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The Stars We Steal

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  3,006 ratings  ·  706 reviews
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, th
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Titan Books (UK)
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Alexa Yes! There are many. The main character Leo is written as demi, though the word isn't used on the page. Evgenia, who becomes Leo's confidante, is a le…moreYes! There are many. The main character Leo is written as demi, though the word isn't used on the page. Evgenia, who becomes Leo's confidante, is a lesbian, while her brother Max is gay, and has a husband named Ewan (Max and Ewan are background-ish, but Evgenia is a main player). And then Daniel, also a main cast member (though he doesn't become central to the plot until act three), is asexual. No queer character is harmed in the course of the book (no burying your gays!), and there is an emphasis on happy endings for all :)(less)
Alexa Yes, technically it is a Persuasion retelling... but in developing it and trying to give Persuasion a firmer plot (to fit as a YA sci-fi book), it mor…moreYes, technically it is a Persuasion retelling... but in developing it and trying to give Persuasion a firmer plot (to fit as a YA sci-fi book), it morphed a bit more into Jane Austen meets The Bachelor--you'll see tropes and archetypes from additional Austen books, basically. The romance arc, however, is pure Persuasion! (less)
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Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
this book commits a very unfortunate crime against readers, which is it solely relies on a telling narrative, not a showing narrative. meaning the reader is told something happens, rather than shown it.

its an extremely lazy method of writing and honestly drags the story down. it completely ruins any sort of opportunity which may have been present for me to really connect with the characters, especially because the romance is key to the plot. i dont want to be told leo and elliot have a connectio
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Stars We Steal starts off with Leo, the heir to a derelict spaceship, trying to avoid the fate of having to marry for money. She's resourceful and smart, coming up with her own water-filtration system that could make money for her family while saving her from a marriage of convenience. But then it slowly devolves into a pointless YA romance, childish and overdramatic, and by the end, I lost all respect for Leo and this story.

Leo pines for her ex-fiancé, who she broke up with years ago. Now h
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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 g
Maryam Rz.
Dec 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maryam by: more like robbed—and that would be the cover artist, blame them!
I have a very crucial, life-altering question: how can a cover be so perfect? I feel like this should be illegal—no it's NOT fair to steal away people's money like that! *slams hand on desk, shouts* would someone call the authorities!? I'm taking this matter in front of a judge!

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 hav
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[9/20/2019] - augghhhh, i want this so bad!!

Me: Keeps forgetting it's 2019.
Also me: Already wants the books from 2020

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Ahhh! Gorgeous cover alert! I loved Brightly Burning, and I'm so excited for this one! Give me all that drama and intrigue - I'm so here for it!

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I was really looking forward to this novel but unfortunately, it was far less than what I expected.

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
Alexa Donne's books are instant buy for me. I love how even if the characters are in the center (which I appreciate as a character-driven reader), the plot is flesed out well enough to understand what's going on and the two mix together naturally. Plus her writing style is easy to read.

The only thing I want to complain about is how one of the characters said he can't fall in love, because he is asexual. I'm convinced he is indeed ace [edit: yes, he is aro ace], too, but that's just not what it
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-fat-rep
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars (rounding up)

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 actua
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. I went into this book expecting a great story and fantastic queer representation. What I got was a somewhat entertaining story and queer characters that were clearly not researched well, if at all. I liked the political aspect of the story, though, I would have liked to have seen Leo actually do something about other ships starving to death rather than just saying she cared about the issue. The story was entertaining enough to keep me reading, but I wasn’t wowed especially as a big Ja ...more

Ahh, I am so happy (like beyond happy) that I finally dove into The Stars We Steal. It was such a fun audiobook to listen to and it didn't hurt that it was also a retelling either. From the first moment that we met, I fell in love with Leonie (aka Leo) and Elliot. Heck, I knew that they were meant to be together from the moment they reunited.

Man, I love LOVE. Besides the romance and necessary drama, I enjoyed the twists and turns in this one as well. Not completely shocked about
Bookphenomena (Micky)
THE STARS WE STEAL had the ingredients for Micky kryptonite with space, sci-fi and YA…that was before I even heard it was a retelling of Persuasion, so I was truly sold at that point. The execution didn’t let me down and won’t let fans of the original down if they have an open mind about the age of the characters and an in-the-future interpretation.

Leo was a likeable heroine from early on. She was a feisty, curvy feminist with a little more confidence than the original ‘Ann’. The premise for thi
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars-- My abiding experience of this book was as a lot of fun. This is a book that has a lightness of touch that I really enjoyed & I was having a good time the majority of the time I was reading it. That said, I do think there are some short comings for me, some that are unique to me (e.g. I'm realizing that I just don't like it when there's marriage at stake in a YA- feels like it should just be adult at that point) and some that I think stem from using Persuasion as the source material ( ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2020-tbr
I loved this book so much its been a long time since I have read a sci regency type romance and I really loved this one it had its ups and downs but it was all worth it the ending was so very good one of the best I have read in awhile. I really loved the characters especially Leo and Elliot even if their romance was a rocky one it was just so good by the end I really liked the perfect ending. What I really liked about Leo was her strength of character and the fact she could still be vulnerable I ...more
Mar 14, 2020 added it
Shelves: lgbtqa, nope, stand-alone
DNF at 45% pg 180

I'm quite sad about this if I'm honest, I don't think i've DNF'd a book in a very very long time, however I'm nearly at the halfway point and I am literally having to force myself to read this. The only reason I persisted is because I was taking part in a group Buddy Read and really wanted to finish it.

Firstly I want to point out, that these are just my opinions and not facts and what I like/don't like other people may dislike/like etc... we all different opinions when it comes
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The Stars We Steal

This exciting and lovely YA romance/fantasy novel is a retelling of Jane Austin’s Persuasion. The story takes place in space on several ships where the human survivors have taken refuge after the Earth experienced another ice age. They have been in space for over 170 years and in order to avoid inbreeding, the Scandinavian ship hosts a Valg season every five years. Young affluent people come from all ships to meet and hopefully find their future spouse. Princess Leonie Kolburg finds herself forc
Amber Hearst
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to leave such a low star-rating review, but unfortunately this book just didn’t do anything for me. Like a few of the other reviewers have mentioned, this book places too much emphasis on telling the reader what is happening rather than showing. This makes it difficult for the reader to feel engaged with the story and results in making the book boring. This problem was made worse by the serious lack of quality dialogue between characters and made the majority of the characters seem totall ...more
2.5 stars

I had seen this pitched as “the bachelorette in space” and was intrigued, but it was the cover that sucked me in.

I liked Leo? Yes, that is a question. She spends a good portion of the book complaining about royalty and titles, but doesn’t hesitate to use her “power” in the same way the people she’s complaining about do. I did like her tenacity. Her sister comes across as quite flighty and the big cast of secondary characters didn’t do a thing for me...including Elliott.

Plot wise, it w
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE STARS WE STEAL pulled me in immediately and wouldn't let me go. I loved its smart, confident heroine and the wonderful blend of Austen-inspired elements in a spaceship setting. This bold new take on a classic love story crackles with romantic tension, delivering a twisty ride full of secrets and betrayals. ...more
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I don't know you at all anymore. And I don't care to. —Leo
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
*4.5 stars*

ARC received at ALA from HMH teen.

Princess Leonie is living aboard the Scandanavian, a spaceship in the fleet of what is left of the human population. Royal only in title, her family desperately needs her to marry for money. Enter the Valg Season - an event held every five years to match all eligible people in the fleet with their future spouses. Leo is desperately looking for a solution for her family that doesn't involve her being married off to the wealthiest suitor, but
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Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
ya know I suppose I'm a total sucker for sci-fi retellings of classics cause the minute I read the blurb I was like "ah yes Persuasion in space HOW BRILLIANT" and now I need to read this asap please

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This was an exciting YA science fiction novel that totally delighted me! This novel is a retelling of Jane Austin’s Persuasion, though it can still be enjoyed by someone (like me, gasp!) that has never read Persuasion.

These characters won me over fairly quickly. Leo especially was a character that I was drawn to. She was such a relatable character and I found myself rooting for her instantly. This book has a really great cast of characters that will make you feel a gamut of emotions. Some chara
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
(3.5 stars)

I'd been SO excitedly waiting for this book to come out, ever since I heard the premise: YA Persuasion in space!! Persuasion is my second favorite Austen novel and I was really curious to see how Alexa Donne, whose first book, Brightly Burning, was Jane Eyre in space, was going to make this work. I had a long conversation with a friend about Persuasion adaptations. How can they be modernized, when the social mores of the Regency era can explain why the two lovebirds don't discuss thei
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi romance YA
Shelves: fantasy
I have not read The persuasion before, so I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. At least, the description looked promising : a princess, a couple matching month, an ex who came back with a change of status, I was convinced!

However, the book didn't live up to my expectations. There were many points that I've found annoying and prevented me from enjoying it as much as I wanted, though the first part was nice.

So, first of all, the setting of the book. It was supposed to be a space r
Vicky Again
Jul 26, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
oh this sounds good...I must read Persuasion.

it seems all the Jane Austen novels I read are the ones that are never retold hahaha. but also--The Bachelor! (yes please?!)
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UM SINCE WHEN DOES GR SAVE REVIEW DRAFTS??!?! Huge fucking thanks to that because I accidentally clicked out of my other window and I have a massive headache so I was about to lay my head down and weep, lol. Yasssssssssssssssssssssssssss.


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
The cover art and description made this book sound right up my alley. I wasn’t expecting this to be a complete favorite, but thought it would be a nice read. It had fine moments throughout, but the last fourth of the book was so poorly done. The beginning and middle had build ups and enough drama to be ok, but the last part of the book was so bad. Trying to be spoiler free here, but it was so poorly done and ridiculous, it was like the author was like oh well here’s the last part of the book let ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

3,5 stars

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 shape 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
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of THE STARS WE STEAL and devoured it in two days. I love how Alexa Donne used the familiar romance arc from Persuasion but kept it fresh with surprising twists. If you love swoony romance, court intrigue, and beautiful writing, this is for you.

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, bas
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