Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Posted 30 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Goddess by Josephine AngeliniGoddess by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #3
Publisher: HarperTeen on May 28, 2013
Source: Library
Pages: 432
Reading Challenges: 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge, 2014 TBR Reading Challenge
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After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

`Here Are My Thoughts

Why I Picked It Up

This is the last of the trilogy and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while but never had the time!


Goddess is the conclusion to Lucas and Helen’s story. It had a very complicated plot line. And by complicated, I mean a bit too complicated. There were so many things happening at once—so many different stories being told at the same time that it was difficult to follow at times, making the reading much less enjoyable. In addition to that, there were a few things left unanswered at the end that I would have loved to have been wrapped up. However, the plot left no dull moments, perhaps due to the too-fast pacing of the novel. In addition to that, a lot of things happened in this novel making it easy to stay engaged.

Leading Lady

Helen peaked in this novel as a character. She took on some really tough stuff and had to step into the plate as a leader as the Scions waged war against the Gods. She was determined to do what was right. We also see a lot more of Helen’s past lives. That was really interesting to me to see how she differed from her past selves. She was a great heroine and that was enunciated in this installment.

Leading Male

Lucas was as patient as always. He was drawn back because they still believed themselves to be cousins. We see a lot of jealous Lucas in this novel which was just downright adorable. He was supportive to Helen but let her blossom into the leader that she needed to be. But he wasn’t the one to back down and just let her run into danger headfirst. He protected her while also letting her spread her wings.

Orion was just as playful yet not as he was since he was introduced. He made Helen relax. He was more targeted than ever as being the Tyrant but it never got him down. He was one of my favorite characters because he created comedic relief.


To be honest, this was one of those love triangles where you weren’t 100% sure who Helen would pick for the longest time. It started making itself obvious but still. Those triangles that keep you guessing are the best ones and this was a great example. I had no preference between Orion and Lucas. I was Team Whoever-She-Was-With-At-The-Time.

World Building

This novel, and series overall, was unique to me because of its basis on Greek Mythology. I went through a Greek phase in middle school so I loved seeing those myths come to life on the pages that I read. This novel was the best because the characters started taking on the roles of their Greek name-sakes. Matt, Claire, Helen, Lucas, Orion, everyone had a role to play based on the original Battle of Troy. It was really cool and fun to read and was what made these novels great.


Goddess was a good conclusion to the Starcrossed Trilogy. It was a bit too fast paced for me and left a little too much to the imagination ending-wise but was a sufficient wrap up to a great series.

3 Stars
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