Monday, April 29, 2013

Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

Goddess (Starcrossed, #3)Author: Josephine Angelini
Publication: May 28, 2013
By: Harper Teen
3.5 Stars

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.

What I liked: This is well written, with detailed world building and enjoyable characters who are witty, brave and unselfish. (Hector is my favorite) We're introduced to new faces, thrown a few twists and there is a betrayal I did not see coming. *sniffs* Every secret/lie/oath is revealed by book's end and there is kissing - always a plus!

What left me wanting: The pacing seemed a little slow in the beginning and a family tree/diagram to keep track of all of the characters the previous "Helen" interacted with would've helped with my confusion, I think. 

There was a lot of romantic tension built up between Helen and Lucas in the first two books, so I expected there to be fireworks* of epic proportions in this one (they are Scions after all), and to a certain extent there were, just not in the way I expected. (*by "fireworks", I mean kissing, not graphic or explicit scenes.)

Final verdict: Entertaining end to the series.

Review also posted at YABC

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