Review: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

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Ready for cuteness? 


Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help.

When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and more specifically, by the horoscopes in his favorite magazine. The same magazine Justine happens to write for. As Nick continues to not fall headlong in love with her, Justine decides to take Nick’s horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars.

Charting the ripple effects of Justine’s astrological meddling, STAR-CROSSED is a delicious, intelligent, and affecting love story about friendship, chance, and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone.

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form.

I wasn't sure what to expect of Star-Crossed beyond a potentially sugary sweet, or light read. All I knew was that I couldn't miss it because (a) the synopsis had a very cute feeling to it and (b) I am shallow and that cover is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g.

It had me at astrology and childhood sweethearts reuniting. Plus, the concept of fate. I wanted to see how it all tied into one another. I wanted to see if the use of tropes would make the story predictable or if Darke had some tricks up her sleeves. The end result? The knowledge that there's just something about Star-Crossed and it's definitely one of the can't-miss reads of 2019.

Some might even say it's written in the stars, that you should be reading it.

Wow, who let me review this? Back to the book. Back on track.

First of all, it wasn't at all what I expected. Sure, it was soft and fun and interesting. It happened to be a different brand of it than I expected and that really pleased me. It's always fun to have something be different than expected and Darke really managed to do-so.

That being said, I really loved how Star-Crossed was written. It was easy to fall into. A lot of readers will, like me, find it impossible to put down. Minnie Darke pens something truly beautiful with Star-Crossed and that's undeniable to the highest degree. While so many authors stumble or fall victim to their plots or prose, Darke doesn't--and this is, perhaps, one of the biggest draws of Star-Crossed.

There were some qualities to it that I wasn't terribly keen on but that's more of a personal preference and less of a negative note about the story. If you're looking for something to give you the warm and fuzzies, Star-Crossed is absolutely the book for you--all the sparks of Justine and Nick's connection are enough to keep you focused and full of warmth.

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