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Aries Rising

(Star Crossed #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  758 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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 shes learned about the zodiac, she lands her ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Running Press Kids
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 2.5 stars

This was okay-ish. The Zodiac angle was kinda cute.

I feel like young teenagers/pre-teens would love this, but I felt too old for this. I'm going to be 26 in April.

There was a moral to it, like not judging people even by their zodiac sign.

I thought the mean girls(TM) were a little too mean to be realistic. Not every single bully is a raging sociopath. I say that as someone who was bullied growing up, and has dated narcissists (and a possible narcissist sociopath). I also
Cindy Hudson
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?

Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for

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
I'm not very engaged by the story, the characters nor the themes, but the writing is decent enough and it's nice to see a teenage heroine who has goals and schoolwork in mind instead of romance and boys. 3 stars.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Will Logan be able to catch The Gears (a secret society bent on making trouble for everyone), save her love life, keep her newspaper column, and get into the writing camp of her dreams ...more
Eliora Vespera
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"...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.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring, uplifting, and heartening. Logan McRae is a normal high school sophomore who lives in Terra Bella Beach, CA. She deals with struggles through her friends, guys, school, and family. But, when this ordinary girl discovers this magical book, "Fearless Astrology," all she wants to do is change her life. If I were to gush about other characters than Logan, it would be her two best friends, Chili and Paige. They are always there for Logan and would help her till the worlds end. They stick ...more
Hannah Tedawes
This book was a quick read for me, I finished it in one night. It was about a high school sophomore having a normal life. Until, she finds a certain book, that is. Fearless Astrology, the book she found, helped her get her crush to like her, and impress her teacher.
She also uses this book to try to find the identity of the Gears.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Merely a self-indulgent read to see how the author worked astrology into the whole picture. She did ok but like Sharpay, "I need more."
Jacqueline Barber
Note: I finished this book on the second and then started writing this on the second and then got side tracked and forgot about it and then remembered and finished writing on the 9th.

Well its the second day of 2019 and I have finished my first book of the year! Now only 239 more to go. I have also crossed the first book off of the PopSugar Challenge list (goodbye prompt 33! One down 49 more to go).

Logan McRae is you average high school sophomore who wants nothing more then to land the University
Laina SpareTime
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and everything.

Were not off to a great start. I definitely did not love this. Its okay, but there were a lot of things that irked me to no end. The biggest thing to me is how very immature the book and its characters were. I would have bought the book more if the characters had been in the twelve to fourteen age range because they do act very, very young, and the voice is pretty young as well. At one point Logan and
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the writing. At first, I had a hard time getting into it. Maybe because I don't really care about astrology; and the entire concept of measuring people's behavior solely using signs is silly, in my opinion. However, the story takes a turn, and Logan (the protagonist) becomes a very strong character with lots of good qualities. She's determined, a good student, fair, but still a teenager with many qualities of one.
It was nice to see a protagonist who has a crush (Nathan), but doesn't
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
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Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-or-children
This YA novel was unique. The premise was the protagonist, Logan, decided to use a book she discovered, "Fearless Asyrology," to change her life . . . The information and advice she gleaned from the book gave her personal confidence to reach for the goals she wanted. With her friends, Paige and Chili, as supporters, this Aquarius begins making positive changes.

An afterthought: The "issues" Logan has with her mom's absences don't seem thoroughly addressed or resolved.
Carolina Dean
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this is classified as "young adult" but I, a 46 year old gay man, enjoyed this book. I liked it for the "using astrology to solve a mystery" angle. I see that there are two more in this series and I look forward to reading them as well.

I held onto this series just cause I was intrigued by the astrology aspect of it. Boy was it not worth my time. So much girl hate in this!!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not my kind of story. It was boring.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Details were coming in way too fast, and it was very difficult to comprehend. After reading the first ten pages the next morning it felt like I never read this passage a day in my life.
Noriah eady
This book is great. Aquarius Logan McRae is a high school has been working all semester to impress her teachers in order to get into the summer writing camp she wants to go to. She finds a book on astrology. When she used what they learned about the zodiac, she got her own page in the school paper and a date with the cutest guy in school. When Logan try's to catch the members of a secret group called The Gears, who have been vandalizing school property by reading the stars, she learns that it ...more
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Almost anyone with a free afternoon
Shelves: contemporaries, ya
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting and has a good plot. I love astrology, so it was a good read!
Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
Original review @ http://intheclosetbibliophile.blogspo...

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
Celsi May
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author's Purpose- The author wrote "Star-Crossed: Aries Rising" to show her readers that if they believe in themselves then, they will be able to achieve more and their confidence level will go up the more they achieve. She, also, wrote "Star-Crossed: Aries Rising" to entertain her readers. "Star-Crossed: Aries Rising" is filled with action and "Star-Crossed: Aries Rising" is a interesting book, which makes it to where the reader never wants to put the book down.

Theme- The theme of
Elizabeth *Swords for Fighting*
This book surprised me! I honestly did not think I would like it as much as I did. I have never read anything with astrology as the main focus before. Before reading Aries Rising, I knew little to nothing about astrology. Sure, I knew my sign is Taurus, but I had no idea that that was just the beginning. I was surprised to discover that I enjoy astrology. I learned so many interesting tidbits about it thanks to this book.

I liked how the chapters were set up. Each chapter starts with a little
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Let me begin by saying that I would never have read this book had it not been a free giveaway at ALA, along with the second in the Starcrossed series (which I will read as well, although probably not review). Aries Rising was entertaining, but it will not be the latest teen fad or receive critical acclaim. Learning about astrology is (for me) amusing, but I cannot help laughing at how seriously Logan takes the whole thing. No comment is ever made about the obvious drawbacks of astrology (like ...more
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in, 2010, young-adult
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 ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Author: Bonnie Hearn Hill
Pages: 278(Paperback)
Rating: 2.8/5

Today I bring you another lower level YA (high MG?) book. Its a mixture of journal notes and the story itself, I havent read something like this in a while.

Logan brings the confidence of the stars into her life when she discovers FEARLESS ASTROLOGY. With it she hopes to impress her English teacher, Mr. Franklin (Frankenstein) so she can get that stellar recommendation which will get her into the summer writing program
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At the beginning of the book, Logan was an average girl, a little bit insecure, that only when she's with her friends she feels comfortable. But when she finds an astrology book, which says it'll change her life, she wants to try it.

She learns to use the zodiacal signs to understand people and get along with them, and to finally get what she wants (as the cute guy). It is interesting to read Logan's changes from shy to a very secure girl just
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
*Actual rating was a 3.5*

I'll admit that my expectations weren't very high when I started this book. Fortunately, I liked it much more than I thought I would. The focus on astrology was fresh and intriguing. I ended up doing a bit of research on my own astrological sign.

My absolute favorite aspect of the novel was the relationship between Logan and her two best friends, Chili and Paige. Talk about a fierce sisterhood. These girls have got each others' backs. I really enjoyed seeing them defend
Emmaline Niskanen
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Aries Rising" by Bonnie Hearn Hill is an excellent book. I read it in one wonderful day because I was trapped inside of it. The thing I liked best about this book was all of the suspense and mystery in it. The author used powerful word choice that captured my attention. I am sure anyone who reads this spectacular book will enjoy it as much as I did.

Logan's high school life is down in the dumps. All she wishes for is the ability transform her horrid life into a dream come true.
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Bonnie Hearn Hill's latest novel of suspense, THE RIVER BELOW, was described by Publishers Weekly as, a "poignant standalone (that) is as much a story about friendship and loss as it is a mystery."

Hill is the author of six thrillers from MIRA Books, the Star Crossed young adult series, and the Kit Doyle series, IF ANYTHING SHOULD HAPPEN (2015), GOODBYE FOREVER (2016), and I WISH YOU MISSED ME

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