Star Crossed: Aries Rising

Star Crossed: Aries Rising

by Bonnie Hearn Hill

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Aquarius Logan McRae is a high school sophomore in Terra Bella Beach, CA and has been working all semester to impress her teachers in order to get into the summer writing camp she desperately wants to attend. But when this ordinary girl finds an extraordinary book, Fearless Astrology, her life is changed forever. Applying what she’s learned about the zodiac, she lands her own column in the school paper and a date with the hottest guy in school!

But when Logan threatens to catch the members of a secret society called The Gears, who have been vandalizing school property by reading the stars, she quickly learns that she is in over her head. Will Logan be able to catch The Gears, save her love life, keep her newspaper column, and get into the writing camp of her dreams all through the use of astrology?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762440429
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Series: Star Crossed Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 521 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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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Star Crossed: Aries Rising (Large Print 16pt) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Logan McRae loves writing. Her wish for the summer is to go to a summer writing camp in Monterey. She also wants to be semi-popular in school so she can land Nathan, the hottest senior around, as her boyfriend. These feats seem impossible - until she discovers a book called Fearless Astrology. With this book, she's able to figure out what personality tendencies people have: her teachers, the school newspaper editor, and Nathan - landing her the boy of her dreams, the column she's always wanted, and the recommendation she needs for her writing camp. When things get out of hand, however, and a rumor gets spread that Logan is going to identify the Gears, a group of students who are terrorizing and vandalizing the school and teacher's personal property, her life spins out of control. Deciding to try and do just what the rumor suggests, Logan starts using astrology and a website she finds online to figure out when the Gears will strike next. The Gears, though, get intimidated and start trying everything they can, even dangerous tactics, to stop her from identifying them. Will Logan figure out the members of the Gears in time, or will they do something harmful to both her and themselves? ARIES RISING is a fun, fast read. The characters are complex and likable, even the school bullies. The plot is intense and enjoyable, and the author even manages to throw in some unexpected humor. Those who like realistic fiction, friendships, humor, mysteries, and a bit of romance will all enjoy reading ARIES RISING.
Scholar-Berry More than 1 year ago "...I don't know what kind of spell you put on him, but it worked." Bonnie Hearn Hill brought astrology to high school life in Aries Rising, the first book in the Star Crossed series. Logan McRae is a sophomore in her high school who's trying hard to get into a summer writing camp. But first, she has to deal with Mr. Franklin, her English teacher (whom everybody calls Frankenstein). Frankenstein wants it personal, and as an Aquarius, Logan feels like she just can't. Also, there's Nathan, (the senior that Logan kissed last year) who is hunted by the perfect Geneva. Nobody can resist Geneva's cute butt. Or her beauty. While Logan thinks she doesn't have anything in her favor, one day it just did. Chili and Paige, Logan's two best friends were in Logan's house when they were discovering Logan's mom's old high school stuff (Her mom is a professional golfer, therefore is on tour at the time). In the box of ancients, she found a book called Fearless Astrology. Now she's ready--with tips from the Fearless Astrology, she's going for Nathan, the Leo who loves spotlight, helping Chili and Paige for their own love lives and catching the Gears (a group of kids that pull pranks around the school) at the same time. After all, there's Fearless Astrology to guide her. What could possibly go wrong? What I like about the book: Funny, fast-paced and mysterious. Especially the part regarding Gears. What I dislike about the book: Nothing. It's pretty much interesting reading about new things--Astrology, I mean.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Logan McRae wants to accomplish two important goals before finishing her sophomore year in high school: get accepted into a prestigious summer writing program and get a date with Nathan, the senior she can't stop thinking about. Her chances of achieving either goal seem remote until she happens to find a book in a closet at home called Fearless Astrology. Can Logan use the information she finds out about her teachers and friends by reading their star signs to help her get what she wants? Aries Rising is the first in the Star Crossed series by Bonnie Hearn Hill. The premise is intriguing: use astrology to find out what motivates the people you know to act the way they do, then adjust your own actions to help you get along with them better and maybe get what you want in the process. It's a tribute to Hill's writing that Logan doesn't come off as manipulative in her quest. She truly wants to understand people, and as she tests the things she's learns in Fearless Astrology, she also finds out how to see below the surface that most people project. When she looks past the preconceived notions she has about the English teacher many students despise and the art teacher they dismiss as ditzy, she starts to see real people, motivated by real emotions. This means she begins to relate to them differently too, and the reader can see her grow in the process. Each chapter of Aries Rising starts with a quote from Fearless Astrology, setting the tone for the action to come. Each chapter also ends with a "Notes to Self" section written by Logan. Even though the book is told from Logan's perspective, these notes are similar to diary entries, and they reveal a little more about her than what the reader learns from the chapters. Each of these features keeps the action moving along. There's also a bit of mystery involved. A group of students dubbed The Gears has been vandalizing the school. Their actions escalate as the book progresses, and Logan is convinced she can figure out who they are and stop their actions by using astrology. I believe Aries Rising is a great book to read with a mother-daughter book club whose girls are in high school. Moms can remember their high school days, and daughters can identify with their current experiences. Both will likely know with what it feels like to be insecure and thinking that many people around you are more confident and have their lives more together than you do. In many ways that seems to be a universal feeling, and the lure of using a book to help you figure it all out is strong. The astrological information is also fun. Logan talks a lot about what she learns for each of the sun signs of the people around her. Once she gains more confidence, she digs deeper and looks at moon influences and rising signs. You'll also find a page of temporary tattoos for each sign inserted into the back of the book. It all may just send you out looking for your own version of Fearless Astrology.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this first book of the new YA series Star Crossed, Logan McRae starts out as an average high school sophomore. She yearns for the cute guy, avoids the snarky editor of the school paper, and misses her mother, a pro golfer who is always on tour. Everything changes the day she digs through her mom's things and finds a book called Fearless Astronomy. Within days, she uses the horoscope's personality insights to get that cute guy interested, and help her friends with their objects of desire as well. At the same time, their school is being terrorized by a group of thugs known as the Gears of War, and as Logan's knack for astrology causes her popularity to skyrocket, she catches the attention of the Gears. And not in a good way.Starting out, this book didn't grab me. It's so... teeny-bopper. Even when I was a teenager, I couldn't have related to these characters or their situations. A few plot issues grated on me, especially how Logan becomes popular so quickly and that the Gears regard her as a real threat. I paused to roll my eyes more than once. By about midway, though, I fell more into the rhythm and allowed myself to regard it as a mindless read and enjoyed the rest. I saw the end coming, but I didn't mind it. It's rather like cozy mystery: you see how the pieces will fall together, but observing that process is part of the fun.Also, it really amused me that the Capricorn character in the book had the exact same reaction to astrology that I did. The description in the back even described me dead-on. Kind of weird, really. Maybe that helped me to enjoy the book more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello im whitney my sun sign is a scorpio whats urs want to be friends? Reply to whitney L. 1336.
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crazy4adventure More than 1 year ago
even if you dont understand astrology this book is still good
HilleReader More than 1 year ago
Three wishes. That's how it all began. Wish number one, that Geneva Hamillton, (Libra) the way too popular editor of the school newspaper didn't have such a cute butt. If only Logan could get her to stay away from the hot, show stopping, popular Leo Nathan. Logan's second wish was for cute Leo Nathan to even look at her again the way he looked at Geneva. Logan's third and most important wish for her was to go to the summer writing camp of her dreams, and she would do anything to get in, even work way too hard to impress Mr. Franklin, who everyone calls, Frankenstein. But, when this ordinary high school sophomore discovers this extraordinary book called Fearless Astrology her life transforms completely. Everything is going good but when a group called The Gears of War try to sabotage everything, it's up to Logan to find out who "The Gears of War" actually are and put a stop to them. Chili (Gemini) and Paige (Pisces), Logan's two best friends help her get though all of her ups and downs. As Logan uses Fearless Astrology to help her impress Frankenstein, she surprisingly creates an incredible relationship with him and finds out that he's "hot" for Ms. Snider (Capricorn) and Logan's cool journalism teacher. Logan begins to become more and more popular everyday because of Fearless Astrology . The main conflict of Aries Rising is that throughout the whole book Logan has been curious to find out who the Gears are. The Gears are accused of some pretty terrible actions such as running through Chili's backyard naked while her, Paige, and Logan are in the hot tub and spray painting "FRANKENSTEIN MUST DIE" on the wall in school. Once you read this book and come to the ending, you will be surprised. The genre of Aries Rising is realistic fiction and the main setting is high school. The other main characters then the others mentioned above include Logan's father and mother, Kat, Trevor, and Charles. My favorite part of this fantastic book is when Logan finds out who the Gears of War are and in the end when her father tells her that it was actually her grandmother who had written Fearless Astrology. The format of this book is written in chapters, and in each chapter Logan includes a journal entry. My opinion of this book is that it was just overall amazing! I loved the way the book was written and the interesting experiences Logan went through. Honestly, I cat wait to read the next book in the series! Kids in grades six and up should definitely consider reading this book because they may be able to relate to some of the experiences in Aries Rising and this book includes some swear words and the kids in grades six and up may be more mature about them. Anyone younger then about twelve may get confused or lost in this book and may not be too mature about the language or situations the characters are in.
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Samantha Whitson More than 1 year ago
this book is very well written and very good it starts out kinda slow but by the fourth chapter you're totally hooked!
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Jen_the_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
So, I'm not actually into astrology. I know they say it's a science and all, but I've never really believed it. That being said, I really REALLY liked this story. This first book in the series was a sweet spin on YA contemporary fiction. Taking place in Terra Bella Beach, a town some 90 minutes outside San Francisco. I don't know what it was about the book that I enjoyed so much. Maybe it was the different subject matter, or maybe is was the excellent writing. I'm not sure, but whatever it was, I'm glad for it. Aries Rising, the first in the series is a captivating story of a young girl who finds her way through the crap that is high school and into a world where she actually feels like she has control. Well, as much control as the cosmos will give a girl anyway. Logan, our main girl, was a fun character for me. In the beginning, she doesn't seem to know exactly where she fits in the whole scheme of things. She knows what she wants, but has no idea, really, how to get there. Until she finds a book in her dad's stash of junked items. This is where the story begins. Logan uses this book to help her discover things about life and herself. Now, personally, I know some people gave this book grief because of the astrology aspect, but for me, I figured if I can read books about vampires and zombies and fairies - which I have yet to see any proof of their existence - I can read a book about astrology and get it. And, yeah, I really did feel for Logan throughout Aries Rising, but she seems to be able to pick herself up and keep pushing through. Plus, once she finds her groove, she says what she feels and that, above everything, is what I love about her. I've always wanted to be able to do that and be eloquent, and she hits it on the nose. Although, it always seems like her love life is a bit in the crapola range, if you know what I'm saying. I felt a bit like the Trix bunny all over again and that love wasn't meant for Logan. But, I supposed that's what a good author throws at us. They make us wait for the good stuff so it's just that much better in the end when we finally get it. Which isn't so much the case in this book. I'd say, overall, this book was fun and entertaining. I always like some good YA contemporary fiction, it really helps on those days that seem to drag. It was light and made me think. And although I don't really believe in astrology, let's just say, after these books, I'm a bit more interested. So, if you like secret gangs who streak, teenage fashion designers, Armenian food, and some vehicle vadalism, than you should pick up this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very amsom because you have to read it to kow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i love it idont have ut on my nook but iv just red it its amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have evrr read!! I cant decide which is better: Twilight or Star Crossed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just made me not buy this book... THANKS!