February 12, 2020

Review: The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Hardcover: 400 pages
Published: February 4th 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one that got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now, he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.


How a person feels about The Stars We Steal will likely depend entirely on what they expect going into it.

Sci-fi? Yes...but not heavy. Very light, actually. Just enough that it plays a role, but not enough to really make it FEEL like sci-fi.

Romance? Yes...but not heavy. Again, very light. The romance is the central theme of the story, but in a lot of ways it is a bit fluffy. Given the fact that it is ultimately the focus of the story - not the sci-fi aspects, not the politics, but the romance - I would personally prefer it be a bit more fleshed out.

Character driven? Yes. A rich group of main characters that you can't help but love...and hate. However I do feel the secondary characters fell a bit flat and could have used a bit more development, given the massive role they play in the outcome of the story.

Ultimately, I enjoyed The Stars We Steal. I think elements of it could have used more attention, but at the end of the day it was a quick and cute read that I would recommend...as long as you don't go in expecting anything heavy.

Cover: 5 | Characters: 3 | Plot: 3 | Pace: 3 | Creativity: 3

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