Star crossed

by Bunce, Elizabeth C.

Format: Print Book 2010.
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Bridgeville Public Library Young Adult TEEN FIC BUN
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  TEEN FIC BUN
Dormont Public Library Young Adult YA BUNC
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA BUNC
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F BUNCE
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F BUNCE
Sixteen-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Llyvraneth, dodging the Green men who have banned all magic from the city. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover tegan is killed, she has to get out of the land, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold-as well as plenty of jewels for the taking. But after the devious Remy Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes her noble hosts aren't as apolitical as she thought... that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.

Brilliantly combining the richness of fantasy with the twists and turns of the besy spy stories, StarCrossed proves Elizabeth C. Bunce is a writer who's here to stay.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Bunce's William C. Morris YA Debut Award winner, A Curse Dark as Gold (2008), was a fictional retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, and in her second novel, she moves from fairy tales into classical, high-fantasy traditions. In the pulse-pounding start, Digger, a teenage orphaned thief, is on the run after a botched job ends in a violent ambush. Desperate lies help her escape with some young aristocrats, who take her to their remote mountain estate. While posing as Celyn, a ladies' maid, Digger meets a visiting lord who blackmails her into uncovering dangerous political secrets that implicate everyone. A glossary of people and places is appended, but readers may still struggle to track the densely woven particulars of the story's intricate world. Bunce combines irresistible elements, though: a snowbound castle outfitted with trapdoors and tunnels; herbal lore and rare, forbidden magic; crackling banter and poetic description; and memorably nuanced characters, especially lock-picking, bold Digger, whose search for clues leads to a larger understanding of history, politics, friends, and families that teens will connect to their own lives.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "On the lam after a failed theft, 16-year-old runaway Celyn bluffs her way out of the city with four young nobles. She finds refuge as maid to one of them, Lady Merista, in a snowbound mountain castle. When Lord Daul discovers Celyn's thieving tendencies, he forces her to spy for him. Delving even deeper into the castle's secrets than she reveals to Daul, Celyn's eyes are opened to the myriad secrets and schemes of its many guests and occupants. In choosing her path, she confronts her own past, uncovers a rebellion that could lead to civil war, befriends a prince, contemplates religious persecution, and faces betrayal. She also encounters long-forgotten magic and comes to understand the mystical aptitude that ruined her life and set her on her path of crime. Couching her characters and setting in top-notch writing, Bunce (A Curse as Dark as Gold) hooks readers into an intelligent page-turner with strong themes of growth, determination, and friendship. Celyn's journey will leave readers asking for more, especially as the first-rate story neatly sets up a sequel. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Religion -- Juvenile fiction.
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction.
Social classes -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Thieves -- Juvenile fiction.
Religion -- Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
Social classes -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :Arthur A. Levine Books,2010.
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Starcrossed
Language English
Description 359 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545136051 (hardcover : alk. paper) :
0545136059 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780545136068 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0545136067 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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