By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Goddess: 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.
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I found out about this trilogy a few years ago when I was living England; one of my students had mentioned it to me and said that she loved the way the author iced Greek mythology as the basis of the novels. I decided to give it a go and I’m so happy that I did! It’s one of my favorite trilogies to re-read every year, and every time I do, I fall in love with these characters all over again. Because this is an older series, I’m not going to review each book separately. Instead, I’ve decided to review the trilogy as a whole, with brief explanations about what happens in each book and why I liked it.
Told from the point of you of Helen, we are introduced to this small island community where a new family has come to town and Helen immediately it feels an aggressive hatred towards them (the feeling is completely mutual). We slowly get to the bottom of this as we learn that Lucas’s family and Helen are all scions (aka demigods). When Lucas and Helen save each other, these feelings go away...only to be replaced by love. Unfortunately, their troubles have only begun. They have accidentally started a chain reaction that has the possibility of freeing the Greek gods millennium after they were forced out of this world during the Trojan war. The book ends on a cliffhanger as Helen mother returns.
Lucas and Helen’s relationship reaches a breaking point when Lucas lashes out at Helen in a rage and flies off. Heartbroken, Helen further develops her abilities and finds that she’s able to descend to the Underworld. There she meets a new character, Orion, who helps her as she makes her way through the Underworld. Helen, Orion and Lucas end up in a dangerous situation as Aries, the god of war, hold them hostage and horribly tortures Helen. The book ends with Helen, Orian, and Lucas becoming blood brothers, and with the Greek gods becoming free of their prison, ready to make their way back to the mortal world.
This book opens with a young woman being chased by a god, and Helen waking up from a dream as she realizes that the Greek gods are back in the mortal world. Helen reaches new heights in this novel, as we really see her develop fully into understanding her abilities and moving away from the timid character from the first book and into a very, very powerful being. The love triangle figures itself out, we get a lot of new characters (I love Andy), and what I felt was a pretty epic and wonderful conclusion to this trilogy.
The Best Things About This Series:
Helen, Lucas, Hector, Claire and all the other characters we meet in this trilogy are so well described that even the characters we only meet briefly we still feel like we really know them. Pandora is only in the first novel yet I really felt a connection with her; in the same way that we get less of Jerry and Kate by the end of the series, but I’m still so excited to see them when we do. Angelini did an excellent job with her main and secondary characters throughout this trilogy and they really stay with you. Of course I have my favorites, and I think you will too, but the main thing is that I didn’t feel like we were ever being rushed along or missing out on any of the characters we meet.
The Only Time I Won’t Hate A Love Triangle
I normally hate love triangles with a passion, however, Angelini really sells it to me in this series. I understand how the Helen/Lucas/Orion triangle comes about and I understood where she was going with it, plus it really gave us a chance to know each of these characters better. I think what saved it for me is knowing that Helen truly always loved Lucas, so getting to know Orion never really felt threatening to me; it more felt like she was meeting her best friend and another teacher to help her. I was really happy with the way Angelini ended in this little triangle, and felt that all the characters were well represented, and that as readers we weren’t just being given clichés; instead, we were given well-thought-out reasons for why these relationships emerge.
I thought that Angelini did a beautiful job telling the story, bringing in all of these mythological elements but still grounding it in reality and in the contemporary world. I was immediately drawn in to this series from page one of Starcrossed and could not put it down until I was done the entire trilogy. I like the way she went about writing from Helen’s perspective but still making sure we had some moments from other characters perspectives, just so that readers were given a full picture of what was happening. This definitely happens more in Goddess, where readers are given little moments of what’s happening from Hector’s perspective, or Andy’s, or Claire’s. They are brief but they’re impactful, and it really make sure that we are getting different views of the story, even if Helen isn’t necessarily part of that particular moment.
This is definitely one of my favorite series, and it’s one that I am constantly re-reading. I had a great time going back and rereading them before deciding to do this review! These aren’t incredibly dense novels, but it is really well-done series and I absolutely love it. I often recommend these books to people who aren’t sure what to read but want something with a good storyline. I hope you give it a shot because it’s definitely a trilogy that I love. If you do read it, or if you have read it, please let me know what you think of it!!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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