Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

My summary:
Helen has always known that she was different, she has spent her first sixteen years trying to hide it. It's not easy living on a small island like Nantucket and being different. Helen starts having these awful nightmares where she is in a wasteland, hungry and thirsty. When she wakes up she has dirt in her bed and bleeding feet. Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined just how different from other teens she really is.

At school Helen is suddenly seeing three furies; they're crying blood and screaming for revenge. That's when Helen meets Lucas Delos, she feels such an instant rage and hate towards him. From then on her life is forever changed and Helen learns that some myths are real. Destiny awaits Helen and Lucas.

My thoughts:
Starcrossed is one of the novels I've been pining for this year. It's been a little while since I read the last page but I needed some time to ponder; what did I really think of this story? I've come to the conclusion that I loved the Greek mythology in this novel, it was very interesting and felt original to me(that being said I haven't read much Greek mythology).
Author Josephine Angelini has done a great job creating her characters, I especially enjoyed Helen's best friend, Clare. The Delos family also has some wonderful characters but all in all they are a little too much like  Stephenie Meyers' Cullen family.

I was hocked on the story for the first half of the book. Somewhere I just stopped being all that interested, I actually think it was the love story that was a bit of a let down. I couldn't feel the chemistry also I'm going to be very honest; I'm a bit tired of the "girl meets boy, boy and girl has to break up even though they are madly in love each other"- formula.

Book trailer:

The cover:
Stunningly beautiful! I've seen on the authors blog that it exists Starcrossed Kindle covers, I wouldn't mind having one of those :)

My rating of this book:
3 stars out of 5

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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Published: May 31st 2011
Pages(hardcover): 496
Publisher: HarperTeen
0062011995 (ISBN13: 9780062011992)
Full disclosure:
  Review copy from publisher via Netgalley 

This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and on-line book stores such as Amazon or The Book Depository (I'm not an affiliate of either). The latter store does by the way have free shipping to about 100 countries.


  1. Sorry the love story let you down a bit :/ Sucks when the chemistry is not felt all the time

  2. It's always a let down when a story doesn't live up to its potential.
    You might like "Fury" by Elizabeth Miles, it also has the furies as part of the story. I haven't read the whole book yet, but so far it's more about consequences of choices than a love story, which is a nice change.

  3. @Blodeuedd:Yes, absolutely when romance is one of the main ingredients.

    @Ann Kristin:Thank you so much for the suggestion, Ann Kristin :) Fury sounds a bit different, in a good way!

  4. I'm really sorry you didn't the story. I loved it and thanks for linking to my review.


  5. "I'm going to be very honest; I'm a bit tired of the "girl meets boy, boy and girl has to break up even though they are madly in love each other"- formula."

    Couldn't agree more, Ladybug. It's kind of used too much.

  6. @StuckInBooks: Might be something wrong with me.. I've noticed recently that I tend to be disappointed by books everyone else seems to love.

    My pleasure :)

    @Book Reviews From The Basement:It certainly is, that being said, I'm glad I'm not an author. I couldn't have come up with anything more original myself when it comes to love but I wish someone else would.

  7. I'm sorry you weren't really feeling the romance in this book. I hate when that happens. I appreciate your honest review though and thanks so much for the link to my review!

  8. Sorry the romance let you down. I know what you mean about it being an over used theme though.

  9. This is the second book in the Greek-Myth-Retelling camp that I've come across which is quite lack luster. It's a shame because it could be so cool!

  10. Great review! I liked this one as well, one of my favorite debuts so far!


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