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The Compulsive Reader: Reading Rants: Read This Book. Like, NOW!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Reading Rants: Read This Book. Like, NOW!

So, it's not too often when I lapse into fangirl-ish episodes of adoration here on the blog, but give me the right book, and I dissolve into puddles of incoherent declarations of love. And my latest read seems to have evoked such behavior...StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce.

I loved Bunce's previous book, A Curse Dark as Gold. Nay, I adored it, treasured it, reveled in the story for weeks. Not only is it a fairy tale retelling (and you all know how I am with those; this one retells Rumpelstiltskin), but it's a beautifully written book that combines two of my favorite genres, fantasy and historical fiction, and it was breathtaking. I've recommended it to more people than I can count, and I've even fought a couple of battles for that book.

So, naturally, when I saw that Bunce was coming out with another book, I was excited (more precisely, I freaked out). And, a FANTASY! I cannot tell you how much I long for more nice, long, complicated, truly entertaining fantasies. It was thrilling.

I have to confess, I was a little confused as to how StarCrossed would play out in the first few chapters...so many characters, so many names, so many subplots... But then, I don't know...it just clicked. It made sense and the next thing I knew, I was running to class, terribly late, with my nose still stuck in the middle of it and people yelling at me to watch where I was going. And then I couldn't focus on Peter the Great as a major military figure for an hour and a half because all I could think of was of what was unfolding in a snowbound fortress in the mountains. And then my entire evening was gone, swept away in the story.

I love the sort of books that can take you away completely, can make you fall in love, and even cause you to jump up and pace with excitement, only to sit back down again and get sucked in once more. If you love those sorts of books, read StarCrossed.

Here's a preview of the first chapter to convince you!


6 comments:

Emy Shin said...

Thanks for this review! I've been looking forward to reading StarCrossed. :)

Rebecca Herman said...

I have this book but haven't gotten to read it yet. I'd love to see more of this type of fantasy in the YA genre though, rather tired of modern paranormals.

AnimeGirl said...

Oh, I hadn't know what the book was about - the Curse one, sounds awesome, I'm fairy tale fan girl! - I'll try to check out both books.

The Book Muncher said...

I just adored StarCrossed as well! Can't wait for its sequel :)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I'm so glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! It's waiting on my tbr pile and I can't wait to read it. I haven't read her previous book, but now knowing it's a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin - one of my favorite tales! - make me want to read it, too!

La Coccinelle said...

Oh, dear. More books for the wishlist...