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Aries Rising (Star Crossed #1)

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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 she's learned about the zodiac, she lands her ...more
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Published March 2nd 2010 by Running Press Book Publishers
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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 suspec
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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?

Aries Ri
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

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 dr
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Eliora Vespera
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"...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.
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Mizuki
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.
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 "Star-Crossed
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Ellicia
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 world’s 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.
Swhite
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."
Love2read
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
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Sarah
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Almost anyone with a free afternoon
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Lauren
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 t
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Melissa
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
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 pas
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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 th ...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 we ...more
Tally
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: ARIES RISING
Author: Bonnie Hearn Hill
Pages: 278(Paperback)
Rating: 2.8/5

Today I bring you another lower level YA (high MG?) book. It’s a mixture of journal notes and the story itself, I haven’t 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 progra
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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. Genev
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Gaby
Español: http://historias-imaginarias.blogspot...

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 bec
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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 a
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Roderick
Bonnie Hearn Hill is a complex writer with a clear vision, accurate skills and a clear vision of what she wants to have written down on paper! The way she writes really can grab you, hold you and never yeild in trying to make you listen to what she has to say...true ingeniousness and incredibility in her outstanding work...such a gift!

What can I say other than I need to meet this woman! She KNOWS what she's doing with characters, plot, story and power in her words! after all the list of bad book
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Aleka Gurel
I ordered this into my local Waterstones after winning book two, Taurus Eyes, from The Undercover Book Lover. Even though I’m not a fan of full-face models on covers, I kind of liked this one—it was simple, but the curls were fun. Plus, it’s just a really good photograph, and my inner photographer appreciated that.

The plot is fairly unique—girl uses astrology to catch a bunch of bad guys. Although I do think that the qualities for Pisces match up with me in an eerie fashion (Dreamer? Check. Defe
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P.E.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading about astrology (I'm born on the Libra-Scorpio cusp by the way) so I was super excited to read Aries Rising.

Aries rising is about Logan. Logan is a pretty average girl with awesome friends, but I wasn't too interested in her character. Logan has issues with her mom who's always away so when she sees the book "Fearless Astrology" she knows it will change her life. From there we see how Logan's life changes with the help of astrology.

I loved the astrology. It was written in an easy
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Michele
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I bought this book at our school book fair because it was on clearance for $2.50. With Scholastic book fairs, that does not always mean something negative, but it does in this case. I have a weakness for teen romance, but this story isn't romance at all. It is all astrology, and pretty much drivel.

Logan finds an astrology book in her parents' old things, and all of sudden she is more confident and can solve all kinds of problems including getting the boy of her dreams to pay attention to her be
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Jennifer Westall
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-written story, and it piqued my interest in astrology. I enjoyed the characters for the most part, though I must admit high school not my favorite age range for YA adult fiction. At times the characters seemed shallow, but I know that's true to the age and environment. Only a couple of things bothered me, and they were minor. I had a hard time buying that the school wouldn't respond more aggressively to the vandalism from the beginning, especially having wo ...more
Sydney Wirebaugh
This book was okay. I didn’t really like the book because all the adventures and nail-biting moments were at the beginning. At the beginning I would read it and want to read it. I wouldn’t be able to stop reading it. Then about half way through the book I didn’t really want to read it. I could just set it down and leave it alone. At the beginning of the book I couldn’t do that.

My favorite character was Paige because she is very quiet. She talks by not using her voice but using her clothing line
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Bookmarks Reviews
Rating 2.8/5

Today I bring you another lower level YA (high MG?) book. It’s a mixture of journal notes and the story itself, I haven’t 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 she desperately wants. And maybe that hot senior, Nathan will no
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Angela Liao
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9th-grade
Logan McRae is like any other high school sophomore. Like other girls, she always tries to fit into the crowd, get good grades by impressing her teacher and getting other boys to like her. As you read this book you will find the troubles Logan McRae will go through. I really liked the picture Bonnie Hearn Hill picked for the book cover. One of the reasons I wanted to read this book is because of the cover. This book also talks about horoscope. I read about my horoscope and I found out that my va ...more
Katie Irene
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
In this book Logan starts as a quiet and unconfident high school girl, until she finds an Astrology book. The book helps her, but does cause problems at times due to a group in the school called the Gears.

I liked the dynamic character of Logan in this book. It showed how the tides in high school life can change at any time. I think the character of Geneva was important too because it shows how everyone has that one bully when they're in high school. This book was well written. It had great orga
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