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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kismet Blog Tour: Review/Giveaway: Starcrossed

Title: Starcrossed
Series: Starcrossed # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 31, 2011

"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."

WOOHOO! I simply adored this book. Not only was it addicting, but it had non-stop action! Starcrossed is one of those book that has you addicted even before you get more into the story. It's like, your mind just knows that this book is going to be good. So you keep reading until you hit the last page. And then be upset and mad cause your adventure is now over and you must wait!

The plot in this book is mind blowing. Let me the first to tell you sometimes fate sucks. In this book, fate just does not let them be. Lucas and Helen from the start are fighting against fate. I admit that I liked them fighting. It gave you more tension between the characters. You felt their love grown with each growing frustration.

The characters were a whole another set of story. Each characters had such a unique identity. They all had their flaws. I like how each of them played a role in Lucas and Helen's life's. They all stuck by each other as a family and did what they thought was best. Now some may think that some decisions were wrong, and I thought so too. But in the end, I knew they did it out of the kindness of their own heart. They were only looking out for each other.

The modern day use of Greek mythology totally rocked. I have seen books pop up everywhere with this plot line and I adore every single one. Ms. Angelini took Greek mythology and added a great new twist to the story. She kept the power of the Gods and Goddesses, just added a great heart-breaking love story and lots of action. Ms. Angelini created a amazing world that any reader can dive into. I can't wait to read the next book!

I give it 5 BITES!

Now for some great giveaways!
In order to enter to win a Kindle3 WiFi, including a copy of Starcrossed, a personal letter from Josie to the winner and covered in a GelaSkin of Starcrossed's cover art, you must collect the pink highlighted words from Lucas's love letter to Helen that are provide each day at the individual tour stops. The daily words can be joined together in sequential order to create the winning secret message. Once you've constructed the winning secret message, you will need to enter that message on Starcrossed's tour home page (

No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.

Full rules for the contest can be found at the Starcrossed tour home page (

Winner of the Kindle give-away will be announced on Josie's homepage ( on Tuesday, June 7th.

Ready for the secret message? Here it is:

This blog was also one of ten chosen to giveaway a Gelaskin for a Kindle! It is for US ONLY! And it can not be exchange for another one.

Enter HERE!

Want a finished copy of  Starcrossed? I am giving away 2 copies. One US and One International, via The Book Depository. Please make sure they ship to your country!

Josie was born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland. When she meets people from Massachusetts and tells them ‘what part’ she hails from, she usually gets one of two answers. The first is: “Ashland. Isn’t that in Oregon?” And the second is: “Did you just say Ass-land?”

Her next stop was about as different from her hometown as it gets without leaving the country. As soon as Josie was legal, she packed a bag and moved to New York City to attend NYU. Somehow, she managed to squeeze in a little higher learning between bar tending shifts and graduated with a BFA.

Massively in debt with college loans, she then moved to Los Angeles for reasons that are still a little blurry. Something about the weather was mentioned, and a vague idea to write poetry and find herself. She found that she is a terrible poet, but she never gave up on the writing bit.

Book Trailer:

The next tour stops are:

Monday May, 16th – Bewitched Bookworms/ Tour Kick-off!
Tuesday, May 17th – Becky,  Stories & Sweets / Starcrossed Skin giveaway
Wednesday, May 18th – Elie, Ellz Reads/ Starcrossed Skin giveaway
Thursday, May 19th - Heidi, YA Bibliophile / Starcrossed Skin giveaway
Friday, May 20th - See Scoot Read / Character Interview with Helen’s BFF Claire
Monday May, 23th – Missie, The Unread Reader / “When I’m not Writing”
Tuesday, May 24th – Savannah, Books with Bite /Starcrossed Skin giveaway and 2 Starcrossed copies
Wednesday, May 25th – Natalie, The Mindful Musings / Character Interview with Helen
Thursday, May 26th - Heather, Buried in Books /Starcrossed Skin giveaway & Interview with Josie
Friday, May 27th – Nely, All about {n} / “Josie’s Bookcase”
Monday May, 30th - Candace, Candace’s Book Blog / Starcrossed Skin giveaway & Interview with Josie
Tuesday, May 31st (Starcrossed Book Birthday!)Kristi, The Story Siren / Vlog post by Josie
Wednesday, June 1st - Small Review /Starcrossed Skin giveaway
Thursday, June 2nd – Jenny, Supernatural Snark / Starcrossed Skin giveaway & Character Interview with Lucas
Friday, June 3rd - Cynthia – A Book About Nothing /Starcrossed Skin giveaway

Tuesday, June 7th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Josie’s Blog!

Special Thanks to Kismet Book Tours and Ms. Angelini for letting me be a part of this tour!
Happy Reading!


  1. What an awesome post!!!
    I also loved every minute of Starcrossed and I'm glad you did too!

    So many great things to win! I wish I wish I could enter! Yesterday, I just got my own Starcrossed Kindle Skin and it is AMAZING! It looks so so gorgeous on a Kindle.

  2. Woohoo, yay for Starcrossed! I adored this book too! And just like you said, I really liked how the secondary characters had their own identity and how they played an important role in Helen and Lucas' life. Awesomeness!<3

    Also, thank you for the giveaway! I'd love to have a finished copy of this fantabulous book!<3

  3. I'm so excited for Starcrossed and I've really been enjoying the tour! Thanks for participating and for hosting two giveaways!

  4. I totes agree with Danny, the Starcrossed skin doth look super purdy on the Kindle. I think it would look just as nice, if not nicer, on Pearl the Nook. Just. A. Thought. ;)

    Great posts!! Yay for Starcrossed!!! =)

  5. Thanks for being part of the blog tour! :)

  6. ... and for the great review. ;)

  7. Oh what a great review. I will be putting this one on my wishlist ASAP!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm so excited for this book.

  9. That is one awesome kindle case,wish l was in the US!

  10. I'm so excited for this book!

  11. I love that this one involves Greek mythology (one of my favorite subjects ever!). Thanks for the review, I can't wait for it to be released.


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