I won't be posting on the blog until all the work is finished on my new site, which will hopefully be done by next week.
I'll miss you all desperately. ;)
I'm a little behind due to the work being done on my site so please forgive me if I haven't posted your review yet. I'm posting them one at a time in the order they were received, so as to give each review its own entry.
This one is from Damaris over at Good Choice Reading.
You won't be able to put it down until you read the final page in the book. I love the story Josephine delivered and cannot wait for the second in the series, Dreamless. Starcrossed is definitely a book to keep your eye out for.
You can read the rest here-
Thanks, Damaris! :)
The bad news:
This site may be down intermittently while the new site goes up.
The good news:
The new site is gorgeous!!!
Hey, hey, hey, want to read the first 99 pages of my book?
Click on the Harper Teen link below...
... and buckle up!! :D
This one is from Alice over at The Reader Room.
If you love mythology, romance and some action then this is definitely the book for you! A fabulous read.
You can read more here--
Thanks, Alice! :)
And the winners are...
Congratulations to the both of you!
Please e-mail me your mailing addresses (email@example.com) and I'll get your ARCs out to you ASAP.
I wish I could give everyone an ARC-- I'm crazy like that-- but I'm all out.
Never fear! For those who didn't win this time, there will still be more opportunities, as I should receive more ARCs in the coming month.
Thank you all for participating.
This one is from Magan Bagan (cool name, right?) over at A Trail of Books Left Behind.
Josie has completely set the bar as far as debut novels go with this incredible story.
You can read more on her site.
Thanks, Magan! :)
Deadline for entries is Thursday the 21st at 5pm PST.
Winners will be announced on Friday after 10am PST.
Good luck to everyone!! :)
Here's one from Hazel Holmes over at Chicklish.
The fates are at work with this one, ensuring you’ll get swept away alongside Helen with what is one of the hottest books I’ve read in a long time.
You can read the rest here--
Thanks, Hazel! :)
Here's an interview I did recently. Thanks to Roselle for telling our beautiful story!
Hope you enjoy.
Special thanks to Soo Youn and her brother and sister for taking these awesome pics of my book in Thailand and Hong Kong.
By the pool, (just before her massage) in Thailand.
Taking in the sights in Hong Kong.
Dim sum-- yum, yum!
Here's one from Lizzy Skokan from the Nantucket Blogworks, which is a part of the Nantucket Bookworks, a cozy little bookshop on Nantucket Island.
It’s a delicious meld of Greek Mythology and high school romance, but the part we like best is that it’s set on Nantucket! Glory of glories!
Check them out.
Thanks, Lizzy! :)
I just got some more ARCs from Harper... so you know what that means.
Time for another giveaway!!
This contest is called BRING A FRIEND. I will be giving away 2 signed Starcrossed ARCs.
You get one entry for each of the following.
1. Follow me on Twitter (@josieangelini). +1 entry
2. Follow me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/josephineangelini). +1 entry (all you have to do is click "Like" on the page)
3. Follow this blog. +1 entry. (simply add your e-mail address to the box at the top right hand corner of my Home page)
NOTE: If you're already doing one or all of the above just let me know and I will add you to the list.
4. You can also earn EXTRA entries by referring someone. For every person you get to follow me on Twitter, and "Like" me on Facebook, you get ONE EXTRA ENTRY.
NOTE: In order to keep track of how many friends you refer, be sure and tell your friend, or friends, to let me know who referred them by posting a comment here.
The more friends you refer… the better your chances of winning!
The 2 winners will be picked at random and will be announced on Friday the 22nd after 10am PST.
Details tomorrow, Friday the 15th!!
*insert suspenseful music*
This one is from Divya over at Bookish Delights.
Starcrossed was an outstanding and noteworthy read that will take the hearts of millions of readers!... This impressive read has earned its place as my favorite book, EVER! With the gorgeous cover, a setting that I could image vividly, and the distinct characters, Starcrossed has blown my mind away every single time I've read it.
Thanks, Divya! :)
Check out the beautiful Starcrossed skins that will be a part of the Kismet Blog Tour giveaway.
Aren't they gorgeous!!?
Check out the Kismet site for details.
I have a couple today. The first one is from Caren over at The Fictionators (my new favorite superheroes).
The book sucked me in and squeezed my heart and even brought tears to my eyes in some places. These characters are put through the ringer from pretty much beginning to end. I found myself trying to slow down, to pace myself, because I didn’t want it to end. I just wanted to keep reading.
And you can keep on reading more of Caren's review here--
And this one is from NC over at Truly Bookish.
This is a fantastic debut that is worth owning. Even though I read it through a galley, I will be buying Starcrossed and adding it to my To Be Read Again list.
You can read the rest here--
Thank you, ladies! :)
So I was approached by them to do a little story about the sale of my manuscript and it ended up being this big deal. They made it a cover story and everything!
I think that the J.K. Rowling comparison is a bit much, but all in all, the story in itself is pretty awesome.
Check it out.
This one is from Kristi over at The Book Faery.
The brilliant weaving of Greek mythology with current times was dazzling-it was what I like to call -A One Sit Read- which is the highest of honors given by this reviewer.
You can read more at--
Thanks, Kristi! :)
Here's one from Kate over at Verb Vixen.
I didn’t know it when I started reading, but I’ve been waiting all my life for this book. You think I’m being melodramatic, but I’m not. I read it twice in the past two days.
I'm gonna have to write longer books! :)
Here's an interview I did with Sherry Salach over at Flipping Pages For All Ages.
Thanks, Sherry! :)
Here is a fun exchange I did between Helen and Lucas posted at Bewitched Bookworms.
Check it out.
Holy horseradish! I couple of very clever young women have started a fan site for my book.
I'm all giggly about it... :D
My new buddy in Spain, author Javier Ruescas, whose novel Cuentos De Bereth also came out on Monday, was kind enough to take this picture of our books chilling at a bookstore together.
I'm geeking out!!
Muchas gracias, Javier!!! :)
Another one from España, from Olga over at Luna Lunera (Diario De Una Lunatica).
Gracias, Olga! :)
This one is from BJ over at Rex Robot Reviews.
Wow! Talk about a book that sticks in your head.
Thanks, BJ! :)
This one is from Heather over at Proud Book Nerd (just like me!).
Loved her in-progress post. Check it out.
My Thoughts: Wow, what a book. I loved it. From beginning to end, it was fabulous. I was quite intrigued at the beginning, and HOOKED by about 100 pages in. (Don’t believe me? Check out my In-Progress post! Don’t worry, I’ll wait …)
Thanks, Heather! :)
This one is from ShoreWhisperer over at Real Teen Reviews.
Thank you, Tracy! :)
My book was just released in Spain under the title Predestinados, which means, predestined.
I think it's quite fitting that Spain would be the first release since that's where the Delos family had been living before they moved to Nantucket.
This one is from Katie over at One Page At A Time YA Book Reviews, who as she put it, was very protective of her beloved Iliad, and was a little wary coming into the book.
Check out what she has to say.
Thanks, Katie! :)
With permission from Zoe Marriott, I am posting this because, well... I found it both hilarious and insightful.
Thanks, Zoe!! :)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
by Josephine Angelini (Goodreads Author)
Zoë Marriott's review
Apr 03, 11
5 of 5 stars
status: Read in March, 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.
DAMN YOU JOSEPHINE ANGELINI HOW COULD YOU LEAVE IT LIKE THAT ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL PEOPLE HOW AM I EVEN SUPPOSED TO SLEEP TONIGHT YOU ARE EEEEEVIIIILLL...!
Okay, it's fine. I'm calm now.
Suffice it to say, then, that STARCROSSED ends on a fairly huge cliffhanger. And anyone who knows me knows that I *do not* like cliffhangers. At all. I usually deduct a star from my rating of books that end this way, because it ruins my enjoyment to be left hanging like that. I also usually preface reviews of such books by saying: 'Don't pick this book up until the series/trilogy is complete'.
But I can't do that in this case, because STARCROSSED is just. That. Good.
STARCROSSED, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
A beautifully thought out and cohesive mythic structure for the story to play out within? Check.
A whole host of complex and wonderfully changeable characters who evolve and surprise the reader constantly throughout the story? Check.
A well-paced plot which never quite twisted in the way I was expecting and which forced me to read the book literally in one sitting because I had to know What Happened Next? Check.
Pared down, competent writing with some really lovely descriptive touches and a minimum of repetitiveness? Check.
A strong, real, wonderful heroine who seemed like an actual person instead of a reader/author insert? Check.
A hero who I could actually fall in love with instead of wanting to whack around the head with a two-by-four? CHECK!
I think I've pretty much summed it up there, but let me delve a little bit deeper on some of my favourite points.
First of all Helen, our protagonist in this story, is ridiculously beautiful. Yes, yes - yawn. And when I say that Helen doesn't really notice or care about her own beauty, you'll roll your eyes. But it's not like that. You see, Helen values other things about people than the way they look. She's been brought up by a rumpled, seemingly average, loving father who has taught her to look a little deeper than the average teenager. Helen doesn't walk around (as certain heroines do) bemoaning how ugly/normal/average she is despite the fact that everyone treats her like a hottie. She just DOESN'T CARE. And this fact does not win her any fans amongst her schoolmates, none of whom can quite believe that she doesn't know how gorgeous she is. But Helen has a great best friend and a wonderful support system within her family (her father and his co-worker Kate) and, frankly, too much attention gives her stomach cramps anyway, so she just shrugs it off. She's aware that she's a little stronger and faster than the people around her, but she wants to get on with her normal, human life, so she pushes that away too.
When she first meets the gorgeous new boy in town (Lucas) and his gorgeous family, is she instantly smitten by how beautiful they are, and fancying herself in love? No way. Helen couldn't really care less about how people look. And she's got way more important stuff to worry about, like the nightmares and the fact that she's getting violent impulses towards Lucas and keeps wanting to strangle him. It's only after Lucas proves to Helen that he's worthy of her interest that she begins to develop feelings for him. Any guy who can sweetly reassure a girl and make her laugh after she has accidentally crushed his ribcage is A-O-flipping-Kay with Helen (and with me too).
Helen gradually gains confidence throughout the book, tranforming from a shy, painfully diffident girl to one who can stand her ground and walk tall no matter what. Some of the book's most moving passages show her finally coming to accept and glory in how fast she can run, how hard she can push, and her various other talents (which, by the way? ARE AWESOME). At no point does she look in a mirror and realise 'Oh, I'm pretty!' She becomes more confident because she realises that she owns her own strength and power. How feminist is THAT? I love it!
And because Helen is a strong character with her own opinions and viewpoint, her relationship with the too-hot-to-be-real Lucas is convincing and truly romantic. She's woman enough to stand up to him and not be overwhelmed by everything he can do. Even though he spends a lot of time teaching Helen and educating her about her powers, he never patronises her - or at least, when he shows signs of it, she slaps him down. Their affinity and deepening love for each other is wonderful.
A quick shout-out must go to the secondary cast here. I love it when I feel as if each and every person in a story is nuanced and interesting enough to probably carry a book of her own, and STARCROSSED pulls that off and more. I adored how the author tricked me into believing I could tell which people were friends and which enemies, and then flipped it all on me. Hector is a great example of this. At the beginning of the story I was seriously hoping Helen would wrench his head off. By the end I was weeping quietly over his tragedy. Ah, Hector. *Sigh*
A word of warning. For some reason I found the first chapter, maybe the first chapter and a half of STARCROSSED really hard to get into. I felt as if a little too much backstory was being pushed at me all at once. You may or may not experience this - but if so, push through it and I guarantee you will not be sorry.
In closing - STARCROSSED is the book that has renewed my faith in the overcrowded paranormal genre. It's a heart-wrenchingly romantic action adventure story with strong characters and a breathless plot. The next book, DREAMLESS, cannot come too soon.
I should've done this before, so I will start by apologizing for not having posted these earlier. My bad!
On that note, if I've done an interview with you and you still want me to post it, please let me know and I will gladly put it up on my site ASAP.
Anywho... this is an interview I did with Samita, over at Book Purring.
Thank you, Samita. It was a real pleasure.
For my Spanish readers-- Predestinados goes on sale on the 4th, not the 5th.
That's this Monday!
This one is from Donna over at Book Passion For Life.
Thanks, Donna! :)