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Stars, Hide Your Fires

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“A delightfully mischievous adventure full of intrigue, betrayal, and a touch of romance. Get ready to join your new favorite rebel crew.”—Dahlia Adler, author of Cool for the Summer

A wanted thief. A murdered emperor. A killer loose on the station.

Knives Out goes sci-fi in this gripping YA mystery set in space.

As an expert thief from a minor moon, Cass knows a good mark when she sees one. The emperor’s ball is her chance to steal a fortune for herself, her ailing father, and her scrappy crew of thieves and market vendors.

Her plan is simple:
1. Hitch a ride to the planet of Ouris, the dazzling heart of the empire.
2. Sneak onto the imperial palace station to attend the emperor’s ball.
3. Steal from the rich, the royal, and the insufferable.

But on the station, things quickly go awry. When the emperor is found dead, everyone in the palace is a suspect—and someone is setting Cass up to take the fall. To clear her name, Cass must work with an unlikely ally: a gorgeous and mysterious rebel with her own reasons for being on the station. Together, they unravel a secret that could change the fate of the empire.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A delightfully mischievous adventure full of intrigue, betrayal, and a touch of romance. Get ready to join your new favorite rebel crew." - Dahlia Adler

"An edge-of-your-seat genre-bender with a ton of heart! Can't wait to read what Best writes next!" - Alechia Dow

"A delightful and gripping space mystery with twists and more twists; a charming and unlikely detective team; an adorable, bantery romance; and an extravagant sci-fi ball! I thoroughly enjoyed this fun romp of a read!" - Vanessa Len

"With lush worldbuilding, high stakes, and a page-turning mystery, Stars, Hide Your Fires is impossible to put down. Brilliantly crafted and delightfully fast-paced." - Rachael Lippincott

"An astonishing work of young adult science fiction. Electric, unflinching characters grip the reader from page one and refuse to let go, hurtling headfirst into a story shot through with unmatched worldbuilding and a murder mystery for the (space) ages." - Zoe Hana Mikuta

"Succession meets space in this twist-filled examination of the impact of imperial war across social classes - and the idealistic revolutionary and jaded con artist forging a delightful sapphic love story along the way. Jessica Mary Best doesn't hide her fire in this engaging novel." - Miel Moreland

"A twisty and propulsive spectacle full of banter and ballgowns. Stars, Hide Your Fires is the sapphic murder mystery in space of my dreams! This glittering space opera is sure to delight fans of Beth Revis and Amie Kauffman." - Rosiee Thor

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