Book Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Series: Starcrossed (#1)

Published: May 31st 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads: “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.”



Once you finish a book and all you can think is “Well at least the author’s name is cool…”, it’s not okay!

It’s as if someone shoved The Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson and Twilight all in a single book. I really can’t understand how come I was able to read the whole book without throwing it across the room or even setting it on fire. I give up on reading books based on Greek Mythology legends. Seriously!

How the author came up with this book is a mystery to me. She must’ve dreamt of it, a very crazy, senseless dream. even more than they usually are.

This book begins with Helen, a beautiful girl with hidden powers, she is constantly getting sick, she also panics in crowds and hates attention, hiding herself behind her miniature of a friend, Claire.

One day, a mysterious family arrives into town, they are all hot and beautiful (sounds familiar?) and once Helen sees one of the guys, Lucas, she tries to kill him. Yes… In the middle of the school, with everybody looking. Afterwards they blame her attack on a heat stroke (seriously?!). Of course everybody believes the excuse because it’s convincing and let’s admit, it happens all the time. *note sarcasm*

Helen later finds out she’s a Scion, her ancestors are the gods and goddesses of Olympus and so is Lucas and his family. Luca’s family belongs to the House of Thebes (I can’t remember the name, didn’t bother to memorize), they’re descendants of Apolo. Helen doesn’t know who her mother is, since she ran away when Helen was little and left her with her father, Jerry, who behaves more like a silly cousin rather than a father.

I really don’t want to go any further with my review, I believe it is pointless to tell you more, I will tell you only the main parts of this book:

Helen has the face of Helen of Troy; she can fly (whatthefuck), her God is Zeus and Aphrodite (power and beauty of course, so convenient), Lucas is actually Paris, Lucas and Helen are star-crossed Lovers;

Helen’s mother is a bitch; they are all liars; the Furies are my fav characters and …



no, they’re actually not, Helen’s mother just decided to say that they were cousins because she’s a bitch.

The whole incest matter of course made me think of The Mortal Instruments. Well, it’s not really incest, but what if it was? It would mean that in the last book of this series Helen and Lucas aka Paris would get married and have disabled children. That would be an interesting twist of events, but alas this is a young-adult book, all has to end well.

I need to add one last thing… the “dude’s name”, why Lucas? I am seriously so done with guys whose names are Lucas! What’s up with that name? I have read almost 20 books with a hot guy named Lucas, Lucius, Luca, Luke, whatever! Is it one of those names who belong only to hot guys? Or is it also part of the lack of originality?

I’m sorry if you liked this book and I just dissed it big time. All I can say is that I’m not going to waste more of my time and read the second one, since the first one was definitely not made for me.

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