March 19, 2012


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Release Date ~ 5/31/12
Format ~ Hardcover
Publisher ~ Harper Teen
Source ~ The Busy Bibliophile
Purchase: The Book Depository
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.
     Starcrossed has been on my radar for a while. The reason I didn't read it sooner? I never bothered to actually read the summary, so from judging it by it's cover, I thought it was a mermaid book. I don't really like mermaid books. But when I found out it was actually about Greek mythology, I was really excited to read it. After all, everyone's been raving about it. And turn's out I'll be raving about it too.

   The one thing about Starcrossed that I didn't really enjoy was the beginning. For the first 100-150 pages nothing really happened. This book was 487 pages long, but I felt like the same story could be fit into 350-375 pages. I really hate when books drag, so thankfully this one picked up after a while and was really fast paced and action filled!

    I really like Helen, the main character. She was really loyal, and tried so hard to make up for the love her mother neglected in giving her father. And not just to her father, but to her friends as well. She would be the ultimate best friend that would always have your back (it helps that she has some demigod powers)!

   The setting in Starcrossed was very fun to read about. Nantucket, Maine is the kind of small island town depicted in postcards where everyone knows everyone, but still attracts lots of tourists. I have just googled it, and it turns out Nantucket is a real town! If I ever go on a "bookish vacation" where I travel around seeing awesome places depicted in books, Nantucket is on there!

   Starcrossed was a really fun, cool mythological read! Demigods have never been cooler!
Cover Comments: The blowing silk dress is really nice and compliments the ocean water nicely.

This Book Counts in the Following Reading Challenges:
TBR Reading Pile Reading Challenge: 8
Mythology Reading Challenge: 3
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 15


  1. Great review!! I can't wait to read my own copy! I loved the cover too :P

    Giselle from

  2. awesome review...ive been wanting to read this one for a while now, and i like the story its following in the greek mythology im hoping to pick this one out soon

  3. this is about Greek mythology, looking forward to read it soon, i love reading about greek mythology ;)

  4. Wow great review! I love greek mythology I def. have to read this!!

    Xpresso Reads

  5. I never bothered to read the summary also until now. Wish I had done it sooner because it sounds really awesome.
    Great review!

  6. I've been meaning to read this for a while but what has put me off reading it is a sample of the writing I'd read when the book was first released. The writing made the characters seem much younger than I'd expected and a little immature. But maybe I shouldn't judge the book by a little snippet...

    Thanks for the review!:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar

  7. I'm reading this right now, though i'm only at the first pages.. I'm really curious how the story will be ^^
    And i like the yellow hardcover more..

  8. I love your enthusiasm for the book. The cover is very pretty. I haven't heard of the book or the author, but I will be checking them out. Thanks for the review!

  9. I started reading this book and then sort of lost interest. But your enthusiasm really makes me want to pick it up again. Thanks for this great review!

  10. I'm not familiar with this book so I appreciate the information on it. I'm not sure it's my type of book, but I may give it a try. I will probably try getting it from the library instead of buying it.

  11. I almost put Starcrossed down after about 115 or so pages. Nothing. At All. Happens. After it stared picking up it was definitely better, but it never completely hooked me. I think the series has definite potential, though, and can't wait to read Dreamcrossed! THanks for your review!

    Jaime Lynn- GFC

  12. I really like Greek Mythology so I think I would like this one! The setting sounds really neat from what you said as well!

  13. I haven´t read it and I love Greek mythology.
    I need to read it soon maybe when Dreamless comes out but what you say that nothing happens at the beginning..mmmm.
    great review!

  14. ugh, i am starting to have a problem with books that waste 100+ pages on something that isn't necessary! this book has also been on my radar and i didn't know it was greek mythology too!!

    great review benji :D

    - juhina

  15. oh ym God I cannot wait to read this!!!

  16. I find it hard to get into a book when it seems to drag along. I'm glad that it picked up though. I haven't read Starcrossed yet but it does sound good, I really love mythological books!

  17. One of my favorite covers ever! I've already have it on my wishlist, just because of the cover:)

  18. I loved Starcrossed too! Great review.

  19. I have not read this book yet. It looks awesome. I agree with you on the cover. Thanks for the review.

  20. I've been wanting to read this since I saw it on Goodreads, but somehow never really got to it. This review was awesome though--it really makes me want to read it now!

  21. OMG! I totally thought that too. The same reason why I didn't pick that book up. I really should read it. Great review!

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  22. Thanks for reminding me why I wanted to read this. Need to dig it out.


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