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Book Buzz: Starcrossed

Back with another Book Buzz post. I decided to skip the Early Buzz post this week in favor of keeping the buzz going for a book that I absolutely adore.

Not that there isn’t plenty of buzz for this book still going on, but I’m hoping enough readers have discovered the book by now that they want to keep talking about it too!

The Book:

Starcrossed is a young adult novel written by Josephine Angelini. It was released on May 31, 2011.

Loved it or Hated it?

Loved it. Loved it so much I had to read it twice. Because reading about Helen and Lucas just once was not enough. I’m all about the character connection and I made an instant connection with the two mains. Big time.

The Early Buzz:

The very first bit of buzz I heard about this book was about the cover. Everyone had instant cover love. I don’t think I’ve heard one bad word about the gorgeous cover for the U.S. edition.

Then came the talk about it being a retelling of the Greek myths. When the buzz started on this book it was still early days for this trend. So everyone was talking. They couldn’t wait to get their hands on this story that promised a modern day look at the Greeks. After the success of the Percy Jackson books, readers couldn’t wait to discover a story with a female main character.

But what seemed to excite everyone the most was the idea of a tragic love story. Star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet, Edward and Bella. This book was going to have it all for fans who missed those sparkly vamps, who sigh at the idea of eternal love, and who believe that in books true love only exists if the characters are willing to give up their lives for the one they love.

Fizzle or Sizzle:

The majority say “sizzle.

Starcrossed has two camps. Those who love it, and those who don’t. The “love it’s” are the largest group. According to Goodreads, Starcrossed’s average rating is currently 4.16 stars and on Amazon it’s coming in at 4 stars. (Amazon doesn’t round.)

The sizzle buzz: Addictive, enchanting characters, strong heroine, swoon-worthy hero, twists and turns, cover love, the mythology.

The fizzle buzz: Insta-love, too long, slow beginning, narration/writing style, Helen, too similar to the Meyers books.

What Happened?

As always, time passes. At a month past release date the blogger buzz has died down. But the reader buzz is still going strong.

As word of mouth spreads, which seems to be overwhelmingly positive, more and more readers are picking up this book. It’s pretty hard to miss on the shelves. The cover is beautiful and at least in the stores I’ve been to, it has prominent shelf and table placement.

It will be interesting to see if the buzz on this book lasts until the early buzz starts for the next book. With the book tours, author signings, publisher’s marketing and publicity efforts, and with that torturous cliffhanger ending, it just might happen.

What’s Left to Buzz About?

The main characters. Lucas…and Helen. While this book has so much more, first and foremost it’s all about them. The two ill-fated lovers, with a destiny that’s beyond their control. How tragic and awesome is that?

The love story. It may not start out as one, but the early intensity is electrifying. And volatile and different. And the wait for it to turn from hate to love is of the “hold your breath until it happens” variety.

The twists and turns. And there are quite a few. They keep this story exciting. They leave you on edge and keep you guessing as to what will happen next.

Buzzworthy?

Absolutely. It’s got all the makings of a book and series that will be extremely popular – a tragic love story, a strong female main character, a super-hottie male love interest, surprise twists, a cliffhanger ending, an elaborate world, a variety of characters including a feisty best friend, and much still to be revealed about their enemies and their fate.

What do I say?

This book is ultra crush-worthy. I loved how the mythology formed the basis for this tale. I loved each and every twist and turn. But it was ultimately the characters that made this story an off-the-charts read for me. I adore Lucas and Helen. And I so totally love Hector.

Too long? No. I didn’t even notice the book’s length. Not with either of the two reads. Length was not a problem for me.

Similarities? I’m not blind. If I strip this story down as others have, I can see the comparison to that other series about vampires. But I didn’t feel like I was reading those other books when I read this one, aside from when I read the initial discussions about their wealth and the remoteness of their house.

But when I was reading that other series, I ended up making comparisons to the classics that were referenced in each book. Yet in this series, probably because I’m not as familiar as I should be with the Greek myths, I didn’t feel as if I was reading a copy of a classic tale. If you want to know just what I thought, here’s my review for Starcrossed.

Buy it, borrow it, pass on it?

Buy it, buy it, buy it! How could you not want that gorgeous book on your shelf. Oh yeah, and it’s a must read and great start to this new series.

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Any item related to this book is up for discussion. Just because I haven’t mentioned it here doesn’t mean you can’t bring it up in the comments.

And feel free to discuss any points of interest from reviews that you’ve seen and would like to talk about. But please talk about them in general terms and don’t point out specific reviews unless they are my reviews or your own.

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