The Stars We Steal
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, ...more
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Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg...(*sniffs* I smell...royal intrigue! *wicked smile*)...heir to a faded European spaceship...(*fumes* you don't set books in space and get away with it! Because then I'd ...more
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This is a retelling of Persuasion set in space with a dash of The Bachelor. People from Earth now fly around in spaceships, and those of the nobility have especially luxurious ones. Leonie, aboard The Scandinavian, is such a one, only her family is on the verge of becoming impoverished and she is going to have to take part in the extravagant match-making ceremony called the Valg, along with her sister and cousin, to help save the family ...more
Thank you so much to HMH Books for Young Readers for my ARC!!
I enjoyed Brightly Burning so much and have been anxiously awaiting this new release from Donne.
Well, today the wait is over, my friends!
This description had me at 'whiskey ship...'
...but GAWDDDD look at that cover!!!
This story starts off with a bang (literally) and it's adventure and action right from the beginning. There is little to no introduction regarding the background of the world, the story, or the characters before the reader is thrust into the story.
However, even with the story being introduced amidst action, this novel was mostly....boring for me. None of the characters caught my attention, nor did ...more
Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review from the author, and I am a fan of her YouTube content. However, these are my honest thoughts and feelings on the book.
The Stars We Steal is a fun, soapy YA novel that is Persuasion (Jane Austen) meets The Bachelor in space. Such a great concept! And the execution was good, although in some places it could have been better. I had a really fun time reading this for the most part, and I actually think ...more
I guess "Persuasion" is quite hard to make better or retell because this is the second retelling of it that I read and they're both kind of disappointing. Alex Donne tried to make this story into a more of a mystery which I appreciate but all these weirdly sexual romantic relationships still took the spotlight. I also couldn't make myself like Elliot because he was a ...more
Man am I bummed about this, you guys. For those of you who didn't know, this is a loose science fiction re-telling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. I personally have never read it before but I HAVE read and loved For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund ...more
I read this while traveling and think it's the perfect travel book. It made time fly because I was happily entranced by the story and writing. It's also the perfect couch read. Or bed read. Or pool read. Yeah, ...more
Leo: Sweet and protective, a character who was trying her best and struggling with her past love.
Elliot: He added a good amount of drama to the story, along with Leo’s cousin and sister.
The concept of abandoning Earth and having to live in space is nothing new, but I did like the idea of the population being so low and needing to have a dating “season” in order to find a partner.
What I liked:
1. The plot ...more
Full review to come on my blog (thanks to netgalley for this eARC. This does not affect my review which is honest and unbiased)
If you like dramatic royals, a little bit of a love triangle-esque drama, second chances, SPACE WALKING, ...more
Because Earth is uninhabitable due to an environmental disaster, each continent has their own ship. Princess Leo is heir to a bankrupt and somewhat decrepit ship, the Scandinavian, and the burden of marrying for wealth is falling on her. Enter her ex-fiancé, Elliot who has a bone to ...more
ACTUAL: 4.35 stars
Lou's hunt for a suitor to save her family's failing finances takes a tough turn when her ex-fiance shows up for the Valg season. Elliott is now one of the most sought after bachelors at the event, but is he here to help Lou, or ruin her once and for all?
In short, this is novel can be described as a 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen retelling meets the Bachelor, in space. Going further, it had a bit ...more
-A strong willed woman with concrete morals and royal status
-A handsome, intelligent (slightly aggravating) man who stands on moral high ground.
-Interesting Secondary characters (an aloof sister, a asexual friend, a glamorous lady distraction, a drunken father, an aggressive bad guy). Everyone has a role and ...more
Deep in space, humanity now lives among a fleet of ships, and the season for the faded royals to get engaged is here. The Valg Season is a courtship ritual held for 4 weeks every 5 years and this is Princess Leoni "Leo" Kolburg's last chance to secure a wealthy match to save her family from financial ruin.
However, when her first love returns 3 years after Leo broke his heart, Leo finds that she may not have ever stopped ...more