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Starcrossed [Kindle Edition]

Josephine Angelini
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 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.



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“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.”

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"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: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062011995
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN1D3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,938 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
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow and overly long May 31, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini June 24, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Starcrossed
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Take a story that is roughly based upon the Helen of Troy legend, add in an awkward 16 year old, demi-gods, the Furies and you end up... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Merissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Fantastic story! Followed by two more books in the series. Love them and my 12 year old niece loves them too!
Published 1 month ago by loriregin
5.0 out of 5 stars obsessed
Couldn't put it down! Seriously addicting. Sad about the ending... Can't wait to start book two I already bought it!
Published 1 month ago by clmiranda07
5.0 out of 5 stars great Book
This book was very well written. I recommend it to people who like scifi and enjoy an impossible love story
Published 1 month ago by S. Castor
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
This was a fun book, one I really enjoyed while passing the time on a university trip. The pace is pretty quick, but there were a few issues I had. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HBell
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible series
Such a good series! Loved all three of the books. Incredibly well written, lots of detail, and very easy to become immersed in!
Published 2 months ago by Briana Radosevich
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite.
I love this book. It's well written and a super fun read. Lots of great Greek mythology and love story telling.
Published 2 months ago by Betsy
4.0 out of 5 stars good book!
It was an original story and the characters are easy to fall in love with. I haven't read many books dealing with Greek mythology in a young adult novels so cheers the the author!
Published 2 months ago by MJrvt
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am always hesitant to start books that are the first of a trilogy, and have years left to go before the final conclusion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Britt R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh, I think I like it
There are some plot points that don't quite connect, but the story is interesting, funny in bits and you do feel invested in the destiny of the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shannon
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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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