Review of Wonderment: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Posted 5 May, 2011 by Danny in Uncategorized / 28 Comments

by Josephine Angelini (website, twitter)
Publication: May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen
copy received from publisher
synopsis from 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.

I’m stunned by it’s awesomeness!

This was amazing! One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time!  I couldn’t stop once I started and I turned page after page not wanting to stop. Exhilarating!

 This is the story about Helen and about Demi-Gods

So where to begin?. Helen always knew she was different and special but had no clue why until there are is a strange family moving to her tiny little island. They have strange names like Pandora, Ariadne and all look incredibly beautiful and … they seem to hate her. There is also Lucas and when the others of his family hate Helen with Lucas everything is even more intense. So intense that Helen tries to kill him.

Honestly the plot is way to detailed and waved that there is no way to go any deeper into it without spoling it.

Helen, our wonderful, beautiful and sweet heroine… 

Helen is a wonderful heroine – not aware of her own beauty and strength, she’s self-conscious and is the happiest when with her Dad and her only friends. When she has to face what she is she tries to face her fate and heritage bravely. But still, she’s vulnerable and has yet to learn what all that means for herself. I love Helen, I really did and I found her wonderful believable, earnest and genuine.

*sigh* *swoon* 

Then there is Lucas who has known all his life what and who is he and against all odds he and Helen fall in love. But they can’t be together and it’s tearing them apart. And.. it teared me apart! It was so cruel to see how those two a perfect for each other yet they will never have a chance to be together. My heart was aching for them….

Incredible awesome secondary characters! 

I absolutely loved also all the secondary character, they were are wonderfully described and developed. From Hector the big boy that loves to fight, but also deeply loves his family. Cassandra the poor young girl that needs to be so mature. And Claire, Helen’s best friend. I think I loved her the most! She’s the best friend you can wish for and she’ll will surprise you towards the end and leaves you mouth open in surprise!

The plot is deep and has so many twist and turns it never ever got boring! I couldn’t believe what you could pack all in one book, yet there is more to come. I love books like this, that keep you on edge the whole time and manage to surprise you with it’s turns and twists.

Butterflies and Tears! 

I LOVE love LOOOVED the romance. It gave me butterflies and it broke my heart over and over again and it was arching with the two poor lovers. When a story is able to trigger such a emotion is has to be good and this one is fantastic!

Bottom Line

Wonderfully deep, emotionally captivating – Star-Crossed lovers that will make your heart ache for them – all mixed with Greek Mythology in it’s finest, I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

Also, Starcrossed is going in an amazing Blog Tour which starts May 16th! 
You can see the Tour Dates by clicking of the Banner. 
And most amazingly, you can win a Kindle with a Starcrossed cover on it
 and 10 Kindle Satracrossed covers too! 
There will be lot’s of amazing things during the Tour so watch out! 
I’m absolutely excited about this!! Wooot! 

Now I want to share something else with you. Germany also is going to publish Starcrossed, and it’s even releases earlier than in the US (which is a first!!) 
The German version is called “Göttlich Verdammt” which is a truly fitting title, it means “divine cursed” (loosely translated…). And the Germans even produced a song fro Starcrossed! Yes, Starcrossed has its own band and song. Can you believe it??? And it’s awesome!! Check it out, I added the Youtube video for your pleasure below!
Much much love,

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28 Responses to “Review of Wonderment: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini”

  1. Yay for Starcrossed!<3 I LOVE this book too! There are so many amazing things about it, I wouldn't even know where to begin… I loved Helen, the whole idea of gods and demi-gods, all the secondary characters that were so well developed, Lucas!!! *swoon*… everything! And it let me a little broken hearted too…
    Great review! 😉 I'm DYING to have my own hardcover copy and read it again and again!
    *end of major fangirl moment*
    P.S. Cool video!

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  2. Starcrossed was wonderful!!! My first One-Sit-Read! I read it twice and I've only done that with very few books._Do you love those Delos boys or what? Lucas is swoon-worthy and made me wish so badly I was Helen tee-hee! I love the way she played up the secondary characters and so glad Giggles is part of the 'clan' and look forward to the next book so badly!__Josie sent me a personally signed ARC because she was worried about me reading it off the computer and then she was afraid the book would be to heavy! It's my legs that are the problem but the fact that she remembers and cares speaks volumes about her! She's an amazing person on top of being an amazing writer.__ I'm so glad you loved the book, too! I value your opinion on many things and have you on my blogroll! __Beautiful review and Thanks so much for sharing it with us!__Kristi-The Book Faery

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  3. Heather Rosdol

    I told Josie she was going to be a star after this book comes out, but I don't think she believes me! I so love this book! No one else can have this word- it's EPIC! Got that from the 14 yr old. My whole review is sprinkled with that word. I absolutely loved this book! The stories within the story everything is so wonderful about it! I could gush for days and days. I can't believe this is her first novel. I have the ARC, but I'm going to buy the hardback when it comes out. It's one of those books I'll treasure forever! Oh and great review!


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  4. OMG, I had my eye on this one, but was debating if I should get the book or not. Your review completely convinced me, and I'm going to make sure to get this one and read it. Who says book bloggers don't sell books…you totally sold me on that review, Danny! 😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! 😀

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  5. Jessica Austen

    Starcrossed sounds so mysterious and adventurous. I've never been to Nantucket but I visit Marthas Vineyard almost every year and I think those Islands are magical and the perfect setting for a story about a teenage demigoddess trying to figure out what the heck is going on and who she is.

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