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Princess Vela's people are starving. Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one. Now the king is dying, too. When the boy she' Princess Vela's people are starving. Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one. Now the king is dying, too. When the boy she's had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father's, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself. Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…


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Princess Vela's people are starving. Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one. Now the king is dying, too. When the boy she' Princess Vela's people are starving. Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one. Now the king is dying, too. When the boy she's had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father's, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself. Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…

30 review for Star-Crossed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn is a young adult romantic science fiction fantasy. And guess what folks, no insta-love and no love triangles! Yes, I know, color me shocked as well. And on top of all of that a creepily compelling sci-fi angle to the world building.  The story is set on a distant planet in which the inhabitants including our main character, Princess Vela, have lived since leaving Earth years and years before. The problem on the planet is there is a shortage of food and with not enough Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn is a young adult romantic science fiction fantasy. And guess what folks, no insta-love and no love triangles! Yes, I know, color me shocked as well. And on top of all of that a creepily compelling sci-fi angle to the world building.  The story is set on a distant planet in which the inhabitants including our main character, Princess Vela, have lived since leaving Earth years and years before. The problem on the planet is there is a shortage of food and with not enough to feed everyone they have developed a system in which only a handful eat the food and then nutrients are extracted from them to make pills to sustain the rest of the colonists.  The eaters of the colony are the Aegis and the downside for them enjoying food is that they lose a huge chunk of their life span. Being the daughter of the King Vela trained early to become an Aegis and she and her sister, Blanca, are now competing to become the next Successor to their father. Vela and Blanca are exact opposites and now they've been given tasks that will them to their own limits.  Having read a couple of other books my Pintip Dunn and really enjoying them I was really looking forward to seeing what this one held. After finishing I can honestly say I don't think I've ever come across anything anywhere similar to the world created in this story so an A+ for creativity. I was easily immersed in this world and really came to like the characters and root for them along the way and with a gut wrenching end to the story this one rated at 4.5 stars for me, definitely recommend giving it a try!  I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    D.M.

    My favourite thing to do when I finish a book is to read the acknowledgements. I really like it when they give an insight to the author/book. The acknowledgement section in the back of Star-crossed tells you this book was written before Pintip Forgot Tomorrow. The author also tells us this book holds a special place with her. I'm totally in love with her best selling series. Star-crossed has a food theme and will pretty much ruin any diet or put you off cakes. Vela and her sister, Blanca are opp My favourite thing to do when I finish a book is to read the acknowledgements. I really like it when they give an insight to the author/book. The acknowledgement section in the back of Star-crossed tells you this book was written before Pintip Forgot Tomorrow. The author also tells us this book holds a special place with her. I'm totally in love with her best selling series. Star-crossed has a food theme and will pretty much ruin any diet or put you off cakes. Vela and her sister, Blanca are opposites. They are heiress to the throne. Their father needs a transplant and a donor is needed. It has to be the fittest of the fit. The person will sacrifice their lives for the king. In return, their family will be well looked after. Vela is a princess in a dystopian world. There isn't enough food for her people to survive so a pill was created as a substitute. A selected few eat real food and the rest of the people take the pills. Vela and Blanca are expected to eat a lot because the pills are formed from the people that eat. In this world being overweight is seen as a luxury and is seen as beautiful. When Vela was young she used to slip a little food to her best friend, Astana not realising the consequences. Now Vela must find the donor for her father. The problem is Carr wants to help his sister, Astana and the only way to help is to become the donor. Vela has always had a secret crush on Carr now she must choose who dies and who gets to survive. This is bigger than just her future it affects the whole kingdom and if Vela can't make the right decisions her sister will become the next queen. This is an undesirable world and the story is a rollercoaster. The story fits well with Pintip Dunn's style I just wish it didn't have a food theme. The stories good and the characters are well developed. Vela's choices are impossible and the romance is touching. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    If nothing else, this book has the most unique plot I have ever encountered in a YA sci-fi story, although it could also be included in the dystopian and/or fantasy genres as it's kinda all over the place. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the pros end for me. The new world presented to us is divided into two classes, the Eaters and Non-Eaters. There's not enough food to accommodate the population but luckily an elite few carry a gene that allows them to convert digested food into a highly If nothing else, this book has the most unique plot I have ever encountered in a YA sci-fi story, although it could also be included in the dystopian and/or fantasy genres as it's kinda all over the place. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the pros end for me. The new world presented to us is divided into two classes, the Eaters and Non-Eaters. There's not enough food to accommodate the population but luckily an elite few carry a gene that allows them to convert digested food into a highly nutritious waste that is then provided to the Non-Eaters in the form of a capsule. Yes, you read that right. It's pretty out there, a little too far off the rails for my tastes. Wait, I'm not finished.... Princess Vela is our narrator in this story, and while she's a likeable character, her dialogue is very juvenile, leaving this book firmly in the genre of very young adult, more like preteen in my opinion. Vela's father, the King, needs a full organ transplant *eye roll* which is to be procured from the healthiest Non-Eater and lo and behold guess who ends up being the perfect candidate? Vela's love interest. This story was not one that I could sink my teeth into. I found it borderline ridiculous most of the time and the obligatory "bad guy" was obvious from the get-go. 2 VERY generous stars ⭐⭐ I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... I originally requested this title because I read The Darkeat Lie and loved it, so I knew the author was good. But as time came to read it I kept putting it off because I didn't expect it to be that good. I was so wrong though, as soon as I read the first chapter I knew that I was really going to enjoy Star-Crossed. The plot and world building were very original. I found the whole idea of this book to be fascinating. The worl You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... I originally requested this title because I read The Darkeat Lie and loved it, so I knew the author was good. But as time came to read it I kept putting it off because I didn't expect it to be that good. I was so wrong though, as soon as I read the first chapter I knew that I was really going to enjoy Star-Crossed. The plot and world building were very original. I found the whole idea of this book to be fascinating. The world building for this sci-fi was very cool, but not overly intricate as the novel was very focused on the plot instead. The plot was where this book really excelled. There were a few predictable aspects, but there were also some very interesting plot twists and I never saw coming. There was also a mystery woven into the story that I had a lot of fun trying to figure out. I had some guesses, but wound up being wrong in the end. This plot had it all, mystery, love, sibling rivalry and some political sabotage were all aspects that kept me turning the pages. The romance, on the other hand, was totally not for me. From the beginning I didn't like Carr as a love interest and it never really grew on me. I found it to be sappy and overdramatic. I never really felt the connection between the two of them and the whole relationship felt a little forced to me. Vela and Carr's relationship didn't burn red hot. I never really believed their emotional displays or declarations of feelings. Which brings me to my next point, which is that I never really felt emotionally connected to the characters. I love the plot and some of the relationships, but I never really felt emotionally connected, which was shocking because The Darkest Lie was such an emotional novel, so I expected this novel to be emotionally gripping as well. Since Star-Crossed wasn't based on such an emotional subject I still thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the emotional disconnection. I love the relationship that Vela had with her best friend Astana. In the very beginning of the novel Vela steals food for her, showing just how deep her loyalty is for her best friend. I found Vela to have so much integrity and I really admired her as a character. I also found it entertaining to read about the sibling rivalry between Vela and Blanca. Vela's character arc is an incredible one, as she changes so much throughout the novel with her relationships, but also in her ability to make difficult decisions. Overall I would definitely recommend this book to science fiction and mystery fans who like a fast-paced read. If you are looking to emotionally connect to a story or read a good love story, I would probably pass on this one though. This book pulled me right out of my reading slump and was full of interesting characters that were full of moral integrity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Books to Liv by

    Rating: 4 stars HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes, but bittersweet (hide spoiler)] “Your life has always mattered,” I whisper. I look up and do my best to imprint his caviar-black eyes and straight, thin brows into my memory. I’ll have holograms, sure. And I’ve made a point to take a few of him, because I know I’ll regret not having them later. But I don’t want to rely on some dots of light to remember him, like I do with my mother. I don’t want all the people I love to be confined to a little black Rating: 4 stars HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes, but bittersweet (hide spoiler)] “Your life has always mattered,” I whisper. I look up and do my best to imprint his caviar-black eyes and straight, thin brows into my memory. I’ll have holograms, sure. And I’ve made a point to take a few of him, because I know I’ll regret not having them later. But I don’t want to rely on some dots of light to remember him, like I do with my mother. I don’t want all the people I love to be confined to a little black cube. It was this simple passage that made realize that I not only loved, but respected this novel. Before receiving this Arc, I thought I knew what it was all about. The title itself spoke volumes. But Star-Crossed was not only a realistic Ya about a forbidden love and a dystopian world, it was a beautifully crafted story about coming to terms with the things we cannot change. Once upon a time Princess Veila stole some food for her best-friend, without realizing the danger she was putting her in. In doing so, Astana developed an explicable resistance to the pills she was given as daily nutrition, like the other citizens. And her body suffered because of that. A naïve gesture, a slice of cake shared between two girls, that threatened not only to expose Veila, but to condemn her friend to death as well. Torn between stealing more food and finding a solution to save Astana’s life, Veila is arrested and Carr, the love of Veila’s life, is forced to join in a competition, to ensure a lifetime of food for his sister, Astana. Unfortunately, to ensure that, he has to die first. “I may use those words, but it’s cultural. They don’t reflect what I truly believe.” “And what’s that?” I blink. Not once, in any of the interviews, has a candidate turned the spotlight onto me so efficiently. “I believe in my mother,” I say quietly. “I believe she didn’t cease to exist when her physical body expired. I’ve felt her presence as I walk in the woods. Her touch whispers over me when I tilt my face to the stars, looking for answers. I know she’s here with me, even if she’s in a different realm.” This novel and its plot were powerful and original. Towards the end I could almost feel Veila’s despair and Carr’s resignation. It made me emotional, but also grateful: this fantasy YA experiment I have been conducting since last May, has allowed me to discover so many delicate gems. And Star-Crossed definitely fits into this category. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me a copy of this. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    Star-Crossed is my new favorite book by Pintip Dunn. I enjoyed the setting especially, there was a sense of whimsicalness throughout the book. The characters were well-developed, distinctive, and well-written. I found the premise interesting and well-executed, and I had a hard time putting this book down. If you're a fan of sci-fi and romance YA, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. *Rating: 5/5 stars *Copy received through NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ipsita

    StarCrossed Author: Pintip Dunn Publishers: Entangled: Teen Publication Date: October 2nd 2018 Genre: Sci-Fi Romance Fantasy Source: ARC from Netgalley mybookishvibes Rates: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Set in the future where human race is near to destruction and survival in the planet of Dion solely depends on the new evolved Aegis to overcome the limited food problem and supply the colonial people with food pillls instead of real food, as only the Aegis are able to eat and produce the pills for necessity while this come StarCrossed Author: Pintip Dunn Publishers: Entangled: Teen Publication Date: October 2nd 2018 Genre: Sci-Fi Romance Fantasy Source: ARC from Netgalley mybookishvibes Rates: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Set in the future where human race is near to destruction and survival in the planet of Dion solely depends on the new evolved Aegis to overcome the limited food problem and supply the colonial people with food pillls instead of real food, as only the Aegis are able to eat and produce the pills for necessity while this comes as a responsibility and gives them shorter life than most to live, whereas sacrifices are a must for the existence of life, saving and finding the fittest body for the dying king doesn't make things easier for Princess Vela Kunchai, contestant for the king's next successor along with her sister, Blanca, her rival in every way possible. Caught in between her duties to the colony and her devotion to the people, while she uncovers the true nature of her best friend's sickness, and to choose the right path in saving both her father and her one true love Carr's life in the way of the fight for the place of king's successor and to be crowned ultimately as the queen with her own sister; the rightful decisions to take doesn't come as easy for a ruler, this book is a whirlwind of emotions and rights to serve and to love. My Thoughts: Sci-Fi is one of the genre I haven't explored more on and while it always seems like I've had more expectation for a good sci-fi, fantasy novel; this book certainly lived up to all of those. I loved the plot and the story of this book which proves to be as a brilliant theory and made me even more interested in the book itself. “This pain, too, will pass. Just hold on, and life will get better. It always does.” "I’ve felt her presence as I walk in the woods. Her touch whispers over me when I tilt my face to the stars, looking for answers. I know she’s here with me, even if she’s in a different realm.” "They’re just words. Intangible things that disappear as soon as they’re said. Like particles of dust that blow away when the wind fans pass overhead. Like dew drops that disappear as the day progresses." "Maybe some things aren’t worth any price. Maybe there’s a fate worse than death." "That’s the thing with ideals. They’re easy to impose on other people. Not so easy to practice yourself.” All the characters in this story were put so gracefully, I loved their idols and the history of Dion, a planet new born for the sake of survival of humans and aegis alike. The sisters were my favorite of all, Vela and Blanca, they had a very different kind of relationship; complicated and torn between the right to love and serve. Vela and her father, the king who was her true motivator, I loved their bond throughout the book. And while this came as a surprise to me, I throughly enjoyed reading it. This book shows one beautiful example of friendship, love, destiny, duties, loyality, dignity and one's moral privilege. Final Verdict and Ratings: I'll definitely recommend this book to those who wants to explore more of futuristic story and a good fantasy thriller novel, as I really enjoyed discovering more to this book and I'm very excited to read more books from this genre soon, and so I am giving this lovely book 4⭐/5 forward it's captivating story. [ Thanks so much to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review ]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    In the planet of Dion, the food is scarce and people only rely on nutrition pills to survive. The King is already dying and he wanted to choose between his daughters, Blanca and Vela to become his successor. Both were provided with tasks that they have to pass and prove that they are worthy to be crowned as Queen. This was an interesting story and I had a hard time putting this down! Be prepared to have a roller coaster of emotions when you read this! If you loved The Hunger Games then you might In the planet of Dion, the food is scarce and people only rely on nutrition pills to survive. The King is already dying and he wanted to choose between his daughters, Blanca and Vela to become his successor. Both were provided with tasks that they have to pass and prove that they are worthy to be crowned as Queen. This was an interesting story and I had a hard time putting this down! Be prepared to have a roller coaster of emotions when you read this! If you loved The Hunger Games then you might want to check this out too! Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. "Your life's already shortened. You need to enjoy every moment of it." "This pain, too, will pass. Just hold on, and life will get better. It always does." "That's why I fell in love with you. Why you're going to be such a good ruler. Because you've never listened to anything but your own heart." "Other times, there's a moral imperative that trumps even the most clear-cut quantitative analysis. The task of a ruler is to balance the two, to choose when the moral imperative outweighs the greater good." Soundtrack: Fighting For You by Quinn Erwin

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Find me: Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Spotify A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book probably has the most unique plot I’ve ever read. There’s nothing else like it. The story is set at a time in the future when people were sent to terraform a planet called Dion. However, out of the ten thousand pods that were sent, only a hundred pods had survived. Instead of a habitable, fully-terraformed planet, the people found only a patch of land on which to li Find me: Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Spotify A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book probably has the most unique plot I’ve ever read. There’s nothing else like it. The story is set at a time in the future when people were sent to terraform a planet called Dion. However, out of the ten thousand pods that were sent, only a hundred pods had survived. Instead of a habitable, fully-terraformed planet, the people found only a patch of land on which to live. This planet is hundreds of light years away from Earth that they had no choice but to make do with what they have. Since the land isn’t enough to grow plants and animals they brought from Earth, they developed a solution to maximize the food they are able to produce. Part of the population undergoes a genetic modification that will make them absorb two or three times as many nutrients from food than the average person. These nutrients are then extracted from them and distributed to the rest of the colony as pills. These pills also double as currency. Interesting, right? But as interesting as it was, I didn’t like it. One of the problems I had with this book is the writing. It’s not bad but there were lines that made me roll my eyes. “Her smooth delivery hitches on a few syllables, the way a flowing river hiccups around a surprise boulder.” Uhm, really? “My chest contracts so hard I feel my joints pop.” Wait, what? And the king calls Vela, “eye-apple". Okaaaay… The plot was quite predictable and there were some parts which I found confusing or contradicting. There were also hints in the book which made the bad guy pretty obvious. Another reason why I did not enjoy this is that I did not care for any of the characters. Vela is okay but there was nothing she did that endeared her to me. Carr is so self-righteous and has a superhero complex which annoyed me. Blanca lacked dimension. Astana was, in my opinion, not a good friend with the way she blamed Vela for the decisions she made instead of understanding the reasons behind it. I finished this book in sixteen days which would give you an idea on how invested (or not) I was. But the part that bumped this down to two stars from the original three stars I planned is the ending. I had mixed feelings about it. I think the “plot twist” at the end was too good to be true. For me, the “act” Vela did was unnecessary. The king knew what her decision will be and that should have been enough without actually going through it. I posted reading about this book on Instagram and the author told me to enjoy it. Which makes me so, so sad that I didn’t. This book had great reviews and it just didn’t work for me. But if you don’t mind everything I mentioned that caused my disappointment, maybe you will enjoy this. “That’s the thing with ideals. They’re so easy to impose on other people. Not so easy to practice yourself.” Review can also be found on my blog.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews

    A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley, Pintip Dunn, and Entangled Publishing LLC for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. My heart. Pintip Dunn somehow created a science fiction romance that ripped my heart to shreds and only kind of put it back together again. It was amazing, y'all. Nothing short of that. Vela is a young woman that has given up 60 of her 90 years of life to become and Ageis. She eats real A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley, Pintip Dunn, and Entangled Publishing LLC for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. My heart. Pintip Dunn somehow created a science fiction romance that ripped my heart to shreds and only kind of put it back together again. It was amazing, y'all. Nothing short of that. Vela is a young woman that has given up 60 of her 90 years of life to become and Ageis. She eats real food so that the nutrients can be harvested from her and transferred into pill capsules to feed the other colonists. While they never get to taste real food, they get to live their full 90 years.< Enter in the twist: if a colonist tastes food often enough, some will develop a dependency on real food and reject the capsule nutrients. Velas beautiful best friend is one such woman and the best friend's brother has captured Vela's heart from the time they were children. In this world, there is a food scarcity. Vela's father is the king--but also an Ageis, and the computer behind running scenarios takes note that the king needed to be kept alive past his 30 years as an Ageis to avoid the collapse of the colony. Enter the Fittest Challenge where every 5 years a revolving group of young men and then young women compete to be the one to die and give all their organs to the king. This was my only moment where suspension of belief didn't happen. Because while the sacrifice had to be physically and morally strong, there was no mention of, you know, how they freaking match the donor type to the king's type. But whatever.  To avoid any spoilers, I will stop here. But know that Vela has to make an impossible choice when it comes to the Fittest Trials, and it is beautifully done. At its core, Star-Crossed isn't just about two young lovers--it's about all of the star-crossed, complicated loves a person can have. Friendship, family, and romantic. Read it. Read it now. You won't be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    lacy [a ravenclaw library]

    A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I think this is one of the best books I've ever read for 2018. Hand to god, this was amazing. The concept was incredibly interesting and creative. The MC, Vela, was charming. The love story was swoon-worthy. Everything about this book was perfection and I never wanted it to end. Let's chat about the concept first. The fact that people can get nutrition from p A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I think this is one of the best books I've ever read for 2018. Hand to god, this was amazing. The concept was incredibly interesting and creative. The MC, Vela, was charming. The love story was swoon-worthy. Everything about this book was perfection and I never wanted it to end. Let's chat about the concept first. The fact that people can get nutrition from pills and the pills come from people that are allowed to eat was totally wild and something I have yet to read about. It was just beyond crazy to know that some of the colonists had never tasted real food. I like food and can't imagine not being able to eat it. Vela was awesome. She is of Thai descent and her talking about all the delicious Thai food made me hungry. I loved how charming and down to earth Vela was. She was a princess but she tried to be more than that. She reminded me of Princess Diana as the People's Princess. Vela tried to make sure she knew everybody and what grievances they had. I appreciated her immensely. The love story between Carr and Vela was adorable. They had known each other all their lives. I love stories like that, where they have known each other all their lives and love each other for their faults and all. They complemented each other in the best way possible. They have gained in a spot in my top 10 favorite couples! Overall, this was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I seriously cannot recommend this book and the author enough. Pintip is incredibly talented and I can't wait to see what else she does.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    Although Star-Crossed is reminiscent of The Hunger Games with its trials, Ms. Dunn has added a dollop of freshness with the concept of people being divided into Eaters and Non-Eaters. Woe to the Non-Eater who loses a trial because the consequences are dire but the truth is no one has a comfortable position in this world that’s focused on fighting off starvation. One facet of the society’s attention to food made me think of how certain “improvements” in our own food supply has led to our acceptan Although Star-Crossed is reminiscent of The Hunger Games with its trials, Ms. Dunn has added a dollop of freshness with the concept of people being divided into Eaters and Non-Eaters. Woe to the Non-Eater who loses a trial because the consequences are dire but the truth is no one has a comfortable position in this world that’s focused on fighting off starvation. One facet of the society’s attention to food made me think of how certain “improvements” in our own food supply has led to our acceptance of a loss of taste in some instances. For example, the food gods apparently decided that watermelons need to be seedless but have you really compared the taste of seedless (which is not truly seedless) to seeded, the kind with those big black seeds that are great for spitting? I have to say I have very little interest in the seedless variety because they just don’t have any flavor, a perfect example of improvement gone awry. At any rate, Vela and the rest of her people are colonists on a distant planet and their original supplies were destroyed, making food the most critical need. In an odd scientific endeavor, they developed a genetic change that enabled some people to consume copious quantities of food and process it to share with others in the form of pills. Now, a new problem has arisen in that the king, Vela’s father, may die and the succession is in question. Vela has to find a way to save the boy she cares for from the ultimate sacrifice while at the same time securing her place and future and her compassionate nature makes her choices even more difficult. The real question is, when is sacrifice taken too far with the cost being so high that the intended benefit is no longer enough? The young princess is faced with dilemmas that are nearly impossible to resolve without possibly losing a piece of her soul and I empathized with her completely. I simply can’t imagine having to pit the survival of my father against that of the boy I loved but becoming a true queen worthy of the title does require a surrender of personal wants and needs. I’ve enjoyed Ms. Dunn’s work before and this is no exception; as a standalone, there won’t be any sequel but I’ll eagerly await her next book, whatever it may be.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Wow. This book was amazing. I loved it SO MUCH. Seriously, it's one of my favorites I've read this year. So if you'd like to read a romantic YA sci-fi, then I highly recommend it. In Star-crossed, we follow Princess Vela, daughter of the king who is planning to step down and let one of his daughters rule as the Successor. But to choose which one, they will both be tested by the Council in different ways. The worldbuilding was so original and creative. I've never read anything like it and I was ho Wow. This book was amazing. I loved it SO MUCH. Seriously, it's one of my favorites I've read this year. So if you'd like to read a romantic YA sci-fi, then I highly recommend it. In Star-crossed, we follow Princess Vela, daughter of the king who is planning to step down and let one of his daughters rule as the Successor. But to choose which one, they will both be tested by the Council in different ways. The worldbuilding was so original and creative. I've never read anything like it and I was hooked from the beginning. I also loved the characters and the romance in it was really well-developed. I couldn't have hoped for a better ending even though it was heartbreaking. Near the end, I was wondering if it was a series or a standalone (I forgot to check before picking it up) as I would have loved to read more about these characters but I'm still very satisfied with the way it ended. And honestly, I don't know if it would have been possible to have a sequel as good as this book. This is a new author to me and after reading Star-Crossed, I am really curious to see if her other novels are as good as this one. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher & author for letting me read and review this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)

    Goosebumps. I bet you’re all thinking I’ve finally lost it *snorts* – not quite (despite common opinion)! Let me explain… My arms were literally covered in goosebumps when I finished this story. The blurb only gives you a small taste of what to expect from this book. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The story of Vela and the inhabitants of Dion will make you think. Is there such a thing as a Utopian society? What is it they say? – The needs of the Goosebumps. I bet you’re all thinking I’ve finally lost it *snorts* – not quite (despite common opinion)! Let me explain… My arms were literally covered in goosebumps when I finished this story. The blurb only gives you a small taste of what to expect from this book. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The story of Vela and the inhabitants of Dion will make you think. Is there such a thing as a Utopian society? What is it they say? – The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Well, this story will have you questioning what you would do in Vela’s situation. As a race, we all want to survive, but what if the costs are too great? Technological advancements are great and all, but what is the true cost to our humanity? I know I’m being vague, but I want you to experience this book like I did. I want you to put yourself in Vela’s shoes as she is faced with the task of making life-changing, dare I say, life-altering decisions. The author’s descriptions of everything that is Dion brought the planet vividly to life for me – just like in the scenes from Vela’s hologram cube. It was a feast for the senses. Ironic really, when some of the colonists can’t use all their senses. Cryptic much, lol? As I’ve said, this is a story that will make you think, and make you feel. It was the perfect blend of sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, romance, and suspense. I admit to being a teeny tiny bit in love with Carr. I may be 40, but I just couldn’t help myself *sighs* The author has sold me on her writing and the worlds she creates. I look forward to reading more in the future. I’ll leave you with one question – what would you sacrifice for love?!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    #Starcrossed #NetGalley Wonderful book! This was an exciting read, and there was a lot of situations that you could see a break. If you chose one way you could live with yourself, if you chose another it would eat you alive, but either way you would always wonder, what if... I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    This stunning YA fantasy novel is an emotional rollercoaster, as it brings the reader to the depths of despair with gut wrenching losses alongside epic wins for humanity, love, and integrity!

  17. 4 out of 5

    McCall Hoyle

    I cannot wait to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    3 stars. * “You believed in my even when I didn’t.” Star-Crossed is a dramatic YA novel with an incredibly unique and creative world-building and a pace that picks up speed and doesn’t let up. The story is filled with action, romance, betrayal, and death, with many twists and conflicts coming one right after the other. The characters are interesting, if a little flat, but they keep the plot moving. Pintip Dunn delivers an extremely creative novel with a world-building that is rather odd in its 3 stars. * “You believed in my even when I didn’t.” Star-Crossed is a dramatic YA novel with an incredibly unique and creative world-building and a pace that picks up speed and doesn’t let up. The story is filled with action, romance, betrayal, and death, with many twists and conflicts coming one right after the other. The characters are interesting, if a little flat, but they keep the plot moving. Pintip Dunn delivers an extremely creative novel with a world-building that is rather odd in its uniqueness. The book is very much unlike anything readers will have seen before. So much happens in 400 pages that it is a bit difficult to take it all in and process it. Still a rather enjoyable read. When I say this is unique, it’s because it is unlike any other YA novel I’ve ever read before — and I’ve read a lot. The novel has suuuch an odd premise, but it somehow works within the bounds on Dunn’s writing and does capture your attention for the most part. The pace is too fast for me, which hurts my ability as a reader to connect to the story and care about what’s happening: when tragedy strikes, there’s little time to process it before another twist comes along. The characters are okay. Vela is a nice narrator and main character, although she’s rather reckless at times. I do appreciate how her heart is in he right place. Her actions are mostly moved due to her love and care of others, something that is really sweet to read about. The King is also interesting in his wisdom, but I do wish we had a little bit more of Blanca. The romance is quite well-done, if familiar. Like the title promises, it’s very much a star-crossed kind of relationship, but you can expect a happy ending from the book. The progression of that relationship is really lovely, although a tiny bit predictable. It’s still super nice to see how it develops and how the characters come to confess their feelings for each other. Overall, Star-Cross is the book for those looking for out-of-the-box world-building and unique stories. The fast pace doesn’t let up for a minute, and the romance gives a nice balance to all the conflicts and action. * Series: Standalone. POV: Told from Vela’s POV. Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[Suicide. (hide spoiler)] Instalove: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: No. HEA: (view spoiler)[I’d say yes. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    Holy shit... that was a ride. And for a moment, I waver. What is right? What is wrong? My mind sees the truth, as clearly as the water cascading down Bubble Falls, but my heart, my heart, my heart. My heart is a comet shooting through the deepest, darkest space, burning so hot it will scorch itself out of existence. Star-Crossed is a mix of scifi and dystopian. People now live on a planet called Dion but because of certain circumstances there isn't enough food to feed everyone. The colony is divid Holy shit... that was a ride. And for a moment, I waver. What is right? What is wrong? My mind sees the truth, as clearly as the water cascading down Bubble Falls, but my heart, my heart, my heart. My heart is a comet shooting through the deepest, darkest space, burning so hot it will scorch itself out of existence. Star-Crossed is a mix of scifi and dystopian. People now live on a planet called Dion but because of certain circumstances there isn't enough food to feed everyone. The colony is divided into Aegis (food eaters) and Colonists who receive their nutrition through pills that the Aegis tranfer their nutrition into after eating. It's a whole genetic modification process. The story follows Vela, an Aegis, who happens to be the King's daughter. The romance was cute and the ending made me cry even though it was beautifully bitter sweet and fitting. One of my favorite things is how Star-Crossed stays on theme by using foodish descriptions. I drop my eyes. You could sauté an onion on my cheeks. The laughter bubbles inside me like carbonated soda, as if it was always there, waiting for the tab to be pulled. A few Aegis lay out spreads to rival all picnics. Mountains of sandwiches, craters of chips, oceans of lemonade. The word washes over me, chopping my joints, puréeing my muscles. The lines in his face are deep and unfixable, like a chocolate cake that’s been baked in a too-hot oven. Maybe my emotions were just filling up, like the maple syrup that drips from a spigot. I've been following Star-Crossed since it was originally titled Fit to Die. The title change and the cover are perfect. I can't wait until the official release date so I can hold my own hardback copy. Thank you so incredibly much to Entangled Publishing for approving my arc on Netgalley after reaching out to them to express my love for Pintip Dunn and the desire to read and review Star-Crossed. 💖💖💖 All quotes are subject to change. Star-Crossed releases October 2, 2018. In the mean time please check out Pintip Dunn's already released novels. Girl on the Verge Forget Tomorrow Remember Yesterday Seize Today The Darkest Lie UPCOMING IN 2019 Malice

  20. 5 out of 5

    T.H. Hernandez

    An intense young adult dystopian romance filled with impossible choices, longing, loyalty, and above all, love. When seventeen year old Princess Vela is caught sneaking food to her best friend, her entire future is jeopardized. But the leadership sees something in her and offers her an opportunity to prove herself worthy of taking over her father’s position of Ruler when he passes. Vela and her sister, Blanca, are each challenged to show they have what it takes to lead their people, despite thei An intense young adult dystopian romance filled with impossible choices, longing, loyalty, and above all, love. When seventeen year old Princess Vela is caught sneaking food to her best friend, her entire future is jeopardized. But the leadership sees something in her and offers her an opportunity to prove herself worthy of taking over her father’s position of Ruler when he passes. Vela and her sister, Blanca, are each challenged to show they have what it takes to lead their people, despite their weaknesses. Vela is compassionate to a fault and Blanca is logical and analytical at the expense of compassion. Each princess is forced into a situation that tests their limits in ways neither is prepared for. Plot The plot is intricately woven with subplotting that made this a “can’t put down” book for me. While I found some of it predictable, the author’s writing and the characters she created made me need to know what happened next. Dunn drew me into her world, which is richly built, and made me care about fictional people in a way I haven’t in a long time. I wanted a different ending, but the one I got was both gut-wrenching and satisfying. The Characters Well-developed and incredibly real, Carr, Vela, and the rest of the cast were real to me, and I loved them wholly, never wanting to the story to end. Carr is what every book boyfriend should be with a deep sense of family loyalty and strength, with a poetic side that made me swoon. Vela was everything I want in a young adult heroine. Her compassion for others and sense of doing the right thing at any cost made her one of my favorite young adult protagonists of all time. Top Five Things I Loved About STAR-CROSSED 1. Vela. She was by far my favorite character of 2018 and in my top five young adult protagonists of all time. She’s warm, loyal, loving, and compassionate with a strong sense of doing the right thing. Her love for her family, her best friend, and Carr made her utterly relatable. 2. Carr. Ahh, what can I say about the dreamy boy who would give his life to save his sister? There is so much to him, but the way he cares not only about his sister but Vela, too, makes him worthy of Vela’s love. 3. Impossible choices. Vela is put in charge of choosing the boy who will die to save her father’s life, but when the only boy she’s ever loved, Carr, puts himself in the running, she finds herself in a situation with no good outcomes. This is the type of situation that makes for page-turning conflict. 4. Dystopian worlds. My favorite genre because anything can happen and nothing is ever as it seems. 5. The ending. Oh my God that ending. It gutted me but it made me FEEL. Bottom Line An outstanding young adult dystopian tale that will reside among my favorites for years to come. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikole Clow

    Star-Crossed takes readers to a new and unique world, where there are two different kinds of people: the Aegis and the colonists. Aegis have the ability to ingest more food than the colonists due to genetic modifications that take sixty years of their life. With that genetic modification, Aegis are able to feed everyone with nutrition pills. This itself is a unique concept. I’ve read a decent amount of YA Sci-Fi, but none had this concept where people give up sixty years of their life to feed th Star-Crossed takes readers to a new and unique world, where there are two different kinds of people: the Aegis and the colonists. Aegis have the ability to ingest more food than the colonists due to genetic modifications that take sixty years of their life. With that genetic modification, Aegis are able to feed everyone with nutrition pills. This itself is a unique concept. I’ve read a decent amount of YA Sci-Fi, but none had this concept where people give up sixty years of their life to feed their nation with pills. Not to mention the colonists have never tried real food. Imagine having a life where you take a nutrition pill and never know the taste of real food. It sounds quite horrible, in my opinion (both options do). The author knows how to weave a fantastical world together. There’s enough detail to bring the story to life and make the readers feel like they are part of that world. What I found nice was that the story did not focus on heaving world building, but rather what happened to the characters. Princess Vela is the heart of the story, and the plot brings her story together wonderfully. As the reader, expect plot twists and a killer on the loose. I was able to figure out some of the plot twists, but I was still pleasantly surprised by the ones I did not figure out. In no way does this story feel like it just ends or it cuts to the chase too fast; it’s perfectly paced. Pintip Dunn does a wonderful job with character building and differentiation. Each character has their own personality and a strong relationship with Princess Vela. Princess Vela and her sister, Princess Blanca, are so exceptionally different, and it’s fascinating to see how each tackles their assignment for who will be the next successor. Vela handles her assignment with heart and demonstrates a type of leadership she never knew she had; whereas Blanca is more headstrong and listens to the facts instead of her heart. Vela’s relationship with Astana is heartwarming and like any friendship; their friendship reminded me of the one I have with my best friend, and how I would do anything for her, just like Vela. And then there is Carr, the boy Vela has always loved. I saw the love they both had for each other, and that love only increased as the Trials continued. Overall, I really enjoyed Star-Crossed. I liked how it was realistic enough in the sense that Princess Vela knew there were things she could not change, and things she could. Pintip blends Sci-Fi, mystery, and romance well to weave together a beautiful story. This was the first book I’ve read by Pintip Dunn, and I plan on definitely reading more by her. Star-Crossed is out now! Recommended for readers who love sc-fi, unique plots, a little mystery, and a budding romance.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Margo Kelly

    Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn made me want to read more quickly to find out what was going to happen next, but it also made me want to read more slowly to make the story last longer. I've heard so many great things about Pintip Dunn's writing -- I was excited to finally jump in and read a book of hers. Star-Crossed exceeded my expectations! Set on a futuristic planet with problems and conspiracies and new-found love, Star-Crossed has elements that will appeal to most fan bases. But if you enjoy sci Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn made me want to read more quickly to find out what was going to happen next, but it also made me want to read more slowly to make the story last longer. I've heard so many great things about Pintip Dunn's writing -- I was excited to finally jump in and read a book of hers. Star-Crossed exceeded my expectations! Set on a futuristic planet with problems and conspiracies and new-found love, Star-Crossed has elements that will appeal to most fan bases. But if you enjoy sci-fi and/or romance and/or mysteries - pick up this book for sure! With captivating characters, a finely-layered plot, and a sci-fi setting, Pintip Dunn's Star-Crossed captured my interest on the first page and held tight through the final page. Some of my favorite lines from the story: "This doesn't sound like my best friend. Gravity has never pulled so strongly on her words." "He could give me the smallest look, or place the tiniest emphasis on a single word, and my nerves dart around like they're the flame to his flint." "The tears poured out of me the way lava rushes from a volcano--fierce and unstoppable." "The laughter bubbles inside me like carbonated soda, as if it was always there, waiting for the tab to be pulled." "The next few hours pass like a swarm of bees--chaotic and fast, with one minute blending into the next. But once in a while, a moment lifts out of the fray and descends like an individual sting." "Astana can't scream so we're doing it for her." I highly recommend Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn to all readers of all ages. [I received an early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kirstian Semprevivo

    I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of the sci-fi genre but do not read much of it sadly. When I came across Star-Crossed I jumped at the opportunity to review it. This is also my first book by Pintip Dunn (shocking, I know) and it was a great introduction. I really liked the world and plot, they were both original and intriguing. We have the citizens of this world divided into Eaters and Non-Eaters. To put it simply, Eaters get the real food while Non- I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of the sci-fi genre but do not read much of it sadly. When I came across Star-Crossed I jumped at the opportunity to review it. This is also my first book by Pintip Dunn (shocking, I know) and it was a great introduction. I really liked the world and plot, they were both original and intriguing. We have the citizens of this world divided into Eaters and Non-Eaters. To put it simply, Eaters get the real food while Non-Eaters get these capsules that contains nutrients. Then we have the Fittest Challenge where young men and women compete against one another (every 5 years) to be the one who will die so that their organs can be transferred to the king. Yeah, I was honestly thinking “Just let the old man die.” Too harsh?? Oh well, I still feel that way about it. I mean besides being king I didn’t see what made him so special. Now Vela, potential successor to the king, must save her love-interest from said challenge. There is so much more I could discuss about this story and go deeper into but that would lead to spoilers. I feel the ending was bittersweet, but I was satisfied with it and greatly enjoyed my time reading this story. I look for to getting better acquainted with more of the author’s works in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)

    Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures 3.5 Stars! I thought this book was so cute and fun! It was more like a palette cleanser than a heavy read. I really enjoyed Vela, the main character, I thought she was relatable in the sense that she made decisions I think I would have made in her shoes. She had a good balance of logic and heart which I liked in a heroine. I also thought the story was unique! Some people get to eat 6 meals a day, but they have their nutrients sucked dry. And some people j Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures 3.5 Stars! I thought this book was so cute and fun! It was more like a palette cleanser than a heavy read. I really enjoyed Vela, the main character, I thought she was relatable in the sense that she made decisions I think I would have made in her shoes. She had a good balance of logic and heart which I liked in a heroine. I also thought the story was unique! Some people get to eat 6 meals a day, but they have their nutrients sucked dry. And some people just take the nutrient pills, but they live longer. There is bound to be some problems, so it was interesting to see how Vela fixed them. I liked the romance in this book, again, not anything heavy, just cute and sweet.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    The world in this book was .... odd, I guess would be the right word. I liked the characters but I felt like we didn't get a whole lot of time with them. This is a sci-fi novel but it felt a lot like a high fantasy one. The rules of this world were very complicated but I liked that for once the king wasn't a tyrant. I think this might have been the first book that I've come across in a long time with a beloved king. I would've really liked an epilogue, to see where everyone was in a few months o The world in this book was .... odd, I guess would be the right word. I liked the characters but I felt like we didn't get a whole lot of time with them. This is a sci-fi novel but it felt a lot like a high fantasy one. The rules of this world were very complicated but I liked that for once the king wasn't a tyrant. I think this might have been the first book that I've come across in a long time with a beloved king. I would've really liked an epilogue, to see where everyone was in a few months or even a year. It ended a bit abrupt. But overall it was a very interesting read, though I did have some issues with the twist at the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Star-Crossed is a story about friendship, family, and love. The world building in Star-Crossed is rich and the details of the food made my own mouth water. But what I loved about Star-Crossed was the main character of Vela. She’s kind hearted and empathetic, and struggling. Vela struggles with knowing what is right and what is wrong, not in principle, but in what she should sacrif (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Star-Crossed is a story about friendship, family, and love. The world building in Star-Crossed is rich and the details of the food made my own mouth water. But what I loved about Star-Crossed was the main character of Vela. She’s kind hearted and empathetic, and struggling. Vela struggles with knowing what is right and what is wrong, not in principle, but in what she should sacrifice. She has to make hard choices that effect people she loves.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cambear

    Three and a half stars Romance and mystery set in a dystopian sci-if setting Good romance set in an odd world. It’s well-drawn and original, but the setting was just a little too weird for me. I enjoyed the relationships and the romance which really are the main focus of the book anyway. It’s a light touch so it’s sort of breezy, but it will have you salivating for food. Don’t read it on an empty stomach! Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of the book for review

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    OMG this book!!! I have only ever received 2 ARC's but I seriously wish I had received this as an ARC, because I'm sad I didn't get to read this amazing story sooner! This was such a unique story line. I dont think I've ever read a book quite like it. How the author could think up this world is incredible. I kind of has a Hunger Games feel to me but better! This book had me crying sad tears, then happy tears another moment, then sad again the next. I seriously loved Vela and Carr!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zili

    I've never read anything like Star-Crossed so I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. It's a mixture of many things and is certainly unique! The story is parts YA dystopia, sci-fi and even fantasy, but is a little confusing at times, to the point where I wasn't sure who I liked and disliked. As one of her father, the King's future heirs, Princess Vela is tasked with finding a way to save him. If only the best chance of success didn't involve risking her potential love interest Carr... The world I've never read anything like Star-Crossed so I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. It's a mixture of many things and is certainly unique! The story is parts YA dystopia, sci-fi and even fantasy, but is a little confusing at times, to the point where I wasn't sure who I liked and disliked. As one of her father, the King's future heirs, Princess Vela is tasked with finding a way to save him. If only the best chance of success didn't involve risking her potential love interest Carr... The world building is quirky and dramatic. In a society where food is extremely limited we meet the Eaters and Non-Eaters. The Eaters are elite members of society who are genetically able to produce food capsules/pills to help feed society. I'm not going to go into the how of this, I'll leave it as a surprise. Let's just say that eating is encouraged and the larger you are, the more beautiful you are. The concept didn't always sit well with me as it had a strange WALL-E, Jetsons or Hungry meal-with-a-pill vibe, mixed with er feeding baby birds (still with me?), but it was memorable. I liked Vela and the writing is full of witty moments and dramatic tension. I'm not sure about food as a subject matter, but it could scarily have a real sense of potential in real life with a world facing with global warming and finite resources. 3 Stars in my Sky! I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)

    Star-Crossed is much more than a YA romance sci-fi novel than what the cover and the title want to suggest. It is a story of bond between a father and a daughter, rivalry between sisters, and the process of making unimaginable decisions and sacrifices in order to become fit to rule their people. It is set in a futuristic dystopian/utopian world outside the Earth and has a rather odd and interesting plot. I was actually very surprised at how much I liked Star-Crossed contrary to what I have expect Star-Crossed is much more than a YA romance sci-fi novel than what the cover and the title want to suggest. It is a story of bond between a father and a daughter, rivalry between sisters, and the process of making unimaginable decisions and sacrifices in order to become fit to rule their people. It is set in a futuristic dystopian/utopian world outside the Earth and has a rather odd and interesting plot. I was actually very surprised at how much I liked Star-Crossed contrary to what I have expected. This standalone novel is definitely something that will keep your eyes on every page until the very end. The last chapter and the acknowledgements had me really emotional. It wasvq really bad idea to read this while on an extremely messy hormonal state. *In-love-with-my-best-friend's-sibling-trope.* Read my full review at The Nocturnal Fey

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