DNF Chronicles: Starcrossed

DNF Chronicles: StarcrossedStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 31st 2011
Pages: 487
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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 upon a time, the phrase DNF (Did Not Finish) was not in my vocabulary. But sometimes you find those reads that simply do not click. These unfortunate, DNF reads are cataloged within the DNF Chronicles. Even though the book and I did not click, we hope that you will still give any of the books featured a shot.


I picked it up because…

  • I love myths. 
  • The book seemed to be a modern retelling of Helen of Troy. 
  • A pretty cover. 
  • It looked like a retelling I haven't read before, which intrigued me.

I read till…
I got about a third of the way through.

Stopped reading because…

  1. Starcrossed simply didn't grab me. Helen was an okay main character. But I found her to be really flat. Lacking enough substance to really make her stand out or even likable. 
  2. Twilight-ish moments. Usually, I don't mind book parallels. But these just rubbed me the wrong way. Too similar for comfort.
  3. Slow pacing. Nothing really happening. And after about 50 pages of that, I found my attention going elsewhere.

Would recommend this to…
readers who like myths. Forbidden love.

Despite my feelings for the book, I have read plenty of reviews in which people gush about Starcrossed. Most admitted that the beginning is a hump that you just have to overcome. But for me, it was a hump that I just could not get past.

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