I was one of few people I know who was underwhelmed by Bunce's debut, A Curse Dark as Gold Partly this was because it was oversold, rather like The Hunger Games was for me, and while both of those were good I never felt like they deserved the hype Still, A Curse Dark as Gold was a very solid debut, and I would have picked up StarCrossed even if I hadn't heard raves from a lot of people I respected.This book has me wondering if I should go back and detract a star from A Curse Dark as Gold to properly illustrate how much Bunce has grown Her debut was a solid and interesting retelling but didn't really grab me or pull me along, and the writing was hard to read StarCrossed is vivid, absorbing, much better written, and considerablyenjoyable because it doesn't feel like work, even once.The mythology of this world is wonderful I loved the polytheism/monotheism conflict, and eventhe fact that it didn't seem to be drawn from any existing realworld religions How many times have I read about pantheons that are basically Greek with different names? This is not that at all Also, props to Bunce for making some of the most significant deities goddesses Albeit subtly, that changes the dynamic of the society very nicely.Digger, to me, was a very wellcrafted main character She was competent, but not omnipotent; she made mistakes but I never felt like she was stupid; she took a while developing emotional attachments to people but the reasons she eventually came to like them made a lot of sense Her history and the way it was woven into the plot was great I also liked that she was introduced with a love interest established, despite the fact that he died pretty much as soon as we met him (no, this doesn't count as a spoiler) because that seemed to preclude the possibility of romance in the rest of the novel Win! The supporting characters all seemed very strong to me, and their politics and interactions interested me Meri, the innocent, grew a lot over the course of the novel, even if readers didn't get to see most of it The position she was in at the end makes me think that she's going to really mature over the course of the series, however long it may be Her mother, Lady Lyllace, was a wonderful mentor for Digger and kinda assumed a maternal role, which was very sweet Certain other characters whose names I can't disclose for fear of spoiling were wonderful if you've read the novel, the 'carver' was my favorite.The pacing of the climax of this book was very good I was a little confused as to who was where, but it came clear later, and the tension of the moment just kept me turning pages one after the other The denouement was also wellhandled, and neatly sets the characters off onadventures without resorting to cheap tricks designed purely to extort money from hapless readers (Ahem Rachel Caine, Sophie Jordan, are you watching? This is how you start a series.)While not quite as toecurlingly enjoyable as Brightly Woven or Armed and Magical were for me, StarCrossed is nonetheless a novel I'd recommend highly to almost anyone.Oh, onething (view spoiler)[I'm still trying to decide if I ship Digger and Wierolf On the one hand, their conversations were just delightful On the other hand, as Isis mentioned in her review, a lot of their interactions weresiblinglike than romantic Also, there's an age gap of unknown years between them If anyone remembers how old the prince was, would you tell me please? Mostly this is curiosity; I love Daine and Numair from the Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce, after all, so age gaps aren't a huge issue for me.Even if I eventually conclude that they wouldn't be a good couple, can I just say that I loved Wierolf? He was a nice humorous addition for a while and then turned completely badass when he needed to be (hide spoiler)] Did you know the publisher hasn't picked up the third book in this series? Please help out and petition the publisher to have the last book in the trilogy published! love thief books, especially if the main character is a female, and this book was no exception There was a certain charm that waved a spell over me and despite its rather hefty size, I couldn’t stop reading it.The plot twists are the best part of the story Scheming, mind games, compacted with a whole lot of action kept this going at a swift pace A lot of subplots occur in the background of the main story so you don’t actually notice them when they’re dropped; making the unexpected plot twists all theshocking This is further complicated by the fact that Digger is a compulsive liar and an unreliable narrator And throughout the course of the book you’ll grow along with her as she struggles to accept her true identity and come to terms with the ever growing burdens of morality and ethics.Making the right decision is never supposed to be easy I love how she grows out of her shell to learn that she can trust others and doesn’t need to put up a front any That it’s okay to show your vulnerabilities around people who matter, because if they’re worthy, they’ll never betray the faith you’ve put in them And for those of you who are sick and tired of overly done romance plots with undesirable leads and overly excessive drama… Well, you won’t find that here It’sof Digger discovering what true friendship is rather than her trying to love in another human being Although I wouldn’t mind if she hooked up with a certain character Alas, it will most definitely not happen though.Some things had me frowning, though Like, Digger just totally gives someone the third degree with her obviously intrusive questions and they just DROP their answers like that?! If you were some stranger just come fresh into my family, you ain’t learning my life story just cuz you asked for it Oh, hell no You gotta earn that And for the amount of time that had passed, Digger really should not have had this privilege It feltof a cheap way to get the plot events unfolded but it does move the pace along.Also, WHY THE HECK IS THE FONT SO BLOODY DAMN SMALL?! Are you trying to make my already poor eyesight crash dive into the glasses of uber thickness range?! Size ten or twelve font won’t kill you!But this book is good times You won’t be disappointed. On the surface this book appears to contain all of my favorite things: intrigue and magic, thieves with dark Pasts, betrayal so tragic and conspiracy so…vast? Well, you get the picture (view spoiler)[ THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAAAAVORITE THIIIIIINGGS! (hide spoiler)] This is the 1st book i give 5 stars, in like, ummmmm a really long time!! Yes, a long time Originally chose this book really fast, I didn't care much I had to download something, anything was good at this point And thieves, i love thieves!! Who doesn't But this book was great!! At this point I already read the next book! And it was most certainly great I love Durrel, and Koya!! WiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiIf you ever decide to read this awesome book, it's the best decision in your life!!!Edit: 2132016I believe i was drunk while writing this, or something, because this makes no sense So, no judging this crappy deal. Starcrossed started out really, really slowly It took half the book to set it up The first 200 pages were 2 stars, and I almost quit a couple of times The last 200 pages were 4 stars, so I'm going with 3 overall It took a lot of patience to get through that first half, especially as I really struggled to like the main character, Digger, and it was just boring Nothing much happened, even when Digger was using her skills A thief should not be boring! But once Digger started to clue into what was going on, and started to change, I began to feel I could root for her That's when the action and discoveries about what was going on started to come together as well, making for a muchinteresting second half.There is absolutely no romance in this high fantasy so far and not a lot of adventure either There's a little bit of magic, but it doesn't make much of an appearance until later in the book So what there is, is a lot of political intrigue, but you're in the dark about it for quite a while You know that Digger is working for the wrong side, whatever side that is, and that you don't want her to succeed Digger is a thief who actually acts like a thief, and is ignorant about anything beyond her own survival She does not have any trouble betraying those who have helped her because her vision is so narrow She does start to think about further reaching consequences of her actions at some point And finally she steps up and becomes the kind of heroine I want to read about.By the end, I found myself wanting to read the sequel, which is surprising for a book that I almost didn't finish I don't plan to read it until there's some resolution on the final book in the trilogy being published, though The publisher dropped this series, and I've heard there's quite a cliffhanger at the end of book two This book ended with things open, but not hanging I'll stop here for now, but it's a shame I hope the third book gets published some day, or that the author will consider selfpublishing to give some closure to her readers. Digger is an accomplished thief, with no real ties to anyone or anything but her beloved Tegan When Tegan is killed trying to save her magical ability from being discovered, Digger flees She accepts a ride with a group of young nobles, fully expecting to steal a few coins and jewels and ditch them But soon she discovers they are muchthan a group of wastrel nobs and she gets pulled into a life of intrigue and further deception.Wow! I loved this book! It was definitely not your typical YA book There was so much going on in this story! The author invented a whole different world for the reader where religious and political turmoil ruled and magic was possible but oppressed.I loved how the author explored so many different types of relationships, not just the romantic ones All of the characters were so muchthan what they seemed on the surface.My favorite character was Weirolf, a special guest in the castle He was an amazing character full of humility and also confidence He knew his place in the world and wasn't afraid to step up to his destiny I loved Digger's special relationship with him and I'm really hoping to seeof him the sequel.Digger was a fantastic lead, she was such a strong and independent girl She was true to herself and even though she sometimes had a mixed up view of right and wrong, she was always able to admit her mistakes.I have so many questions about the ending, mostly about who I will and won't see in the sequel I can't wait to read Liar's Moon.I was a little confused at the beginning of the book about the political and religious groups Too bad I didn't find the glossary at the back of the book sooner because it was very helpful in sorting everything out.This story was fantastic, the intrigue and adventure were fullforce and the characters were amazing! This book was provided for review by the publisher.reviewed for: Digger thrives as a spy and sneakthief 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 strongholdas well as plenty of jewels for the takingBut 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 This is not a book that I just could ride out I had to do some work and some thinking in order to keep things straight This is almost straight up YA fantasy It took me a while to finish and after I did I had a headache I thought, That's not a good sign…but I really did like it There could've been a number of other reasons for having a headache like sleep deprivation or the heat I think the biggest struggle I had with the story was that it took so long It felt like it dragged I'd hoped that it would be faster pace But looking back on it I realized that if I had read this when I was younger I might've liked it better but I'm so used to fast ADHD paced YA now that this felt that much slower Or maybe I'm just remembering it wrong This fantasy has a sort of mystery to it No one is who they seem (including Digger herself) and Digger has no idea what she is in for During the middle of the book secret after secret is revealed which just made meconfused and I could never figure out what was what until right before or when Digger figured it out herself That part was both fascinating as well as frustrating The last quarter is when things start to pick up and begin to clear up Digger as a character I could enjoy because she was not a completely stereotyped super tough girl She doesn't feel uncomfortable in dresses because she is a girl She is very practical though curious One thing is that Digger isn't necessarily likeable but she does have a good side and I was rooting for her the whole time The other characters are well developed too like Lady Lyll, Meri, and someone who shall not be named for spoiler reasons were my favorites.I will be looking out for The usual caveat: I edited this, so I'm hugely biased But it features all of the following fun things:* a cat burglar* a snowbound castle* secret codes* secret identities* glorious dresses* a snarky protagonist* hidden magic * warring princes* religious civil war And MAN, is it a good time. Well I've always had a thing for thieves so I liked it a lot The only thing that bothers me is that Dagger just seems a bit too good??? Like I get that you're a thief but like I didn't expect a climbingwallsthief sort you know? Characters were well developed, world building was clear Phandre's outcome was a bit obvious though.