Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke – Book Review

Title: Star-Crossed

Author: Minnie Darke

Genre/Themes: Contemporary Light Fiction, Friends First, Romance, Astrology

Blurb from Goodreads

Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help.

When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious sceptic) 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 favourite 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.

My review

I thought this would be a very light, fluffy story with a tiny hint of astrology and that the characters would laugh about the silliness of it all…

But instead I found this book to take astrology far too seriously and in many ways attempted to bestow it with credibility.

Astrology has been proved to have no scientific validity and therefore is categorised as a pseudoscience.

And therefore I found it hard to relate to any of these characters that believed so strongly in it. Perhaps if the book had contained more humour or some crazy laugh out loud moments I could have found something to empathise with.

But sadly this book just turned out to not be to my personal taste.

I would recommend the book only to people who placed some merit in astrology as any one else I feel would find themselves as frustrated as I was with this story.

*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Bantam Press / Random House UK Transworld Publishers, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Published April 2019

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11 thoughts on “Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke – Book Review

  1. Ih mo! I am soo sorryyy, Emer! 🥺 I was hoping you’d have enjoyed reading this because it’s been on my tbr for a long long time! And I am still VERY VERY excited to read it, you know!

    I JUST LOVE STARS SOO FUCKING MUCH! Watching stars is like an everyday ritual with me AND I JUST…I HAVE TO READ IT! 😍❤️🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Still, your review was fun and honest as always, AND I ALWAYS LOVE READING THEM, LIKE EVERYTHING YOU WRITE! 🦋🦋💕🌟😍❤️🥰😇

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    1. Well hopefully you’ll love it more than I did Rain. I love my stars too, but in the astronomy sense. This was just far too concerned with all things astrology which I just am so not into at all!!! So I was very much the wrong reader for this and hopefully you and others will fare better with this book <3333


  2. I’ve heard some reviews about this book mentioning that it takes its astrology really seriously. Nothing against people who really believe in it, but when people take it too seriously it just makes me roll my eyes. Especially when they try shoving it at you trying to get you to believe it; like, please. So that’s pretty disappointing to hear about this book. LOL great review, Emer!

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    1. Oh my eyes rolled…. and then rolled some more LOLLLLL!!!! I just couldn’t with this book Dini!!! I thought it was gonna be cute but nahhhhh…. can’t be dealing with this level of ridiculousness. It just utterly detracted from the romantic plot of the book for me…and you know me Dini, I need my romance :))))


  3. Ugh, don’t even get me started on my astrology rant 😛 When I read the premise it sounded like it would almost show how astrology (despite its accuracy or inaccuracy) would influence people’s lives (especially a ripple effect on to non-believers and family etc)… I could see that turning in to a great book if done really well and gritty. I’m not so keen on the sound of what it was really like though. Fab review! Jen

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    1. OMG please rant.


      Join me in debunking astrology. I can’t with it…. IT IS NOT FACTUAL AND ARGHHHHHH!!!!!!

      But yeah, has thought this would be kind of cutesy and not take astrology seriously…. WOW WAS I WRONG!!!! I was definitely not the right reader for this book!!! 🙈😂🙈😂


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