Book Review: Steal the Light (Thieves Book 1) by Lexi Blake

When Zoey gets offered a million dollars to steal an arcane artifact, she hastily accepts before realizing she's made a deal with a demon that could land her in Hell for eternity. As if that weren't enough for Zoey and her supernatural team, the confusion caused by Zoey's remaining feelings for her vampire ex and the growing feelings she has for the faery prince she meets threatens to tear Zoey apart--that is, if the demons, were-animal attacks, and hexes don't do it first.

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Title: Steal the Light
Book Number: Book 1 of 5
Pages: 289
My Book Rating: 4.5 Stars
More Info: Amazon, Goodreads


This book was laugh-out-loud hilarious! But it was also emotional with a heart-wrenching love triangle. And it had an intense plot. And three-dimensional characters. And sexy but also meaningful romance. And vampires. And a faery—

In other words, it just had everything.

But my favorite thing by far was the interactions between characters. I constantly had to stop reading just to regain composure because I was laughing so hard. The characters themselves were quirky and eclectic, but the interaction was really the best part because everyone would start talking all at once and getting distracted by the strangest things and it doesn’t sound funny because it’s really hard to explain but just trust me, it was so perfect!

I also really liked this love triangle because the best ones are the heart-wrenching ones, and WOW did the relationship between Zoey and Daniel nail that. I know Dev was also in that triangle somewhere, but I was too busy being on Team Daniel to notice. Daniel was definitely that deep, tormented character who thinks he’s a monster but doesn’t want the woman he loves to see him that way, and I just so happen to love that character. He also brought all the vampire-y goodness, and I definitely love me some vampire-y goodness!

This book, and the whole series, is filled with vampires, faeries, other types of fae, demons, werewolves, shifters, angels, and all sorts of fantasy and paranormal creatures. And it’s filled with lots of steamy, kinky sex (not BDSM, but still kinky), so you’ve been warned if that’s not your thing. But the great thing is, it’s also filled with a lot of action, emotion, intensity, and deep characters. Even better is that the characters are perfectly gray (i.e. never black-and-white). Their flaws are REAL flaws, they do crappy things and hurt others sometimes, they get emotional, they sometimes have questionable morals or act immature, but their good traits make them lovable, just like people in real life.

But since this review is supposed to be about Steal the Light, I will wrap this up by saying this book was the perfect mix of humor, action, intensity, romance, and badassery.

And, of course, vampires. Always vampires ;-)

Reread Update:
I stand by everything in my original review because I just love this book! There are some things that are unrealistic or make me give the occasional eye roll, but honestly, I just don’t care because the good things, the humor and the emotion and the action and the characters who are so ridiculously developed and complex and flawed-yet-lovable that you would swear they are real just make up for everything. Not to even mention how much I adore the LOVE between Zoey and Daniel and the way the appreciate everything about each other and their relationship, flaws and all. And the first time I read this, I was on edge, not knowing who to trust or believe, kind of not sure I liked anyone, but this time I was able to see the characters I now know and love through a different perspective.

Book Blurb

When dealing with demons, the devil’s in the details…

Stealing mystical and arcane artifacts is a dangerous business, especially for a human, but Zoey Wharton is an exceptional thief. The trick to staying alive is having friends in all the wrong places. While having a witch and a werewolf on the payroll helps, being partners with a vampire really opens doors.

Zoey and Daniel were childhood sweethearts until a violent car crash took his life and left her shattered. When Daniel returned from the grave as a vampire, his only interest in Zoey was in keeping her safely apart from the secrets of his dark world. He has vowed to protect her, but his heart seems as cold as the night he calls home.

Five years later, a mysterious new client named Lucas Halfer offers Zoey a fortune to steal the Light of Alhorra. The search for the Light leads Zoey into the arms of an earthbound faery prince. Devinshea Quinn sweeps her off her feet, showing her everything the supernatural world has to offer, but Daniel still calls to her heart.

As the true nature of the Light is revealed, Zoey discovers Halfer is a demon and much more than money is at stake. Per her contract, she must give him the Light or spend an eternity in Hell. What’s a girl to do except fight for her soul…and her heart.

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  1. Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    Reading this synopsis, I wouldn’t think “hilarious,” but I’m happy you had so many laugh out loud moments. I’ve been thinking that I’ve been reading too many serious books (especially YA).
    Kristen you’re reminding me of why I miss urban fantasy. Gut-wrenching romances, hot sex, and great characterization, and ALL of the supernatural creatures.

    I’m sold.

    Does this exist as an audiobook? I hope it does! *runs off to amazon*

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I didn’t expect it to be so hilarious either! If I had, I might not have read it because I would have figured it’d be too chick lit-y with no depth, but nope, it’s got hilarity and depth. Did you find it in audiobook? You’ll have to let me know if you like it :-)