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Christine Fjord is on the run. After making her escape from the cult she called her family for three years, nineteen year old Christie is now wanted dead by the girl she's loved and idolized forever...the cult's cunning and venomous leader, Annabelle Lane. An expert in the art of deception, Annabelle's threats aren't to be taken lightly, and everybody knows that once you'rChristine Fjord is on the run. After making her escape from the cult she called her family for three years, nineteen year old Christie is now wanted dead by the girl she's loved and idolized forever...the cult's cunning and venomous leader, Annabelle Lane. An expert in the art of deception, Annabelle's threats aren't to be taken lightly, and everybody knows that once you're in the cult, you're in it for life. The only way out is death. Christie's break from Annabelle's clutches leads her to a place she never knew existed, a small town called Manchester, Michigan, and into the arms of a man who is the opposite of everything she's been. Ian Rosenthal is kind, forgiving, and willing to sacrifice everything for Christie's safety. Christie resists Ian's efforts to win her over, despite the strong feelings she has for him. Is falling in love again worth risking her life? Christie knows that nobody crosses Annabelle Lane without paying the ultimate price......

Title : These Starcrossed Lives of Ours
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ISBN : 9780692452400
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Number of Pages : 316 Pages
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These Starcrossed Lives of Ours Reviews

  • Jo
    2019-01-25 15:28

    I read Megan Linski's These Starcrossed Lives of Ours today. I enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, as the description I had beforehand was minimal, and boy was I surprised. It was a very interesting story line to say the least, one that was often disturbing (but in a good way, if that makes sense). The fact that the book was able to disturb me at all is a good sign that it was a well written book. I often found myself incredibly frustrated with Christine and completely smitten with Ian. I think Ian was my favorite character. I identified most closely with Ian. When he did something, he put his all into it, no matter what it was. A large part of my frustration with Christine was rooted in how she behaved toward/thought about Ian. While I could understand Christine's reasoning for not telling Ian the truth, there were many times I disagreed with it. When she finally told him the truth (all of it) of her past I was so relieved! But then she just turned around and made me frustrated all over again. I don't know that I ever really got relief from this frustration though. I felt that the ending left me hanging in a lot of ways. She never actually tells him she loves him. The reader never gets to see them interact as two people openly in love with each other once the storm has passed. She comes back and he just accepts her. I'm not saying this is wrong, but the fact that she disappeared should've mattered. She never apologizes for running away like that. The fact that she ran away at all, though, particularly irks me. Did she learn nothing? Over the course of the book, her situation changed and she became more open, but she never actually changed much as a person. She's still selfish as all get out. While things appear to end well for Ian and Christine, what I know of both of them makes me think that their relationship will (a) not last and/or (b) be unhealthy. He gives, she takes. She treats him poorly, he lets her. While I want to know what happens next, it is largely because I want to know if she ever figures the f*** out the gravity of having someone like Ian love her. Not because she is a bad person, but because someone like Ian should not be taken for granted. I don't know that I ever got to see her truly realize that.I also think there were portions of the book (such as the party near the end) that were not at all necessary to the story. They just added more things that required resolution of some sort. Resolution that would never come as it was more like a tangent than anything else. Linski brought some very interesting characters into the book and made them significant for a while, but only a while. When Ian and Christine went to the party I was super interested as to where it was going to lead. The answer: nowhere. That was a bit disappointing.On the whole, I did enjoy the book. Linski's writing style was fun and her word choice and phrasing made me laugh on numerous occasions. The book was engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat. (Particularly in relation to Annabelle. Clearly she was going to come back into the picture. But when? Where? How? I spent a lot of the book just waiting for the other shoe to drop. I had guessed about the children and who Annabelle might really be, I did not expect the previously mentioned shoe to drop at Ian's parent's house.) While I was frustrated and irritated at times, I understand that it is just the nature of the characters. She is incredibly immature, which I think could largely be attributed to her age. Still, she never really grew as a person over the course of the book. I don't think either character possessed the maturity to actually make a relationship work long-term (as in marriage). This is not to say they couldn't, but it's very hard to believe with certainty in that happy ever after when the characters (one in particular) still have a lot of maturing to do. All of this being said, I would be very interested in reading another of Linski's novels.

  • Constance Roberts
    2019-01-18 16:25

    I received an electronic ARC from Gryfyn Publishing in exchange for an honest review.After reading the synopsis I was instantly intrigued. I love this dark secret, scandalous crime sort of stuff. The day I received my ARC was a busy one so I didn't really have time to start it right away. I thought, "Oh I'll just read the prologue real quick." After ingesting this chilling, dramatic scene, I was like, "Okay, just cancel all my plans for tonight." Seriously. Download the sample HERE and just read the prologue if nothing else. ***Be warned, the violent situation may disturbing to some readers.***The scenes after the beginning of the book were a bit disappointing. The author set up Christine to be this damaged, hardened girl, but we really didn't know what exactly made her that way. She came from a rough home, but we didn't get much insight into that. I would have enjoyed a flashback or two, especially since I'm familiar with Linksi's work and know she would have been able to execute them nicely. We really don't know much about Annabelle, the antagonist, either - except that she has a split personality that is irresistibly charming one minute and ruthless the next. But again, what made her that way? Most of my questions about her were answered toward the end, but I would have liked a little more character presentation on Annabelle in the beginning to better understand Christine's struggle with leaving the cult. The cult, or rather Annabelle's little "family" of lonely, misguided teenagers, was one thing that really made me want to read this book. I've always been fascinated by weird fanatic groups and the people that belong to them. I wish the cult aspect of the book had been a bit more developed as well. I understand the kids who belonged to it were vulnerable and susceptible to Annabelle's sweet words and promise of a place to call home, but after they found out about all the rules and that life in her crappy house wasn't worth it, what made them stay? A few tried to run away but many were hopelessly devoted and I just didn't know why. I feel like Christine could have had a few flashbacks during her integration back into society that would have been good insight into what it was exactly that she was leaving. That part of the book was great. I really enjoyed watching Christine's guarded walls chip away little by little while she is in the care of good people. I really liked Ian. He was flawed, yet genuine and a real model for how a guy should treat his girl. Even though she wasn't his girl...Linski does a really good job of the whole "will they, won't they" scenario. The romance is slow going, but I believe that is more like real life. Or how it should be, anyway. The best relationships are built on a foundation of friendship and trust. I can't say that statement better than how the author illustrates it.I'm glad I got to read These Starcrossed Lives Of Ours. You get to see the story from the point of view from both Christine and Ian, and the author does a great job of giving both of them a distinctly different voice. There are a few twists, one I saw coming from a mile away and another came up and smacked me in the back of the head when I wasn't looking. Because of the missing links with Annabelle and the cult, I didn't get what I was hoping for out of the book, but it was definitely worth the read.

  • Haniya (Voracious Bookling)
    2019-02-06 10:48

    These Starcrossed Lives Of Ours is a stand-alone by Megan Linski. If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you must be familiar with this author, as I have reviewed many books by her! I had really high expectations from this book and after reading it, I was speechless. The plot progressed slowly but with so much suspense. Every character was amazing. The Starcrossed Lives Of Ours starts with a cliffhanger scene. It starts with a scene like this 'A girl Christine is forced by a murderer Annabelle to kill an innocent girl, Faith or else Annabelle will kill Christine." From the start, I was hooked. Christine's life has been pretty rough and she has been and is still under the care of a dangerous murderer, Annabelle. Christine has had enough, so she runs away from Annabelle's cult, with the help of Landon. But Annabelle's gang badly beat her up when she was escaping, and she was left on the deserted road until Ian finds her. Christine's character was really intriguing. She becomes so strong after her escape from Annabelle's cult. I really loved her and Ian's characters. Ian never got angry when Christine exploded about her dirty past, and Ian was just speechless and here I was shocked, but this shows that how much Ian is a supportive and understanding guy. Annabelle is the cruelest villain I have ever read yet, as she has no heart! She just loves to kill people, including kids in the most cruelest ways possible. The relationship between Ian and Christine was everything. Ian looked after her so well, and gave her courage when she needed it the most. Overall, The Starcrossed Lives Of Ours has risen my expectations from this author. I will be surely reading more of this author's books. I really am a big fan of this author now *squeals*.

  • Linda Hamonou
    2019-02-04 09:50

    Megan Linski can make me read anything even romance. This book is totally different from what I had expected from her previous work though.It started in the darkness. The main character is like a broken doll who is trying to fight for herself through big decision but she doesn't seem to see through the impact they will have. This makes the story very interesting because as she is struggling to keep her head out of the water, she only catch breathes when she thinks about what she is trying to avoid. I also like the introduction to Christianity and how outsiders tend to see it and the fact that the characters are more described following their human condition than their believes.The only down side is that I would have liked to see more of that "the cult" is because it doesn't seem like a religious cult unless Annabelle is the goddess. It would have also been nice to have a third POV, I would have loved to see the thoughts of Annabelle and to learn how she became who she is. She doesn't really seem as smart as she is depicted in the first place and that bothered me a little. Another point is the murder or more exactly the three years without murders for Christine. As Annabelle's right hand, I would have expected her to be her first tool as well and seeing the death rate in the novel I wonder why Christine doesn't have more blood on her hands. And I know that this review so far doesn't sound like this book is a romance but if you read it, you'll see huge part with this caring guy around who seemed to be the only young character to think with his heart while still managing not to make too many mistakes. It's a fun read, you should go grab it while it's hot.

  • Hayley Guertin
    2019-01-20 13:53

    "Interesting until the very end, These Starcrossed Lives of Ours kept me on my toes with its crazy plot twists and involved characters. I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to." - Hayley's Reviews (Editorial in book).This book was extremely interesting, and definitely not what I was expecting! These Starcrossed Lives of Ours was an amazing, fast paced book that kept me interested until the very end. It was very shocking to say the least, and I loved the story.The storyline was all over the place in terms of events and I thought it was really cool. I wasn't expecting this kind of book, and it took me by surprise. I liked that there were plenty of twists and turns and you never knew what to expect with these characters.The characters were fun to get to know as well. One of the biggest plot twists had to do with some of the main characters, and it was absolutely insane. The characters meshed together really well and I loved the different combination of people that we got to see.This novel was adorable, and we aren't left with a cliffhanger. I think we could possibly see a sequel, although everything seems to be resolved throughout the book. I really liked this book, and I have to give it 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Aly
    2019-01-22 17:44

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Our first introduction to Christine isn't exactly the best impression. I can understand why she did it afterward but at first it seems terrible and unconscionable. Especially once we understand why Christine did what she did and what she became part of. Cults aren't typically raised in romance books and so it was a unique plot. It was intriguing to see that look into a cult leader's mindset as well as a cult in general.Ian on the other hand was comfortable and made the story more humorous. He was adorable and I easily fell in love with him. I don't think anyone could resist once they got to know him. That doesn't mean he has or had the perfect life but it does mean that he's doing the best he can with the hand he's dealt. And helping others as well.And then there was a huge shocker that I honestly didn't expect but really should have seen coming. It was one of those things that you think possibly could happen but dismiss it once you hear more details. So I was shocked to discover the truth behind Annabeth's past.These Starcrossed Lives of Ours was an intriguing read that was well written.Find this review and many more at Reading Shy With Aly

  • Literary Indulgence Reviews
    2019-02-02 15:45

    Where to begin?! The beginning of this story was enough to make me desire to read the whole book. Christie is a member of a cult run by Annabelle. Racked with guilt, Christie decides to try and run from the cult only to be caught before she can escape. From there she meets Ian and goes on the long journey to trying to emotionally heal. Ian helps her realize that she is worth more than what she believes and that all She learned through Annabelle isn't completely true. Romance takes the back burner in this story, although that is seemingly the focus. I feel like the whole journey Christie takes is the bulk of the story and one that is wrought with emotion. There are several twists that will surprise the reader. My only critique towards the end was that I really wish it had more of an involved ending. It felt a little rushed and left us hanging a bit on the romance angle. Would have been awesome if there was an epilogue that featured the couple 5 years from then. There are moments were the speed was a bit slower or faster depending, but the plot line was a great one. Overall a good read. Now I just need an update on Ian and Christie!! *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  • Kim
    2019-01-24 12:43

    This is a story of a twisted young women named Annabelle who runs a cult and of a young women Christie who has been a follower of hers for three years. Christie is scared of Annabelle but decides to run away. She trusts a boy named Landon who is also a follower and he gives her $300 to run away. As she tries to get away the cult group jumps her and beats her almost to death. They leave her on the street to die but she is found by Ian and that is where Christies life starts to change. The author created a great story with well developed characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I did not put down the book until I had finished reading it because I found I was so invested in the story and characters. I was given this book and in return just asked to give an honest review. I really thought the author did an amazing job of hooking me with the storyline, the characters and all cruelty of life. I was given this book as an ARC and was just aske to write an honest review.

  • Jeri
    2019-01-29 14:44

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. These Starcrossed Lives of Ours is about Christie and Ian. Christie was rescued by Ian after making a choice that was best for her in the long run. Unfortunately, things didn't work out like she planned. Ian just happened to be in the right place at the right time to rescue Christie. The intersections between the characters in the book are just like like how small towns work. Everyone knows everyone and everyone's business. Christie thought she could escape a bad situation, but in the end it follows her. Without giving spoilers, there is a HUGE plot twist that may or may not take you by surprise. A very good and thoughtful read about being imperfect and finding the perfect love you didn't know was in front of you. Enjoy!

  • Ruth
    2019-01-22 17:39

    I was given this book for free for an honest review.An emotional roller coaster with an intriguing twist at the end.Christie is a lonely girl looking for someone to love and love her back. She gets mixed up with a very interesting person with a cult following. While her eyes are open to the violence and horror around her, her heart refuses to accept that the person she loves would do such horrible things. She prepares herself to run from her lover but is caught and left for dead. Ian finds Christie in the ally and takes her home to heal as she refuses to go to the hospital. Ian is trying to get over his sisters disappearance and Christie helps him overcome the loss.This story can fall into the murder mystery, mystery romance and even the Christian mystery genre. It kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat till the very end. An awesome read for any avid reader.

  • Jenn Allen
    2019-02-07 10:26

    I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.This is a very interesting story of a young girl, Christie, that is taken in by a very disturbed cult leader, Annabelle. Christie is forced to do very bad things in order to stay alive. After three years of this treatment she decides she needs out. Things do not go easily for that escape and she is taken in by a very caring man, Ian. Their story is a bit slow on the romance side. There are intense moments, as things from her past aren't always in the past and a lot of emotion. I do wish there would have been a bit more back story on how Christie came to that terrible time in her life and a flash forward to the future to wrap up some things but other than that it was a very good story that I did enjoy.

  • Brooke
    2019-02-07 16:38

    These Starcrossed Lives of Ours was entertaining and kept me surprised until the very end. I caught myself wanting to know how it ends. It was an intriguing story. The characters had a lot of depth and the backgrounds of each character was great! I would consider this book a clean romance, with new adult crime/mystery. There are some parts that are violent but nothing too bad. If you are familiar with Megan Linski, you will know that this book is a little different from the rest of her books. To be honest it's not the type of book I would normally read but I'm a huge fan of Megan's and I enjoy reading all of her work. Megan does a wonderful job in this genre just like in the YA fantasy world.

  • T. Ariyanna
    2019-02-01 16:25

    A beautiful look into the tragedies of the world and just how awful it could get. But it is not without its own ray of sunshine, its light in the dark places. It was mysterious and gripping through to the end, with twists that sent me for a spin. Christie does exactly as she has always known to do : shut people out. Though it is a struggle for her to shut out and let in the right people, it makes for a life changing adventure for her, and she barely leaves her room. Emotions run both high and dry as she fights for her love and for her life. This book changed the way I look at realistic, non-fantasy, writing for the better.

  • Helen
    2019-02-01 14:53

    Christie, caught under the spell of beautiful Annabelle. Ian, the handsome stranger. A cult, a church, a missing sister and a horse. Have I confused you? Good, now you must read this amazing book to get the full story. Wow, Immediate action start. Murder, cult rituals, kidnapping. It is all here in this book. Don’t forget the love interest. I love the plot. It keeps you guessing. I thought one thing and it was something else. I adore books like these. Unpredictable. Megan Linski has done it again. Another A+ book. And I am in the acknowledgements, what more could a girl ask.

  • miri
    2019-01-17 15:55

    These Starcrossed Lives of Ours is about courage, hope and love - and those are just the underlying themes that made it a great read. I really enjoyed this book and how it brought the reader on a journey with the protagonist, who grew from a troubled member of a gang/ cult to one who was strong and independent. It's easy to read, but not light or frivolous. There were surprises, tears and random cynical thoughts as I read this book, but I would recommend this to anyone who is drawn in by the sypnosis. I doubt you'll regret picking it up!

  • Hannah Wooly
    2019-01-29 16:38

    An enthralling and heart melting read :)I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review :)This story had me hooked from start to finish. I loved reading about Christies struggles and was rooting for her throughout the novel. Ian and his big heart had me enamoured with him and his story. I was rooting for these characters and their happily ever afters. The author has a great plot with twists and turns and characters you'll grow attached to from the start. I would definitely recommend this story to all lovers of suspense, romance and fiction :)

  • Teri
    2019-01-24 11:27

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a great book. About halfway thru I stopped and tried to figure out what it was that kept me reading. But didn't stop for long. This book had some great twist and a wonderful plot as you watch someone who has never been loved only used and abused come to the realization there is someone who could love her and she was indeed worthy of that love. A book that reminds you that no matter how bad it gets love and forgiveness really does conquer all.

  • Jessica Mitchell
    2019-02-15 15:55

    Christine is on the run from someone very bad. And if caught who knows what will happen. She already tried to kill her once. Staying out of harms way is top priority in here book at the moment. Even though Ian thinks she do a little more than laze around his apartment. Saving her was a dream. He was slowing falling for her, putting little cracks in the walls she built around her heart. Will he crack it enough to make her see how he sees her? Will she be safe from those that hurt her the most?

  • Julie Powell
    2019-01-21 10:51

    This story is different from another I have read by this author, as it is rooted more in reality, however, it is still worth reading.It is darker and brutal, dealing with issues such as cults and the dangers surrounding limited thinking.Its characters were an interesting mix set within the twists and turns of the plot.This book is for you if you like action, murder, mystery and intrigue...and a touch of romance.

  • Scarolet Ellis
    2019-02-03 13:50

    I received an ARC of These Starcrossed Lives of Ours from the author, in exchange for my honest review.WOW !!!! this book was great I loved it and can't wait for the next book i so am looking forward to reading more from Megan Linski it was great. i highly recommend this book to everyone.

  • Teresa
    2019-02-15 10:37

    This is the first book I've read by Megan Linski but it won't be the last. This book has interesting, flawed characters that make the best of what life has thrown at them. This is a fast read. It has a very interesting twist that keeps the story moving and surprising. A great read!!!

  • Mercedes
    2019-01-18 10:30

    A little dark chilling ,interesting story.A little of coming to find your self.some sweet romance developing.In all a interesting read.

  • Megan Linski
    2019-02-12 10:32