Welcome to the Book Blitz for Star-Crossed, the newest book by Pintip Dunn! Look at that pretty cover 😍😍.
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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’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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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.
He lifts his face, uncertainty reflected in his features. He really doesn’t know. He has no clue how much his sister loves him.
The box around my heart tightens. “What about me?”
“What about you?”
His eyes land, not on me, but on the blinking amber light around my collar. I remember that there’s more than the two of us in this room. There’s a team of psychologists, and the nameless examiners, and every member of the council.
My hands close around the loop. I switch it off and toss the metal necklace into the corner. And then I walk to the door, lock it, and flip a switch on the wall. A solid panel rolls from the
window frame and slides over the one-way glass.
No one’s watching now. No one’s evaluating. I stand before him not as the Princess, but as Vela. The girl who’s always loved him. My actions now aren’t about the Trials. They’re not about the council finding their answers. And they’re certainly not about treating Carr like a data point.
“I care about you.” I step closer, so he can’t ignore me. “How do you explain that?”
“If you like me, it’s only because I saved your life.”
“Really, Carr?” I’m not a violent person, but I wish there was something in this room I could throw. A table, a chair. Something for me to wrap my hands around and hurl at the wall. “Is that
why I like you? Because last I checked, I didn’t even find out you rescued me until last week. What about in the red cells? What about when we almost touched? When we should’ve touched, just
like this?” I grab his hand and jam our fingers together. Electricity snaps between us. “Did I like you then?”
He stares at our fingers. “I don’t know.”
I take his other hand, and the electricity cycles in a closed circuit between us. “What about the worms?”
He shakes his head, as if my words are from an Earth language he doesn’t understand. “What worms?”
“When we were kids.” I weave my fingers through his, so he can’t pull away. “Do you remember coming to the pond one morning and finding a plate of worms waiting for you? That was me, Carr. I dug for hours before the sun lamps turned on, so you could have the day off.”
His eyes widen. “That was you? Vela, I…” He swallows hard. “That was the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me.”
“Now do you believe me? Now do you believe you don’t need to buy someone’s love?”
He gnaws on his cheek, and I see the doubt in each quick bite of his teeth. He still doesn’t believe he’s worthy of love. And how can I blame him? The barter system is all he’s ever known.
I have one more argument up my sleeve. One last move. The final way I have of convincing him.
My entire body thrums, and my heart beats so fast it might break out of this cage yet. Quickly, before I change my mind, I close the gap between us. Stepping up onto the stone, I reach up and wind my arm around his neck.
“What about this?” I whisper.
And then I press my lips against his.
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