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Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen eARC {5 Stars} + Giveaway!

Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen

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 eARC {5 Stars} + Giveaway!

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.

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  •  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.

Summary:

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!

5 Stars

Giveaway!

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!!

Lady Thief Giveaway

Rules: US only, 13+ please. This is a tour giveaway, so I won’t be the one determining winners etc just so you know.

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one yet? How about Scarlet? Will you fangirl with me please????

– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. I plan to pick up the first book and read it sometime hopefully in the next few months LOL
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  2. I’m not sure if I’ll give this sequel a try or not. I wasn’t wowed by the first book, but your enthusiastic review has me wondering if I might like this one a bit better :)
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  3. So glad you enjoyed this one! I still need to read Scarlet, but I own it now and plan to read it soon =D I’m not sure how I’ll deal with the dialect, but I’m excited to try it! Thanks for the review and featuring a giveaway =)
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  4. Oh goodness! why are there so many great books that I need to read and not more hours in the day for me to do so? I’ve had Scarlet on my TBR for a very long time and now I keep hearing great things about the sequel! This needs to happen. Soon! Great review :)
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  5. Hmm…maybe I will give this series a try. I smiled at your comment about loving “their relationship even more because they are determined to find a way to be together without compromising the rules of their religion.” I’ve seen so many books lately that either sidestep the existence of religion/beliefs or reduce characters with religious convictions to one-dimensional stereotypes.

    Yay for punching villains in the face! :D
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    • Right?? I was really impressed with the way the characters were developed in terms of religious beliefs since it makes them feel much more realistic given the time period they are supposed to be in and it seems like modern day spec fic tends to bash religion more than anything else (though I could just be reading the books that happen to do that >.>)

  6. What a wonderful cover plus it sounds like it was a great intense read. I don’t mind trigger issues if they are dealt with the right way :)
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  7. Woot! 5 stars?? Now I’m more scared than ever cause every time I see a less than 3 star rating for this another high one pops up. THE SUSPENSE! xD

    I actually just finished re-reading Scarlet today. Funny thing is, I didn’t notice the dialect at all the first time I read it. So glad Scarlet and Rob are still interesting and I’m really looking forward to this. :)

    • YES I LOVED IT!!!!! Wow really? I haven’t seen any three star reviews, apparently I’ve been subconsciously avoiding them because I couldn’t take the angst of disagreeing haha.

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