Friday, May 31, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: GODDESS by Josephine Angelini


GODDESS (Starcrossed, #3)
BY: Josephine Angelini

PUBLISHED: May 28, 2013 by HarperTeen
SOURCE: Advanced Copy from Barnes & Noble, purchased by me
GENRES: Greek Mythology • Paranormal Romance • Supernatural Abilities • Action • YA • Suspense

 Technically 4.7 rounded to 5

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count. 

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores. 

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

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Oh the humanity! The series has ended! **Moment of silence, please**


May I say after the first book I became a fan but after the second I became an addict to this series. This last installment (sniff, wiping eyes) was epic in every sense of the word. It almost made me want to run through the streets wearing a toga chanting "HELEN! HELEN!" Almost. (My neighbors were on their knees thanking God I didn't.)

Angelini treated us to a decadent, thick, rich, multi-layered masterful creation that topped off a fantastically delicious series. Bravo! (Settling down from FAN GIRL mode.) My scattered mind reeled from the onslaught of back story, mythological insights and answers to the many issues from the trilogy. 


I actually re read some of the pages to completely ingest every detail. If you had questions, you received your answers in this book! Well... maybe a couple were left untouched. I'll get to that in a moment.

Everything came to the breaking point in this last installment. Friendships were strained to the breaking point, romantic relationships were cracking at the seems along with the scions and Greeks about to have the world's biggest smack down.


The tension oozed out of every pore of the book. Nothing was sacred. Nothing left untouched. Every person who walked into this series left scarred in various ways. It changed lives. Sorry, cannot say any more about that!

My views of certain individuals were drastically altered early on in the book. I morned for them, even though they were alive and healthy. My heart bleed out for Helen, Orion, Lucas and Hector. There was so much heartbreak, so much drama and wounds were made from the lies discovered.

 

With all the stress and agitation, my heart resided in my stomach the whole time I was reading. Similar to riding a roller coaster after eating one too many hot dogs. Ugh. The ride itself was thrilling, exciting and I didn't know what to expect around the corner. 


Helen developed so much as a person. The burdens she had to bear only made her stronger. She had to make monumental decisions, effecting lives and changing the course of many. The girl who was once the "weakling" became fierce, sharp and more determined than ever. Lucas seemed seriously affected by Helen's changes (but that was all part of Angelini's master plan.) What a guy...loyal, devoted, and hopelessly in love. Ready to do ANYTHING for her benefit. (Goosebumps...) Much was revealed about Orion. I recommend having several boxes of tissues near by for those scenes. And no.. I will not say who Helen ended up with! You must read the book. Yes, I do know the suspense is killing you as I had a defibrillator standing by while reading myself.

Other members of this ensemble cast went through drastic metamorphosis. Some good, some bad, all monumental. All the changes added up to a smorgasbord of goodness. Angelini served up double helpings of mayhem, shocking developments and critical situations in GODDESS. 



Let me remind you to have your inhaler, defibrillator and some kind of stress ball on hand while you read GODDESS. Several times, Angelini ripped my heart out to bash it with a baseball bat, run over it with the car, dice it with a Ginsu knife and then shoved it back in my chest. A couple of scenes had me yelling "Noooooooooooo!" My husband is thinking of making a soundproof room for me to read in after that episode.


I will be honest. The ending had me a bit frustrated. It felt like something was missing. Some of my questions had gone unanswered and certain scenes in my mind were not played out in the book. I had really wanted to read what Angelini would have done with those conclusions. My hands are clasped, my rabbit foot rubbed and offerings to the publishing gods laid out their feet for a fourth book. OH PLEASE! OH PLEASE! HarperTeen, if you are reading this, please visualize this thirty-eight year old with a ankle wrap strapped to her leg, on her knees begging you to sign Angelini up for more Starcrossed books! I need answers and to devour all the delectable meat left to this series. 

Thank you Josephine gracing us with a masterfully crafted series! We give you a standing ovation! 



You can get your copy at:

Goddess available at KOBO

 UK COVER - Available at KOBO UK (click cover)