STARCROSSED By Josephine Angelini [Review]

I was originally interested in STARCROSSED because I heard author Josephine Angelini talk about it in a video (you can watch it here) and her description of “Romeo & Juliet set in Iliad” sounded great.

Starcrossed is the first book in a series that follows Helen Hamilton, a sixteen year-old girl living the island of Nantucket, who finds out she is a demigod. But that’s only the beginning of her new problems. Helen also starts to see three women weeping tears of blood, the Fates, who have a very specific role for her to play.

And with the arrival of Lucas Delos and his family, Helen is only beginning to understand what her destiny is.

I really enjoyed Starcrossed and although I was not obsessively reading it, every time I picked it up, I found it really easy to get lost in the story. I kept wanting to find out how it would all end, and I am happy to say that there was a satisfying ending considering this is a series.

Although I didn’t relate to Helen too much because I found her a bit weak, I didn’t mind it so much and actually thought it fit with who she was as a character. And so I was still able to go on this journey with her as an observer. Which is not always the case with other weak characters that appear in other stories I have read.

The main love interest, Lucas Delos, is of course another handsome powerful guy. However, I admit that he’s not my favorite love interest, but again was able to enjoy his relationship with Helen as an observer.

Lucas’ family also plays an important part in the story and I found myself actually feeling closer to the character of Jason, Lucas’ cousin. I really hope we find out more about his backstory in the next books.

As for the whole mythology, it’s definitely an interesting twist on the whole Greek gods/Helen of Troy story and it kept me guessing the whole time.

Overall, Starcrossed is an entertaining read that will definitely keep me coming back for more.

I want to leave you with my favorite line in the book. This part made me laugh so much that I had to take a moment before resuming reading. The image of the scene is priceless, although you’ll have to read the book to get the full context.

This is Helen talking:

“And if I get stabbed one more time tonight I’m going to lose it!” she added, rounding on Jason, who was sneaking up behind her holding a stapler.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 496 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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