Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

70%

13 Critic Reviews

The awkward, fate-shadowed romance between Helen and Lucas has many moments of sweetness and emotional connection, which should keep readers invested.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

 

About Josephine Angelini

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A graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, author Josephine Angelini studied theater with a focus in the classics. A native of Massachusetts, Angelini now resides in Los Angeles, CA, with her screenwriter husband and three shelter cats. You can visit her online at www.josephineangelini.com or on Facebook.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by HarperTeen. 501 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Starcrossed
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2011

Teens who have outgrown Percy Jackson and moved into the paranormal-romance phase won't mind the amateurish prose; they'll be caught up in the we-must-we-can't sexual tension.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 18 2011

The awkward, fate-shadowed romance between Helen and Lucas has many moments of sweetness and emotional connection, which should keep readers invested.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Gabby Matlock on Oct 06 2011

This was a very hard book to put down, and it just may be my favorite book of 2011 so far.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jesi Lea Ryan on Sep 26 2011

Starcrossed brings together two of my greatest loves, young adult fiction and Greek mythology. The world that Angelini creates is unique and fascinating.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jul 02 2011

Angelini's writing might be slightly lacking in great description, she makes up for it with great character development and the development of the relationships between the different characters.

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Open Book Society

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen on Jun 26 2011

As if my complete inability to comprehend this novel weren’t enough, I also didn’t care for Angelini’s writing style...Regretfully, I have no desire to continue reading this series and cannot think of one person I would recommend Starcrossed to.

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Portland Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Isabel Hernandez on Aug 29 2012

Although it is a long book, the fast pacing, fights and actions make the time reading it fly by, leaving the readers with disappointment because it had to end, but eagerness for the next installment.

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The Daily Fig

Good
Reviewed by Axie Oh on May 31 2011

Angelini does a great job of building suspense and weaving mysteries.

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Wovenmyst

Good
Reviewed by MAY ABRAHAM on Dec 20 2011

Starcrossed is like a modern day version of the Iliad, and I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, so I instantly knew I was going to like this book.

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BookTrust

Good
on Feb 02 2016

This fusion of Twilight and Percy Jackson is appealing and readers will undoubtedly be left wanting more.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by SongAway on May 01 2011

I think the book was well written and executed at just the right pace to keep the reader firmly in but not boring anyone.

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Bitten By Books

Above average
Reviewed by Peggy on Sep 02 2011

The characters are well developed letting the reader get emotionally involved with them.

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The Overflowing Library

Below average
Reviewed by kirsty on Jun 06 2011

The action when it finally did kick off was awesome with several twists and turns thrown in...Things were dropped into the story for apparently no reason but done in such a way that it was obvious the author was going to do something with them which made it quite easy to predict what was going on.

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