The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne — ARC Review

The Stars We Steal by Alexa DonneSummary:

Publication Date: February 4th, 2020

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.

Review: 4 Stars

I picked up this book because I was in need of a lighter read and it sounded like it was going to be fun, entertaining and full of drama. It was all of those things, but there was more to love about this story than the entertainment factor. The characters of this story felt real to me and helped bring this spaceship version of The Bachelor to life. This book was an incredibly fun read, but I found myself attached to these characters when I expected this book to be merely a fluff read.

By the end of the story I loved all of the characters they grew throughout the book and they grew on me. They were all incredibly flawed and I found myself angry at each one of them throughout the story. In the beginning I thought Leo was too serious and I hoped that she would lighten up so that the book could be the fun read that I wanted it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved Leo by the end, but there were countless times where I just wanted to shake her! I found myself so emotionally invested in these characters and I really didn’t expect to enjoy this book for the reasons that I did.

The main thing that I loved was that each of these characters felt so real. They each made enormous mistakes and there were horrible betrayals. I wanted to hate Carina, Elliot and Klara and even sometimes Leo. I was rooting against the romance for most of this book, but in the end I feel like they were supposed to end up together. The betrayals were unforgivable in my eyes, yet in reality you forgive the people that you really love, even when you really shouldn’t, and that’s what made this book feel so real. The relationships were all flawed, the people all made horrible mistakes and underneath it all there was still so much love. I wanted to hate the characters for their betrayals, but I found myself loving them in spite of all the mistakes. I initially thought that in this review I would talk about unlikable characters or the fact that I didn’t root for the romance, but what I loved about this book was that it felt like more than a story.

Alexa Donne created characters that felt believable and for that feat alone I want to read her other books. The plot was good, the setting was fun and I enjoyed the reading experience, but I still can’t stop thinking of these characters even days later. I picked this up expecting a fun fluffy book, but it got me thinking about love, relationships and betrayals. I was able to relate to these characters so fiercely and I think that’s what made The Stars We Steal such a good book.

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