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{May 31, 2011}   Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini

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.


HarperCollins had been extremely gracious to allow me to read an ARC of this novel prior to its release today, via Netgalley, and I must say, I’m in love with this book!  Starcrossed is an amazing adventure, pulling the reader in from the very beginning.  Although it’s a 496 page novel, I read it extremely quickly because it’s just that good. 

Let’s start with the characters.  Lucas is my favorite; he is a kind, caring, strong male lead, and I really enjoyed him (love him).  I am jealous of Helen’s relationship with him, even as rocky as it is.   All the characters are beautifully written, and I really enjoyed getting to know them throughout the novel.  Even the secondary characters were diverse and rounded out, and I really enjoyed this aspect of the novel. 

The writing itself is phenomenal.  Angelini takes Greek mythology to the next level in her novel, creating a wonderful story of intrigue.  The flow of the novel is perfect, and I was captivated throughout the entire novel, never wanting it to end!  I love how the story is fleshed out and explained in increments, keeping the reader guessing, and then pulling it all together at the end.  It is definitely set up for the sequel, for which I am highly excited, and although it somewhat leaves the reader hanging, wondering about the trustworthiness of some of the characters, it’s a good place to end.

Overall, this is a phenomenal read and I highly recommend it.  Whether you have a background in Greek mythology or not, Angelini will pull you in and explain everything so well that you will become an expert on the topic.  Five stars.


I loved Lucas too. He thrives on hope! He loves Helen.

Really enjoyed it and glad you did too.

Sonia says:

Oh, awesome! I won a copy of this from Harper and it’s waiting upstairs for me. As soon as I get the chance, I’ll read this one! I’ve been hearing great things and I love my Greek mythology. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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