Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 5.31.2011
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.

Having the title Starcrossed, I'm sure you can guess what type of love story this book involves. I was ready to sigh and roll my eyes as I prepared for the moment when the two main characters' eyes would meet for the first time and some inexplicable current would flow between them, assuring that Helen would fall head-over-heels, and that Lucas would--for some unknown reason--not be able to resist being with her.

Yeah, I wasn't prepared for what really happened.

In fact, I think it has to be my absolute favorite first meeting of all time. It was unexpected, completely irrational, and yeah, a little sexy too...although I think you basically have to be me, with my personal preferences, to think that last part. ;) The rest of the relationship develops slowly enough that it seems realistic and not forced. Angelini's writing proves fantastic, as she somehow develops a relationship between the two, who are fated (the Greek myth type of fated which is more like "required") to be together, without making it seem like the only option. Kudos!

Before I read this book, I had read some reviews that basically said it was another Twilight wannabe that was too similar to be a coincidence. Here's the thing: There are a few parts that reminded me of Twilight. There was a character or two who was similar to a Twilight character at first, but not after getting to know them, a few settings that were similar, and even one of the abilities of the characters rang a bell in my head. The difference with Starcrossed is that it is better written, much more complex, and has a completely different turn of events. Anything else that seemed similar was not an integral part of the story, so it was easy to look over and forget. By the middle of the book thoughts of Twilight were nowhere near my mind.

On to the rest of the book: I loved the mythology aspect of the story and the characters who were in it. I haven't read the Iliad, only some other Greek mythologies and re-tellings of it, but this book has made me want to read it!

The best part about Starcrossed is that there is more to it than the love story. Much more. There is history behind each of the characters, a multi-layered and complex plot, and players outside of the main characters who like to come in and shake things up, meaning there is also danger everywhere. Oh, and that ending is killing me! I NEED to read the next book!

I could go on and on telling you the positives of this book, but I'm just going to say one thing: Read it!!

Read this if:
...you are a romantic at heart, you can stand suspense, and you like mythology.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Some swearing, some making out, and a little bit of good 'ol violence.}

Starcrossed hits stores tomorrow! Check out the trailer and then go read it!


  1. Aww I really wanted to read this put harper turned my request down. Sounds amazing though so i will have to buy it.

  2. I'm reading this atm but I'm really not enjoying it which is a shame cus it's had so many positive reviews! I agree their meeting was an unusual and interesting one!

  3. Great review! This one looks so good and it's definitely on my wish list :)

  4. Yes! I felt the same way about Starcrossed that you mentioned in your review - soooo much more complex than Twilight - and I enjoyed it much much better!

  5. Amy: Aw, that's too bad! I hope you do get it, though! It's great!

    Cait: Oh, so sad to hear! Some books just aren't for everyone, though, and this is one of them. I hope it starts to get better for you, though! :)

    Tiffany: Thanks! I hope you get to read it.

    The Epic Rat: Yes, MUCH better (although I do love Twilight), and much more complex. Glad you feel the same way! :)

  6. Great review! This sounds right up my alley. I'll have to keep my eye out for it. :)


  7. Oh, nice :) I've been hearing really good things about this one and I have my shiny, new copy sitting upstairs just begging to be read. I'll get to it soon! Thanks for the great review.

  8. Loved this book! It's funny, when I was reading, I didn't even think about comparing it to Twilight. I do see the similarities now, but I just think that Starcrossed was better executed and what really matters is quite different. Thanks for the review!

  9. Beautiful cover and trailer. I really want to read it myself someday:)

  10. Love your review of Starcrossed! I've already been doing the "Is it out yet? Is it out yet!?" dance and you've made me want to read it that much more! So glad that it comes out today--I'll have to run to B&N to hunt down a copy! :D


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