The Stars We Steal [Review]

The Stars We Steal

The Stars We Steal

Author: Alexa Donne

Publication Date: February 4, 2020

Genre: YA Sci-fi

Pages: 400

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


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.

So, I didn’t like this book. Which is no surprise based on my feelings of this authors first book. I went into this with an open mind. I was very disappointed once again.

This is supposed to be set in space in the future, something happened to earth, its mentioned as being in an ice age but nothing else is said about it? To me, this didn’t read like it was set in space, this could very well be set in a fancy NYC hotel. There was hardly and sci-fi for a sci-fi book. Sci-fi is hard to write and the author missed the mark with this one.

So, why else didn’t I like the book? I know you’re all dying to know. Nothing happened.. like nothing at all. For about 90% of the book it was just about Leo and her trying to avoid the Valg season why trying to hate Elliot but also loving him? She was also trying to get her water filtration system patented. Which honestly, why aren’t they already using this technology? Its set in the future, you would think they must have some sort of water recycling system already.

The romance aspect of this story was meh, i didn’t really care about the romance between the two characters. I would have liked to see more of the actual Valg season and the events but we didn’t get that. I also found there were weird time jumps with no warning, one minute Leo would be talking or doing something one day and all of a sudden its 4 days later. It was a bit jarring.

There’s really no political intrigue, the Captain is a bit of a dictator and there have never been any opponents during an election. You can tell she’s just an evil wench. And Leo has zero desire for politics so… This review is really boring, just like the book, so you can get an idea of what you’re in for.

What I did like was how quickly I got through the book and the secondary characters were pretty good, specifically Carina, Daniel and Evgenia. They were witty, smart and diverse.

If you enjoyed this authors first book you’ll probably enjoy this. But I’ve just come to the conclusion that this author is NOT for me. At all.


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