Starcrossed (Starcrossed # 1) by Josephine Angelini | Reread Review

 

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Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Harperteen

Publication Date: May 31st 2011

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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I’ve really been in a rereading mood these past few weeks, and couldn’t resist revisiting a series that I absolutely adore, which is the Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini.

To start with, Angelini is a great author. Her writing flows really well, and the story moved along at a good pace. I found myself flying through the pages of this book, and felt completely absorbed within the story line, much like the first time I read it.

The plot of this novel is such a wonderful thing – it’s all about the Greek Gods and myths, which I absolutely adore. But the path this author took with the plot was completely unique, and I love it. I’m not a fan of the plot twist (actually, it breaks my heart), but there needed to be something there (which I know sounds pretty cryptic, but I can’t say much otherwise I’ll be heading into spoiler territory).

‘The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.’

Our characters are just awesome. Helen was a good main character, and I love Lucas and Hector, too. I actually thought all of the characters in this novel were great, and all had their own interesting personalities.

As I’ve already said, this was a reread for me, but I still love it just as much as I did the first time. It was so lovely to revisit a book that I love so much, and I loved having wave after wave of feels hit me whilst rereading it.

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence
  • Death

Thanks!

– Emma

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Reading Update!

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So the last time I posted on here, I was talking about how I was going to work on a blogging schedule so I could post more often. However, you may have gathered from the lack of posts from me that I never actually got around to doing that – these past few weeks have just been so hectic, so haven’t had the time. I know, I know: I’m an awful blogger.

But I’ve got a quieter weekend, and I’m hoping to catch up on pending reviews (I have six reviews to write – help haha!) I really need to get organised and sort my life out, and I’m hoping a schedule will help.

Here’s what I’ve read this month so far:

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Opposition (Lux 5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It was my first time reading this book, and I loved it! It was a great ending to a wonderful series, and I have a gushing review on the way (well, as soon as I’ve finished writing reviews for the second, third and fourth novels in the series).

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

I adore this series! This one was a reread for me, and I really enjoyed it. I love anything to do with Greek myths and Gods (which is totally because of Rick Riordan – if you have any recommendations for books including Greek stuff please leave them in the comment section below!), and I was just overwhelmed by the feels of revisiting a book that I love.

Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

I finished rereading the second book in this series today, and just like with the first one, I loved coming back to the characters and plot-line, because it’s so good! If you haven’t checked out the Starcrossed series, I can’t recommend it enough!

In other news, I’m shocked to say I’m actually reading quite a lot at the moment! So much so that I’m doing rather well with my Goodreads challenge:

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I’m three books ahead of my schedule – this day needs to go down in history haha! For the past few years, I’ve always been behind on my Goodreads challenge, so I’m really quite chuffed that I’m ahead for once.

I’m hoping to read next:

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I ordered this book online and it should hopefully be arriving tomorrow! I’m really excited to read it – not only does the synopsis sound great, but I read a preview of the first two chapters and it was so good!

I’m also planning on rereading the third book in the Starcrossed series, Goddess.

 

Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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June Wrap-Up

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June has been a good reading month for me in the respect that I’ve read some lovely books! I also feel like this month I’ve made some progress in getting back onto the full-time blogging bandwagon, which I’m really happy about.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

As I said in my review, our author tells a beautiful tale in this novel – it warmed my heart (and broke it a little bit too), and I loved it.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

This book is one of my favourite reads of 2017 so far! I absolutely adored it – our main characters were so cute, and the way anxiety was expressed was so accurate and truthful.

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

I received an ARC of this book, and it was such a lovely novel! The story line hooked me in, and I’m so glad that I read it.

I also reread Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater this month, but haven’t written a review yet. I really enjoyed rereading it though I did feel like the romance was definitely insta-love, but I’ll admit I’m sometimes a sucker for a cliche!

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Reading Update!

June Wish List

Bookish Update | June

Book Tag | Mid-Year Freak-Out

Bookish Quotes | June Edition

Contemporary Summer Reads

Release Day | If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

And that’s it for this month’s wrap-up!

What have you read this month?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Release Day | If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

 

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It’s just a quick post from me today guys – it’s my final week of college next week, and to say I’m ready for the summer is the understatement of the century! I’m also getting ready to perform at my first gig too, and though I’m certainly excited for it I’m also incredibly nervous. The point to my rambling is I’m really busy at the moment, so let’s get on with the post!

Carlie Sorosiak’s wonderful debut is releasing today, and I just had to write a post to remind everyone that they should go pick up this lovely book!

Goodreads synopsis:

Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

 

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In my review, I gave If Birds Fly Back four out of five stars! I was intrigued by the plot of the novel, and found myself having no idea where I was going to end up with at the end (which is a good thing, because it wouldn’t have worked if it was predictable).

I enjoyed the writing style (and loved the quotes and sections of script that were included amongst standard prose), and really liked our characters. Oh, and I think I need to mention the diversity in it, too!

Overall, If Birds Fly Back was a lovely book, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries!

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‘When he lifts my left shoe and sketches three little shooting stars on the white rubber, my first thought is, Even Cinderella didn’t have it this good.

Is this book on your TBR list?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Contemporary Summer Reads

 

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Summer is a wonderful time to be a bookworm, in my opinion. It’s long days filled with reading under the sun without a care in the world (well, if you’re still a student and don’t have a job, otherwise I’m sure you have lots of other things to care about).

When I picture summer, the first image that pops into my head is reading a nice contemporary book on the beach – and that’s exactly how I’m hoping to spend some of my summer days!

Here are some books I’m hoping to read this summer:

 

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I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I heard about it earlier this year! Does it not sound like the ultimate bookworm love story haha?! I’m hoping to buy this one soon so I can read it over the summer.

If you’ve read it, what did you think?

Goodreads synopsis:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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I received this book last Christmas and I still haven’t read it! I feel like this contemporary is perfect for reading in the heat of summer, so I’m hoping I’ll get round to it soon! I read How To Love by Cotugno a few years back and remember feeling very conflicted over how I felt about it, but I have high hopes for this book!

Goodreads synopsis:

Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer–99 days–with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother.

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly’s heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe wouldn’t quit till he got me to come to this party, and I’m surprised to find I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me–and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It sounds like it’s going to be so emotional, and I can already imagine the many tears I’ll shed when I read it.

Goodreads synopsis:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

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One of my bookish besties (the awesome Sophie from Mind of A Book Dragon) told me how awesome (yet heartbreaking) this book is, so of course I went and bought it as soon as I could. I’m hoping to read this book soon, though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cope with the feels!

Goodreads synopsis:

Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she’s going to win the national debating championship, then she’s going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer. But when Sammie discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she’d planned so perfectly is derailed before it’s started. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. Realising that her life won’t wait to be lived, she sets out on a summer of firsts: The first party; The first rebellion; The first friendship; The last love.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

And those are a few of the books I’m hoping to read this summer!

Are any of these books on your summer TBR?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Bookish Quotes | June Edition

 

June has been a really good reading month for me, and I’ve come across some lovely quotes! I thought it might be quite nice to start a monthly post sharing my favourite quotes from the books I’ve read that month, so I figure I’d give it a go!

Here are some quotes that I liked this month!

 

 

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a beautiful, touching novel; I adore it, and I love this quote because it’s so true. There are so many quotes I could’ve picked from this novel, but I thought I’d share this one. I can’t recommend this book enough!

You can check out my review of this book here.

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I loved this novel! I originally picked it up because the trailer for the movie adaptation looked really good, but I completely wasn’t expecting the book to be as amazing as it was!

You can check out my review of Everything, Everything here!

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If Birds Fly Back is such a lovely novel! I enjoyed reading it so much, and I’m so appreciative that I got to read it before it comes out (which, dependent on where you are in the world, is from the 27th of this month!).

You can check out my review here!

Have you come across any quotes you like recently?

Thanks!

– Emma

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June Wish List

This months wish list is going to be short because of this very sad reason: I own too many books. Well, that’s not quite true – let me rephrase that: I own too many unread books.

It’s true. I’ve fallen a victim to addiction of the book variety, and I need some help. Or rather, I need to stay ignorant to all the new shiny releases that look amazing and try to draw me in with temptation.

So, I’m going on a mini-book buying ban: I’m limiting myself to buying only one book a month until I can get my physical TBR down to a more reasonable number.

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However, it wouldn’t be a wish list if it was made up of just one book. Here’s a few books I’m wishing for this month:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I’ve been anticipating this book for a few months now, and I’m so ready for it to be published later this month!

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Be True to Me

Be True To Me by Adele Griffin

I only recently came across this book, and I’m intrigued by the synopsis! This book releases today, and you can get it from Amazon here!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This book sounds so emotional, and after seeing all of the great reviews of it, I had to add it to my wish list!

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

These are some of the books I’m wishing for this month! What books are you wanting to read this June?

Thanks!

– Emma

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