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Starcrossed [Kindle Edition]

Josephine Angelini
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 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
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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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15 of 17 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini June 24, 2011
What an irritating read! I had started this expecting to be blown away. Instead, I got a Twilight-esque story with a plot that was staring me in the face.

The author seemed like she was trying to be subtle and sneaky with her plot. As if you didn't really know that the 3 sisters were the Fates, and that you didn't know that she was a demigod. You didn't know that the guy that she had tried to kill was (of course) going to be her soul mate. And you didn't know that there was going to be a near apocalypse if Helen was to be with said soul mate. But I knew it as soon as it started, and that made me crazy. The whole idea was so painfully obvious to me, I was at the point where I was just trying to force my way through the agonizing idiocy. And don't get me wrong, the Angelini can write, but she needs to either stop trying to be subtle, or actually BE subtle. The false subtlety was beyond frustrating.

This felt like such a Twilight rip-off. Helen's super shy and thinks everyone hates her. In reality everyone completely adores her. (Heavenly Helen? Really?) The guy she hates turns out to be a superhero, and she happens to be his perfect match. Oh, and of course he's the most beautiful boy on the planet. AND his sister sees the future. AND he can tell if people are lying (mind reading?). Helen then chooses to sacrifice their love for the greater good, but it doesn't go the way she planned. It was all so similar to Twilight that I wondered if Angelini had simply changed it to Greek mythology instead of vampires.

The killer part of it all is that Angelini really is a decent author. She has talent. It was smoothly written. Even the perspective changes were well done. The plot was just so glaringly obvious and over-used, and that cancels out all of the positive.

I just can't bring myself to give this any more than 2 stars. I hope the sequel will be <s>a little</s> a lot more original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good!
A little disappointed thankfully the other characters became more central to this story - can't wait for the next one to see how all the odds and ends sum up.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect if you like Greek Mythology
I would recommend this book for ages thirteen and up.

This book introduces us to Helen, a high school student who lives in the small, boring town of Nantucket. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Speakes
4.0 out of 5 stars I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series and dreaming...
“I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.”

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini is the debut novel in a new YA fantasy series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars I Read It In A Day; Couldn't Put It Down!
I picked up Starcrossed with an open mind, not planning to finish it too quickly. As soon as we met Lucas Delos, however, I was hooked. I couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I hadn't.
I wanted to like you so badly. Greek mythology? Tempting fate and destiny? High school? Small town? Sounds great right?

Nope. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shelly Schulz
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect & Pleasantly Surprised
I've been looking for a new book series to read for months and I've finally found it! The story itself is creative, clever, and interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Heckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great take on mythology
Published 4 months ago by dish
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Gripped Me
The novel takes place on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. A teenaged girl named Helen Hamilton who is unusually tall does her best to hide at school and in public. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Obsidian Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Well written. Love the characters. Interesting & unique storyline. Fun, interesting, flows nicely in to each book. Reminds me why I love reading. One of my favorite series by far! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Hochberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book
Contemporary, Mythology, Young Adult, Nantucket

Helen Hamilton has been trying to hide how different she is for the past sixteen years, her whole life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Larena Hubble
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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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