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

Review:

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.

*sighs dreamily* I just love this series. It has become a total comfort read for me. And since I’ve read it three times now, I’ve decided to update my reviews, and I’m not even gonna try to contain my affection.

First of all, this series has ruined me for all other books because it has more heart-wrenching emotion AND more laugh-out-loud humor than anything I’ve ever read, and I’m still waiting for another series that makes me feel as deeply as this one has. Just reading this first book, especially the first time, I was devastated, I was tense, I was worried, I was laughing out loud, I was swooning, I was feeling.

Speaking of feeling, I really love this love triangle because the best ones are the heart-wrenching ones, and WOW does the relationship between Zoey and Daniel nail that. And let me tell you, what is between Zoey and Daniel is most definitely, without a doubt, LOVE. They grew up together and know everything about each other and have so many memories together and have always been there for each other (that is, until Daniel started pulling away due to vampire reasons). I swoon every time at the way they appreciate everything about each other and their relationship, flaws and all. #RelationshipGoals I know Dev is also in that triangle somewhere, but I was too busy being on Team Daniel the first time I read this book to notice ;-) Ok, ok, Daniel is totally the stereotypical tormented, brooding character who thinks he’s a monster but doesn’t want the woman he loves to see him that way, but he’s more than just that. He also brings all the vampire-y goodness, and I sure do love me some vampire-y goodness!

And speaking of the characters, I have rarely been so invested in characters as I am with these. Individually, Marcus is probably the only one I’d consider a true favorite, but all together as a group, I love them to death. I kid you not, I once emailed the author to ask her… a really strange question about how two of the characters’ relationships progressed after the series ended. (Ok, fine, if you must know, I asked her if they’re having sex with each other now, which honestly isn’t as inappropriate of a question as it sounds if you’ve read the series. She was super nice in her reply, by the way! And yes, they are having sex, in case you were wondering.) But these characters, they’re just so complex and developed and flawed-yet-lovable—and I do mean legitimately flawed. The things they do are not black-and-white, so sometimes you don’t know if you should trust them, and sometimes you’re disappointed in them, and sometimes you want to slap them, but in the end you love them anyway for the good qualities they have. And the interactions between them are pretty much the best thing ever because that’s where so much of the hilarity and emotion comes from.

And not only are there amazing characters and emotions and hilarity, there is also a fantastic, action-packed plot, usually involving some sort of heist, in every single book along with all sorts of supernatural creature fun.

BUT I know these books are not perfect. Well, maybe they are to some people, but they have some things that are too romance trope-y for my taste. For one thing, there are a lot of sex scenes that seem to be there just for the sake of being there. And if I’m being honest, the sex scenes are my least favorite parts—which is not to say they’re bad, just that, other than the pleasurable vampire biting, they’re not to my preference. Zoey thought to herself at one point that she was willing to be the men’s sex toy, and that pretty accurately summarizes what those scenes are like. The men are more controlling than I’m comfortable with sometimes, and most of the “sexy” things they say would actually send me running in the other direction. There’s also some kink, like public sex rituals, voyeurism, and mild BDSM. The characters also seem to solve all their relationship problems by having sex; or sometimes they do at least talk things out, it’s just that when they do, they’re in a bed, or a shower, or a tub… Basically, they’re all just very preoccupied by sex. Both of the men have sex-related magic though, so I suppose that’s to be expected. Also, Dev’s feelings for Zoey in Book 1 seem instalove-y, Daniel and Dev are both pretty alpha male, and Zoey was a bit of a Mary Sue in some ways.

Now you’re probably thinking, “Well, Kristen, that sounds like a lot of things you didn’t like. Are you sure you love this series as much as you say you do?” And the answer to that is, yes, I’m sure. Those are all the types of things that make me roll my eyes and might annoy me in other books, but most were really only an issue during sex scenes, and everything that I love about these books completely outweighs the things I don’t, like (to summarize)… The developed characters who feel like family to me and whom I am hopelessly invested in. The dynamic and complex friendship/family/romantic relationships among them. The heart-wrenching emotion that I have felt on a visceral level. The love between Zoey and Daniel that’s so strong it’s practically tangible. The humor that had me clutching my stomach in pain from all the laughter the first time I read it. And the supernatural- and heist-filled plots that never disappoint and all come together so well in the end.

I realize that this was more of a series review than a review for Steal the Light, but hey, at least now you don’t have to worry that the series will go downhill. And I will say that this first book, just like all the rest of the books, was the perfect mix of humor, action, intensity, emotion, romance, and badassery!

 
 
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*

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre recently posted: Book Review: Mary The Summoning

    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 :-)