by Elizabeth C. Bunce

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16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles and sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace and friendship (and some new targets). But when an old client from the city comes to the castle, she realizes her hosts may be planning the ultimate uprising against the king - and rather than true peace, she may be at the heart of the rebellion. Now with an extensive excerpt of the daring sequel, LIAR'S MOON!

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ISBN-13: 9780545429450
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth C. Bunce's first novel, A CURSE DARK AS GOLD, won the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a YA debut. Elizabeth cuts, sews, and embroiders both cloth and stories at her home near Kansas City, Missouri. Please visit her website at

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Starcrossed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's nice to see a young adult book that steers clear of idealized romance in favor of developing well-rounded characters who engage in an original plot set within a credible fantasy world. I look forward to reading the sequel.
bookworm3210 More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I kept hearing that it was somewhat similar to one of my favorite series. I was a little skeptical and it turned out that the only similarity was that the main characters in both books were thieves. But this book was amazing! The characters come alive and the book keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a non-conventional heroine and loves an action packed book!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In a country filled with tension and betrayal, Digger has a past that she's desperate to hide. One night, when things get out of control, she flees her old life. On the run, she comes across a group of people leaving the city, and she manipulates her way onto their ship. She makes up a name and a convenient background. Digger becomes Celyn. As the group finds their way home, Celyn tags along. Reluctant to leave and cross boundaries without the proper papers, Celyn stays. She reinvents herself as a lady-in-waiting, attaching herself to Lady Merista. Digger plans to leave Lady Merista the first chance she gets. However, circumstances change and, before she knows what's happened, she's snowbound in a castle. Even worse, someone in the castle knows about her past. He's using that against her in order to find out more about her hosts. While she feeds him information, hating herself for it, she stumbles onto large secrets. She gives him just enough to keep him happy, all while trying to unravel the secrets for herself. After a slow start, STARCROSSED picks up with danger, romance, magic, double crossings, and secrets. Celyn's smart-aleck ways add touches of humor to an otherwise serious read. The action and danger of Celyn sneaking about the castle while uncovering clues and discovering secrets moves the plot along quickly. I couldn't wait to discover what she would uncover next, and I look forward to her next adventure.
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
STARCROSSED lured me into dangerous webs of Digger's life as she ried to outrun the Greenmen (temple guards of the Goddess Celys but they report directly to the King) after a successful job of retrieving important letters from the King's secretary. As with any fantasy novel, STARCROSSED has plenty of important characters and places that are uniquely tied to the plotline which had me trying to wrap my head around each of the character's motives and beliefs while trying to fit the puzzle pieces together to uncover hidden secrets. As I was reading along, I decided to write out the names and places so I would have the spelling correct, then my list started to look like a glossary. But don't fret! The book has a Lexicon of terms in the back which is very helpful if you have problems following along. STARCROSSED has a wide range of personalities but the main heroine, Digger is one of those characters you can't help but like. She's led an interesting and danger filled life as a thief. Her unique magical skill has made her a valuable asset in the streets of Gerse. Through her eyes, I experienced firsthand the dangers that shroud her life. She's brave and she's always looking for the next priceless commodity or escape route which had me laughing plenty of times at how her mind works. If I had to sum Digger up, I'd say: She's trapped within a chain of lies and secrets so complex that she's beginning to find out it isn't as easy as her skill at picking locks. Another character that kept me guessing was Dual. I wanted to know, what he had up his sleeve. I also wanted to know what he was hiding and what his ultimate goal was for being at the Nemair's. The whole world that Bunce created was mysteriously intriguing which only lured me further and further into STARCROSSED's world of magic, power, politics, and secrets. The whole world of Llyvaraneth, from its lands to the politics, and the people's beliefs of their Gods & Goddesses were quite captivating. I didn't want to put this book down as I followed along as Digger masqueraded as a lady's maid while trying to escape the Greenmen. You never knew what secret was going to be uncovered. STARCROSSED is a well-written novel and I can't wait to see what the sequel has in store for Digger.
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Good Stuff * Absolutely absorbing adventure story with substance * Realistic, strong and engaging heroine * Great for bringing up discussions on moral choices and religious acceptance * Wonderful character development and brilliant and breathtaking descriptions of the scenery * Intriguing world the author has created, sort of like a mashup between Oliver Twist and a fantasy novel with magic * Looking forward to the second book in the series "Liar's Moon"The Not so Good Stuff * Very detailed, so a little tough for speed readers like myself who tend to skip things and have to go back because they missed something that ended up being important * Would have liked a little more back-story and development of the secondary characters * Won't lie I was a little confused at times, but that has more to do with my limitations than the author's talent - This isn't a light read, you need the time to truly enjoy * The Glossary should have been at the beginning, it would have really helped with my confusionFavorite Quotes/Passages ¿You¿ll like being no one. It¿s better than commonly reported.¿¿Is it?¿¿Oh, yes. Nobody expects anything of you, nobody makes demands on you, and if nobody knows who you are, you can be anyone you want. I highly recommend it.""Celyn, why do I think you were probably one of those girls who gave the Holy Daughters fits trying to keep up with your mischief?""For a moment I got distracted. Books always did that to me, almost more that a locked jewelery chest or a fat purse dangling from a fat nob. I liked the creamy pages, the smell of ink, all the secrets locked inside."What I Learned * Being a thief isn't all that bad * I seemed to actually like some fantasy novels -- who knewWho should/shouldn't read * Will recommend this one to my next door neighbors daughter, she will love it, I'm giving my copy to my niece who I know will enjoy it * Not for those who enjoy fast paced novels, this one is slow moving but it has meat to it * This should be a must purchase for public libraries as well as middle school libraries * Great fantasy story for teens -- I would say for the stronger YA readers4 Dewey'sI received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
cay250 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, 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 Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren't as apolitical as she thought... that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Themes: religion, magic, loyalty, familyHecate categoryDigger is a thief. She doesn't really say a lot about how that started, but it's worked for her for a while. Until now. Now her partner is dead and she's got to find a way out of the city before she gets captured.Luckily for her, she falls in with a group of nobles out on the town. She makes up a new name and a cover story and they accept her, making her lady's maid to one of the young women. She gets a safe passage out of the city, but what has she gotten into? She gets forced into spying for one of the religious zealots who are running the government. Turns out everyone has a secret, and Digger is in more danger now that ever before.I liked this story when I read it, but later, when I came back to review it, I had to look it up to remind myself what it was about. It was pretty good, but not anywhere near A Curse as Dark as Gold, her twist on Rumpelstiltskin. And from the reviews I've read, I don't think I'll read the next one in the series. Some readers will love it, but it didn't really stand out for me.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the world of Digger, aka Celyn, a thief for hire who just lost her closest friend and is on the run from the Inquistitor's secret police, the Greenmen. Picked up by a party of bored, drunk, teenage nobles, Digger escapes from the city she has grown up in and becomes attached to Meri, who is approaching her 14th birthday and needs a maid to help with the preparations for an unforgettable event. Meri's parents, diplomats who have just returned to the country, take up residence in a remote castle, cut off from the world by heavy snowfall. Even in the relative safety of this place, Digger can't help her nature and uses her talents to collect some treasures for herself...and find out information about her fellow residents. However, Digger stumbles upon more than she expected when she is forced to obtain items for Daul, best friend to Meri's father. In putting together everything she has uncovered, including a secret room with a hidden wounded man, Digger must decide what, and who, is really important to her. Secrets, stealth, courtly drama, and more than a hint of magic make this a compelling read. Set in an imaginary world with many similarities to our own, fans of historical fiction and adventure are sure to find this a good choice. Similar titles include Bewitching Season and Betraying Season, Sovay, and Finnikin of the Rock.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m not really sure how to describe this book for you, readers. Because it¿s so many things. STARCROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce had me completely ensconsed from page one with its vivid language, colorful characters, and elaborately planned world. Like a fine tapestry, there were a billion little stitches, and not one out of place. And when you step back, the big picture is just breathtaking.STARCROSSED follows Digger, beginning on the night that a heist goes wrong and she has to leave her partner ¿ and lover ¿ behind, knowing that the authorities will surely take him into custody and kill him¿or worse. Digger is a thief, and in a world where religious intolerance and tyranny has left an entire country living in fear, it¿s best for her to stay invisible. So she does what any bright girl in her situation would do: she takes the first opportunity to leave the king¿s city of Gerse that comes along.Of course, what Digger ¿ now known as Celyn ¿ never imagined is that this wouldn¿t be just another con. She is taken in by the kind family of Lady Merista Nemair, a girl who will soon be coming of age and just so happens to need a lady-in-waiting. When the entire family and a slew of guests are trapped on the Nemair¿s property due to an avelanche, Digger¿s plans to run away are foiled. And while she does her best not to bond with the family, Digger soon finds herself torn between loyalty to the Nemairs who have shown her kindness and Lord Dal, Merista¿s conniving uncle, who knows Digger¿s secret and will only keep silent if she does his bidding. Digger must become a spy, and betray Lord and Lady Nemair, and perhaps even Merista, a girl who has magic in a world where magic is considered heresy and treason.With secrets and intrigue around every bend, this first book in a planned series is unputdownable. The twists are unpredictable, yet believable, and the characters come to life in a way that seems so hard to achieve in high fantasy. STARCROSSED is thrilling up to the very last page, and I cannot wait for the next installment of Digger¿s story.
chasingfireflies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After loosing her partner after a muddled attempt to steal important documents, Digger, a thief and forger, flees the city of Gerse with the help of a group of young nobles. Passing as Celyn Contrare, a merchant class girl, she becomes a ladies maid to a noble girl until she feels that it is safe to come out of hiding. However, while staying at Bryn Shaer she becomes entangled in the interwaving plots of rebellion, magic and betrayal.I have mixed feelings about this book.The story itself was compelling. It truly kept you guessing until the end. The main character, Digger, was fun to watch as she changed and developed as a result of the events in the story.However, at times it felt like the author created characters only to drop and forget about them. Digger was the only really developed character in the story. Many characters seemed to have the potential to be more interesting if they were developed. I understand that this is just the first book in the series and the author was just trying to get character introductions out of the way. There are some that showed up at the beginning that I really hope we see more of in the books to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book, well written and engaging. All too often I guess all of the suprises before they happen, but not in this book. I loved it, and will read it again and again.
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AngieReed More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It started out slow, but I really got into it. Enjoyed the 2nd book even more.
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Best book i have read in awhile! The book is greatly detailed and wonderful storyline, with easily likeable characters I read this in two days because i just couldn't put it down! I highly recommend to any lovers of heroines, magic and mystery! :)
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I'm not quite certain what to make of this delightful novel. It flits acros the boundaries betwen differant familiar stories--the heist, the spy, the detective. And all of it works together to tell a rich narrative.
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honghyun lee More than 1 year ago
I just read this book with no interesr and i realized it is an awesome book!! I recommended this book to other people too also i cant wait for the second book!! Go Digger!>_
SamJackson More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely in love with this story! It's earned top shelf status for my bookshelf, and I'm getting ready to re-read it in anticipation for the next in the series to come out!!
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Zoe Sparks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was exciting, and captivating. I cannot wait for the sequel.