Review | Starcrossed | Josephine Angelini | Starcrossed #1


Hello, readers!

At the end of September, I finished reading ‘Starcrossed’ by Josephine Angelini. It took me about a week to read, which is noramlly quite slow for me. This, however, does not mean that this book bored me. In fact, it was quite the page turner!

About the book…

Author: Josephine Angelini

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: April 5 2011 (Spain)

Published in English: May 31 2011

Overview: Starcrossed is a young-adult fantasy romance novel by American author Josephine Angelini. The story follows a girl named Helen Hamilton, who is gradually revealed to be a modern-day version of Helen of Troy. After discovering her heritage, Helen learns that a union with the boy she loves may trigger a new Trojan War. The novel was followed by the sequels Dreamless and Goddess, and received praise from critics and fantasy authors amidst its release.

My Rating System…

1 Star – Awful, I hated it

2 Stars – Bad overall, but good in places

3 Stars – It was ok, not something I would read again

4 Stars – Really good, going on the favourites shelf

5 Stars – Amazing! Off to draw some fan-art…


The characters were very well developed in this novel. I found that Helen – the main character – reminded me a lot of myself, in that she was extremely shy and unpopular. At first, I thought that maybe Helen has social phobia because of her cramps, but then we found out the true cause of the cramps, and that was very imaginative and an amazing idea!

The Delos children I found were somewhat unoriginal. They reminded me an awful lot of the Cullens from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. For example, Cassandra in Starcrossed resembled Rosalie in that she hated the main protagonist, Helen. Ariadne resembled Alice in that she became best friends with her brother’s love interest. Jacob reminded me of Emmett in that he was like a big brother to Helen, and very welcoming. And finally, Victor reminded me of Jasper, in that he didn’t really like Helen to start with, but then began to warm up to her.

The characters of Claire (AKA ‘Giggles’), Matt, Zach and Gretchen were very well written about. Even though Zach and Gretchen were your typical high school antagonists, I found the scenes with them in really interesting, especially towards the end of the book when Zach was questioning the truth. Matt and Claire – in my opinion – were really good friends to Helen throughout the entire book. Yes, there were times when Claire wasn’t talking to Helen, but she still remained loyal to her and for me that is what really matters.


This book was very well thought out and very imaginative. I love the fact that Josephine really did her research for this book, especially with all the Delos children’s powers and being descendants of Apollo and all.

Other than the aforementioned Cullen/Delos family, I though this book was so original and unique and like nothing I have ever read before!


Overall, I would say that this book was definitely one of the best books I have ever read and for that, I am giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Tell me what you thought about the book in the comments!



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