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ARC Book Review: ‘We Steal The Stars’ by Alexa Donne

Title: We Steal The Stars

Author: Alexa Doone

Length 379 pages

Publisher: Titan Books


I was thrilled to be sent this book. Look how gorgeous that cover is! I couldn’t wait to start it.

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

In ‘The Stars We Steal’ we follow Princess Leonie ‘Leo’ as she enters the Valg Season, where she’s trying to find love to save her family from finically failing, whilst also not giving up on her first love and her own idea that could save her family. Doesn’t this sound like a good YA Book?

I liked this book. I did. I love the idea of the fading royals, and it being set in space but I just needed a bit more from this book.

‘The Stars We Steal’ was very predictable. You knew what was going to happen as soon as the book started. I feel like it tried to have a few plot twists to keep it interesting, but for me they didn’t really work. They weren’t surprising and I can’t even say they added anything to the story.

I have to say that none of the characters particularly stood out for me. I didn’t feel any attachment to them. The love story between Leo and Elliot was predictable, which isn’t always a bad thing when it comes to a romance if it feels passionate and true. For me, this one didn’t. It felt contrived and I didn’t even feel a connection between the two.

As I said before, I loved the idea of the fading royals and it being set in space, but neither aspect was really mentioned in detail. I would’ve loved to have known more. It such an original idea, that somehow ended up lacking originality. The ending also felt a bit rushed, it just suddenly reached a conclusion without much depth. In fact, this whole book needed more depth. Everything from the setting, characters, love story needed to be more fleshed out.

There were some positives to this book, I liked its inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters. And it was a quick read, it didn’t take me very long at all.

You know, I don’t think this story was for me. But I’m sure lots of you will love this book.

Thank you to Titan Books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 4th.

Until the next review


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