Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

4 Stars

I must admit that as I started to read this book, I was weary. It started out really choppy and confusing. I didn’t really find my groove with it until almost 100 pages in! But there was something about it that kept me going…I saw the potential surrounding this Greek mythology story about star-crossed lovers that I hadn’t yet discovered. And let me tell you…when you get to the part where you learn exactly who this story is about, you’re going to be hooked, especially if you’re a Greek myth fan like myself. I give Josephine so many props for how unique this take is. The lore, while rooted in Greek mythology, is really interesting and has many layers. I loved it.

It really took me a while to warm up to all the characters in this book though. While I was interested in discovering what was going on, I really didn’t feel any empathy for our starcrossed lovers until another hundred pages or so. I did enjoy the entire cast, especially the family dynamics for both Helen and Lucas. Also, there was lots of humor happening, and I love that in books. Now, Lucas and Helen did have an insta-love thing happening, but it came with a huge dose of insta-hate, so that was different. And I guess it also had to do a lot with who they are. In other words, I got it…but not instantly.

By the end of Starcrossed, the story has evolved into a pretty big, twisted tale. So much is happening, and our poor main characters can’t catch a break. I have to admit I wanted to jump right into the sequel, Dreamless, upon finishing Starcrossed because I was THAT invested in the story by then. I can’t wait to continued this journey.

Book Info

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: May 31st 2011
Pages: 487
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: ParanormalRomanceYoung Adult
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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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

20 Responses to “Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini”

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I was actually a bit disappointed with Starcrossed. And I thought the ending (regarding Helen and Lucas) was so similiar to another super popular series (that I liked so much more).

    I never did read the sequel.

    Glad that you eventually enjoyed the book, though

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      Not to out you but is the other series about to be a movie this winter? More of the witch variety…with a song as it’s central clue distributor? Because that’s what this reminded me of. And I really loved doing the “other” series on audio book. Maybe skip this one if I loved that one so much…thoughts?

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        Jess @ Gone with the Words

        lol, you’re so funny, Sarah. What series are YOU talking about!?

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Of course now I’m super curious which series you mean!! You must tell me, please.

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    Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    The first time I read this one (close to when it first came out) I LOVED it. I was so invested in it and wanted to read it all over again. Then when Dreamless came out I wanted to reread it so I’d be fresh going into Dreamless, but was kind of disappointed with Starcrossed upon my second read. I still enjoyed it, but it wasn’t AS GOOD as I first remember. Oh well! I’m still looking forward to the next in this series!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Haha, *makes mental note* Do not re-read this. Ok, check!

      Though, I’m actually not surprised by this. I can see why it wouldn’t hold up as a re-read. Was the sequel good?

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I looooove Greek mythology!! Let me know if you like it if you do read it! :D

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    I looooved this one too! The twists were definitely unexpected and I didn’t hate the insta-love thing either because it was so different. Great review! =)

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    I found this book so addictive; like you said, I wasn’t super into the characters at first and yet I couldn’t put it down. I think Dreamless is more of the same!

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I have this book on my kindle but I haven’t read it yet. I LOVE mythology but you are so mysterious in this blog post that I feel like I need to read it right now to figure out all of these things you’re talking about. I love it.

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