Starcrossed by Josephine AngeliniStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini


byJosephine Angelini

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—now it's getting harder. She's having nightmares of a desperate desert journey, visions of three women weeping tears of blood. And why is she possessed by the sudden, unstoppable urge to kill the handsome new boy in school, Lucas Delos?

A love written in the stars . . .

A feud started in ancient Greece . . .

A curse not even the gods can break.

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.
Title:StarcrossedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062012002

ISBN - 13:9780062012005


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! For all the teens and young adults who loves mythology and romance, this book is for you! Well written, action packed with lovable characters, I am looking forward to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! From start to finish this book (and entire series) captivates you. The plot line is amazing and just a wonderful read all together. First time I read this book I literally finished it and started reading it again right then!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Read the first 2 books in high school and only a year ago reread and finished the series. It's so good. One of my all time favorite series
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite series I've read this book and the entire series a dozen times. It's my go to when I don't have anything to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book A really great read. Finished it within a day. Recommend to all Percy Jackson fans.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly addictive So I picked this book up expecting a light and fluffy yet wonderful read. I was not at all prepared for the immediate adoration I had for these characters and their stories. This is my frustrating, obsess about, heartbreaking, ecstasy inducing read. And I wouldn't give reading this book up for the world.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series!!!! I read this series with lightning speed because I loved it!! It was SO addicting and I often think about this book even today....and I read it 3 years ago so that must mean its very good
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite This book has stuck with me since I read it earlier in the year. One of those books you end up reading with you're phone flashlight at 3 am. Amazing series and amazing characters
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! So good, worth the read!
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starcrossed Good book. Will read the next book for sure
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starcrossed Brilliantly written book it takes you into historical fantasy
Date published: 2014-01-23
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Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starcrossed I absolutely positively loved this book. It was amazing! This is something different from the normal paranormal romance books & it was a non-stop addictive read. Helen is an extraordinary teenager. Her mother left when she was a baby & her father raised her. She is special & doesn't know why or what her abilities include. All her life she hasn't known why she was different until a family moved to her island. They were all extremely beautiful & everybody was drawn to them. When Helen first saw Lucas at school, her first instinct was to attack & kill him. In her attempt the whole school was flabbergasted & couldn't understand why Helen would want to kill somebody she hadn't even met. This was built into her genes & she didn't understand why she was so angry with him. Lucas & Helen are drawn to each other, they can't be apart, but they can't be together. They have explained that Helen is a demigod & that's why she has wanted to kill Lucas, because his family are as well. They are from different families & that causes an instinct to kill one another. Somebody is trying to kidnap Helen. Lucas is trying to find the culprit & protect Helen in the process. Helen started training with Lucas & his family to build her strength & find all her abilities. While in the process, Helen ends up confiding in her best friend since birth Claire. Claire is not surprised & knew Helen was special. Ever since they were children Claire was testing Helen to see if she could be hurt. Helen was surprised, but relieved. Helen's love for Lucas grew stronger, but they cannot be together because of their families. The kidnapper is found & another is attempting to kidnap her as well. They are discovered & defeated. What will happen to Helen & Lucas & their love for each other? We will have to wait for Dreamless. This book was fantastic & highly recommended to everyone. I rated it a 5stars.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starcrossed I really enjoyed this, it was a new twist on the Greek gods and all the demo gods inbetween. And it was very well written and didn't destroy all the mythology that we all we all know and love. a brilliant YA novel that anyone can enjoy.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starcrossed It's a novel take on the classic Greek love story. The entire novel sticks to old Greek literature but with enough imagination so that it feels like a modern tale. It's a really engaging series and the main characters really endeared themselves to me.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starcrossed An amazing book! It's so well written the story just pulls you in, I stayed up all night reading this book and cannot wait to see what happens for Helen as she grows in confidence and ability. A definite read for anybody who enjoys fantasy novels
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starcrossed I loved this book, I couldn't put it down....can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starcrossed this was a very good book.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This was the first book I've read by this author and I devoured it! So good.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I love it! A great new look at Helen of Troy! ~Interesting characters and a twisting plot. A true must read for all Teen Fiction lovers :)
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! A brilliant work of fantasy and mythology, all wrapped up with a modern twist. Helen is the ideal reluctant heroine, and Lucas compliments her perfectly. The ride never stops!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! My first encounter with didn't disappoint. This one is really really good!
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Starcrossed is an amazing book!!! It is by far the best book based on Greek mythology I have ever read!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely for fans of Greek myth and the Trojan War! The Trojan War is one of my favorite stories of all time. There’s something about throwing it all away (really foolishly) for love, igniting tensions, starting an all-out war, and to have it all come crashing down around you in a rain of fire and blood, it just fascinates me. Angelini takes the Trojan War story and makes it the heart and soul of Starcrossed, but with a modern twist while weaving a new unique mythology into a classic. I was definitely drawn to the windblown Grecian style dress on the cover. But I didn’t truly grasp the importance of the ominous clouds and the rolling violent ocean in the background of the island shore until later in the story. Not much is solidly known about Helen of Troy, but when she’s imagined in books her god gifted beauty is always at the forefront and Starcrossed is no exception, I mean she is “The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships”. With such extreme beauty she tries her best to go unnoticed while hiding a host of secrets. She takes the phrase “painfully shy” to a whole new level, but when she finally finds out her true history she embraces herself a bit more and *insert training montage here* she gets pretty kick ass. I’m a bit conflicted about Helen, she’s not exactly the most intricate character ever, but I feel that she’s perfect for the role that she plays in the whole grand scheme of things. She acts as a catalyst for all these events, and an unwilling puppet. She lives her life, and in doing so the fates throw her into the path of Lucas Delos, that reignites an epic battle between ancient Greek houses and showing her a fate that is far bigger than she could have imagined. Angelini weaves incredible imagery especially with the Furies, every time I think of them it’s all very Japanese ghost horror movie with the pale cold skin, dark hair over a gaunt face with blood and bone chilling cries. The world building, which includes the usual modern small town with a highschool backdrop for the most part, but I feel like I get glimpses of a Greek theme that manage to slip their way into the buildings once in awhile. Where Angelini really excels is in landscapes, from the sweeping beaches of Nantucket to this hot and unforgiving desert in Helen’s sleep, where she walks until her feet bleed. The details in this dreamscape aren’t soon forgotten. The secondary character stand out much more for me. Most are named after a traditional Greek myth character. The family gets pretty extensive, but with such prominent names attached, it was easy to figure out who was who. What I saw with the characters is that their personalities reflected their mythical namesakes. So we see character’s like Cassandra (of Troy) who is sister to Lucas and an oracle, Hector the cousin who acts like the older brother to everyone and protects his family ferociously. The twins Ariadne and Jason (cousins to Lucas) and an aunt Pandora (naming your kid Pandora is just ominous!). Lucas, you can guess who he was supposed to be named for. He's at first a bit of a jerk, and I didn't really feel a pull to him. But after everything's explained, I could rationalize his behaviour and he gets pretty adorkable. He and Helen have a very unconventional relationship to begin with. I was really surprised that they were so viciously at each other’s throats, but it was really effective in reinforcing the mythology that pertains to their Houses. They can’t deny an intense physical attraction to one another. Since this story has been repeated throughout history it’s the most practical reasoning behind why these two are fated to be together. I mean in the original story Helen met Paris, and pretty much ran away with him (some say kidnapped) almost immediately after meeting, abandoning her husband AND daughter to be with him. It’s a Greek God ordained event, I’ll forgive my usual insta-love irritation at the fact, especially since they fit together so well afterwards, even with this whole will they or won’t they tension going on. Angelini used this book primarily to establish her world of myths, and to get Helen acquainted with her powers. I was completely swept up into the House politics. But she definitely took the reader on some twists and turns, reveals and betrayals that I didn’t see coming. I’m really looking forward to what the sequel Dreamless is going to entail, good thing it’s sitting on my desk just waiting to be read!
Date published: 2012-07-20

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.”