The Stars We Steal | Alexa Donne | Review

“I was chasing dreams like starlight.”





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.


Firstly, I want to say thank you so much to Titan Books for sending me a copy of The Stars We Steal. I really appreciate this opportunity.

I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book, I had heard mixed reviews about it and wanted to go in and form my own opinions. I think I liked this a lot more than a fair few people, but I didn’t love it.

Let us first address THE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING COVER. Ugh, I had so much fun taking instagram photos for this one, it is just so stunning. The attention to detail and the colours literally just draw me right in. I can imagine that this is going to be a cover buy for a lot of people when it is released (tomorrow … exciting! 04/02/20).

I really liked the writing style that the author for this book adopts. It made the book very easy to read, and helped me to fly through the 400 pages in a very short time. There is nothing complicated about the writing style, I feel like it is very much to the point and helps remove any confusion that the reader may come across in a typical Sci-Fi book.

I did like the characters, but I feel like I struggled to make a real connection with them, this meant that I wasn’t too bothered about what happened to them throughout the book. I found that they were fairly under developed and so much more could have been done with them. I found that I knew exactly what was going to happen to each of them as they were very predictable. At the start I was routing for Leo and Elliot but as it got closer to the end I changed my mind and just wanted them to get one with things.

I feel like Alexa did really well with building up the world for the reader, I felt like I had a really good understanding of the world and the politics etc. However, the ending felt really rushed. Most of the action is in the last 50 pages, and I feel like it should have come sooner or the book made longer to accommodate for this. I felt like so much time had been spent building up to the ending for it to be over too quickly which is a real shame.

This book was good, I enjoyed reading it and I am glad that I picked it up. I’m afraid it just fell a little bit short for me. I would recommend that you pick this book up and form your own opinions as you may really enjoy it.

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