Book Review: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke


Author: Minnie Darke

Publication Date: 21 May 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Contemporary Romance

Pages: 368

Publisher: Crown Publishing

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.

I think the premise of this book sets up a dreamy romance that is written in the stars. Unfortunately, the reality of what is actually delivered in the plot is far more lackluster. 

Nick and Justine have known each other since they were toddlers. There parents even fantasized of them one day falling in love, but after Nick’s family moved away, they lost touch and moved on with their lives. They run into each other in the middle of a farmer’s market one day when Justine is trying to correct the spelling of a vendor’s sign when Nick catches her red handed while dressed as a fish. Sparks immediately fly (at least for Justine), and she wants to do anything to rekindle what they had. 

Nick has always based his important life decisions on what his horoscope predicts for the month. Justine realizes that she has an opportunity to tweak the monthly horoscopes for the magazine that she works for in order to steer Nick in her direction. 

In all honesty, I thought that this book would be a light hearted read that maybe had a bit of astrology thrown in since I do find it a bit entertaining to read my horoscope at times. However, this book is entirely based on astrology to the point that Justine’s tweaking begins to interfere with the decisions of other random strangers that have nothing to do with the plot whatsoever. It got to the point that I just wanted it to be done. I understand that some people live by astrology, but this was too much for me.

Another issue that I had with this book was the inner dialogue that Justine had with herself. Typically speaking, this does not bother me and I quite welcome the insight that we get into an MC’s innerworkings. However, whenever the conversations were Brain, Justine, Brain…I just couldn’t do it. It’s not like there was anything profound taking place. It was just another opportunity for Justine to drool over Nick rather than use her words and actually say how she felt. 

Wow, so this came off a lot more negative than I intended, and I do apologize for that. This book was just not my cup of tea. It may be for others, so I do still ask that you give it a chance if you like romance stories. I would definitely try another book by this author. This one just completely missed the mark.

Thank you to Crown Publishing and Goodreads for the giveaway win. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.


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