absolutely loved it and with the Greek gods and all the mythology in it, it made me so much more interested in the myths and that era. I would love to hang out with them and laugh along with Percy and Annabeth. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Themed Thursday

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event hosted by Reading Between Pages that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursdays)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

This week's theme is - CLOTHES

This week comes from Simone Elkeles' "Chain Reaction" 
"He kisses it again. And again. And again. 'You pulse is racin,' he whispers against my skin. 'No s**t,' I say, which makes him laugh.I put my hand on his chest. Through his shirt, I can feel his heart beating hard and fast against my palm. 'Yours is, too.'"  
 What did you think of what I picked to represent my theme? 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 26, 2011
Paranormalcy #2
Source: library

     Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees. 
     But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself
     So much for normal.

     I didn't realize how much I missed Evie until I started reading this. She was still the same with the sarcastic nature and wittiness that I had grown to love from the first book. Now, Paranormalcy was a unique and cute story, which made me a little iffy to read this because I didn't think the series could get any better. But I was definitely wrong. Evie's journey through Supernaturally was really amazing, even if it was in the world she views as "normal." I LOVED the addition of all the characters, and thought that each one had a specific role in the story, which they played well. (I just wanna say, I hated Jack from the beginning...) And with White's description, I was able to view each new character just as she described them. Another thing I enjoyed was the way the story flowed. Everything and everyone involved in the story had a purpose. It wasn't like others I had read that just included a character for plot development. I was a little impressed at that, seeing as there were so many characters, both new and old. And Evie and Lend's relationship? Omg I'm so glad they are still together and they made it work after the beginning of the series. (Although I felt like in this one he was a bit whiny at times lol) It was also nice to learn more about Evie and her past, even though it wasn't a great one like she had hoped before.  Kiersten White did an amazing job with this series and has made me even more impatient to get to the next installment in the series. 
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Recently a cover for the last book in the series was released to the world. The next and final installment to the Paranormalcy series is "Endlessly". Isn't it beautiful?! I thought the first two were good, but this one is my favorite! I cannot wait until its release date!

The third book in the Paranormalcy trilogy. 
The final chapter of Evie's adventures. Old friends, new ones, all wrapped up in impossible decisions. And some ball gowns. Because what's a life of normal and paranormal drama without a ball gown or two?

Expected publication: July 24th, 2012

Monday, December 19, 2011

Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent

Paperback, 570 pages
Published November 22, 2011
Series (Note: This book contains #0.5, #1, and #2 of the Soul Screamers Series)

It starts with a scream….
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better—here, for the first time, the original stories are compiled into one special volume….
My Soul to Lose—The prequel: never before in print!—Kaylee is just your average girl shopping at the mall with friends—until a terrified scream bursts from her that cannot be stopped. Taken to a hospital ward, will she be able to save her mind—and her life?
My Soul to Take- She's always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them. Because saving one life means taking another….
My Soul to Save- Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they're seeing dies onstage and Kaylee doesn't scream, she knows something crazy is going on. Soon she discovers souls can indeed be sold….
Ok, so I decided to break up my reviews by books... I'll try not to make it extra long. I'll try and keep the awesomness that is these books short...
The first story is the prequel to the entire series. It was originally found just on the internet until they decided to put it in print with this book. Anyways, I had only heard of this series, but hadn't actually read it. So while in Barnes and Noble, I actually sat down and began reading the first few pages... I was instantly hooked. Not only was it set in Texas, but a place that I knew and visited from time to time, Dallas. I like when I'm familiar with the setting, it helps me identify with the place more and I don't have to imagine it as much. Anyways, I could tell right away that the rest of the books in the series would be filled with adventure. I was kind of surprised though. I thought Kaylee was much weaker than what she came out to be. The prequel was just letting me know about her heritage and a little about her. It wasn't really letting me know too much about her character, which is fine, seeing as it was a prequel. 
This is book one. From  the beginning with the death in the club, I was hooked. I loved both Kaylee and Emma and I was so glad that Kaylee had Emma to help "balance out" their images. In this story, it was much easier to connect with Kaylee. She was much stronger once she began finding out about her bean sidhe heritage. And Nash... Omg, I love him! He's super sweet and of course, male bean sidhe... Yes please! Soothing voice and all lol. Pretty much all the characters that Vincent introduced were easy to love. They and the plot helped me get into so involved into the story and I found myself talking out loud and gasping to it. I also loved the fact that it was a different type of premise. I had never heard a story about a "banshee" before and I was interested in how the story would come about, but Vincent did an excellent job with making the story flow. But the end, the reason behind it did seem kind of childish to me, but the way society is nowadays, I really feel like people would actually do that. Which made it another thing I really enjoyed. Vincent was able to bring this kind of  premise up, and make it somehow, even if only a tiny bit, believable.
Now with this, I was expecting something completely different. What I got was way more! The second escapade with Kaylee found her and Nash at a concert when the pop singer Eden drops dead on stage. Again, in this book, I was able to connect with each character and it made the story so much easier to understand and enjoy. Another thing that I realized about Vincent's writing is her attention to details. Everything had so much descritption. I felt like I was at the concert and enjoying the same type of music and everything they were. Also, her writing matured alot in this book. Kaylee and Nash also got a lot more hot and heavy moments in this one, although they were stopped prematurely each time. Also there was a little more cussing,  but it fit with the story. This story was a little more dark than the last, and I think Vincent did a great job of making it fit but making it a little believable. The last two things I really enjoyed were of course the setting (the old Texas Stadium?! Amazing idea!) and the reason behind the characters deciding to sign... As with the first one, it may seem like it was kind of a childish, irresponsible thing to do, but I'm sure there is someone out there that would do it for those reasons alone. 
I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of this series! 
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Update :)

Yesterday I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication with a minor in English from Sam Houston State University!!! Now that I am done with school, I have decided to take a semester off while I get ready for graduate school in the fall. Now I will have way more time on my hands to read and keep the blog updated as much as possible since I will just be working. Also, I am looking for a Public Relations or copy-writing career in the Publishing industry in the Houston/Conroe/Dallas area, so if you know of any, please send their numbers my way lol :) Thanks guys!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

"It is the story of Kendra and her first 300 or so years of life. In Bewitching, Kendra ponders whether to help out a modern day plain-looking stepsister, while also reflecting on her experiences in the 1666 British plague, the court of Louis XV, and on the Titanic."

This isn't the book blurb, its from the author's Facebook intro, but I am overly excited for this as it is. I just started reading Flinn's work with Beastly, where we met Kendra, and ever since I heard about this book, I've been on pins and needles waiting for February. SN: This cover is GORGEOUS!

What are you waiting on this week? I'd LOOOOVE to know :) 

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

E-Book, 304 pages
Published November 22, 2011
Stand alone

When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.
     First of all, I would like to say this book was a pleasant surprise. When I read the book blurb, I was not expecting the greatness that was inside. It really caught me off guard. I was expecting something good, but (for lack of better words) got goooooood. I actually started reading this on accident. I was supposed to be reading something else, but my boyfriend slipped my Nook in my bag instead of my other book and I needed something to read, so I just picked this. After that, it was like I got swept into Harper's life. I was sucked into her world and couldn't break out of it. From the beginning I felt her heartache and her frustration and every other emotion in the book. There were some points where I was literally crying out loud and my boyfriend came in the room and asked "Are you ok? Oh its just a book..." I felt so connected with Harper and as much as I read, this was a first to be connected with a character THAT much. 
      This was also my first roadtrip book. To help me through it, I listened to the songs that came up throughout the book, many of which I hadn't thought to listen to before and it further connected me to Harper. (This is also what caused me to cry and blubber like an idiot lol) So, not only did I expand my horizon with the different type of book, I also expanded my horizon with the different type of songs. This book taught me a lot about myself. I do like a variety of things, I just have to give it a chance. Nomally I just pass over it, but in this case, I'm glad I didn't. It has opened my world to many other things.
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)
*FTC Disclosure: I received this egalley from NetGalley. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review. I would also like to give a big thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for letting me review this book.

Have you read this? What did you think? 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is simple and fun, you just pick up your current read, flip to a random page, and choose 1 or 2 teaser sentences to share!  Here are the guidelines:
  • Grab Your Current Read
  • Open to a random page
  • Pick two “teaser” sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHARE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away.  You don’t want to ruin the book for other readers)
  • INCLUDE the TITLE & AUTHOR too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR and wish-lists!  If possible, add the page number.
This week my teaser comes from the very popular Soul Screamers series! I just so happened to hear about this series from blogs that I follow and it made me want to read it and find out what all the hype was about. So I finally picked it up, and I must say, I'm loving it so far. So, because I like it so much, I'm going to share some of it with you guys :) 

"But when I look at her, she's... darker than everyone around her. Like she's standing in the shadows of something I can't see. And I know she's going to die." 
-Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent pg 78
(the link will take you to it's Goodreads page) 

Ok, so yeah I cheated and did three sentences, but you get the idea lol Hope you enjoyed my teaser! Send me some links to check out your teaser too :) 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (Black Friday Edition)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week. 

Here's my mailbox!

So I went Black Friday shopping EVERYWHERE and the only things I really returned with were books, considering the fact that MOMMY said she'd get me a tablet (the only thing on my wishlist) for Christmas. So, I had a little money to go and spend and I went to Barnes and Noble and Wal-Mart and bought a little something, something. I bought:

And from my University's library I borrowed: 

I would've taken a picture, but my camera on my phone is terrible, and all of these books have BEAUTIFUL covers and I wanted you guys to be able to see them clearly. If you would like to find out more about the book, click on the name and the author directly under the book and it'll take you to the GoodReads page :) 

What did you get in your mailbox? 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

E-Book, 309 pages
Published May 31st, 2011
Starcrossed #1
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.

     Wow, ok I really don't know what to say... Besides the fact that I'm disappointed. I was expecting much more out of this book. I waited forever to buy it because I was on the fence due to all the mixed reviews, but then I went ahead and said to h*ll with it and this was my reactions to different parts of the story: BEGINNING- Ok, I like the Greek mythology mix in. MIDDLE- ZZZZZzzzzzz. (I even started reading another book in the middle of it... Which was a bad idea because it was Mara Dyer... It was wayyy better than this...) Anyways, the END- Geez, I'm not finished yet?! 
     I have to admit though, I kinda did like the ending, but I couldn't really enjoy it because I was too busy thinking about the middle and just trying to get to the last page. It took entirely too long to "get good".... I understand you're shooting for a series, but Gah lee lol And because I felt like the story was being drug out, the explanation of everything was taking too long as well. It was like the same things were happening over and over. (Ex: Helen and Lucas fight, Helen trains, Helen eats heartily). 
     But there was some things I liked about the book. The powers Helen had and the necklace was cool. Maybe I was just spoiled about the way Greek mythology should be mixed in a story from Rick Riordan and his Percy Jackson series... (And yes I KNOW  they're for two different age groups...) 
     Lastly, I want to talk about Helen. Sooo I'm not sure if its just me, but I felt like she was a little spineless. She was willing to let herself be vulnerable to her attacker because she couldn't be around a boy... Maybe that had to do with the Fates, but it kind of got to the point where I was wondering if she had ANY kind of backbone. Now to Claire... She annoyed the crap out of me. How do you magically know everything that's been going on already but never said anything. Best friend, kid, or not, they would've freaked out. I guarantee someone would've had some kind of questions. Maybe I'm being too realistic about this fictional situation, but Angelini could've at least made her a little more believable... 
     But enough of my ranting... due to my love for Greek mythology, I was able to finish the book.
Overall, I give this ** (2 out of 5)

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini