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StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
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bookshelves: decent-heroine, steampunk-historical
Read from January 25 to 31, 2012

Starcrossed introduces us to Digger a young thief who lives on the streets of Gerse. Digger's partner in crime, Tegan is a fellow thief who also happens to be her lover. On their latest assignment they are caught by the authorities, Tegan sacrifices himself so Digger has a chance of escape. Digger manages to run from the authorities, she soon comes across a group of noble teenagers and is invited to join them in exchange for directions and entertainment. Digger takes them up their offer in order to hide from the authorities, she tells her new friends that she is a merchant's daughter called Celyn Contrare. Before she knows it, she's agreeing to be a maid to Merista (one of the noble teenagers) and travelling to her new home. Digger/Celyn slowly becomes fond of her new home and friends but she soon realises that like her they all hiding dangerous secrets. Digger/Celyn gets stuck in a difficult position when she is asked to spy on her new friends or risk having her past crimes revealed.
Digger is a great protagonist, she never whines or feels sorry for herself, she just gets on with things. She loves being a thief and gets a thrill out of stealing, she's proud of her skills and doesn't feel guilty or ashamed. Digger is strong, clever and cunning, she'll do whatever it takes to survive. There is no romance, Digger occassionally thinks about Tegan but there were no other real love interests. Her friendship with Merista at first is a means to an end but that soon develops into a sweet sisterly relationship.
It was hard to keep track of all the different characters and places because they're all just thrown at the reader all at once.
The story is slow and slightly boring in the first half, but then things get going and soon Digger's caught in the middle of all the politics, intrigue, heresy and treachery. All the twists and turns come together nice and smoothly, at the end everything is wrapped up but it's clear Digger still has many adventures to go on.
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