Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Review: StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce

STARCROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover, 368pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy & sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner & lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles & sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace & friendship (*and* some new targets). But when an old client from the city comes to the castle, she realizes her hosts may be planning the ultimate uprising against the king - & rather than true peace, she may be at the heart of the rebellion.
STARCROSSED lured me into dangerous webs of Digger's life as she ried to outrun the Greenmen (temple guards of the Goddess Celys but they report directly to the King) after a successful job of retrieving important letters from the King's secretary. As with any fantasy novel, STARCROSSED has plenty of important characters and places that are uniquely tied to the plotline which had me trying to wrap my head around each of the character’s motives and beliefs while trying to fit the puzzle pieces together to uncover hidden secrets. As I was reading along, I decided to write out the names and places so I would have the spelling correct, then my list started to look like a glossary. But don’t fret! The book has a Lexicon of terms in the back which is very helpful if you have problems following along.

STARCROSSED has a wide range of personalities but the main heroine, Digger is one of those characters you can't help but like. She's led an interesting and danger filled life as a thief. Her unique magical skill has made her a valuable asset in the streets of Gerse. Through her eyes, I experienced firsthand the dangers that shroud her life. She's brave and she’s always looking for the next priceless commodity or escape route which had me laughing plenty of times at how her mind works. If I had to sum Digger up, I'd say: She’s trapped within a chain of lies and secrets so complex that she’s beginning to find out it isn’t as easy as her skill at picking locks. Another character that kept me guessing was Dual. I wanted to know, what he had up his sleeve. I also wanted to know what he was hiding and what his ultimate goal was for being at the Nemair’s. The whole world that Bunce created was mysteriously intriguing which only lured me further and further into STARCROSSED’s world of magic, power, politics, and secrets.

The whole world of Llyvaraneth, from its lands to the politics, and the people's beliefs of their Gods & Goddesses were quite captivating. I didn't want to put this book down as I followed along as Digger masqueraded as a lady's maid while trying to escape the Greenmen. You never knew what secret was going to be uncovered. STARCROSSED is a well-written novel and I can't wait to see what the sequel has in store for Digger.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


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20 comments:

celi.a said...

I'm definitely looking forward to this one. Bunce proved her worth with her previous novel, and I can't wait to read about Digger (and all that intrigue/adventure)! Nice review.

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh it sounds very neat and I love the trailer!

Mundie Moms said...

Great review! I just received this in the mail yesterday and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Sara said...

Digger is such an interesting name... Intriguing. Also, the music on that trailer makes me laugh, but it so fits the novel.

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Seems interesting. Thanks for the review, and the trailer looks great!

Erin said...

Nice review. I am really excited about this book!

Lexie said...

Liars and thieves oh my :D

I absolutely can't wait to read this book. Plus I love the cover so much! And thank you for pointing out the politics of the world, that's always important to me in Fantasy honestly.

Lexie

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Oh, it sounds really good! I hadn't given much attention to this one before, but after reading your review, I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy it!

tina werner said...

this book sounds really different that what i've been used to reading. since you gave it five stars, it's caught my interst!

Caitlin said...

This sounds like and awesom new book! I've really been lookinf for a fanasy novel that I could love as much as I did Fire by Kristen Cashore and this one sounds like it could pull through! Thanks for the awesome review!

Sandy Shin said...

Thanks for this great review! I really like Bunce's writing in A CURSE DARK AS GOLD, and am definitely looking forward to this. :)

Charlotte said...

I'm looking forward to this one lots, and I love the cover!

Maddie M. said...

Great review, now im REALLY dying to read it!(:

Joanna R. Smith said...

Sounds FASCINATING—I really can't wait to read this!!

jpetroroy said...

Sounds so intriguing!

Lauren M (365 Days of Reading) said...

Thanks for the review! This book sounds so awesome! It's about time another "true" YA fantasy gets released!

mguibord said...

I'm looking forward to this one, I loved A Curse as Dark as Gold

Theresa M said...

Great review! Glad you enjoyed the book! It sounds really, really good! This Dual character that you mentioned sounds interesting...makes me even more curios to read the book. And lies, secrets, magic, and politics sounds like an awesome combination of things to be in a book to me! Can't wait to read it!

linaramz said...

I can't wait to read this! It sounds awesome!

DAMgirls: Daisy, Autumn, and Maysie said...

Now I really want this book. I just got done reading Clockwork Angel and I didn't really want to go back to the present just yet. (Sigh) Why can't we wear elaborate clothes on a daily basis? But I guess I'd get tired of hefting up my skirt adter a few days...
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