ARC Review: Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Posted February 13, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

ARC Review: Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

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ARC Review: Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
Honor Among Thieves
by Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre

4 Stars

Released: February 13th 2018
Series: The Honors #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

” It was an interesting read with a unique set of characters, which left me wanting more.”
~ Under the Covers

Each year Honors are chosen from the human population, normally the highly educated and elite, to travel with the Leviathan, a race of sentient space ships. In the not so distant past Leviathan saved the human race from self-destruction and now each year they take the Honors on a year-long tour of the universe. Living outside the law and surviving any way she can Zara Cole is the last person anyone expected to be chosen to be an Honor. However, after a crime that has more severe consequences than she expected Zara needs to escape Earth. However, she never expected that living with Nadim, the Leviathan she is paired with, would start to feel like home. However, there may be darker and more sinister reasons as to why the Leviathan saved the human race…

It’s my mission this year to read more Young Adult and discovering that Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre had written a YA Sci-Fi, I knew I had to get my hands all over it, especially as it had such a beautiful cover. Of course a beautiful cover can hide a multitude of sins, in the case of Honor Among Thieves this wasn’t the case. It was an interesting read with a unique set of characters, which left me wanting more.

It was told from Zara’s point of view and one of the aspects I like most about this book was seeing her character journey. Admittedly, at the beginning her callous and hard exterior is difficult to connect to and like. However, the more you understand about her and her painful past the more relatable she becomes. And as she connects with Nadim and a few other characters she begins to reveal a softer side and, by the end of the book I realised my opinion of her had shifted.

This book was also a bit of a slow starter, with Caine and Aguirre revealing the world at a sedate pace. This all changes once Zara starts the Tour and more and more hidden truths are revealed and the pace of the book shifts up a few gears. Or maybe I was just reading a lot faster, I couldn’t wait to see what secrets the Leviathan were hiding from humans and how it would affect Zara, Nadim and crew.

Although this book doesn’t have an immediate hook it is worth reading on, it was a really interesting idea with some complex and intriguing characters, including one giant sentient living space ship! I now can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, although it didn’t end on a cliff hanger it certainly stopped just as the action was starting rev up.


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About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

Rachel attended high school in El Paso, Texas at Socorro High School, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in accounting. She has been a professional musician in several orchestras, run payroll for one of the largest cheerleading organizations in North America, worked as a graphic designer and web designer, and finished up her tour of the corporate world as Director of Corporate Communications for a large international company.

She has been a full time writer since 2009.

Rachel lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad.

About Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.



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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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