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Alexa Donne is an American author of young adult fiction.

Passionate about writing young adult thrillers and science fiction romance, she enjoys creating retellings of classic stories, all set in space.

A graduate of Boston University, Alexa works in TV marketing, and has been providing pro bono college admissions mentoring since 2014.

Known for writing books such as Brightly Burning (2018), and The Stars We Steal (2020), she is also responsible for overseeing the Author Mentor Match initiative, and manages one of the most widely known writing advice channels on YouTube.

Alexa lives in Los Angeles with three cats.

More about Alexa Donne

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

United States


Non Series

  • Brightly Burning (2018)
  • The Stars We Steal (2020)
  • The Ivies (2021)
  • Pretty Dead Queens (2022)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Brightly Burning

Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no water ration, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot. But something sinister lurks beneath the Rochester’s immaculate façade.

When Stella meets Hugo, the nineteen-year-old captain at the helm of the ship, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious boy who’s as unpredictable and broody as he is kind. But Stella’s suspicions against Hugo mount as the ship is plagued by ghostly hauntings and deadly assassination attempts. Now, she must choose between following her heart or listening to her head.

Author: Alexa Donne
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1328604385
Publisher: Clarion Books
The Stars We Steal

Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, has only one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love, Elliot, returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one who got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable.

But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.

Author: Alexa Donne
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0063335585
Publisher: Clarion Books
The Ivies

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I'm one of them. 

We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions...among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it's deadly.

Author: Alexa Donne
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0593303733
Publisher: Ember
Pretty Dead Queens

After the death of her mom (screw cancer), seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town . . . until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.

With a copycat killer on the loose, Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

Author: Alexa Donne
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09RP9HPC5
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers