Taurus Eyes (Star Crossed Series #2)

Taurus Eyes (Star Crossed Series #2)

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by Bonnie Hearn Hill
     
 

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Having been accepted into the summer writing camp in Monterey, CA, Logan worked so hard for in Aries Rising, she is on her way to becoming a real published author! She needs to impress the camp’s instructor, Henry Jaffa, a renowned journalist, paranormal investigator, and fellow Aquarian, whom she hopes will see the promise in her writing and become

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Having been accepted into the summer writing camp in Monterey, CA, Logan worked so hard for in Aries Rising, she is on her way to becoming a real published author! She needs to impress the camp’s instructor, Henry Jaffa, a renowned journalist, paranormal investigator, and fellow Aquarian, whom she hopes will see the promise in her writing and become her mentor.

But when Logan is stuck writing about an obscure folk singer Sean Baylor, whose spirit is rumored to be haunting the quaint seaside town, she is not sure that she will be able to complete her assignment. Will Logan be able to utilize her knowledge of the planets to impress Henry Jaffa, work through her romantic tug-of-war with the camp brooding bad boy Jeremy, solve the mystery of Sean Baylor’s death, all while competing with the overachieving writers for the coveted spots in the camp’s anthology?

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TeensReadToo.com, May 2010
“I love the layers of this book: romance, meeting new friends, research, mystery, enemies, and ghosts. Each layer just adds more to this fun read.”

KIWI Magazine's Online Book Club, June 2010
“… a tantalizing summer read for any young girl looking for intrigue and just a little bit of innocent summer romance...Hill spins in a story of traditional adolescence with a captivating mystery and the added component of fundamental astrology to make her novel a true page-turner.”

Trails West Branch Library, Independence, MO teen reviewer, June 2010

"Taurus Eyes is a book that once you start reading,  you won’t be able to put it down and has an unsuspecting twist to a beautiful story, because when you combine ghosts, love, and astrology, anything is possible."

Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Logan McRae is off to summer camp—but this is not the typical canoeing and arts and crafts type of camp. She has won a coveted spot in a writer's camp for aspiring high school journalists, taught by acclaimed author Henry Jaffa. Using a mysterious book written by her grandmother and her newfound interest in astrology, Logan hopes to win a mentorship with Jaffa, who is known for pursuing unusual topics. Her plan quickly falls apart however, when Jaffa switches the campers' topics, and she is now assigned to write about local folk singer Sean Baylor's untimely death. To further complicate matters, camp hottie Jeremy Novack, who otherwise would be all sorts of distracting, insists on writing about Baylor too, forcing Logan to compete with him when she would rather flirt. Throw in ghost sightings at local hangouts, mean girl nastiness, and undeniable chemistry between Logan and Jeremy, and this summer camp is turning out to be more dramatic than Logan could have imagined. Logan relies on her abilities to read astrological signs not only to make sense of the people and situations around her, but also to solve a decades-old mystery. The combination of first-person narrative and journal entries immediately pulls readers into Logan's world. Although the astrological bent occasionally comes off as overly dramatic, Hill deftly portrays teens' desire to understand their place in a confusing world through a balance of the mystery of astrology and a feisty heroine's determination to make her own rules. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Logan, a budding astrologer, spends her summer in Monterey, CA, at a camp for young writers. She is taught by Henry Jaffa, an esteemed, paranormal investigative journalist whom she wants for her mentor. The only problem: he's had his students swap their project topics, so Logan's stuck writing about local folk-musician Sean Baylor, who is said to be haunting Monterey. Even worse, her crush turned pain-in-the-butt, Jeremy, insists on researching Sean Baylor, too, and it's a race to find out if his ghost is really there. This breezy read is infused with astrology, from the way Logan perceives everyone inhabiting her world to the snippets from an astrology book that she is reading, which are shared at the beginning of each chapter. At times, they are too lengthy and didactic, detracting from the action. It is hard to believe that Logan and Jeremy would not immediately go online to research Baylor, and that the only way she could find his music is when her father happens to own his album. The intriguing paranormal element is, in the end, not that big a part of the plot. This novel will appeal mostly to teens already interested in astrology, though the flashy cover may attract some new adherents.—Jennifer Barnes, formerly at Homewood Library, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762436712
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Star Crossed Series, #2
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Bonnie Hearn Hill is the author of Intern and five other adult thriller novels, and she teaches writing in Fresno, California and on Writer’s Digest Online. She also mentors writers and speaks at numerous writing conferences. She lives in Fresno, California.

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Jen_the_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
This second book in the series I liked even more than the first. Logan was as tough as ever and in addition to having to deal with a sexy eyed boy who was a bit here and there, she also had another mystery to solve. Seems that Logan always has a mystery to solve, I guess that is just what the cosmos have in store for her. I still liked this book a little more than the first. I thought her love interest, although moody, suited her better and wasn't as superficial. Henry Jaffa, the teacher for this writing school over the summer, kind of made me laugh for some reason and there were a selection of female characters that showed the epitome of high school stupidity and even a little genius. I'd say plus 5 for that! Yet again though, I'm still feeling that Trix Bunny with her love life. Come on, love is for Logan! But...and, I'm not saying either way, but maybe...possibly...there is a good chance that in Taurus Eyes, Logan gets to have some fun in Monterey Bay with a pretty sexy bit of man flesh. *big grin* (Which, I would just like to say that I think Hill does such an amazing job in this book describing the eyes of the sexy bit of man flesh...gives me tingles just thinking about it.) In the end, I think this book does have a happy but bittersweet ending and if your on the look out for ghost stories and dock side kung fu, pick up this next book in the Star Crossed Series.
Scholar-Berry More than 1 year ago
http://scholarberry.blogspot.com/ "He has something to hide, and, for some crazy reason, he's afraid that I might discover it." In Aries Rising, the first book of the Star Crossed series, Logan McRae is dealing with the Gears (a school group that dissed the teachers too far that it was far from pranks that are fun and enjoyable) and Nathan (the cute Leo senior who enjoys Logan's compliment). Click here for my Aries Rising review. In Taurus Eyes, Bonnie Hearn Hill took a different approach. Still mystery--but rather than figuring out the secret members of the Gears, Logan is surrounded by ghosts. Sure, Logan got accepted to the writing camp she was waiting so long for. This is a dream come true--to work with Henry Jaffa, her favorite author. On the plus side, there's Jeremy who's handsome. Cold Taurus, yes, but when in relationship, Taurus are "faithful and loyal." But if in Aries Rising there's Gemini Geneva, in Taurus Eyes there's the hot Texan Vanessa, an Aries. She doesn't seem to even like writing (or even give a damn about it) so Logan really wonders how she can be accepted to the writing camp. Then Henry Jaffa (with the same sign as Logan, Aquarius), suddenly decides to switches everyone's topic around. Hence, Logan's knowledge on astrology won't really help her to get published in CRUSH, the teen magazine. She got Sean Baylor, a famous musician that died falling off a boat. That's Jeremy's topic. You can't really start a battle with Taurus, cause you'll be losing it. But Logan did, and she held on her own. Can Logan work together with Jeremy? The downside; everyone's been saying that they sensed Sean Baylor's ghost and hearing one of his famous song. Why is Jeremy so cold? Why does he insists on writing about Sean Baylor so bad? Well, it turns out that Jeremy has a secret on his own. Great, just great; while Jeremy won't tell Logan what it is that drives his passion so bad, everyone related to Sean Baylor is making Logan stop researching. Can Logan be friends with Jeremy? Will Henry Jaffa understands everything? What I love about the book: Over Aries Rising, I love Taurus Eyes more because it was more mysterious. It was filled with more conflicts, it just intrigued me way more than Aries Rising. I also love how Bonnie Hearn Hill always relates the character traits to astrology, as if astrology is just the simplest way of explaining why a person is like this or that. :D What I dislike about the book: Again, "the end", people! >:( If Taurus Eyes didn't come out, I would want to wait for Gemini Night because there are some things with Jeremy that's just left hanging, and obviously I don't like having hanging stories in my head. http://scholarberry.blogspot.com/
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Logan is attending the writing seminar with famed author Henry Jaffa. She's excited to show him her work and see if he'll agree to be her mentor. Her plan hits a snag when instead of writing their own topics, they're required to write someone else's topic. Now, Logan must write about local singer Sean Baylor - a singer in the sixties who mysteriously died one night. She's not interested in writing about him, but grits her teeth and determines to write the best paper possible. However, her classmates aren't as agreeable. Her new crush, Jeremy, doesn't want to give up his topic. He's taken all the research material, leaving Logan to do some digging of her own. She's more interested in Sean Baylor's life from an astrology point of view. Without many resources, she steps outside the box. Logan uncovers some mysterious clues. Together, the two attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the singer's death while each trying to win the coveted place in the class. TAURUS EYES is the second book in the STAR CROSSED series. I love the layers of this book: romance, meeting new friends, research, mystery, enemies, and ghosts. Each layer just adds more to this fun read.
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I only got the sample and it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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