Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Title: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
 Pages:  496
Genre:  YA/ Teen
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. [via GoodReads]
Well let's start with the eye candy... yes, that cover!  Hello lovah!!  Needless to say, from the moment that I saw the gorgeous cover of Starcrossed I knew I just had to get my hands on a copy.  Secondly, after a quick skim over the synopsis and my ensuing realization and utter joy that there is a thread of Greek mythology running through our story... well hello (insert Gollom voice) my precious... 

I absolutely fell in love with this story.  Helen is such a likeable leading lady - she was a breath of fresh air.  She came off as a strong and decisive young lady, normal in the eyes of most, but with a big secret.  We instantly realize that she is far from normal and no matter how hard she tries to hide her strength, speed and breathtaking good looks (a lot like me - ahem), she cannot help but stand out.  When the Delos family arrive in her small and sheltered Nantucket island, acting normal is the least of her worries.  For shortly after their arrival, she must face not only the reality of who and what she is, but the tragedy that fate has in store for her.

I love a strong heroine and, Helen was definitely that!  She is the type to roll with the punches (sometimes even in the literal sense).  If life gave her lemons, well she made lemonade.  I liked this so much about her and I found it so refreshing.   She has so much character growth throughout the story - from a hunched over young girl trying to hide away who she is, to a brave and proud young woman who would not let something as trivial as fate stand in the way of what she wanted her outcome to be.

Ms. Angelini also gives us an abundance of great characters to pick and choose from - aside from the awesomeness that is Helen, we meet Lucas - the super cute and utterly romantic love interest, Claire a/k/a Giggles - Helen's BFF, her father, the Delos' and their extended family... I mean there were many that instantly became favorites. 

The storyline was very attractive and I instantly became immersed in it.  Ms. Angelini is not only a phenomenal writer but she definitely knows how to keep you on your toes.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out there was a twist... then a turn... then a curve... well needless to say, I never knew what was going to happen next.   I loved the suspense, the drama, the angst... the love (le sigh).   I'm a sucker for starcrossed lovers, what can I say?

All in all, Starcrossed blew me away.  I felt that it had the perfect amount of humor, action, drama, friendships, relationships, family, etc.  It was fun, fast-paced, action-packed and had the a great, modern twist on Greek mythology.  Ms. Angelini has got a winner on her hands that I'm sure will appeal to many readers - no matter the age.  In conclusion, this reader highly recommends it!

My Rating:

Listen up Starcrossed Blog Tour Followers: you have a chance to win a Kindle 3 and quite possibly, the most gorgeous skin I've ever seen...

To enter you must be following the blog tour and collect words from a love letter that Lucas wrote to Helen. Here is today's piece of the letter:
Contest rules for the Kindle Giveaway:

  • In order to enter to win a Kindle3 WiFi, including a copy of Starcrossed, a personal letter from Josie to the winner and covered in a GelaSkin of Starcrossed's cover art, you must collect the pink highlighted words from Lucas's love letter to Helen that are provide each day at the individual tour stops. The daily words can be joined together in sequential order to create the winning secret message. Once you've constructed the winning secret message, you will need to enter that message on Starcrossed's tour home page (
  • No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.
  • Full rules for the contest can be found at the Starcrossed tour home page here.
  • Winner of the Kindle give-away will be announced on Josie's homepage on Tuesday, June 7th.
Tour Stops:
Monday May, 16th - Bewitched Bookworms/ Tour Kick-off!
Tuesday, May 17th - Becky,  Stories & Sweets
Wednesday, May 18th - Elie, Ellz Reads
Thursday, May 19th - Heidi, YA Bibliophile
Friday, May 20th - See Scoot Read / Character Interview with Helen's BFF Claire
Monday May, 23th - Missie, The Unread Reader / "When I'm not Writing"
Tuesday, May 24th - Savanna, Books with Bite
Wednesday, May 25th - Natalie, The Mindful Musings / Character Interview with Helen
Thursday, May 26th - Heather, Buried in Books /Interview with Josie
Friday, May 27th - Nely, All about {n} / "Josie's Bookcase"
Monday May, 30th - Candace, Candace's Book Blog / Interview with Josie
Tuesday, May 31st (Starcrossed Book Birthday!) - Kristi, The Story Siren / Vlog post by Josie
Wednesday, June 1st - Small Review
Thursday, June 2nd - Jenny, Supernatural Snark / Character Interview with Lucas
Friday, June 3rd - Cynthia - A Book About Nothing

Tuesday, June 7th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Josie's Blog!

My thanks to Kismet Book Touring and Josie Angelini for providing me with my copy of Starcrossed for review.

Kismet Book Touring


Danny said...

What a wonderful review! If I wouldn't love starcrossed already so much, I would most definitely need to read it now!

Thank you so much for being part of this Tour !

Angela Lynn said...

The cover is beauti-mus and Claire is adorable in a hilarious way! Great review. =)

Jennie said...

You are right - the cover is amazing. Sounds like a great books too!

Krystal Larson said...

I would love to read this novel...I have to wait till or IF my library gets it :(

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review!! This will be added to my TBR pile!

Somer @ A Bird's Eye Review

Margay Leah Justice said...

I've always been fascinated by Greek mythology, so this book sounds like a must read to me!

Denise Z said...

Thank you for participating in the tour. I am enjoying touring around and checking out all these new (to me) sites. The cover is great and I enjoyed your review. I would love to read this book.

Lola said...
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Lola said...

Oh yay! I am so excited to read this!!! Awesome review! And yes, that is one GORGEOUS cover! :D

Black Disaster Fairy said...

I must be an oddball. I had a hard time with this book. I couldn't finish it. But to each their own. That is what makes it so much fun to read reviews. We are not all alike!

Black Disaster Fairy

A World of Personality

RevitaDerm Review said...

If I wouldn't love star-crossed already so much, I would most definitely need to read it now!

Ceska said...

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.

Mattibzj said...

Oh yay! I am so excited to read this!!! Awesome review! And yes, that is one GORGEOUS cover! :D

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