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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  557 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Honorine's life as as maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia's study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night....

Suddenly, Honorine is whisked into the middle of a battle betwe
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker is a fantasy chapter book for middle grade ages but can be read by anyone who enjoys a good fantasy, including adults.

We loved all the characters, especially Honorine. The story moves fast and becomes an exciting adventure. The author is so imaginative to have created this story and the way she incorporated living constellations along with the detailed steamship makes it so fantastic and magic
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book from a local LFL, released by bookcrosser here in CC. It was their first release!

Good book. Lots to love about it, like the fact that the hero(ine) works so hard to make sure a truce is reached and everyone lives, there are no 'bad guys' that need to be killed, for example. Some problems, like the fact that constellations aren't a thing, and my inner scientist cried BS through the whole book. I also had trouble staying engaged, I didn't *feel* the characters.

It's a long b
Kasey Giard
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book! The story world is very imaginative and different than anything else I'd read before. I loved the characters, especially Honorine, with her compassion and talent for mechanics. I liked that she protected and valued the people she cared about, even if she didn't trust them.

The plot kept me guessing and the unusual story world made for a lot of unexpected surprises. Everything came together for a satisfying ending that still left some room for the story to conti
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
See if zodiac signs were like this...I could get into it. This was a fun and creative concept with a lot of twists and turns and my all-time favourite trope: lineage reveal! It's also hella pretty in person. ...more
Enjoyable, with a few distinct quibbles:

After a few mysterious occurrences around the house where she is a maid, Honorine finds herself swept up into a fantasy-adventure, featuring constellations/creatures of myth come to life, and a man who appears bent on capturing them all.

As far as the fantasy element goes, "The Star Thief" is well-crafted: the use of constellations felt pretty original, and some of the settings (particularly the constellations' ship) were truly beautiful and imaginative.

Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Star Thief is a magical steampunk adventure for middle-grade readers!

Honorine is a maid in the house of Lady Vidalia. The household hasn't been the same since Lord Vidalia disappeared mysteriously. Honorine's life is a steady stream of dusting, cleaning and boring tasks, amid her dreams fueled by Lord Vidalia's dusty maps of the world, books and strange treasures. One night, Honorine finds magical black feathers and fiery footprints leading through the house. Hearing strange voices coming fr
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The concept of having constellations as warriors reminded me of a bit of Saint Seiya AKA, The knights of the zodiac, one of my favorite anime series of all time, which is why this book made it to my favorite books of 2019.
D. George
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It immediately jumped into the action - our main character, Honorine, is doing her boring maid duties, she sees something strange, and then she's promptly pulled into the excitement!

The author has a great deal of skill writing an adventure. It would be almost impossible for me to describe everything that happens to Honorine and the other characters. The book incorporates astronomy, mechanics, travel, and lots more. I think it's fair to call it a steampunk story.

I took
Tiffani Reads
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

While I enjoy astronomy and the idea of this book, I didn’t find the adventure very thrilling nor did the big climax of this book put me on the edge of my seat.

Honorine and every other character in this story are great but they are under developed and the action of this story falls flat instead of lifting the characters to greatness. I really wanted more from this book after being so intrigued by the synopsis.

I feel like more thought was put into how the two ships would look in the il
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book, interesting story, captivating!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover for this book on NetGalley, I thought it was cute. I mean, two kids sitting on the back of Pegasus in star constellation form? Adorable!! When I read the synopsis, I went “Hmm”, would this be a book that my 9 and 11-year-old like?”. So, I requested this book and I was thrilled when I got selected to review it.

What I liked that there was a bit of steampunk in the book. If you have followed this blog, you all know how much of a fan I am of steampunk. So I was thrilled when I s
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honorine has grown up as a servant in Lord Vidalia's household, but what she really wants to do is invent machines. All plans are on hold, though, when the house is invaded by strange creatures and dangerous men, and Honorine must leave. From there, she is torn between the two opposing forces in the battle raging for the fate of the earth. Her best friend, Francis, has joined with the pirate Nautilus Olyphant, who is a master inventor with a ship full of marvels, some of which he's using to capt ...more
Josephine (biblioseph)
“Young parlor maid Honorine and her friend Francis find themselves in the middle of an epic feud between a crew of scientific sailors and the magical constellations come to life.”

First off, I’m pretty sure the front cover is depicting the boy, Francis, incorrectly as white, since his mother is described as brown skinned, even though his father is white. So I think Francis is bi-racial and he appears white on the cover. I’m sure this was an honest mistake, but I hope a future edition of the book
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Plucky snowflake Honorine constantly vacillates between helping the Mapmaker or Nautilus and I constantly vacillate between thinking this book is creative (the constellations/Mordants are cool!) or just too looooooong. It strives for suspense, but sort of just meanders around Honorine's plans for saving the world. ...more
I. did. not. like. this. book!

I cannot believe this book not only made it to publication but also into the OwlCrate, Jr!
I was so excited to read this book. I bought that crate and opened it and loved everything in it.
I waited for a few months just to build the suspense of what this book might be.
It was utterly disappointing.
I would have abandoned it, except that I paid $30 for that crate and wasn't about to not read it!

The first couple of chapters are so good - you get into the book so quickly!
Honorine is a maid for the Vidalia Estate, but her life completely changes when she discovers intruders breaking into the house. One group has curious beings like a winged girl and a wolf whose body isn't the usual flesh and blood, and they want Honorine to join them. The other group, however, has Francis Vidalia, Honorine's childhood friend, and many new devices that fascinate her--and the two groups are bitter enemies. All she wants is to live happily with Francis and her long-lost family, but ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own!

Honorine, a young orphaned maid at Vidalia Mansion, is dusting and snooping around the east parlor when she notices hot embers erupting from the fireplace. She investigates and finds things out of order and a secret book under the embers. Soon after, she encounters two strangers chasing a mysterious girl with wings in the mansion and follows the girl into the night.
Honorine soon discovers that she is
It took me a while to get into the story, because so much is unclear at the outset—as it's unclear to our heroine, Honorine. But Becker unfolds a beautiful, epic, magical world as you get to know the people and constellations (Mordant) that populate it.

What I loved most was the shades of gray in this novel—neither Nautlius Olyphant nor the Mapmaker are really villains, but neither are they friends. They are looking out for themselves, and no one else. I really appreciated the care with which Bec
J. Else
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable fantasy tale with a world-spanning adventure, steampunk inventions, and astrological intrigue. The pacing was great; I kept wanting to turn the pages. The story is unique, and I loved exploring the setting from the Mordant ship to the human ship to the places where Mordant live.

I didn't understand why the Mapmaker was so unpleasant throughout the novel. I'd hoped he'd show some growth, but he only seemed to get more unlikeable. I'd also hoped for more development from Francis. (v
Johara Almogbel
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk! Stars! Pirates! Legends! Oh, this was a good one. The pace was so fast, and the action barely took a breath throughout the story. I put it down twice and both times all I could think of was the book.

The descriptions and settings are also extremely visually appealing, the author took time to set the scene (even though I was reading so fast I didn't appreciate them properly). My only gripe with the story was that at times I felt like we could have known more about a character or a univ
Penny lurkykitty
I thoroughly enjoyed The Star Thief. It is the kind of book I wish had been around when I was in middle school. The concept of the constellations having living representations makes for some really interesting characters and action. The heroine Honorine, is admirable for her inventiveness and her desire for no harm to come to those around her, even though she can't trust all of them. I love the world building and the steampunk aspect with the Gaslight and Carina ships. I'm glad that there were p ...more
Saide Roberts
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully imaginative middle-grade debut! In this story, constellations come to life, the description is vivid, and the steampunk touches here and there (airships! mechanical bees!) are truly lovely. I think young readers of fantasy will really enjoy this one, it would be a great read-out-loud book due to all the "word images," so to speak. I also appreciated that who the villain is, is definitely a grey area... which was intriguing. Reminded me a bit of the His Dark Materials series ...more
Addison Children's Services
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
For as long as she can remember, Honorine has worked as a maid in the Vidalia mansion. But now that the son of the house, Francis, is off at school, Honorine’s life is extremely dull and she often daydreams about her inventions while she works. But one night, everything changes. Lord Vidalia’s mansion is ransacked by what seem to be pirates…that fly away in a steamship. In the midst of this chaos, Honorine finds herself led away by a mysterious, flying girl – and suddenly in the middle of a batt ...more
I thought this book was OK. I was expecting a little bit more excitement I suppose and found the more exciting bits not overly exciting. My son enjoyed it though and that's who I got it for. I think I wanted a little bit more conflict between Nautilus and the Mapmaker but it seemed like Nautilus was oblivious to anything and everything and the issues were all one sided. The Mapmaker hated Nautilus but Nautilus just seemed to have like a whatever attitude if that makes sense. I also was hoping to ...more
Carol Keen
What a super fun read! I'm so glad I was allowed to read this book. Of course the cover got my attention, but the book... it's great entertainment. The heroine is easy to love, and the book is a little steam-punk-ish, which adds to the fun. I have been hooked on constellations since childhood. This book was right up there in my mind's observatory. This would make a movie that would rival some other famous ones.

My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is lef
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty darn good juvenile fiction. Great young female protagonist, one who takes very large chances not because she's reckless or mindlessly angry, but takes the risks she believes she has to to try to protect everyone on both sides of the conflict she gets entangled in.

The author has a great vision, and there's shades of the steampunk-magic fusion of His Dark Materials. The only real weakness I found was the ending, which seemed abrupt and surprisingly unemotional. Aside from that, I say read i
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owlcrate
When I was a child, I loved to read mythology, and I particularly enjoyed learning the stories behind the constellations. This charming middle grade novel took me back to those days.

Honorine, a talented young girl, gets swept away on an adventure with the living embodiments of the constellations, along with her best friend Francis, a boy she has known since birth. I think this is a perfect book to read aloud at bedtime, for both girls and boys. The chapters aren't too long, and there is plenty
Zayda Love (Babybibliophile)
The Star Thief was a nonstop adventure right from the very first chapter. The story is about a girl named Honorine who is half human, half constellation. Honorine and her best friend are swept into an extraordinary world of star beings. These star people are captured for their intelligence by a very greedy human. Apart from the story being an epic adventure, I learned so much about constellations! I immediately went out and got more books about the night sky. There is just so much to discover up ...more
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