Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Rating: StarStar



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.

i only like the mythology part. but the story as a whole? not so much.

Boring Start. Sappy Middle. Crappy Ending.

Let me outline the positives and negatives because i’m sure i will not have nice things to say about this book.


(gosh, i can’t think of anything!)

1. mythology focused on the Trojan War, The Furies and the punishment (curse) put upon the Greeks and Trojans alike

(i think that’s it)

2.  a moment or two that i felt my heart quicken because of Lucas

(that’s really all)


(this could be quite a list, lol)

1. Helen is a loser who’s resigned to loserdom at the start. then she became violent, moved on to a stupid ogling teenager, before going to be the strongest and most lethal among the demigods (beautiful, strong, impervious to weapons, lightning striker, flyer). She’s the most absurd heroine ever (followed by Nora of Hush, Hush). The only freakin’ time i ever felt something for her is when she found out why she and Lucas can’t be together. i feel your pain, Lennie, but that’s about it.

2. kinda rip-off of Twilight, Cullen Family = Delos Family and City of Bones, incestuous relationship of Jace-Clary = Lucas-Helen

3. reason behind (i think there are two) why Lucas and Helen are starcrossed lovers is too complicated. Gosh, Angelini really killed the romance part.

4. love-hate between Helen and Lucas is so annoying! i’d rather read about Jason and Claire please.

5. the mystery on why and how they are demigods, they want to kill each other, they can’t be together, is so DRAGGING. i mean, get off of it already! it was so frustrating.

Between Starcrossed and The Goddess Test, i picked the latter for a more solid plot and story over the former.

Read at your own risk because for a Greek Mythology lover like me, i find Starcrossed utterly ridiculous.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


13 thoughts on “Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

  1. hello maria! i’ve been stalking your review on this book on my dashboard recently. 🙂 LOL.

    this book seem to create a buzz on GR, i was thinking of reading it. since you gave it two stars i think i’ll change my mind. 😀 LOL

    • thanks for stalking, Gabby! i didn’t enjoy it, but that’s me. maybe you’ll like it, who knows? 😀 i’ll read Abandon next in my Greek Mythology genre. =)

  2. oh your gonna read abandon?? that book is nice, it’s like goddess test but i liked goddess test more… have you tried Daimon and Darkness becomes her?? they are both mythology related YA books..

    Greek Mythology is becoming a trend in YA books these days.. hehe. 😀

  3. I really enjoy Greek Mythology in YA fiction so this was on my list to read. Thanks for the honest review…I’ll know what I’m getting myself into then.

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  5. I actually liked Starcrossed :). I thought it was interesting but also frustrating at the same time, I just wanted Lucas and Helen to be together >.< but it turns out their first cousins..that sucks.

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