Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen is the sequel to Scarlet and continues the adventures of our cross-dressing Scarlet, one of Robin Hood’s merry men, or ur, uh, people! I really enjoyed Scarlet, but wow Lady Thief just went above and beyond the first book. The romance is swoonier, the bad guys are scarier, the stakes are higher, and the new characters are so much fun! While Scarlet introduced us to the world of Robin Hood and its own fun spin on the classic tale, Lady Thief continues to pull from the folklore in order to build a richer and deeper world for Scarlet and Rob to battle against. (Also be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom, it includes a sword necklace and Lady Thief swag *wants*!!!!)
Note: I received Lady Thief through Netgalley for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen (Scarlet #2)
Published by Walker Childrens on Feb 11th, 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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.
- OMG Scarlet and Rob *swoons*. These two! Even though they’ve finally realized they both love the other, there are still a lot of things getting in between their happiness, especially a certain ring and strong religious morals. I came to love their relationship even more because they are determined to find a way to be together without compromising the rules of their religion.
- The plot of Lady Thief really tried to kill me. My heart was pounding for the last half of the book, so don’t tell my doctor. In addition to being very well paced, the plot was also structured quite wonderfully. It had smooth transitions from the initial tension to the main meat of Lady Thief and I was never left wondering where things were going or how we had gotten there.
- Gisborne was introduced as the main villain in Scarlet, but we find out there is a lot more to this guy than just cruelty in Lady Thief. When even the villains have depth, I’m a happy reader. I ended up understanding where some of his evil came from, despite still wanting to punch him in the face.
- We get to meet the royal family! I really love the queen mother and the stories of Richard, so it was so much fun to learn more about what is going on in the royal world and get to know the queen. Plus, Prince John of course makes an excellent villain, another one that needs a punch to the face!
- Speaking on villains, Lady Thief does an excellent job of having real consequences. Our favorite characters have already been through a lot, but most of it has healed. Lady Thief pulls you to the edge of your seat because it makes it clear that things will not always work out in the end and that there are real sacrifices that our beloved characters will have to make. *sniffles*
- Gah, the feels! I didn’t end up crying too much at the end of Scarlet, but Lady Thief doesn’t pull punches. There were tears, there were smiles, there was chuckling.
- Perhaps my absolute favorite thing about Lady Thief, however, was being privy to the thoughts in Scarlet’s head. She has some really wise insights throughout Lady Thief that actually got me thinking as well. Scarlet thinks about a lot of things, but some of my favorites involved strength, faith, hope and honor. I can’t do justice to the beautiful writing regarding these ideas, so you’re just going to have to read Lady Thief yourself.
- Similar to the first book, Lady Thief is written in first person from Scarlet’s perspective and Scarlet thinks in dialect. Therefore, you have to get used to reading “I were doing things.” I think it’s a great touch to the novels, but it always takes me a bit of extra effort to read dialect.
- Lady Thief gets pretty intense and Scarlet has to put up with a fair bit of physical abuse and threats of sexual abuse, so be prepared and be warned that it could be triggery.
Lady Thief is an astounding sequel. It takes everything you loved about Scarlet and raises the bar. If you enjoyed Scarlet, then you absolutely must read Lady Thief. Scarlet and Rob continue to be adorably insane, the plot grabs you and refuses to let go, you get to meet a whole host of new awesome characters from the folklore, and wow that ending. Lady Thief is a book that caused me to sit back and stare at the ceiling as soon as I finished it because I just had to think for a bit. Also, if you haven’t read Scarlet yet, get on that!
I kind of want to discourage you from entering this giveaway because I want to win so bad >.>. But if you win just promise to take lots of pictures, kay? :D In all seriousness though, this giveaway is freaking awesome, thank you so much to Mizz Gaughen for putting it together!!
Rules: US only, 13+ please. This is a tour giveaway, so I won’t be the one determining winners etc just so you know.
Have you read this one yet? How about Scarlet? Will you fangirl with me please????
Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen
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