Starcrossed Book Review

Starcrossed Book ReviewStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini
two-stars
Series: Starcrossed #1
Genres: YA
Published by MacMillan Children's Books

Destiny brought them together.The gods will keep them apart.

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...

Starcrossed was one of those books that I picked up and had reservations as to whether the story was going to be for me or not. I’m sad to say it wasn’t for me. This book was so tropey and wordy I almost gave up half way through. Plus the characters bothered me – well the ones that we were allowed to get to know – you know when we weren’t following the two boring main characters around.

I think the problem with this book was that nothing about it was original. The characters were boring and underdeveloped and it felt like there was too much trying to be squished into one book. There was too many plot points and too little explanation, I felt lost throughout all of it and just bewildered by some of the choices and tropes that were used!

My least favourite character in Starcrossed was Helen – I hated her. Nothing about her made any sense. She spends her entire childhood knowing that she was incredibly fast and so much stronger than those around her but never thinks to question it just live with it. Experiences excruciating cramps for her entire life but never seeing a doctor – none of this is believable or normal. Her father never noticed his daughter crippled with stomach pain? I don’t think so. Plus she was so boring that I just didn’t care. That’s where I have an issue with this book. All the characters were boring, so by default the story was boring. I wanted someone to save me from Helen’s angst!! Please someone save me.

Favourite character in Starcrossed, um if I have to choose one I’m going with Noel. She was the life of this book, and her spirit kind of uplifted the book until it didn’t. I don’t know an awful lot about her and it kinda sucks that we don’t! If I could change the book I would just have Noel talking about the crazy crap that goes on… but then she was ruined in the end.

In terms of recommending this book – the answer would have to be no. I don’t think I will be carrying on with the series, and this book just disappointed me in every way if I’m honest. Crap characters and tropey plot equals upset reader!

Have you read this book?  Have I missed something vital in the story? Let me know in the comments below!

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