Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill


Title: Aries Rising

Series: Star Crossed Series
Book #: One
Author: Bonnie Hearn Hill 
Published: 2010
Source: For Review
Rating: 

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 own column in the school paper and a date with the hottest guy in school!

But when Logan threatens to catch the members of a secret society called The Gears, who have been vandalizing school property by reading the stars, she quickly learns that she is in over her head. Will Logan be able to catch The Gears, save her love life, keep her newspaper column, and get into the writing camp of her dreams all through the use of astrology? (taken from goodreads.com)
 
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 and support one another. 

While the plot did keep me guessing, I found it to be a bit ridiculous at some points. Astrology seemed to solve every problem in Logan's life. She snagged the perfect boyfriend by simply knowing how to compliment him based on his sign. Um, I'm sorry, but I think there might be a little bit more to romance then knowing how to flatter a boy into liking you.

Also, I didn't like that Libra was cast in such a negative light. I'm a Libra, and I didn't like being portrayed as the bad guy. But maybe that's just me...

Having said all that, the story was also quirky and fun. It was nice to read a not-so-serious, lighthearted piece of literature. If you're in the mood for something new and enjoyable, you might want to consider checking out Aries Rising. I have the next two books in the series and I will definitely be reading and reviewing them sometime soon. 

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review