Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ARC Review: Lady Thief

Title: Lady Thief
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Category/Genre: Historical Romance, Romance, Retellings, YA
Release Date: Feb. 11th

See it at Goodreads

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.

Ever since I read Scarlet, I fell in love and could not stop thinking of it. I’d even said in my review how it made me a fan of Robin Hood again, which is a hard thing to do since I was so tired of all the remakes from the movies and such. But it was different and beautiful and the characters are amazing…and I was sad for some time when I thought it was just going to be a stand-alone.

Then the news struck that it was going to be a trilogy and I rejoiced and waited (rather impatiently) for Lady Thief. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have an e-ARC, and can’t wait to get my hands on a final copy for my shelf as well. I can’t say whether or not Lady Thief was better than Scarlet. It was such an emotional rollercoaster on many levels. And the characters showed much more development in this installment that it made it that much more impacting.

To be honest, I have a hard time reviewing Lady Thief without revealing spoilers or speaking of how much pain it caused. So much happened that I want to gush about or cry over. My poor heart. And then to leave off with that kind of ending? How could that happen?! GAUGHENNNNN!

Ahem... I’m okay. I think.

Anyways, let’s just say Lady Thief was chaotic. This book left me as speechless as the first, and now I don’t know how I’ll handle the wait for the next. You want good historical-style romance or a Robin Hood retelling that’s refreshing and will knock your socks off? This series right here will do it. One of the best I’ve had the pleasure of picking up in the last decade.

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