Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke


Minnie Darke

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.

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A sparkling romantic comedy about one woman’s decision to tinker with the horoscopes of the man of her dreams—with far-reaching consequences

“A bright, brilliant, joyful love story.”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

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.

Advance praise for Star-Crossed

“Swoon-worthy . . . a smart, sweet love story about friendship, destiny, and the power of choice.”Bustle

“[A] juicy romance novel.”Good Housekeeping

“This cleverly structured first outing from the pseudonymous Darke will appeal to fans of romantic comedy, astrology, and chaos. Utterly charming and ripe for development as a film.”Booklist

“Winning . . . Unpretentious, well-drawn characters and the fresh twist on the childhood sweethearts reunited setup make this perfect for fans of romantic comedies.”Publishers Weekly

“Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. . . . Funny and enticing.”―Library Journal

Advance Galley Reviews

I started to read Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke but just couldn't get into it. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to try to read an advanced copy of this book.

Just okay, not really anything I found myself caring about. It's about 2.5/5 star read for me.

This was an okay read for me. I like the weaving of astrology throughout the book. The premise is interesting and the execution is solid, though I think the book could have been more focused. I understood what the author was trying to do with all of the characters, but it was overwhelming in the beginning and then, by the middle of the book, I was just ready to get back to Nick and Justine's story. The story was a bit predictable, but the astrology element made it unique. Overall, this was a solid read and unique to the genre.

Cute, clever, funny, and poetic... there is much to love about this novel. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the characters, but they enrich the story with their vast interconnectedness. The author very cleverly and skillfully weaved them all together. I was actually hoping for a different ending for the romance, but was satisfied with how it ended anyway.

3.5/5 stars This was delightful! I'm a skeptic when it comes to astrology and I appreciate that this book didn't try to make it seem like either side was right. I enjoyed all the intermingled stories and how they ended up being part of the larger plot. Like another reviewer said, I was reminded of the narrator from Pushing Daisies. Overall, very charming! I look forward to reading more from this author.

Super cute! Not only Justine and Nick, but the extra intermingled stories. I loved how what seemed like randomness between chapters really showed how the horoscopes were used.

Star-crossed is quirky and fun. When Justine starts slightly altering the Aquarius horoscope each month in the magazine she works for to nudge her friend, Nick, into choosing a romantic relationship with her, the results never quite turn out as she intended. Not only getting the results she wanted with Nick, she doesn’t realize the altered horoscope is also affecting numerous other readers causing chaos and life changes. While I enjoyed the slow building romance between Justine and Nick, I really liked the vignettes of others affected and how all the characters connected throughout the story. I will look forward to reading more from Minnie Darke in the future. Thanks to Penguin First to Read for an early copy.

I'm a "read my horoscope nearly every day" kind of gal, and this was too Zodiac-centric for even me to get into. I really liked the premise set up by the blurb that I read, but could not for the life of me jive with the story. I feel like this book is really similar to a Wes Andersen movie. They're amazing and funny and quirky - but you 100% have to be in the exact same amazing and funny and quirky kind of mood to get any kind of enjoyment out of it. Sadly, after multiple attempts at starting this, I never found myself in the proper mood.

What a well-written little book. At first the storyline seems predictable, light, and cheesy, but there is actually quite a bit of substance once you push through the first few chapters. The interwoven secondary storylines are an added treat, though I do wish our protagonist was a bit more developed...and had a bit more sense as far as her meddling goes. I also think fans of astrology will be more into this book than those of us who aren't as in touch with our celestial labels. That said, I didn't find it too distracting as most everything was spelled out for those not in-the-know.

I'm loving all the new romances out lately, like Jasmine Guillory's and Sally Thorpe's. This is another great one. Very sweet story and characters.

This was a really sweet, well-written story. I loved how the smaller side stories were woven around the main narrative of Justine and Nick, illustrating how much of an impact Justine’s actions had on her wider community. Some of what Justine did bothered me towards the middle of the book; after I certain point it just seemed a bit unrealistic to me that she’d really risk the career she worked so hard for to continue tampering with Nick’s horoscope. However, this is a small gripe and I otherwise very much enjoyed Star-Crossed. Overall I liked this book a lot and I can see it being a great beach read this summer.

What an excellent book. Written with a reminiscing tone unlike that of my favorite Pushing Daisies narrator, the author does an excellent job weaving in the storylines of several characters, all while focusing on our main ones, Justine and Nick. Pegging the qualities of an Aquarius in Nick— a little flighty, very creative and passionate, and Justine’s Sagittarius ways of picking up on the details, our author crafts a lovely story for romance readers and astrology admirers alike. If you like endings that tie everything together in a beautiful little bow, this one’s for you!

This book was not what I had expected. The astrology in it was overwhelming, and I ended up putting it down after seven pages. Not the book for me.

3.5 Stars. I had no idea what to expect when I received this, but the prospect of intertwining horoscopes/astrology with a romance story had me intrigued. Overall I liked the story as a whole, but there where a lot of characters throughout and I found it a bit hard to keep track of everyone and what their purpose was within the story. Thankfully, most of the stories tied together very nicely by the end of the book. The main story between Justine and Nick was a bit frustrating at first, but eventually it all made sense. This was a very sweet read and unique read. Thank you to First to Read and Crown Publishing for the ARC.


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