Sunday, January 8, 2012

Starcrossed by Elizabeth Bunce

genre: young adult fantasy

Digger is a thief.  A pickpocket.  A young woman that can satisfy any of your thieving needs - for a price.  But when she is horribly separated from her partner, she has to flee the city before she gets caught by those who are willing to kill for the packet of letters she managed to hold on to.  Quickly making up a new name and a new past, she manages to connect herself to a noble family as a companion for their daughter - but Digger's secret skill, combined with her sticky fingers, gets her embroiled in far more dangerous exploits at the castle than she'd bargained for.  In a world where the use of magic leads to a sure beheading, Digger knows how high the risks are.  She just has to decide if she really can care enough about these "nobs" to want to help them.

This book was so incredibly fun.  I think it's been a long time since I read a real fantasy - where it takes a long time to remember all the strange names and places and there is a whole history you get to learn.  It took a while to get into this one, I'll be honest, but about 50 or 75 pages in, I was completely hooked.  I thought the characters were fresh and interesting, the political intrigue had me completely going and I liked all the little mysteries throughout.  In fact, I liked it so much that I put this one down and immediately began the sequel.  4.5 stars, only because it took me a little long to get into it.

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Melissa said...



It does take a while, but it is SO worth it. I can't wait for the third one to come out.

The Avid Reader said...

This sounds great... I'll have to add it to my To Read list. I love a good fantasy, and they can be tough to find.

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