Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Review

Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy
Page Count: 496 pages, 833 KB
Book Type: e-galley
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062011992

Picture from Amazon

From Goodreads: 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.

My Review: I love this cover. I cannot wait to go and get a physical copy of this book--it’s that beautiful. The colors and her flowing dress are gorgeous. The black and white version on the Kindle does not do it justice. The blurb doesn’t even really bother me since it is so small and isn’t a main focus (and you know how much I hate blurbs on the front of books). The only problem I have with this cover is that it seems like her face is cut off at a weird part. It’s not too big of a deal though.
I’ll have to admit, I’m loving this Greek mythology trend in books. I first read The Goddess Test and now Starcrossed. I’ve enjoyed both of them! Granted, I really know nothing about Greek mythology, so I don’t really know if sticklers would enjoy this book or not. If you’re not sure if you want to read this, based on accuracy in Greek mythology, please remember that this is a work of fiction. If you can’t invent something in a fictional world, when can you? (/endrant)
I am insanely jealous of Helen getting to spend time with the super-large Delos family. They seem like such a fun group of people. The supporting characters in this novel were just as fabulous as the main characters. Helen’s best friend, Claire, had me laughing out loud a few times. I can’t say too much without spoiling it, but look for the part where Helen goes to Claire’s house to talk with her (and the following scene). Claire is so funny throughout. 
I read this book very quickly because every time I would put it down, it was all I could think about. This, I think, is a testament to how much I enjoyed it. 
There was a little bit of insta-love (or, more accurately, insta-hate turned insta-love), but at least it was explained. I cannot wait to see where Josephine Angelini takes this series. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2011 so far. I can’t wait to re-read this one. Cliff-hanger warning! Go. Buy. This. Book. Now.

Thanks to NetGalley, HarperTeen, and Josephine Angelini for this review copy!

Have you read this? Did you love it as much as I did? I would love to hear your thoughts! (Side note: sorry for the huge gust-fest!)


  1. You mentioned two of my top wish list reads in one post: Starcrossed and The Goddess Test! :)

  2. @Trisha

    Both very good reads! I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by :)

  3. You did love it! And gave away absolutely no spoilers :)

    I loved the insta-hate. I actually loved all the fighting. It was one of my favorite parts, aside from the fact that I loved everything about this.

    This book was so incredible. It's one of my warm and fuzzy books. Like the TMI series.

    And I love Hector, although...well you read it, and you KNOW!

    Love the non-spoiler-y review!

  4. @Fiktshun

    This one was really hard to review without being spoiler-y.

    I loved the fighting too! I wish I could be cool enough to go through fight training like that.

    I still need to read City of Fallen Angels, but I will get to it soon--it's on hold at the library.

    I love Hector too! I can't wait to see what the deal with him in book 2 is. :(



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