Monday, May 18, 2015

[Review: Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen]

"Lady Thief"
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Pages: 308
Genre: YA, Retellings, Alternate History
Date Published: February 11th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Format Read: Purchased Hardback


Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again. 

My Thoughts:

An Open Letter To Lady Thief,

You know what I love? A book that makes me ugly cry in the worst way when I finish it. You know what? You did that to me. Just so you know, it makes me like you that much more that you made me blubber. You made me feel things, and you made me fall even more in love with all of your characters. Isn't that all you can ask for from a book, because I think that it is, and you fully delivered on that front.

-The White Unicorn

EVERYONE needs to read this series right now. If you haven't picked up Scarlet yet, get your hands on it, and then keep on going, because things only get better in Lady Thief! This book gave me so many feels, and I loved it for that.

Gaughen is craftsman when it comes to world building. She blends legend and history together in a way that makes you think that what you're reading is what really happened in England all those years ago. She connects you to her characters with her words and makes you feel like you are a part of Robin's band, and the horrors that they face. She isn't afraid to make her characters suffer, and the book is much better for it. In all honesty, I can find nothing wrong with Gaughen's writing style, and I'm a big fan.

Scarlet is back with a vengeance. Now that we know who she really is, her rough exterior is a thousand times more interesting. I love that Gaughen gives a direct view into Scar's thoughts, as the book is written in first person narrative. I think I could live inside of Scar's brain for more then three books, but that's all I'm gonna get. It's fun to watch Scar navigate her high born heritage. And if you think you know everything about her, you don't. Gaughen made sure to add plenty of more twists to Lady Thief.

The love story between Scar and Rob is on fire this time around. Where things were just starting in Scarlet, Gaughen let's things grow between them, and gives us a front row ticket to all the feels. Rob continues to grow as a dynamic character, and I can't wait to see where his character goes in book three.

Of course the rest of the band is back as well. We see a lot of Much and John, and my love for both of them grew a lot from the first page to the last. On top of characters that we've met before, Gaughen added in other allies for Scarlet, and I enjoyed getting to know them as well. I can't tell you who some of them are, but they are great!

Gisbourne also rears his beastly head, and if you didn't strongly dislike him before, you will now. I like how, even though he is clearly a villain, Gaughen gives him bits of humanity. It messes with both your idea of him, as well as Scar's, but thankfully, it doesn't change much. He's still pure evil.

I feel like I have nothing but great things to say about this book, and yet I feel like I can't even touch on some of my favorite bits without giving away huge parts of the plot. So, I'm going to end my review here and tell you that you need to read this series, and then we can talk!

5 Unicorns = Get your hands on this NOW!

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