April 25, 2011

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen 
How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

In Nantucket, MA nothing interesting really happens and everyone pretty much knows each other. So when word gets out about the new students attending Helen's school and how hot the boys are, the town goes a little overboard with gossip. Helen starts to get a little bored with the stories and is probably the only girl in the whole school who doesn't seem to really care about the new hot students.

Then one day heading to class, Helen locks eyes with Lucas. Immediately everything begins to fall apart. Helen feels nothing but pure anger towards Lucas and his family, and for Lucas the feeling is mutual. Lucas understands exactly why he feels this way, while Helen on the hand is left confused and wondering why? The more they tried to stay out of each others way, the more they find themselves crossing paths.

I really enjoyed Starcrossed. It was nothing like I expected it to be. Helen was a very easy-going character and easy to relate to. Actually, pretty much every single character in Starcrossed will find a way into your heart. I loved them all and found Helen to be super funny. 

The way Josephine developed the romance between Lucas and Helen, to me, was very well written. It wasn't your typical boy meets girl and then boy and girl fall in love. A lot of things happen between the two and their chemistry felt so real. Not only did they fall for one another, but they were also really good friends. They shared so many emotions without any words. Josephine did an amazing job at describing and explaining things. 

My only issue with Starcrossed was that it did take me a couple of chapters to fully get into. I found the beginning to be a little slow. There is one other thing, but I can't really discuss it without sharing any spoilers. 

Overall, Starcrossed is unpredictable, full of twist, and a definite page turner. You won't be able to put it down until you read the final page in the book. I love the story Josephine delivered and cannot wait for the second in the series, Dreamless. Starcrossed is definitely a book to keep your eye out for. 

4 out of 5 Stars


  1. I got this one last week at TLA...can't wait to read. Great review!


  2. Jen, it was really good. Can't wait to hear your thoughts. :-)

  3. Sounds like a great book, will try to read it soon.

  4. I loved this book so much!!!! Great review!!! I cant wait for book two!!! Hate the fact that reading an ARC makes me wait longer! :)

  5. Very nice review! I recieved this one from NetGalley and can't wait to read it :)

  6. Valia, private message me so we can talk about it :-)

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  8. I enjoyed your review. Having read the first few chapters (offered free) I am really interested in this book and can't wait to see what else is in store for the characters. I am also interested in seeing what your other issue is. I didn't mind the pace (of the first chapters anyway). I think it seemed necessary for plot and character building. Thanks for the review! Can't wait to read it!

    Raychelle Smith

  9. I've heard really great things about this book, and I love mythology, so this definitely sounds like one for me!


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