Starcrossed (Starcrossed Trilogy Series #1)

Starcrossed (Starcrossed Trilogy Series #1)

by Josephine Angelini


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ISBN-13: 9780062012005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Starcrossed Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 134,477
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.74(h) x 1.28(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in theater and a focus on the classics. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three shelter cats.

What People are Saying About This

Kiersten White

“Move over, Romeo and Juliet—Josephine Angelini debuts a dizzying tale of action, drama, and romance with just the right twist of humor and tragedy. Modern mythology has never been sexier!”

Lauren Kate

“A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can’t wait to read more!”

Sophie Jordan

“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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Starcrossed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 410 reviews.
ParaBooks More than 1 year ago
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! From my blog at YA Bound
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Helen has led a quiet life on the island of Nantucket. It's been just her and her father for as long as she can remember. Her mother left when she was very young, taking all of their pictures, erasing her existence. The only thing Helen has left of her is the heart-shaped locket she wears around her neck. Helen spends her days in quiet solitude. She has a few friends, helps her father out at the general store and runs track. She does everything she can to fly under the radar, not wanting to draw attention to the fact that despite her immense beauty, there is something very different about her. She is both freakishly strong and unbelievably fast. When the new school year starts, the arrival of the Delos family to the island causes a shift in Helen's world. Whenever she sees any of the members of the Delos family, an uncontrollable rage washes over her. She begins having dreams of dark-haired women, crying tears of blood, and someone is walking on the widow's walk of her house at night. Even more bizarre are the dreams of the barren wasteland she wanders in her sleep, and the mud and blood that cover her feet when she awakens. After Helen and Lucas Delos clash in the hallway at school, her life begins to veer even further of course. There's a reason behind the rage, the bloody women, the dreams and Helen's fast speed and abnormal strength. A secret that threatens her very existence. What Helen is about to learn about herself will change her forever and the only one who might be able to save her is the very boy who at one time, she wanted to kill. Jospehine Angelini has written a powerhouse of a novel. A modern retelling of Homer's Iliad, Starcrossed is a breathtaking paranormal romance with plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning quickly. The story moves at breakneck speed. I turned the pages so quickly I practically sprained my wrist. The characters are well-developed and the story perfectly paced. There is a very nice balance between the romance and the action of the book. I, personally, prefer the latter of the two, and I never felt like I wasn't getting enough. This one will appeal to fans of both. This is one to add to your summer reading list. The only downside is that I have to wait for the next installment. (At this time, Dreamless, the next in the series, is slated for May 2012)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will have you hooked from page one. I couldnt put it down, i was instently in love! This is perfect for us girls, i promise you, youll have it down by next week at the latest. Total nail biter, there were soooo many twist that i was left gasping. I was shocked at what ended up happening, and you will be to. You will never see it coming! This fantastic novel brings a new meaning to life, and the mythical world we all know and love. If your into the mytholagical fantasy this is your book. The perfect blend if fantasy, action, mystery, and romance. Fall in love with the book that is, Starcrossed, i know i did!!!!
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this book. First of all, the cover is gorgeous, the synopsis sounded interesting, and I love mythology. However, Starcrossed didn't turn out to be everything that I was expecting. Helen Hamilton leads a fairly ordinary life. She goes through the motions of school and chores and tries to avoid attracting any unnecessary attention. But all of that changes when the Delos family moves to Nantucket. When Helen finally sees Lucas, she hates him instantly; so much, in fact, that she literally flies into a rage and attacks him. And that is only the beginning. She can't bear to be around any member of the Delos family, and the feeling is mutual. Yet with one near-death experience, everything changes. Soon Helen and Lucas don't know if they are destined to be mortal enemies or star-crossed lovers. Helen has a lot to learn from the Delos family, about herself and her history, but when she finally learns the truth, will it be too much to handle? I really wanted to love this book. After hearing some of my friends talk about it, I thought I would love this book. But I couldn't. The mythology was interesting, and I enjoyed learning the truth about Helen's heritage and abilities along with her. Similarly, I liked getting to know the Delos family and their talents. The book was certainly never dull; there was always something new to discover or another sweet moment to experience. Yet even though the book was good, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I rarely ever say this, because so many books have similar plots (and let's face it, I read similar stories because that's what I like), but this book reminded me of Twilight. It took me a long time to see past the similarities; it wasn't the overall story that had things in common, it was the details. I think I could have overlooked a lot of this if the mythology had been stronger, but instead I spent more time trying to figure out what was going on for the first part of the book than being drawn into the story. That being said, I did enjoy this book. The second half of the book was much more engaging than the first. Aside from one of the last revelations, I felt that some important questions were finally answered. However, there is not much of a sense of closure; instead, a lot of threads are left to be addressed in the sequel. Even though it took a while to get into this book, I do plan to read the next in the series and see where Angelini takes this story. In Starcrossed, Angelini gives a unique twist to Greek mythology and uses it as a backdrop to two teenagers caught in an ill-fated love. I'll be curious to see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot of Starcrossed reminded me of the first book in the Mortal Instrument series in the sense that Helen Hamilton finds out she isn't as normal as she thought and she gets pulled into a secretive world full of power and death. Helen falls in love with Lucas and their relationship has a similar plot twist to Clary and Jace's, along with a parent who storms into her life with awful news. Overall I enjoyed the book's fresh take on mythology with the scion idea rather than demigods. The ideas were original and the plot flowed nicely. If you read The Mortal Instrument series and loved it I recommend this book, though Angelini's writing style is very different than Cassandra Clare's.
Emmie_Carrie More than 1 year ago
I could barely stand the first 50 or so pages of this book. It started out slow and boring and I thought about switching to another book. I was glad I stuck it out because before I knew it the storyline finally kicked in and I was reading till early hours of the morning. I just couldn't put it down. I recommend this book, but beware of the terrible beginning. I give it 3 stars because I feel that she could've wrote a better storyline at the start to make it more attention getting. Happy reading :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I've ever read that had me hooked beginning until end, which in turn hooked me onto the whole trilogy. If you truly enjoy this book, I urge you to continue on as it only gets better from here. I bought this book off a whim and now it's the first book that pops into my head when people ask me for recommendations. I love Greek mythology, and not only did this stick to the facts faithfully, but it gave it a unique twist. If you've ever been interested in the legend of Troy, this give the most unique insight that I think really explains perspectives in writing and how we view anything. The other thing I love about this book is how it actually portrays problems in a relationship, not petty problems but things that get in the way. It may not be like our realistic day to day relationships, but it adds depth to their love story, which makes it all the more, more interesting. Josephine Angelini is not only a mastermind, but a brilliant writer and I highly recommend this book for anyone.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
STARCROSSED and I didn’t have the best start. I had to adjust to Angelini’s writing style first. Then protagonist Helen seemed like a very static character and the things happening to her were more than strange and inexplicable. I don’t know on which page, maybe I was about 70 pages into the story, but suddenly I connected to it. I wanted to know what was about to happen to each character, see how they interact and what the Greek mythology references were about. Helen and Lucas are equal when it comes to their status as supernatural beings. I really liked that this paranormal love is about two equal lovers. They fall in love, they both want each other and although they are equal their love is yet another one forbidden. Angelini involved pretty interesting concepts of the correlation between love and hate. She also built great tension and I couldn’t wait for Helen and Lucas to get their special moment. When it was finally there…the tension just puffed. I hoped for a more vivid display of romantic scenes and still hope for that in the sequel (I'm sure Josephine Angelini will do a fab job). We got many characters and they felt like a huge family to me, so familiar and fun. I liked all of them so much. They all have talents that relate to ancient Gods. We also got the oracle of Delphi. Their talents fascinated me, the powers of Gods or semigods seem endless. THE VERDICT I give it 4,5/5 stars. STARCROSSED is the first of many Greek mythology themed books being released right now and it was the best to start with. I’m eager to learn more about the Greeks and Lucas’ and Helene’s love story in the much anticipated sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING. I loved everything about it! I just fell in love with every character, espcially Hector!!! <3333
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ancient Greece meets tiny New England fishing village. Its a fresh take on an ancient story, blending legend, history, fantasy and teenage hormones. A page turner from the start to the finish.
YA-Sisterhood More than 1 year ago
I was amazingly lucky enough to receive an e-galley of Starcrossed through Netgalley last February, so it has been awhile since I read this book. However, I still find myself telling people all about this book. I personally, and several of the other sisters on the blog also, have a little thing for Greek Mythology. Because of this, I was hooked from the very beginning! Starcrossed had the perfect mix of what we love about ancient Greece and our modern world. How fascinating it was to have furies suddenly appear in the middle of beautiful, modern day Nantucket. The romance was steamy, the plot was action-packed, the characters were spunky (and not just the main ones), and there was one little twist that will rock you to your core! Oh yeah, I must not forget to tell you that Helen and Lucas are doomed by destiny!!! Do I have your attention now!?!? All in all, it had everything that our readers are looking for in a book! If you are a fan of Greek mythology and books like Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Amy Carter's Goddess Test, read this book today!!! Then you'll be out searching for your own Greek God or Goddess!
brittanydhoward More than 1 year ago
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Release Date: May 31st 2011 Reviewed at: YA-Sisterhood book blog Reviewed by: Baby sister Brittany The Sisters say: Solid. Satisfactory. Smashing. What I LOVED about it: THE SETTING. Nantucket made for a unique and interesting setting that worked well with the plot of the book. THE MYTHOLOGY. I'm a huge Greek mythology fan, and all the connections to the Trojan War made me one happy reader! I especially enjoyed Helen's mysterious dream adventures, and her encounters with the fates. HELEN'S BFF, CLAIRE. She's pretty awesome. That's all I've got to say. THE RELATIONSHIPS. I adored Helen's relationship with her father. They were quirky and witty, and it was fun to look in on their lives. I loved the family dynamics of the Delos family (which, by the way, abounds with dreamy male characters). Add this to your to-read pile! For a full review containing spoilers visit the YA-Sisterhood book blog on blogger.
tripsis on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I think I went into this book with my hopes too high. I love Greek mythology and stories of starcrossed lovers, so I thought that Starcrossed would be perfect for me! I did enjoy the book, I just didn¿t love it as much as I thought I would.Helen lives her life trying to get by under the radar. She lives with her single dad on the small island of Nantucket. From the beginning of the story, we get hints that Heleny isn¿t quite.. normal. She seems to have super human strength and speed, but tries her best to hide it so that she still appears normal. She also has major issues with attention, which is where my first gripe comes from.Helen hates the spotlight. She avoids any kind of attention at all costs. When the spotlight is cast on her, she feels physically sick. Helen is also very self-degrading, always going on about how she¿s not pretty, she¿s a huge nerd, she has a horrible reputation in school, complaining about people hate her, etc. This really, really bothered me. Towards the end of the book we do learn that the whole ¿feeling sick when she gets attention¿ thing isn¿t really her fault, but it still bugged me a lot. During most of the story, Helen felt like such a weak character. I couldn¿t like her when she was constantly complaining, feeling sorry for herself, and generally acting childish. One of the other characters, Hector, actually told Helen that she needed to grow up. I definitely agree with that statement!So, moving a head a bit, Helen meets a new boy at school named Lucas. For some reason, she has an uncontrollable desire to kill him. She¿s filled with so much rage and hatred towards him but has no idea why. We later learn that this is because of The Furies. The Furies basically turn the different `Houses¿ (based on lineage) against each other. But Helen and Lucas fight against this, believing that they¿re actually destined to be together. And so, they fall in love. Cue issue #2.I kind of feel like there was no ¿falling in love¿ phase for Helen and Lucas. One minute they hate each other¿s guts, then Lucas saves Helen¿s life and suddenly they¿re holding hands and stuff. But then here¿s the even more annoying part: Lucas is always holding Helen¿s hand and making remarks that suggest he likes her, but then he tells Helen that they can¿t be together. But even after he says that, he continues to hold her hand every chance he gets. Talk about leading a woman on! I thought that was just so annoying¿ I would be so pissed if a guy did that to me in real life. If he thinks they can¿t be together, he shouldn¿t be treating her like he wants to date her!The last character I¿ll talk about is Claire. Claire is Helen¿s best friend. As Helen is figuring out that she¿s actually a demigod, etc., she doesn¿t tell Claire about any of it. Eventually Helen tells her and Claire is basically like ¿I knew that already.¿ How did she know? She found out she could fly by pushing her off a roof when they were kids (just to find out if she could fly). She also tried stabbing her once just to see if it would hurt her. At first I liked Claire¿s character but after that, I just thought it was a bit weird. I thought it was too convenient that Claire did all those things (which is psycho in itself) and then actually put the pieces together. I mean if I pushed my friend off a roof and saw her ¿float gracefully to the ground,¿ I¿d think I was going crazy. I wouldn¿t automatically think, ¿Okay, she can fly.¿ The whole thing just seemed too `easy¿ to me.Overall, I did enjoy the Greek mythology aspects of this story and the whole blood feud, but I think I overhyped it for myself. I went into it desperately wanting to love the story, but there were too many let downs for it to be a 4 or 5 star book. I probably will read Dreamless eventually, but I¿m not in a huge hurry.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Nantucket native Helen Hamilton knows that she's different, but she doesn't know why. She's beautiful but painfully shy, and though she's both smart and athletic, she holds herself back in both areas so as not to draw attention. When the Delos family moves to the island and their teenage children start attending Helen's school, Helen finds herself consumed with an inexplicable burning hatred toward these newcomers. Helen's usually pretty easygoing, so her emotions come as a surprise to her and her friends. She even physically attacks Lucas, one of the Delos boys, in the hallway at school. Everything changes, though, when she and Lucas end up saving each others' lives. Helen learns that she is a demigod -- part of one of four rival families who have been battling since ancient times. And though Helen and Lucas are undeniably attracted to each other, they can never be together . . . the fate of the world depends on it.So, this is sounding pretty Twilighty, right? A shy, beautiful girl, a mysterious family of beautiful people, a forbidden romance . . . I'd actually say it's Twilight meets Percy Jackson, and recommend it to people who enjoyed both of those series. It does have an edge over Twilight in a few ways, though. For one thing, Helen is as strong as the Delos family. They do some Cullen-esque protecting of her, but they also work on training her to use her gifts, and they acknowledge that she has the potential to be stronger than any of them. For another thing, Lucas is not as cold as a marble statue, he doesn't sparkle in the sunlight, and he has no desire to eat Helen. 'Nuff said, right? And I also appreciated that Helen doesn't completely dump her mortal friends for the Delos family. As for weaknesses, there are places where the writing is a little clunky, there are some weird perspective shifts toward the end of the book, after being pretty much in Helen's head for the bulk of the story, and Helen's passive attitude toward her training got on my nerves sometimes. Still, this was an enjoyable read which I'm sure I'll be recommending to teens looking for something similar to Twilight, and I'll probably read the sequel sooner or later.
Julie.G. on LibraryThing 4 days ago
OMGods this book was amazing! Its a tale of Helen Hamilton, a 16 year old girl who is a DemiGod but does not know it. She has been brought up on the island of Nantucket by her single father, as her mother left her when she was little. Helen hamilton is going through the same stage many teens go through at some point, feeling like they dont belong, trying to find themselves, and it isn't until the Delos family moves to the island that Helen finds out she really is different, and that she could be the change these Scions need.I LOVE this book, it has been my favourite this year and I can't wait till the next one in the saga, Dreamless, comes out in May 2012. The story of these two starcrossed lovers, Helen Hamilton and Lucas Delos is intriguing and has kept me thinking about this book way after the time I have finished it. I would walk through Hades with Helen anytime if thats what it takes to get you people to read this! If you have not read this book yet, DO IT! Even if you aren't usually into greek mythology sorts of books, give this one a chance, give Josephine Angelini a chance to change your mind.
IReadToEscape on LibraryThing 4 days ago
When I first saw this book, I wasn¿t too sure that it was my type of book but as the story progressed I ended up LOVING it! This isn¿t the first time I¿ve read a book about Greek Mythology, so I had high expectations and the author just absolutely blew me away! It captivated me through out the entire book, it was phenomenal.The characters very beautifully written, I felt that each character, like every other character, played a very important role. Helen the shy and beautiful protagonist of the story gradually gains confidence throughout the story as her (AMAZING, might I add) talents are slowly revealed. Then there is Lucas, he¿s pretty much the perfect guy any girl could ever dream of; he¿s strong, kind, loving and protective. The Delos family and Helen¿s Dad were just so lovable and protective; it had me smiling so big. Helen and Lucas have an epic romance that I just LOVED¿Helen is one lucky girl!It was SO good that I finished in few hours. Josephine¿s writing was dramatic, suspenseful, romantic and intense; it was absolutely flawless. The suspense was perfect, it will have readers guessing and delighted. I can safely say that all the words I used to describe this book were just an understatement. YES, it was that awesome! I can¿t wait to read more! I highly recommend Starcrossed! And no wonder there is a sequel¿OMGods! I can¿t wait until the second book comes out! Look out for Dreamless coming out in May 2012!Rating: 5 out of 5
Hmnicks on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Wow! After plowing through this book in a couple of days all I can say is that I'm exhausted. I really got caught up in these characters and how impossible their situation would be to escape. I am hooked and need to stay with them until the end. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, which will be released in May. This is a frustrating read, to warn you in advance, but the character development is there. The story is very slow to unravel at first, but gives you just enough to make you keep reading. Good luck to this author, I hope to see many more from her in the future.
Annesanse on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I reallly enjoyed Starcrossed. It was my first foray into any kind of Greek mythology, so I didn't really know what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the characters and the romance was really sweet. It was a little bit creepy in parts, but in a good way. There were also a few super funny parts that made me laugh out loud. The only thing I really have a problem with was that it ended so abruptly. I was listening to the audiobook so I didn't realize I was nearing the end of the book. I was definitely surprised. I don't feel like it actually finished any of the storylines. I'm not sure when the next book comes out, but I'll definitely be watching for it.
Nicole_Ivonne on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Starcrossed was such an amazing book! :) I could not put it down! I loved Helen's relationship with Lucas and also with her father and her best friend Claire. Hands down the best book I've read all year. I am anxiously waiting for the second book Dreamless!
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing 4 days ago
In Nantucket, MA nothing interesting really happens and everyone pretty much knows each other. So when word gets out about the new students attending Helen's school and how hot the boys are, the town goes a little overboard with gossip. Helen starts to get a little bored with the stories and is probably the only girl in the whole school who doesn't seem to really care about the new hot students.Then one day heading to class, Helen locks eyes with Lucas. Immediately everything begins to fall apart. Helen feels nothing but pure anger towards Lucas and his family, and for Lucas the feeling is mutual. Lucas understands exactly why he feels this way, while Helen on the hand is left confused and wondering why? The more they tried to stay out of each others way, the more they find themselves crossing paths.I really enjoyed Starcrossed. It was nothing like I expected it to be. Helen was a very easy-going character and easy to relate to. Actually, pretty much every single character in Starcrossed will find a way into your heart. I loved them all and found Helen to be super funny. The way Josephine developed the romance between Lucas and Helen, to me, was very well written. It wasn't your typical boy meets girl and then boy and girl fall in love. A lot of things happen between the two and their chemistry felt so real. Not only did they fall for one another, but they were also really good friends. They shared so many emotions without any words. Josephine did an amazing job at describing and explaining things. My only issue with Starcrossed was that it did take me a couple of chapters to fully get into. I found the beginning to be a little slow. There is one other thing, but I can't really discuss it without sharing any spoilers. Overall, Starcrossed is unpredictable, full of twist, and a definite page turner. You won't be able to put it down until you read the final page in the book. I love the story Josephine delivered and cannot wait for the second in the series, Dreamless. Starcrossed is definitely a book to keep your eye out for. 4 out of 5 Stars
SupaGurlbooks on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Fine piece of writing here! It has it all locked up in this amazing story. The characters are all very well written and you feel for/with them *I love that* and the story itself *sigh* totally engrossing and exciting. Loved everything about it¿and especially the banter with some of them.Want to get lost in a great book? great love story? some great action? GET THIS! it will not disappoint
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Fun young adult-a great book based on Greek Mythology for an older audience-great love story, also.
BookSpot on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Starcrossed, Josephine Angelini¿s debut novel is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading about Greek mythology. Sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton has spent her entire life living on Nantucket, a sheltered area to be sure. But Helen¿s always been the little bit different one, a fact only compounded now that she¿s tortured by what have to be hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood.Then, there¿s the new family that¿s moved to the island. Helen¿s best friend couldn¿t be more intrigued by them and everyone else can¿t help noticing how gorgeous they all are ¿ but Helen, known to be very beautiful herself ¿ has a very different reaction. To one of the boys, Lucas, in particular.No one can know, though, the role Helen or the new family is destined to play in each other¿s lives. Truly destined, too, by the Fates.With hot summer heat, gorgeous boys, witty banter, complicated relationships, and adults involved in the story in such a way that they actually contribute and enhance the plot (this is a thing of mine), Starcrossed has so much going for it.Then you add in the originality of its mythos, which some of the book and buy sites delve into more but I¿m not going to because I think it¿s spoiler-y, and you really can¿t compare Starcrossed to much else.A few similarities could be found to Twilight (Lucas has the family and they all live in the big house together, plus a few other, I-say-spoiler-y things), but that¿s really about it¿and something that is so general you can likely find it in a lot of paranormal books.Personally the relationship between the two main characters just didn¿t have that extra special oomph for me (for a reason I can¿t quite put into words), but I¿m still really excited to read the next books in the series and see if that develops for me.
TheRandomGirl on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I'm having a hard time trying to put how my I loved Starcrossed, into words. This is modern mythology at it's best. Josephine Angelini brings on an epic tale of heartwarming romance, kick-ass action, and exciting drama with the right amount of sexiness.The excitement kicks off when the Delos family roll into town...and when Helen tries kill Lucas Delos, the handsome¿heck, sexy¿new boy that Helen feels the burning need to rip apart, and choke the life out of him. Helen doesn't know why she wants to kill the Delos family, until she finds out what they are. And woo-boy, Josephine Angelini brings demigods to a whole new and interesting level, ever since Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.I've lost count on how many times I've ran, ¿Holy crap! This. Is. Awesome.¿ through my head as I progressed through the novel. The action was just off the top, totally cool and thrilling. As well as the drama! Oh gosh, the drama and romance was so addicting, I got so caught up in it. I fell in love with the characters¿especially Lucas!¿and suspected those mysterious baddies. Man, no wonder Greek epics, with big amounts of tragedy and drama had been famous then. I kept thinking, ¿Damn, this is way cool.¿ I couldn't get enough of Starcrossed!I'm still hyped over the book. Josephine Angelini shared with us her amazing, epic, captivating debut novel, and I fell in love with it. Reading 487 pages, sitting my butt off, was completely worth it. I need more!
readingdate on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I have a passing interest in Greek mythology, though I¿m not too well versed in the subject. The recent mythology trend in YA books has caught my interest, and the buzzed about Starcrossed seemed like a good place to start. I know just enough to be interested in the subject but not so much that the plot was predictable. Starcrossed got off to a slow start for me but held my interest once we got to the heart of the story. The unexpected twists and complex story made for an entertaining read and should appeal especially to mythology enthusiasts.Helen has a monotonous life and has always felt out of place, and her physical appearance and abilities on the track team make it hard to fly under the radar. Once the Delos clan comes to town her world is turned upside down. And when Helen meets Lucas she goes into full on attack mode much to her surprise. She has no knowledge of the centuries old feud that has been brewing between their families but she feels compelled to try to kill him anyway. Slowly the truth is revealed to Helen and the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together.Their complicated family history makes for an intriguing romance between Helen and Lucas, who find they are drawn together despite their differences. Helen eventually realizes she¿s falling for him and decides not to kill him after all. Lucas brings out the best in Helen and helps her confidence to grow as she learns more about her powers and history. Their chemistry together is one of the strengths of the book.The Delos clan is a group with special abilities, similar to other gifted families found in paranormal books. It¿s a large family, and this group helps Helen feel a sense of belonging. I like these family situations in books and enjoyed the drama, history and education they provided. There is a large cast of characters though so sometimes I found it hard to keep track of everyone. They also lost me a bit with the mythology parts.The ending of Starcrossed was full of suspense and surprise that left me hanging. The book ends abruptly with many loose ends, and at first I thought I was missing part of the audiobook. Ultimately, the story is complicated and interesting, but I wished for more closure in the first book. The book could have been tightened up a bit to get to the meat of the story faster. Readers up on their Greek Mythology will probably find Starcrossed enticing, but you may want to wait to read it until the second book is out to get more closure.The narrator for the audiobook is Devon Sorvari, and she fit the character of Helen very well. She played up her insecurity and vulnerability perfectly in the first part, and gradually changes into a more confident voice. She capably handled the voices of the many characters without any distracting characteristics. She is a pleasant reader to listen to for fourteen hours and seems well suited for this series.The sequel to Starcrossed is called Dreamless and it is expected to hit shelves in May 2012.