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Thursday, June 13
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Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini
What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.
Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.
For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”
Overall: A+
Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini

What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.

Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.

For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”

Overall: A+

Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

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Tuesday, May 29
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Dreamless Is OUT NOW!

So you may or may not have read my reviews of Starcrossed and Dreamless by Josephine Angelini. Take this opportunity to go read them now. They explain quite well why I am 100% OBSESSED with this series. OB-SESS-ED.  
That being said, I am beyond excited to give you a short and sweet interview with Josie about the books, in particular Dreamless which is out today! (DUH, GO BUY IT).  Just past the interview is a recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes which have an interesting role in Dreamless—-interesting and delicious. So read on, cook up, and enjoy fellow Starhearts!
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Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)
The Interview:
1. Helen feels quite the burden of responsibility in Dreamless, what
motivates her and that sense of duty?
Helen has a fantastic relationship with her dad, and that has instilled in her a deep sense of duty and responsibility to family.  In DREAMLESS, Hector is an Outcast, and the the only way to restore him to his family is to end the curse of the Furies.  Spoiler Alert! Since she believes that Hector is her cousin, she feels an enormous sense of urgency around this.  It is her strong commitment to family that drives her (at first.  Later, as her understanding broadens, she wants to complete her task for a whole host of reasons).  It’s also Helen’s duty to family that fuels her conflict with Lucas.  When Helen finds out that they are cousins, she feels deeply divided.  One part of her doesn’t buy it that they are related, but the other part is disgusted by the thought that they are.  It all comes back to family in my story, as it almost always did in Greek myth.

2. We get to meet new demi-gods and even some gods in Dreamless—what
influenced your creation of those characters?
The gods that I introduce are influenced by a combination of things I’ve read about them (mostly in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology) and from my own imagination.  Honestly?  There isn’t much written about the gods that I chose to write into this book, so most of it is from my imagination.  I just wanted to make unique characters that would really stick in the reader’s mind.  And terrify them!  ;)

3. You’re so good at taking a story or character we think we know and
then altering that tradition to bring it new life.  What is your
process for writing like when dealing with a story that has deep roots
like the Trojan War?
First of all, thank you for that lovely compliment!  I work very hard on my characters, and it’s really gratifying to know that it has paid off.  My process is all about humanizing the characters that we think we know.  The Iliad is an epic poem, so the language used to describe most of the characters is hyperbolic.  I wanted to take those broad characteristics and really ground them in every day human reality.  What would it be like, for example, to be so beautiful that everyone fought over you and wanted to possess you?  It would probably be horrible.  You’d probably try to downplay your looks.  You might slouch or not want to look people in the eye.  I started with that for Helen and built from there.  

4. You’ve given us a lot of heart-throb worth boys to swoon over, so
personally who would you choose and why?
I’m a Lucas girl all the way.  His intelligence, his determination, and his loyalty are really appealing to me.  Not that Orion’s big heart or Hector’s swagger don’t appeal to me as well.  They totally do.  But if I had to pick, I’d pick Lucas.


The Recipe: So I straight up took this from The Boy Trifecta because they look AMAZING, are made from scratch, and the steps are super simple.  So check her out if you like it, cause I had nothing to do with this one.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups of milk
4 Tbsp vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
2 eggs
4 Tbsp melted butter
1.5 cups pumpkin puree

1. Mix your milk and vinegar, and let them sit for 5 minutes while you put everything else together. 
2. Mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger in a bowl. 
3. Add eggs, butter, milk mixture, and pumpkin puree.
4. Cook on a hot griddle.
5. Add some butter and syrup.
6. Eat.

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #starcrossed #josephine angelini #dreamless #interview #pancakes #recipe #pumpkin #trojan war #demi-gods



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Thursday, February 9
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Sing, O Muse, of the Rage of Achilles…

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2)- Josephine Angelini

Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)

I’m trying to calm myself down enough to even write coherent sentences at this point.  I just finished Dreamless, and it was beyond, just beyond. Beyond brilliant, beyond beautiful, beyond madness, beyond chaos. I remain ever surprised by these stories though in part I know them inside and out—the Iliad, the Aeneid, Greek tragedies, and all their mythology—these I know as one knows an old friend.  And yet, I remain awestruck at every turn of the page. What Angelini achieves in her re-imagining and combining of these timeworn tales is nothing short of magic. It is the stuff of legends, and the Starcrossed trilogy is turning out to be nothing short than EPIC.

We have new Scions, heroes and villains alike. The meddling gods grace us with their presence and stir things up anew. Oh! there are twists that rival real Greek tragedies! Helen and Lucas continue to labor and suffer under the weight of their entwined fate and the falsehood they’ve been told. Their story is frustrating and heartbreaking and inspiring simultaneously. They have surpassed in my mind the greatest love story ever told about their archetypes Paris and Helen. War is coming, and if Starcrossed and Dreamless are any measure Angelini will exceed the likes of the Trojan War itself. 

Overall: A++ (that’s two pluses)

Dreamless is due out May 29th 2012; pre-order your copy today. Starcrossed is out now and you can get it here. Follow Josephine on twitter at @josieangelini and check out her website.

ARC provided gratis by Harper Teen. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Harper!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #dreamless #starcrossed #josephine angelini


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