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Starcrossed [Kindle Edition]

Josephine Angelini
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.”


"One of the most cinematic books I've ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can't tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head."--Sophie Jordan, author of FIRELIGHT

Product Details

  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN1D3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Mythology May 31, 2011
Helen has always tried to hide her differences and knows that her face holds a beauty like no other, yet instead of this being a asset in her eyes, she finds it be a major flaw as it draws attention to herself. She is painfully shy, to the point where she experiences horrendous pains whenever any attention is drawn to her. When she starts having nightmares that come to life as well as startling visions of three screaming women who cry tears of blood she knows that she won't be able to hide her true self much longer. To make matters worse those three women go into an absolute fury driving Helen with the need to kill whenever she runs into one of the Delos teens, especially Lucas. What Helen doesn't know is that the fates have ensured that these two will replay the roles of one of the greatest tragedies of all time, destined to be star crossed lovers with the highest stakes imaginable.

I've always loved anything to do with Greek mythology, especially books that turn the myth into reality in a modern setting. Starcrossed does exactly this. However, what is different is that it paints the gods as petulant beings that no longer have a role in human's lives. Well, as long as the demigods keep their end of the bargain that is. This was a really interesting twist on the typical mythology story, and made Starcrossed really stand out from the crowd. The idea of fated roles is really intriguing, especially since there is still the possibility that the characters could potentially find a way around that destiny and choose their own paths.

This may seem to be a little funny, but I couldn't help but be a little frustrated at the major roadblocks standing in the way between Lucas and Helen, especially considering the title.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Good! July 11, 2011
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I love Greek mythology so when I read the review on "Starcrossed", I knew I had to get it and it does not disappoint! Helen of Troy, Paris, Ajax, Daphne, Hector, Fates and the three Furies; they are all here from the Trojan War and the romance, whew! FABULOUS!

Helen knows she is not normal. She can run extremely fast and is incredibly strong. Her mother left her when she was a baby and she has been raised on the island of Nantucket by her father these last 17 years. Her best friend is Clair, an oriental smart mouth who suspects Helen is not normal, but loves her anyway.

The Delos family moves to Nantucket and Helen's visions of three sobbing girls with bloody feet drive her to attack Lucas, one of the brothers. He is able to stop her from killing him, so she realizes his family is different like she is. Struggling to overcome their desires to kill each other, Helen saves Lucas after he has saved her from falling after flying, and the desire to kill each other is over. The blood-curse is broken. Now they can't stay apart from each; other only their romance is forbidden because if they are ever together, a war would break out similar to the Trojan War, and lots of people would die.

Helen and the Delos family are demigods who are controlled by the Furies and Fate which cannot be thwarted. All the demigods of the four houses of Zeus are cursed to relive the errors of their predecessors whom they are named after. Starcrossed lovers are doomed since the Trojan War to relive the tragedy of never being able to be together. Helen and Lucas are no different but they are determined to fight Fate or at least find an end to the curse.

This was a well written story, especially near the end when wall the action and adventure was happening at once.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice, fun read. May 31, 2011
When I started reading the book, I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like it mainly because I didn't feel anything for the characters. That changed rather quickly. I can now honestly say I loved this book. "Starcrossed" has to be one of the most thrilling books I've read in a while. It is the story of Helen, a teenage girl who happens to be a demigod, and Lucas, a demigod in an opposing house. With Lucas' help, Helen begins to learn who she is and the powers she has. But when she falls for him, and he for her, things begin to become complicated. The gods don't want them together and their families will do whatever possible to keep them apart. When you start getting to know more about Helen and Lucas, you start to feel their pain, their happiness, and even their loss -- it becomes nearly impossible to put the book down.

Do I think its a must read? Definitely.
I'm dying to know more now that I'm finished.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow and overly long May 31, 2011
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini follows Helen a girl who has always tried to hide who she is. When a new family moves to the island of Nantucket where she lives everyone is intrigued. However when Helen sees one of the boys in the hallway at school she sees sirens who make her have an uncontrollable desire to attack and kill him. The story continues with star crossed lovers, godly powers and a blood feud that has gone on for generations.

It took me a while to get through this book and I put it down several times. It is very long and reads very slow. Each section of the plot seemed to be to long from the introduction of the main character to the ending that went on to long. The plot was original and the characters likeable enough that had the book been edited tighter so that it was a quicker read I would have loved this book. However, instead I felt like I was plodding through the story waiting for the storyline to move along and for something to happen.

Appropriateness: This book was fairly clean. While the main character did have a boy stay in her room overnight it was clear that all they did was cuddle and there wasn't much kissing. There was no substance abuse or excessive violence. I recommend this book to teens 13+ who enjoy paranormal romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Wow! I love reading books like this one about Greek gods and goddess. I have read to so many but I truly enjoyed this one. Could not put it down..
Published 9 days ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best trilogies involving Greek mythology. Compelling story and interesting world.
Published 21 days ago by Adam Koss
2.0 out of 5 stars fall unconditionally and irrevocably in love. But shockingly
In "Starcrossed", Edward and Bella - I mean Lucas and Helen, descendants of the Greek Gods of Olympus, fall unconditionally and irrevocably in love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Bookavid
4.0 out of 5 stars I believe the love story present between the characters is engaging
As a fellow author of a Grecian novel called Split From Earth, this book provided an interesting way to look at a demigod's perspective. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Forrest Salgado
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
Loved Greek mythology as a kid. This is an interesting interpretation with fun twists and turns. Recommend this book to those who enjoy the supernatural genre
Published 1 month ago by BZMum
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This book is extremely well written with an amazing storyline. The characters are very well described and you grow to truly love them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Breanna
4.0 out of 5 stars One Word Review: COMPELLING
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Published 2 months ago by The Tattered Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking
I would recommend this book to any one who likes history,mythology, or romances. I am not much for romances but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the second... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect recommend it to all. Students loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Janet Goss
4.0 out of 5 stars Though the use of both demigods and Greek mythology have ...
Though the use of both demigods and Greek mythology have been used in YA books, this is a new take on it. Read more
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More About the Author

Josie was born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland. When she meets people from Massachusetts and tells them 'what part' she hails from, she usually gets one of two answers. The first is: "Isn't that in Oregon?" And the second is: "I drove by it once on Rt. 9, I think."

Her next stop was about as different from Ashland as it gets without leaving the country. As soon as Josie was legal, she packed a bag and moved to New York City to attend NYU. Somehow, she managed to squeeze in a little higher learning between bartending shifts and graduated with a BFA.

Massively in debt with college loans, she then moved to Los Angeles for reasons that are still a little blurry. Something about the weather was mentioned, and a vague idea to write poetry and find herself. She found that she is a terrible poet, but she never gave up on the writing bit.

Josie still lives in Los Angeles with her husband and now writes YA fiction.

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