In Star Crossed, Patricia is the bastard daughter of a sugar cane plantation owner in Barbados Her mother was an Irish slave girl who died shortly after Patricia was born Her father sent her away to an English boarding school but when he dies suddenly of an infection, Patricia decides her only option is to go back home Without her father s support she doesn t have the money to book passage aboard a ship She then sneaks on board a boat with prostitutes that s going towards a ship Patricia believes to be heading for Barbados After a narrow escape from some uncouth sailors, she manages to find a place to hide for the next few days without being discovered Someone does manage to find Patricia, and eventually the whole ship learns a stowaway is aboard ship The ship s surgeon takes pity on her however and offers Patricia a deal If she wants to stay aboard ship and not be set on land at the nearest port she is to become the surgeon s apprentice She ll have to work during the day learning the tools and practices of the surgeon However, during the night she takes to wearing men s garb and learning how the ship is run with the sailors However, everything doesn t go as planned and Patricia has a hard time leaving one sailor in particular I really liked this book The language used is very descriptive and you really feel for Patricia and what she faces It reminded me a lot of an expanded, adult version of Bloody Jack by L.A Meyer which is one of my favorite books There isn t a lot of humor in Star Crossed but it s very moving and large in scale It s definitely one of those books that takes you places and creates a wonderful escape from every day life There was one decision Patricia made towards the middle of the book that I wish she didn t and I wished this book was even longer Readers who are a little squeamish on descriptions of places plagued with sickness and the entailing symptoms be warned Some parts go in detail of an area plagued with yellow fever and it s pretty gross Otherwise though it s a very enjoyable read. This tale of a young woman who stows away on a ship in hopes of gaining an inheritance overseas reminded me in some particulars of L.A Meyer s Jacky Faber novels However, where Meyer s over the top tales cruise on their own high spirited energy, the down to earth tone of Star Crossed serves to point out some of the events unlikeliness Still, can there really be too many tales of girls leaving their stuffy schools, running off to sea, and finding adventure, independence and love amidst the waves Probably not. This felt like an adult novel than YA to me I liked it, but sure wish there had been pirates Patricia is an illegitimate daughter of an English Barbados plantation owner When she gets word that her father has died, she leaves her English boarding school and having not a penny to her name, boards a merchant ship and stows herself away, hoping to reach Barbados to claim her father s plantation Not the brightest crayon in the box, but she has guts Naturally she is discovered and her plan goes awry Something good does come out of it tho She becomes an apprentice to the ship surgeon and even marries him despite her crush on a mere sailor, Brian I forgot to mention that of course, women back then were not allowed to inherit property so her trip to Barbados was for naught as apparently her father didn t leave her the land after all..Patricia must find her own path now Will her marriage to the kind Scotish surgeon play out well or does fate have other plans What of Brian What of her Barbados home Is it gone for good The ending has Patricia donning male attire and depending on no man I had a hard time getting into this one at first tho The beginning is rather slow as it is all aboard ship with no pirates or anything happening I also had a hard time growing to like Patricia She comes across as a spoiled brat at times The island is dying of yellow fever and all she thinks about is her plantation Four stars. No, no, no, andno The story was okay The characters were decent I learned a lot of interesting facts about how medicine was practiced in the late 1700 s and about how a ship is run So there were SOME good qualities to this book, but not enough for a good review One star means didn t like it , so that is what I gave it A lot of language Too much talk of prostitutes and crude talk of women in general Although there was nothing explicit, there were many sexual situations placed in the book that left little to the imagination Just way too much information sometimes Again I m disappointed, because I scoured the reviews on goodreads to be sure this would be a clean book, and could find nothing objectionable I know I may have a prudish outlook on reading than most people, but stillI thought there would be at least SOMEONE who would mention some of this in their reviews I want to read books where the main character inspires me, not disappoints me I have had a lot of luck just randomly picking books off the shelf, but I guess it would be too much to hope for to think that they would always be worth reading Don t waste your time on this one Oh, and the ending was super dumb So anticlimactic. Considering I wrote a book about 18th century pirates, it probably comes as no big surprise that I loved this book Linda Collison knows her seafaring, let me tell you And she manages to weave that nautical knowledge into a wonderful story about a teenage girl whose misfortunes lead her to disguise as a man and become surgeon s mate aboard a frigate.Don t be fooled by its YA market this is a book for adults as well, and just about anyone who loves a good adventure story. I loved this book I loved the personality of the heroine to begin with, but she just got better and better as she matured and gained experience I LOVED the love stories I loved that it wasn t the typical boy meets girl, they meet obstacle and then overcomeIt was much creative, unexpected, and fulfilling I can t wait for the next book no fantasy in this one, but there was some historical facts that were interesting A truly wonderful bookI can not wait for the sequel.I MUST know what happens next I picked up this book because of the title The words star crossed reminds me of William Shakespeare s Romeo Julieta pair of star crossed lovers I m not a fan of tragedies and huge dramatics like soap operas though if it s toned down a bit, I don t mind but the inside flap made the book sound interesting Of course, it helps that I m a fan of historical fiction not a big fan, but just enough as the setting is 18th Century England Never been the one to worry about anything other than being a proper British lady, Patricia Kelley s life suddenly takes an unexpected turn when her father dies and leaves her nothing but a promise of a home Her boarding school no longer the home she needs, Patricia becomes a stowaway in a ship, hoping to return to Barbados, her birthplace But when Patricia gets discovered and is threatened to be thrown off the ship before her destination, how will she get home I can tell that this author has put a lot of work into this book The speech, though I know very little about 18th century dialogue, seems realistic enough, especially with all the ship talk about oakum, sappers and whatever This is where the trusty glossary at the back is most helpful And it s an interesting way to put emphasis on the journey from girl to woman by having her disguise as a male just so she can do the things she wants to do without having the others look down upon her because of gender I had said I could never be an ordinary woman but it occurred to me there were no ordinary women, or ordinary men We re all extraordinary And no matter what else it was, life was rich in possibilities Collision 380 I like the message behind this story and especially at the structure of these three sentences It s something that everyone knows and believes in, but sometimes, you need someone to tell it to your face before you finally see what they re talking about It s kind of weird, actually But it s inspiration influence of the words However, I didn t like it Although I don t like to describe books as boring, I think that s the word I m going to use here I mean, there s a lot of action and events, but they don t spike any interest to me The pacing contributes to a lot of my dislike, actually The romance too fast, too early The storyline too slow, too unnecessary some parts The book kicks in with Patricia s actions but it takes too long for her real journey to begin, and that s supposed to be the juicy part And I m still thinking about the title Brian and Patricia end up together even though they re supposedly in two different worlds so I guess that touches the surface of star crossed And since there are so many mishaps and misunderstandings, I can sort of see why the title fits But trust me it s nothing about forbidden love That is reserved for Bella Swan and Edward CullenTwilightin my heart I don t know I m also not entirely convinced about the heroine She starts off being spunky and interesting but even in 1st person writing, her distinctive characteristics almost trails away It s only at the last chapter that she finally becomes an idol again, but I m no nobody wants to wait till the final pages before you like the protagonist But, even though I m not at all impressed by this novel, I m sure others might prefer the adventurous tale than me The reviews for this book seem pretty good though, so maybe I m missing something Still, I doubt I will put this on my Books to Re Read List. Patricia Kelley Has Been Raised A Proper British Lady But She S Become A Stowaway Her Father Is Dead, And Her Future In Peril To Claim The Estate That Is Rightfully Hers, She Must Travel Across The Seas To Barbados, Hidden In The Belly Of Merchant ShipIt Is A Daring Escapade, And The Plan Works For A Time But Before She Knows It, Patricia S Secret Is Revealed, And She Is Torn Between Two Worlds During The Day, She Wears Petticoats, Inhabits The Dignified Realm Of Ship S Officers, And Trains As A Surgeon S Mate With The Gentle Aeneas MacPherson At Night She Dons Pants And Climbs The Rigging In The Rough Company Of Sailors And It Is There, Alongside Boson S Mate John Dalton, That She Feels Stunningly AliveIn This Mesmerizing Novel Of Daring, Adventure, Tragedy, And Romance, Patricia Must Cross The Threshold Between Night And Day, Lady And Surgeon, And Even Woman And Man She Must Be Bold In Ways Beyond Her Wildest Dreams And Take Risks She Never Imagined Possible And She Must Fight For Her Life And Her Love Reviewed by Emylee for TeensReadToo.comPatricia Kelley, a former pupil at Wiltshire Boarding School for Gentlemen s Daughters, has recently been orphaned at the impressionable age of sixteen Left with nothing but her wits and the promise of her deceased father s estate in the Barbados, she sneakily stows away on the Canopus, a seemingly distinguished merchant ship She does not stay hidden for long, and soon must earn her passage on the Canopus by training to become the surgeon s mate It is during her stay on the ship that she meets the free spirited Brian Dalton, bosun s mate and unattainable love interest Unexpected complications arise when Patricia tries to reclaim her birthright, and she marries out of desperation in order to survive She wonders if she can survive a loveless marriage as well as her continuing life as a surgeon s mate As if she does not already have enough things to worry about, thoughts of Brian Dalton keep reappearing in her mind after she and her husband leave the Canopus to fulfill their duties aboard a warship Can Patricia handle the enormous changes headed her way Filled with vivid descriptions of sea life and the historical restrictions that were placed on women during the time period, STAR CROSSED is an exceptional novel that will entrance readers of any age When I first picked up the book, I was skeptical of whether or not I would enjoy it However, by the fifth page I was completely hooked The action in the novel greatly adds to the piece, and the romantic theme does not dominate the plot I recommend this book to readers of any age or gender.
Linda Collison is the award winning author of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction She has enjoyed a composite career as a registered nurse, a professional skydiving instructor, a volunteer firefighter, parent, and freelance writer After nursing school Linda studied history at Metropolitan State University Together, with her husband Bob Russell, she has sailed thousands of miles aboard
- 416 pages
- Linda Collison
- 02 June 2018 Linda Collison