Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Their Destiny says They Don’t Belong Together

Title: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 31, 2011

Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

Starcrossed is good fresh start to a new paranormal romance based on Greek Mythology. Helen  is a beautiful sixteen year old girl living in Nantucket with her father and attending school with her best friend Claire also known asGiggles. These two share a close bond and that was probably one of my favorite aspects of this book. This book reminded how a true friend is supposed to stick by your side through the good times and even the bad times when everyone at school has turned against you.

“She would have to leave the country, or at least Nantucket, because there was no way she could live down the fact that she had tried to strangle the hottest boy on the island.”

I didn’t take an instant liking to the heroine Helen because her behavior is irrational to me but also understandable at the same time. Although its not difficult to understand the reason why everyone stares at Helen after she attacks one of the newest families in town not to mention the hottest new guy at school. Lucas and Helen both have a underlying desire to kill each other upon first sight and Lucas does a much better job at fighting against that desire. Lucas Delos and his immediate as well as extended family moved to Nantucket together.

Upon learning that Helen is unaware of the reasoning behind her hatred for Lucas, his family offers their help in exploring and explaining the reasoning behind these urges to kill one another. These Starcrossed lovers Lucas and Helen is much more accepting of this explanation than I would have been. Another problem I had was that Helen and Lucas instantly went from hating each other to falling in love and sometimes that bores me to tears. I found this to be frustrating and sometimes that is an issue I struggle with while reading YA romance novels. The story was fascinating enough however that I quickly gotten over that frustration as I was eager to discover the story behind Lucas and Helen and their Greek Mythology background.

“She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.”

I don’t want to give away any details of the story  but if you’re in the mood to read an enjoyable paranormal romance, I would recommend this love story.  I didn’t dislike the story, I actually liked it, but a few things put me off a bit. I don’t want to spoil anything but there is one aspect of the story that seems so similar to Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and as much as I love that series I hate to relive that heartbreak all over again. However I do enjoy a good love story full of  angst and it’s not all hearts and flowers so a part of me enjoyed that Starcrossed element. I’m so fickle because on one hand I hated it and on the other hand I loved it. Lol. Does that make sense? I’m looking forward to starting Dreamless immediately! I must know how this story between Lucas & Helen and the rest of the awesome side characters plays out!


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Miss Vain

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10 Responses to Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

  1. Great review! I have this one on my Nook I just need to get myself out of my reading slump before I’m even going to attempt this one, again. Reading slumps are bad :(

    • MissVain says:

      Hi JR

      Thank you! :) Go to Goodreads and see what I read all day yesterday and you’ll see what got me out of my slump and it wasn’t YA either Bared to You by Sylvia Day….;) I hate reading slumps. I’m sad the book is over and I can’t write my review for it because I’ll be all fangirl about it!! LOL

  2. Suzanne says:

    Awesome review. I actually loved this and I think I enjoyed Dreamless even more. Can’t wait to see what you think of it :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Suzanne :)

      I did enjoy Dreamless more, however it broke my heart a bit….:(
      Thank you!!! :) Glad you loved it too!

  3. I’ve read so many mixed reviews of this one that I truly don’t know what to think, except that it would be very silly not to give it a chance, especially since it’s only 0.99 at the moment. Thanks for the heads up, I had no idea.
    Great review!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Maja :)

      I agree, at $.99 how can you pass it up??! Let me know what you think after you read it. I enjoyed Dreamless much more and I hope you do too! :) Thank you. :) Take Care. You’re welcome!!

  4. Bianca says:

    Greek Mythology? Sounds great. I haven’t read the Immortal Instruments so I won’t notice the comparisons. Glad you loved it even though you hated it lol. Thanks for the great review! :D

  5. Alexa says:

    Oh goodness! I have a dislike for characters that go back and forth from loving to hating each other. It just bores me as well so I’m sure I’m going to have some of the same issues you did with this one.

    I hope you enjoy the next book more since it sounds like you are continuing on with the series.

    Thanks for the awesome review!

  6. Similar to Cassandra Clare….don’t tell me they’re siblings!!

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