Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini’s Website
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Purchased from
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Amazon:

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.

My Thoughts:

Okay, so I’m not exactly sure how I felt about this book.  I can’t really explain the main issue I had with it without giving away important plot lines.  I did like this book, though, and I am not sure if my dissatisfaction is because of this one element in the plot line.  I just feel like another popular fantasy series went down a very similar road (I can’t say which series, because then readers will know exactly what I’m talking about), and I felt really uncomfortable with it in the first series, so going down that road again with Starcrossed did not make me really happy.

Another thing that made me a bit uncomfortable was the whole fate vs. free will thing.  I understand that this book is really rooted in Greek Mythology, and fate played a huge role in those myths.  But I still had a difficult time enjoying that concept in this book.  I hated reading about Helen and Lucas practically wanted to kill each other towards the beginning of the book.  I’m not just talking about Helen and Lucas being angry with each.  The first time Helen sees Lucas she literally tries to strangle him!  The whole killing each other thing gets resolved though, with lots of the story left.  I just had a really hard time suspending my disbelief (which I usually don’t!!) for that part of the story.

That said, I was completely into the story as I was reading it, and couldn’t put it down.  I read the whole book in one day (and I’m a very slow reader).  I did like Helen a lot, and could completely empathize with her hating to be the center of attention.  Helen’s best friend Claire was amazing, too!  I would love to meet someone like her.  And the things she did to Helen when they were kids, so funny!

Another great this about this story was the family dynamics between the Delos family.  I loved seeing how they interacted with each other.  Which made that one part at the end of the story all the more sad.

Overall, I am glad I read this book, and I think it is worth reading.  There were just a few elements (that are important plot points) that made me feel uncomfortable.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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