Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

I love Greek mythology and I love a good romantic tale. Combine the two and for me, you’ve got a winner. I’ve now read “Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini multiple times and I have to admit, I don’t get tired of it. I’m still able to take in the fine details and enjoy the development of the characters. The first time I read this book I really did not care for the main character, Helen. She annoyed me. However, I loved her best friend Claire. She is a great secondary character and I would love to read her story…especially detailing how she grew up with Helen, observing Helen’s weird “powers” and how Claire dealt with it. I think it would make a great prequel (hint-hint Ms. Angelini.)

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“Starcrossed” is the story of teenage Helen. She is stunningly beautiful, socially awkward, and unswervingly loyal to her family and closest friends. When the Delos family moves to her island home, her life is turned upside down. As she battles uncharacteristic feelings of rage towards these strangers, she begins to doubt her own sanity. Added to her violent mood swings is exhaustion, as she begins to have bizarre nocturnal journeys. What do you do when you have a nightmare and you wake up covered in sand, grit and grime and you know you’ve not left the house? Like Helen, you’d probably think you were losing your mind.

After a life-changing and death-defying encounter with Lucas Delos, Helen’s pseudo-normal world explodes. She is swept away by ancient passions and a feud dating back to the Trojan War. Can she find her place in this new world, now that she knows who she really is? What about Lucas and their feelings for each other? “Starcrossed” is a journey of epic proportions taking the reader into the world of Gods, demigods, and their ill-fated love affairs.

“Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini is a recommended read. It successfully combines mythology with modern day. There is plenty of action, believable dialogue, and fantastic secondary characters. The love story of Helen and Lucas is believable as well as frustrating at times, but you keep cheering for them. Give “Starcrossed” a read; you won’t be disappointed.

Josephine Angelini’s book “Starcrossed” is book one in a trilogy. Check it out and her other books at her site: http://www.josephineangelini.com/books/

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Writer and reader by day, reader and writer by night. I freelance full-time, am finishing my first novel and learning to navigate the wonky world of publishing.

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2 comments on “Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  1. Thanks for the balanced review!

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