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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 specifica ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Crown
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Sarah Sabin Absolutely! There are so many characters and situations that have been touched by the ripple effect of Justine's actions. It would certainly make for …moreAbsolutely! There are so many characters and situations that have been touched by the ripple effect of Justine's actions. It would certainly make for a good discussion among book clubbers. (less)

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Susanne  Strong
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
2.25 Stars

Nick has always lived his life by the stars. By stars I mean, astrological stars. Every decision he makes is determined by what his Horoscope tells him to do. Nick and Justine were best friends when they were kids and both felt “something.” Now, reconnecting in their late twenties, Justine feels “it” again. She works for the local paper and it’s there that she finds an opportunity to make Nick rediscover that they are the perfect match! She has this idea, this unbelievably zany idea an
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Paromjit
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Minnie Darke writes a lovely piece of romantic contemporary fiction set in Australia. Justine Carmichael and Nick Jordan's mothers are best friends and the two grew up together in Edenvale until Nick's parents moved away. Sagittarian Justine, obsessed with making sure words are spelt correctly, works at the Alexandria Park Star, general dogsbody and runner for 2 years, dreaming of becoming a journalist and securing a cadetship, but the current writers have been in post for a long time, and her p ...more
Kaceey
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
2.5*
Nick and Justine grew up together from toddler into early teens. Destined to be together until Nick's family decides to move, not just across town – but across the entire country. Leaving the teens to grow in different directions.

A chance meeting in a market re-ignites long hidden sparks between the two. (Well at least for Justine).

Justine is trying to work her way up to the position of copy writer at a highly popular news magazine, the Alexandria Park Star. This, while poor Nick is flounder
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Emer (A Little Haze)
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 ...more
Theresa Smith
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2019
This was an utterly delightful novel. If you’re a fan of movies such as Love Actually, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day – as I am – then this is the novel for you! It’s both smart and funny, it doesn’t take itself too seriously but still manages to captivate and delight. And even though the story revolves around astrology, you don’t have to actually know anything about, or even like, astrology to love this novel.

Justine is a journalist who has been slogging away as a copy runner for a few year
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Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
A review copy of this book was provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

When I read about this book on NetGalley I was thrilled - it seemed right up my alley. A cute romance between two childhood sweethearts, one who doesn't believe in astrological signs (which I find very relatable) and one who lets the stars guide his life choices. While the concept was sound, I couldn't bring myself to enjoy the book due to some issues in the storytelling.

One of the classic romance trop
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**4.5 stars**

Star Crossed by Minnie Darke. (2019).

When Justine (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into old friend Nick (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer), it could be by chance or maybe it's written in the stars...
Justine works at a magazine which includes a horoscope column that Nick uses to guide his life. What better way to get his attention by making some alterations to his horoscope before it gets pri
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Marianne
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star-Crossed is the first novel by Australian author, Minnie Darke (who also writes as Danielle Wood). It’s been over ten years since Justine Carmichael has seen Nick Jordan. They grew up together until Nick’s family moved west when they were eleven and their lives, apart from one family holiday together as fourteen-year-olds, lived separately. But Justine never forgot Nick: she fell in love at fourteen, even if he didn’t.

And now Nick is back in town, working odd jobs while waiting for his acti
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MissBecka
Why so many side story characters?
Most of them I found unnecessary and just made the book convoluted.
I would have enjoyed this more if the focus had been maintained on Nick and Justine.
I did really enjoy Brown Houdini-Malarky's inner monologues and would have loved a final chapter through his eyes.
Thank you NetGalley and Crown Publishing for my copy.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I think readers will feel a little starry eyed as soon as they immerse themselves in the brand new contemporary romance novel by Australian author Minnie Darke. Star Crossed promises plenty of romance, laughs, entertainment, wit and life’s complications, as we follow the pathway to love for two childhood sweethearts. With fate and chance seizing the day, Star Crossed is one fresh new release you don’t want to miss!

Star Crossed introduces Justine Carmichael,
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Jennifer (JC-S)
It’s only the stars – what’s the big deal?’

Have you ever picked up a novel, hesitantly, because you don’t really expect you’ll enjoy it, and then found it to be one of the most enjoyable reads you’ve experienced? I picked up this book based on a review by someone whose judgement I trust and loved it. It’s funny, it’s light-hearted and it’s clever, without taking itself too seriously. Sometimes the stars align perfectly, and sometimes they don’t…

Justine Carmichael is an aspiring journalist. She’s
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Mandy White
I really wanted to love this book but I was just bored. Started off well but just not for me
Krista
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019, bookclub
It's not as if the horoscopes are...real. They're all just rubbish. What's one random phrase compared to another? What harm could it do?

Star-Crossed was intended as a mindless summertime bookclub pick – looking like an easy-reading rom-com outside our usual fare – but as low as that made my expectations, I don't know if author Minnie Darke even met my lowest bar for a decently written book. Not a total waste of time, but reading the disappointed reviews from regular aficionados of the romanc
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The Nerd Daily
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Peta Hardiman

If astrology and friends-to-lovers tropes are your jam, or if you’re a bit of a sucker for a romantic comedy, then it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke.

When Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, grammar nerd, and journo) bumps into old childhood friend Nick Jordan (Aquarian, aspiring actor, and very much a true believer in all things stars) after more than a decade, she finds herself saddled with a crush she
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Marianne
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5★s The audio version is read by Melissa George, who is, initially, reasonably pleasant to listen to, despite the breathy, sometimes whispery narration. But as the story progresses, the occasional mispronunciation, tripping over words in a rush and stumbled enunciations become more frequent, and the emphasis and pacing deteriorate to an irritating degree. When a listener finds themselves continually cringing and yelling out the correct pronunciation (that’s not pronounciation, Melissa! Disinge ...more
Philippa
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Witty, mischievous, intelligent and delightful.
Nomes
Clever, fun and light-hearted with the kind of ridiculous and cute twists that appeal to my whimsical side. This reminded me of those movies like Love Actually (New Years Eve, Vanlentines Day) where a smaller cast gradually come together around the main protagonist in a criss-crossing/fate/chance climax (beautifully done! I grinned my whole way through the ending). It also reminded me of I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan, where smaller POVs are intermingled into the main story (even the POV ...more
Toya
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-wins, arcs
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 sp
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Genevieve Trono
This book really appealed to me because it seemed like a very unique idea for a romance novel. I enjoyed the astrology aspect because it is such a great reminder that we are all interconnected. I find the idea of how small choices we make can have huge consequences, both positive and negative, for other people to be completely fascinating and I loved the parts of this book that focused on that.

Some of this book got a little wacky and went off on little spurts which were distracting for me as a
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OLT
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This debut contemporary romance by Tasmanian author Minnie Darke has really impressed me. It's mostly a fun and frothy romance and has so many secondary and tertiary characters that we veer off from the main romance many a time. Yet, in spite of the numerous people populating this ensemble-cast story, Darke has the ability to sketch each one in just a few sentences and provides more depth to all of them than I would have thought possible.

I really enjoyed the intelligent and clever writing here,
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Lee
I’ve been reading a lot of mystery/thrillers of late, so I was really looking forward to a bit of fun romance and Star-Crossed sounded like it was going to tick all the boxes but…

I had a few issues, for starters, with the main thrust of the plot. Our heroine, Justine, works at a magazine and decides to alter/edit the horoscopes before publication so that her friend/childhood sweetheart, Nick, will, after reading them, be persuaded by their messages so much that he'll realise he should become ro
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Stephanie
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy!

I found this contemporary romance completely delightful. As Justine meddles (of course), she gets more than she bargains for. Nick never responds to her fake horoscopes the way she thinks he will, and he's not the only one who reads them, after all: she sets off a domino effect among Aquariuses.

It had everything I could have asked for: a cast of off-beat but lovable characters, a just-this-side-of-believable plot, and a really earnest optimism
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Obsidian
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Younger me would have been all over this book. A book about how your astrology sign rules you life? I loved reading all of that stuff and figuring out what aspects of being an Aquarius I had. My friends and I all loved tarot cards and fortune tellers. Heck, I had a best friend who would go on about how her boyfriend was such a Gemini which meant full of contradictions and selfishness at times.

"Star-Cros
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Heather Alderman
I loved this book! Not only was there a fun, cute love story between the main characters, but I really loved the mini-side stories of the other characters affected by the horoscopes. The author did a great job intertwining those stories and tying them up in the end. I look forward to seeing what else this author comes up with in the future.
Tess
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really thought I would like STAR-CROSSED more than I did. It has such an interesting premise, and seems like such a cute story, but I found the writing and the plot to be a bit of a mess. I couldn't keep up with all the characters and the flow of events. The book didn't ever have the chance to grab ahold of me and therefore, I skimmed a lot towards the end (it's a really long book too!)

Justine's actions -- editing the horoscopes in the magazine she copy-edits so that her horoscope loving crush
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Sarah morrissey
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book unfortunately it really did nothing for me. I could barely get through it, small cute bits here and there but I feel like it was way to much focus on astrology. It was very in-depth in that regard and I feel like it took the focus off the characters. Shame because it could have been something special!
Diana Iozzia
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Star-Crossed”
Written by Minnie Darke
Review written by Diana Iozzia

“Star-Crossed” is a zany, romantic comedy, inspired by zodiac astrology. Our main characters, Justine and Nick, are meant for each other. Well, if the universe needs to be meddled with a little bit, why not try? Justine works for a popular Australian magazine. When she bumps into an old friend and first crush, Nick, her world is set on a completely different tilt. She does not share his favorite interest, reading horoscopes and i
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Shamiram
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Shamiram-- Cancer, bored in the house and in the house bored -- decided to check out a romance novel from the Chicago Public Library's collection of ebooks.

Every time a character is introduced in this book, that's the structure of the sentence. I picked this book pretty much solely based on the fact that I wanted to read some light "romance novel" and the description of this one happened to mention astrology. Can't lie, it was predictable and corny. Also, set in Australia. But! I went into this
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Heather
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Ugh, this book frustrated me. Yet another case of great theory, poor execution.

Listen, I'm not overly picky when it comes to contemporary romances and I know that there are some books in this genre that are better suited for me than others. This book, however, is not what I would classify as a contemporary romance; it's definitely a contemporary but romance? That's a stretch. You know what this book is? It's an anthology that's pretending it's just another run of the mill book and thinks because
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Meagan (Meagansbookclub)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF

Could not get past the excessively wordy writing style and the heavy hand of astrology. I understand the book is about the astrology signs, but I was left snoozing in the first portion of the book. Wasn’t bringing me joy, and so I had to move on.

Just not for me.
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Minnie Darke is the author of the bestselling novel Star-crossed, winner of the Margaret Scott People's Choice Award, and which has now been published in over 30 countries. Her new novel, The Lost Love Song, is out very soon! She lives in Tasmania with her family.

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