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The Star Thief

(Star Thief Chronicles #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,837 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Stealing another galactic secret will get her arrested, but playing by the rules might just get her killed.

At twenty-three, Renna Carrizal is the most notorious thief in the galaxy. There's just one problem - all she wants is to get out of the business.

But after Renna rescues an injured boy on her final job, she finds herself on the run from the mob instead of enjoying ret
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 31st 2014)
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Emily May
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it

"If nothing else, humanity excelled at war."

I've been considering abandoning this whole silly "NA experiment" thing a bunch of times and getting back to books I'm more likely to have a good chance of enjoying. But I decided to have one last browse through some of the recently released New Adult; I moved my search to further down the pile, past all the popular "this is the next 50 Shades" titles and to the ones with fewer ratings. That's where I discovered this book. A book that promi
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★
3.7 Stars rounded down to 3 stars

*this book is for 17+*

Before I start reviewing this book I want to say a huge thank you to my helpful friends, Christine and Rahmi. Thank you guys for answering my questions about this book. :D

Seven years ago, the compound was raided by police. The leader of the gang were Blur and Hunter. they were both died in the attack. With the two leaders dead, the rest of the gang gave up without a fight. but not all of the members of this gang were arrested, There was o
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like books
Recommended to Brandi by: Emily May
Shelves: favorites

Have I ever told you guys how much I love space operas? No? Well I do. In fact, I love them but there seems to be a gross shortage of the kind I like. I like ones that feature a woman who is kickass, a man who is kickass, supporting characters who are largely kickass, and a setting that is- what's that? Yes, kickass. Thank you Jamie Grey for giving me all I ever wanted!
The story is about Renna who is an unapologetic thief and mercenary. She’s on one last job before she retires but thi
*** Abandoned around 48%. ***
He held himself like someone who'd spent his life in the military. And she knew what military men liked. “I didn't know you were expecting me.” Renna used her best seductive voice. [...] Men were always so easy to read. [...] Gods, she hated working with other women. They were always so catty and competitive. Always so ready to stab you in the back if it meant getting ahead.

Sometimes I enjoy switching on my Kindle to buy a random, but recommended title on a complete
This is so not a New Adult novel. If you go solely by the age of the protagonist (23) then maybe yes as New Adult focuses on characters in the 18-25 age group. But all other characteristics of New Adult meaning sort of an 'older YA' centering around topics such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices you will have problems finding in here.

Riddick meets Firefly
This book is the beginning of a science fiction romance series with the galaxy’s most wanted
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
A new adult sci-fi romance that I didn't know I needed in my life. ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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3.5 Star Review: The Star Thief by Jamie Grey

The entire world had shifted, like she was fucking Alice in Wonderland and had just fallen down a rabbit hole.

Surprise me, why don’t you. This is a New Adult novel? I’m honestly astonished because there’s no slut shaming. The MC even walks with confidence about her sexuality and doesn’t go around pointing out what she looks like all the time. Let me be clear:

1. No slut shaming
2. No over analyzing her own looks
3. No comparing her own l
Poison Ivy
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Well this was fun. Romance was little "eh" and I didn't really care for it but I liked the main character and Viktis was fun. I don't know how am I suppoused to like Finn when I don't know anything about him and he's been a dick for 50% of a book.
I kept wondering about Renna's past and would like to see more. There were some things that were not explained very well and some that were not explained at all, like the world, goverment, system, the planets... but it was still enjoyful. (Is that even
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Stuti Rai
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Stuti by: Emily May
Shelves: sci-fi
so this was pretty cool, although i agree with oliviasbooks that it really doesn't seem like New Adult, and I don't mean it *solely* in the derogatory sense.

let's see...

renna was pretty cool, just what would one expect from mercenary who isn't that very hard and shit. i liked her reaction to shit that goes down on her more than her narration in its entirety.

i found viktis to be a superb character(most of the time), and i liked keva. guess i just have a thing for colorful people(and aliens).

Angela James

First, because I know this matters to many readers: This ends in a cliffhanger, it's not a complete story but is clearly meant to continue in the next book.

I'm not sure what to rate this because there was a lot I liked about the book, including the heroine, the story setup and the world, but as I was reading, I couldn't help but feel there were a lot of missed opportunities for shoring up world building, character development and story. I did feel like I was reading something original, and it m
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Woot! Strong female character? Check. Hot alpha male? CHECK. Fantastic plot with tons of action? Check. Awesome smut? Semi-check. Lol. It could use more, but whateves. And lastly.... SCI-FI? CHECKMATE. Eeeeeee love it.

I enjoyed this book tremendously. Just oooh the heroine is so bad ass. I don't know why, but it's so hard for me to find sci-fi books that I really like. It's not the genre that I find off-putting.. I love sci-fi. It's just mixing what I specifically prefer into a sci-fi book, whi
Serena (The Book Comedian)
Dropped at 62%

I thought this book was going to be amazing!! :( but it was mediocre in every way, even the writing.

At first I felt like the book was empty, like it was missing something. I then realized that it was because of the weird way the book was written, a third person/sometimes first person POV. Because of this weird POV I felt like I was distant from the main character and it was hard to get to know her, however I did notice how much of a slut she was.

She's flirting with these bad guys b
Great story concept but poor execution

I really have mixed feelings about this read. It was unique which was nice, but it was lacking in quite a few areas as well. I'd rate it a 2.5 star rating. Here's my breakdown:

The pros:
* A bad_ss heroine that could hold her own
* Constant action
* Loved the book cover

The cons:
* Finn and Renna spent way too much time upset at one another over small miscommunications - it became tiring
* I was left wanting more of a backstory - I felt lost, as if I were missing s
Sage Collins
I received a copy of the eARC in return for an honest review.

I was pulled in by the cover of The Star Thief, one of the most impressive covers I've seen on an "indie published" book. The description seemed pretty cool, though I was a little surprised to see "frak" used in the description, and not about gas extraction (then again, there's also a sonic screwdriver in the first chapter or so, so it became clear that there was no fear of borrowing from other sci-fis.)

The book starts out with high ac
Feb 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Overall I was looking forward to The Star Thief. Good sci-fi is hard to come by and apparently even harder to write. I was not impressed by this attempt at sci-fi or the inconsistent writing seen throughout the novel. The characters themselves also suffer from inconsistency, especially our main character Renna. She states that she never promises but proceeds to promise throughout the novel like she can't help herself. She also manages to utterly forget significant symbols within a day or two eve ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

This book is a fun adventure, with a snarky, clever, awesome main character. Renna, also known as The Star Thief for her biggest heist to date, has one goal: to finish this last job she’s on and retire ASAP. Naturally, her plan is foiled, thus starting her adventure through drugs, space fights, sexy aliens, and a number of jobs calling upon Renna’s notorious and widely-ranged skills.

I loved how Renna’s assimilation into Finn’s
Venus Blancia
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stealing another galactic secret will get her arrested, but playing by the rules might just get her killed.

Renna, the mythic Star Thief, was forced to work under the vengeful eye of her handsome past. With both internal conflict she has to face with Captain Finn and the external conflict she has to prove to the people that she is the only one who can save the fleet are the sure things that this action sci-fi novel has loads of wonderful and kickass adventures for the main characters.

Brett Jonas
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Star Thief was absolutely amazing. Renna is quite an accomplished thief - not only did she steal several things in the book, she also stole my heart. I was so wrapped up in her story that I barely even watched the Super Bowl commercials (which are, as everyone knows, the best part of the Super Bowl).

Renna and Finn's relationship, though a bit rocky in the beginning, is wonderful. Renna and Myka's relationship is adorable. And Renna and Viktis's relationship, if you can call it that, is stra
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

I received this book from the author in return for a fair review.

First off I should say I liked the book. The story seemed to be a good mix of contemporary and Science Fiction. The writer's style seem to pull me into the story from the start. It was an interesting story that I found I couldn't put down. Renna is a strong character who has a lot of skills as a thief/hacker. She is a little prideful about all she can do but overall I think she earned it. I enjoyed how the author added places where
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First I’d like to thank Jamie Gray for the opportunity to read The Star Thief as an early copy in exchange for a honest review.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really enjoy kick-ass lead female roles and Renna Carrizal did not disappoint. Her confidence was contagious. There were several instances in the book that reminded you, she was just a young lady trying to figure out the rest of her life. She constantly battled with her conscience and reminded herself to keep her cool.

I picture
Nov 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF 62%

I read so many good reviews that I thought this book was going to be great, and well it was for the first half ... but then it just got boring and immature. I don't know I just couldn't finish it, and I don't really care how it finishes because it doesn't have a great or intriguing plot. For all I care they can all I die and I wouldn't blink. Ps. I really don't have a problem with strong female characters, and I really dont give a damn if they want to use their sexuality to get trough pro
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of space opera, who don't mind a little bit of romance and sex.
Shelves: space, fiction, future
This took me a while to read, but not because I didn't like it. At one point Renna did something that pissed me off, so I stopped reading. Then I was also reading several other books; and life got in the way. But eventually I picked it back up and continued and I'm glad I did.

This was a pretty engrossing space adventure, with a little romance thrown in. The plot moved quickly and the characters were pretty convincing and sympathetic, in most cases.

I liked it enough to go out immediately and bu
shady boots
Sep 22, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: covergasm
What's this? A New Adult book that dares to go beyond the usual, tired, cookie-cutter contemporary format? Do my eyes deceive me? O: ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi, romance, 2018
The Star Thief was a meh read for me, like most of my reads of late, unfortunately. Rather than abandoning this to the ever increasing DNF pile that I’ve been accruing lately, I persevered.

The main character, Renna, is bad ass. She’s literally the best thief in the galaxy; she’s tough, and she’s at home in her own sexuality. I do wish she had some other tools in her arsenal, but if she always wants to play the flirt or sleep with people for information, you go for it, Renna. As with it as Renna
Krista D.
I really like the space opera romp of this book. Mysterious villains. Mercenaries. Shadowy military groups. Common enemies. Robots. It's hard not to have fun with that. The romance didn't work for me - but that's probably more me than the book. SFR has been a long time struggle for me, and sadly it continues to be one. Why why why can't I like it? I like SF. I like romance. Why do they not work for me when mushed together in one book? Ugh, the struggle continues.

The space opera parts is a full 4
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Tbh it’s more of a “I skimmed that last quarter just to see it through” 🤷🏾‍♀️

The sci-fi part of it was just sort of an empty, baseless collection of tech-y sounding items, planets, and aliens.

The romance started kind of strong but the tension deflated too quickly and too easily, so it was a little underwhelming.

The plot kind of meandered, if that makes sense 😭 just a bunch of events with no clear direction or important build-up. It was:

“we’re being attacked! Let’s move!”
“okay now let’s inves
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Truthfully, my expectations were not high for a self-published sci-fi novel from 2014 that I picked up on Kindle for free back then. Admittedly, the cover also lowers my expectations a bit. But actually this was quite fun. It's on the light side of sci-fi, but I think it totally works. The best aspect for me was the pacing. It's the sort of book that's hard to put down because something is always happening. Renna's a badass MC. The romance didn't really land for me; the hate-to-love feels just d ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
When I heard that the next book by Jamie Grey, the author of one of my fave debuts this year Ultraviolet Catastrophe, was going to publish a Science Fiction New Adult trilogy I knew I needed to read it. And so when Jamie sent me an ARC for the first book, The Star Thief, I was thrilled! I am not a big fan of the current overload of New Adult books out there, but I guess it also has to do with the fact that most are romance & contemporary and those are not my fave genres.

That was confirmed when I
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