Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre - Book Review

Friday, May 18, 2018

cover of Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead, Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight. (Goodreads)

So the first thing I want to mention is how the slogan on the front of the book did not make any sense to me. Zara is not the only one who resists technically...so I just found that a bit confusing. The book starts slow but speeds up as you progress through it. For me, this was the perfect pacing, but I think some may be annoyed with it. My main complaint with Honor Among Thieves was the strange way the connection between Nadim and Zara came off to me. It felt like some sort of weird, forced romance and I just was not feeling it. 

Other than that though, I loved it. Caine and Aguirre did a wonderful job of portraying the Leviathan in a very non-alien way. This may seem weird, but it made them very "human" which made it easier to understand some of their actions and how they interacted with each other. I also really enjoyed how important music is in the story and while I really liked Zara from the start, the moment she mentioned her love of Billie Holiday...I fell in love. Finally, I really loved how they ended the book. Yes, it is a bit cliffhangery, but it is done in a way that does not leave you angry, building up excitement for the next book instead.

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5

Book & Author Information: Goodreads

Published: February 13th, 2018

Rachel Caine: Goodreads, Official Site

Ann Aguirre: Goodreads, Official Site

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