Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another Debut Author

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini is the 7th debut book I've read for The Story Siren's challenge. I may make it to ten after all.

  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Hardcover: 496 pages

  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0062011995

  • ISBN-13: 978-0062011992


    By Josephine Angelini

    ARC courtesy of Harper Collins and Net Galley


    Sometimes our dreams are so real that we have trouble separating the truth from our imaginations. And if we awaken with dirty feet, scratches and cuts, and remember a barren wasteland, then the dreams turn into a nightmare. Add a necklace that appears to be something different to each person that looks at it, a girl whose strength makes her almost invincible, and a bad guy with a mission, and you’ll find yourself reading just one more page, then another, and another unable to put the book down until you see what happens next.

    Author Josephine Angelini’s debut novel, STARCROSSED, introduces us to sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton, who lives in Nantucket with her father, Jerry. She knows nothing about her mother who ditched them when Helen was a baby. Helen has nightmares. But her dreams are the least of her problems. She “sees” things, like a white figure that vanishes and three sobbing women. At school, the mere sight of Lucas Delos and the other members of his family, new on the island, bring forth such hatred that she attacks Lucas. She doesn’t even know him, so why does she hate him? Also, she can fly. Helen soon discovers she has another power, too, that could be deadly unless she learns to control it. (No, I’m not telling. You’ll have to read the book to find out.) As Helen attempts to put together the puzzle that is her life, Lucas tells her his story, which is tied up with hers in ways she could never have imagined. Before long, Helen and Lucas are in love, a love that is doomed from the beginning.

    The characters in STARCROSSED are well-developed. Like people in real life, they’re not perfect, which makes the reader care what happens to them. I could feel Helen’s pain as she learned the truth not only about herself but about her mother and father, as well. The plot moves along with plenty of action. Myths, legends, love, and twists and turns make STARCROSSED a novel that you’ll remember long after you’ve read the last words. I’m looking forward to the sequel.



    1. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing your review.

    2. Nice review =] I like it.

      If anyone's interested, I've interviewed Josephine Angelini (author of Starcrossed) on my own blog, Ramblings of a Teenage Novelist. Read the full review here:

      Happy reading =]
      ~West x

    3. You're welcome, Susanne. The book has a lot of surprises in it.

    4. Thanks, Westrina. She has a great interview at her blog, everyone. Check it out.

    5. Everyone is reading and reviewing this book right now. It's killing me that I haven't gotten my hands on it yet.

    6. I know, Kelly. It's all over the Internet. I was lucky to get an ARC through NetGalley.

    7. Another summer read. Thank you Beverly.

    8. You're welcome, C. Lee. I can't speak for everyone, but I really enjoyed the book and wonder what happens to the characters in the next one.