ARC REVIEW: Stealer by A.M. Yates

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ISBN-13: 9781532905896

Title: Stealer

Series: Stealer #1

Author: A.M. Yates

Publisher: A.M. Yates

Expected Publication Date: July 08, 2016

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 292

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy





“A Thief. A Portal. A New World.
But can she get back home again?

Home alone over spring break, Dee looks forward to a week free from worries about her sliding grades, her lack of friends, and her mom’s overbearing boyfriend. But when she chases a thief out of her house, she ends up with a whole new set of troubles . . . in a whole new world. The Crescent. Where everyday objects possess extraordinary power. Where countless other worlds are mere steps away. And where the High Minister has a plan for a greater future . . . that Dee really didn’t mean to screw up. Really.

Pursued by masked hunters, all Dee wants is to get back home again. Yet her every move only entangles her deeper in the fantastic and dangerous new world of the Crescent.”




My thoughts:


 “Maybe I’ll see you in the next world, Star. When Time starts again.”



“NO” and “WOW” are the two exact words I usually utter during and after reading this book.


“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” *if I could just outstretch my hand, get it inside the book, and stop what’s about to happen, I will!”

“NO. THIS IS INSANE.” *to the world of Crescent, to almost everything*

“NO! YOU DIDN’T!” *to the author*

“WOW.” *because I’m truly amazed, dazed, and mesmerized*


It is told on third person’s point of view. The story of Stealer revolves around a girl named Dee and a world called Crescent. Dee, accidentally got into the world of Crescent without actually knowing how and without an assurance that she will ever get back home again – all she has was a worm who promised her to get her back to this world. A seriously strange looking guy stole her precious box from her room and now she went all through the way just to chase him and get her box back. All she wanted was her box back, but what she has found was definitely far away from what she was looking for. Now she’s lost… lost in a world where she know nothing about. And the question is, can she ever get back home again?


Dee is an average high school student who always gets bullied in and outside her school. Everybody thinks she’s weird and a total loser. Everyone – including herself – think that she’s just ordinary but she’s not. She collects broken things and she can literally see these ordinary broken things as extraordinary. Dee is a very interesting character. So brave, so everything an ideal heroine must be. Although her character sounds less mature than what she is supposed to. It actually hadn’t occurred to me that she’s already 17. She’s annoying at some times but that just make her feels more human.


The prologue was a bit confusing and entertaining at the same time. It left so many questions inside my head that makes it more interesting. The first chapters are so captivating and it had set my expectations very high. I visualize it as something Disney would make as a movie, remember Selena Gomez’s days with that movie of wizards and such? Although I got a little disappointed at some little point – in a short span of time – my high expectations got fulfilled eventually, and much fulfilled from what I had expected.


The world building of Crescent is different from all the imaginary worlds I had ever been. The world of Crescent is deeply, mysteriously, and dangerously made – just like as the ocean itself. Crescent is full of unusual and weird things. From the people inhabiting it – hunters, educers, seers, stealers, and etc. – to the structures, the clothes, the appearances, and etc – all was completely different from the world we all know.


The hard to comprehend world of Crescent is not something I could hate or dislike about this book. The unending questions and not easily comprehendible things from the world of Crescent is what makes Crescent, Crescent. I love the idea of Dee being literally lost in the unknown. I loved to see her journey of trying to survive in this world full of danger and surprises. There’s just something in this book that made me feel lost at the world of Crescent the way our heroine did and I love the experience.


I love all the characters although they aren’t the strongest and perfectly made characters I’d ever seen. I just couldn’t say anything about them. The idea of them – different persons with literally different functions or role – putting up together is such a great idea! I just love them all especially Hunter, my favorite character from this book. He’s like a puzzle you need to figure out and his mysteriousness and protectiveness makes me swooning.


If it started like something I could visualize as a Disney movie, it ended just the same and I love it, so much love it! The end is just the beginning. After reading this book, I can’t say that I already know Crescent as much as I want to. Crescent is just very deep to dig in. And I just need to know more, read more from this series. It’s un-putdownable! It’s the kind of book you will carefully read word by word just to be sure you will not miss a thing.


The ending was such a cliff-hanger! But it is not in the annoying kind of way. Everything went so satisfying but at the same time it will definitely make you hanging and wanting for more! It’s very hard to explain but I really have a feeling that what the book two will offer will be much exciting!


This book held my interest from the very beginning until the end. It’s exciting and definitely entertaining. Reading this is like losing yourself in a completely strange world.


Stealer is fast-paced, action packed, and written in a definitely highly-imaginative way. It is something young – or even young at heart – fantasy readers would really enjoy. I would recommend this book for younger readers who enjoy traveling into different worlds and want to read something with some Disney feels!


Want to get lost in a unique, dangerous, mysterious, and not easily comprehendible world? Go read this book right away.









“Run away, stealer.” Crystal pushed away from the doorjamb. “That’s what you’re best at.”






4.5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2




About the author:



A.M. Yates is the author of YA urban fantasy and paranormal romance, including Summoners and The Horizon Cycle. She spends most of her time living in worlds other than this one.

She does not leave reviews on books in her own genres or closely related ones. But if a book appears on her “read” shelf, it means she thought it was good enough to recommend.



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Stealer is my first ever read from A.M. Yates. She writes mostly Urban Fantasy and because of Stealer, this is probably won’t be the last!




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Thank you!

-Karina 😊

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