Star Crossed

Star Crossed

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Baker & Taylor
In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, Digger, a street thief, has always avoided attention, but when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne she must decide whether to join them or turn them in.

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The 2nd novel from the winner of the ALA's YA Debut Award is Tamora Pierce meets THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER -- a thrilling fantasy about a thief at a snowbound castle, caught in a simmering rebellion .

In a glamorous castle full of Llyvraneth's elite, Celyn Contrare serves as a lady-in-waiting to shy young Merista Nemair. Her days are spent dressing in velvet, attending Lady Merista, navigating court gossip, and charming noblemen over lavish feasts.

And at night, she picks locks, steals jewels, forges documents, and collects secrets. Because Celyn isn't really a lady-in-waiting; she's not even really Celyn Contrare. She's Digger, a sneak-thief on the run from the king's Inquisition, desperate to escape its cruel instruments and hatred of magic. If she's discovered, it will mean her certain death.

But life as a lady-in-waiting isn't safe either. The devious Lord Daul knows her secret, and he's blackmailing her to serve as his personal spy in the castle. What she discovers-about Daul, about the Nemair, even about her own Lady Merista -- could signal civil war in Llyvraneth. And for a thief trained never to get involved, taking sides could be the most dangerous job yet.


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In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, sixteen-year-old Digger, a street thief, has always avoided attention, but when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne she must decide whether to join them or turn them in.
Operating as a spy among the feuding religious factions of Llyvraneth, 16-year-old Digger poses as a lady’s maid when a routine job goes wrong before she is blackmailed into becoming a personal spy for her noble hosts, who are working at the heart of a magical rebellion. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780545136051
Branch Call Number: YA FIC BUN
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,22 cm.

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julia_sedai
Jul 11, 2016

Wow, I really enjoyed reading this book! It has all my favourite things - fantasy set in a Renaissance-ish period, secrets, princes, and above all, a strong female lead. Celyn or Digger is great - able to quickly adapt to situations, and I like how she changes over the book. The author saves a lot of backstory till near the end although you can guess here and there what Celyn's secrets are. I recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy with a great heroine. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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DanceFiddler
Jul 06, 2013

An entertaining tale set in a fictional country ruled by an uber-religious autocrat. A professional thief falls in with a family of rebels and ends up unravelling secrets, against the backdrop of the ever-present Inquisition. The book was hard to get into, but I finally started to enjoy it over half-through. One thing I really liked was that Celyn, the main character, doesn’t quite fit the stereotypical “guttersnipe” mold, which gets old when every author uses it. Worth getting the sequel, I think.

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Aug 15, 2012

This is EXACTLY the type of book I love, the setting, plot and characters really had me hooked. Certainly different but I think it kind of is like a Hilari Bell meets Tamora Pierce. I espssialy ( -I know I spelled that word wrong) liked the plot!

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Librarianatasha
Jul 12, 2012

Took me a while to get into it because I was too busy to read, but once I picked it up and really started in I couldn't put it down!!!

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ancab
Nov 26, 2011

I loved this book as in when it finished I was like "no don't finish I don't want you to finish". Can't wait until the next book.

mdcordeniz Nov 21, 2011

Poison Study meets Tamora Pierce meets Robin McKinley. A great pick for fans of fantasy, adventure, and strong female characters. Fabulous!

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Lishism
Mar 07, 2011

Loved this book--great characters, strong historical fantasy. What a fantastic world--I can't wait for the next one and I'm going to check out her first book.

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isingalto
Mar 01, 2011

Elizabeth Bunce doesn't shove a SASSY GIRL POWER YOU MUST LOVE HER lead in your face that makes you roll your eyes. She manages to write a female lead who is strong yet flawed and who naturally grows on you. I look forward to the sequel. Good for fans of Tamora Pierce.

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teenlibrz
Nov 12, 2010

Equally as good as Curse Dark as Gold, but the beginning of a new series. I can hardly wait for the next book!

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