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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

May 29th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 31, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from

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.

If you are looking for a book that combines Greek mythology, action and star crossed lovers then this is definitely a book to add to your nightstand.  I initially passed when first offered a chance to review it but since I have been on a Greek mythology kick I accepted it the second time around.  Definitely a smart move on my part if I do say so myself.  Angelini’s writing was amazing as she draws you into what life is like in Nantucket and builds up each character.  If you are looking for a love at first sight romance this book won’t provide that.  In fact, it’s more of Helen and Lucas trying not to kill each other quite literally the first time they meet.  It’s heartbreaking watching the two of them try to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way of being together especially when you learn the reason behind the consuming hatred between Helen and Lucas.

I liked Helen and loved Lucas but I think it was really the supporting characters that grabbed me most.  Helen’s best friend, Claire, cracked me up.  She has the most awesome one liners and it sounds horrible taken context but I actually laughed out loud when she admits at one point pushing Helen off a roof or something to see what would happen.  I know, I know!  What a horrible sounding best friend but really you have to read it to understand.  So have I peaked your curiosity?

The other wonderful thing about this book was it really perked my interest in Greek mythology up again.  It’s been so long since I read about Helen of Troy that I don’t recall too much.  So now I really want to go back and read all the classic mythology books.

The action was perfectly paced and is filled with twists and turns so that I was constantly debating who really was the good guy or bad guy.  There were a few areas where things didn’t seem to fit with events that happen earlier in the book or with what characters but while a little jarring it doesn’t take away from the fun I had reading this book.   I can say my only major issue is waiting for book 2!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Looks really neat and I love the cover. It seems like Greek mythology is taking over for the monster books which is a nice turn. Glad this one is a worthy read. :O)

  2. Pam

    I really liked this book as well. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I don’t know why I didn’t see the big name reveal coming.

  3. Michelle

    I’m glad to see you enjoyed this I’m making my way to it on my review pile! Looking forward to it.

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