Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Scions (Starcrossed, #4) by Josephine Angelini

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 

A prequel to the bestselling Starcrossed series.

New York City, 1993. It wasn’t Daphne’s choice to move into the heart of a struggle that has been secretly waging for thirty-three hundred years, but not much in her life has been up to her. Fate has brought Daphne, daughter of Zeus, and Heir to the House of Atreus to where the descendants of the Greek gods can shed blood over her once again.

Men are fated to kill for her.

But New York holds a surprise for Daphne and her cursed face—the same one that once launched a thousand ships. A series of murals painted all over town mysteriously pull at her in ways she can't understand. That’s because the artist is Ajax Delos, Son of Apollo, Scion of the House of Thebes, and Daphne’s mortal enemy.

She found the one worth dying for.

With the Fates manipulating them both like pieces on a chessboard, Daphne and Ajax must find a way to break the cycle of destruction set in motion by their ancestors before the walls of Troy, or risk becoming yet another pair of star-crossed lovers doomed to repeat the same fatal mistakes.

Ajax has my heart! I love, love, loved him in this book. Josie doesn't disappoint with this prequel to her Starcrossed series. I really enjoyed seeing where Daphne's story originated. She's a little hard to like in the Starcrossed series, and now we know why. It was nice seeing her be vulnerable and unsure of herself as opposed to the strict, unbending character we've previously seen.

Speaking of the Starcrossed series, you don't need to read it before picking up Scions! Scions is able to stand on its own, and I would actually recommend reading it before starting the Starcrossed series. It gives you a deeper understanding of some of the other characters you'll meet down the road. 

I also really liked the graffiti that was incorporated into the book. I've always had a soft spot for street art (Graffiti Moon anyone?) and this book was full of descriptive details about the illustrations being painted on walls and the sides of buildings. It's also set in the 90's (New York 90's!) which was really fun! You should look for Josie's playlist for the book - super nostalgic. 

Scions exceeded expectations and I cannot wait to see what happens next! The blurb at the end for Timeless was unexpected to say the least. (★★★★★)

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

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