Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini


From Goodreads: 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.

 YA Bound Review: Oh heaven help me, not only is this kind of love story that fires me up, but there’s sparks flying around the non-love interest guys, too!  Angelini is an amazing writer. She sets up a beautiful love story that has spanned the ages combined with an intense plot that keeps you turning the pages. Her writing is clear, descriptive, passionate, and at times humorous. One scene I was holding my breath and the next I was laughing out loud. A writer soon becomes one of my faves when she/he can pull off the love/hate relationship between characters, and Angilini smoked it with Helen and Lucas. Helen can’t seem to control the voice within herself urging her to kill Lucas, and finds herself chasing him down in the hallway at school, ready to pound his head in. But as the story progresses—no spoilers—Lucas and Helen overcome this, and fall in love. Beautifully written, the romance in this story is breathtaking. I loved all the twists and turns and heightened tension between Helen and Lucas as they struggled to be together, and decipher their connection to one another. The other characters are wonderful, too. Lucas’s family (hot brothers, whoa—and cool sisters) are great at helping to build that tension. I have to admit that I did kind of see the twist near the end coming, and was praying it didn’t go there, but… At least part of the story is written in third person, so we get another POV and the reader doesn’t have to wait till the next book to breathe a little easier. I really liked Helen. I’m so happy she was not a whinny, pouty girl that isn't willing to accept her powers. She’s tough, smart, and ready to fight for what she wants. I love the romance in this story. I love the action, the suspense, the plot, and… Just everything! It’s a great addition to the YA market and I’m counting down the days till I can get my hands on the second book. Anyone who enjoys Greek mythology, smoldering, true love romance, and action-packed plots, will devour Starcrossed. I highly recommend it!

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen


  1. Great review from Trisha! I've been wanting to read this one! Love Greek Mythology!

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  2. This sounds fantastic!! I am definitely one for smoldering true love! Marking this for reading later. :-)

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  3. Sounds like a great book!
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  4. I heard this book is great..your review makes wanna read it even more. Fingers crossed.

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  5. Great review, this book sounds amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Your thoughts make me want to read it NOW :) Thanks for the chance, crossing fingers

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  7. Great review! This book sounds great!

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  8. I cannot wait to get my hands on Starcrossed! I haven't been this excited for a book in a while, and after the great reviews, I'm only more eager :) Excellent giveaway! Thanks!

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  9. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!
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  10. This book is on my to-read list. Thanks for doing a nice positive review for it and for the giveaway too.

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  12. Sounds like a great book!
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  13. Great review! this is a definitely going on my to-read list. Thanks for a chance to win it :)

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  14. can't wait to read this one! lovely blog you've got here. thanks for posting the exciting review
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  16. I so want to read this book, it sounds awesome! I have read great things, thanks for the giveaway! Love the review as well!

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  17. +1 Hi Debbie, awesome review! I've heard nothing but great things about Starcrossed and your review doesn't dissapoint! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for doing this giveaway :)


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  18. +1 great review!! i've been dying to read this book! and thanks for the contest! would love to win!!
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  19. i'm always happy to read a new for me author book :)

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  20. This book really sounds like my kinda book!! And your review even more so. Thanks for bringing it our attention.
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  21. I loved the review! It's my first time hearing about the author and book, but I can already tell it's a must-read. My, what a beautiful cover! I can't wait to read it! :)
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  22. My, I really love mythology! Sounds like my kind of book! ;-)
    First she wants to kill him, then she wants to kiss him? LOL
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  23. Thanks for the review! Can't wait to read this. I love mythology. And I think this cover is really beautiful. Sounds like a great read.

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  24. Love anything Greek-mythology related! Waiting for this book for a long time! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. I can't wait to read this one-I've heard nothing but good things about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I love Greek mythology retellings. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  27. OOO! A love/hate relationship- CANT WAIT! I love Greek Mythology! Plus, Lucas is dreamy!

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  28. I so can't wait to read this book!
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  30. Great Review as always! I'd love to win this one :-) I am a follower, Tweeted (@EndingUnplanned), and of course commented (+5)

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  31. I want to read Starcrossed badly. Hee. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

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  32. Oh wow! I want to read this badly now! Thanks for the review and the giveaway! I can't wait to read it :)

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  33. Great review! I read the first 99 pages (online free) and I am so hooked! I cannot wait until it is released!

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  35. Loved it!

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  36. *O* It sounds like a good book! i love greek mythology also ♥

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  37. i've been wanting this book for ages! thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. Ooooh Looks like my kind of story! Great review Trish!

    I follow, and tweeted, not sure how to post a link though, I'm rather techtarded :P

    Happy reading all!

  39. are canadians eligible to enter this contest?

  40. I'm a follower! :) (GFC: Nicole L)

    and I tweeted!

  41. Oh, and I would LOVE to win this. I read the first 99 pages from Harper Teen, and now I'm hooked and want to finish so badly!

    By the way, I just started a book blog. I would love it if you'd check it out and maybe give me some tips?

    And I was wondering, how do you go about getting ARCs? Is there a process?

    Thanks :)

  42. Yes canadians are eligible to enter this contest.

  43. Can NOT wait to read STARCROSSED! Great review, Trisha! And thanks for sharing Debbie!