Title: Stealing Infinity
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Stealing Beauty #1
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Recommended for fans of: Crave, The Last Magician, time travel fiction
Content Warnings: attempted rape/sexual assault, bullying/hazing, violence, kidnapping, confinement
These days, I’ve been killing it when it comes to letting people down. Now I’ve been kicked out of high school, arrested, and accepted into a remote, off-the-grid school owned and operated by an inscrutable billionaire tech guru.
Gray Wolf Academy is looking for a certain kind of student. Ones that no one will miss. Like me.
Then there’s Braxton. The beautiful, oddly anachronistic guy who showed up right when the trouble started. And he’s a total enigma—which means that I definitely can’t trust him, even if there’s something about him that makes me want to.
They all tell me I have a gift. A very rare gift. And Gray Wolf Academy wants me to learn it. To use it. Because if what they say is true, I have all the time in the world.
And that makes me the most dangerous high school student you’ll never know…
Stealing Infinity is a fun and quick YA contemporary fantasy read. It feels like a mash up of Crave with the mysterious, isolated boarding school and The Last Magician with the time travels heists, but it is its own unique story.
The writing is easy to read, the language feels realistic for teenagers, and the chapters are very short and suspenseful (most are about 3 pages), so it was easy to fly through reading this book. I loved the role of art, history, numerology, and tarot in the story as well; you can tell the author did her research and has a genuine appreciation for these things, but doesn’t let the details bog down the story.
The story has a lot of YA tropes that I personally don’t love. Insta-love, hints at a love triangle, jealous girls, cliques, bullying/hazing, obsession with appearances, etc. However, even though these tropes don’t work for me as the reader I am today, I overall enjoyed the story and I think teen readers will love it.
I do wish the book had a bit more for a first book in the series (not sure if this is an intended duology or trilogy). The writing could be a bit repetitive, and sometimes Nat got so wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of Gray Wolf Academy that she took way too long to ask obvious questions about how weird things were. The side characters could use more depth, and the way they all criticized Nat for not knowing things and not taking things seriously when she just got to the academy and knew literally nothing was odd. I also was really hoping for more information about the Timekeepers and some resolution to the events in the prologue! I will definitely be reading book 2 for answers.
Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me a free ARC.