Book Review: Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Posted March 14, 2014 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Lady Thief by A.C. GaughenLady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Published by Walker Childrens on February 11th, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

4 Stars

It’s weird to start off a 4 orange review saying that I’m sort of disappointed in the book, but alas, that is what hype does to me. Make no mistake, Lady Thief is a great book that is cementing Scarlet as one of my favorite ongoing series, even if I possibly didn’t like this one as much as I wanted to.

Where Gaughen excels in this installment of the series is the plot, and to be more precise, the plot twists. There are a lot of them. She really keeps a feeling of tension and suspense running throughout the book, and every time you’re lured into a false sense of security, she kicks you twice as hard in the butt with one of the plot twists. So it’s a plot that keeps you on your toes and reading feverishly. It’s unpredictable and exciting.

Scar’s main problem in Lady Thief is her marriage to Gisbourne, which happened at the end of Scarlet. She fights to be free, so she can be with Rob, and meanwhile, the Prince arrives to name a new sheriff for Nottingham. The characters here are excellent and gain more and more depth. I still feel a deep love for Scar and Rob, but Much also became dearer to my heart. And I strangely loved learning more about Gisbourne. The characters make the Robin Hood folktale, and Gaughen seriously delivers.

There were a few things that kept me from rating this as highly as I may have wanted to. First of all, it must be noted that my expectations were raised to an extremely high level, which is deadly for me every time. Two main things were promised to me: I would be in extraordinary amounts of pain, and I would swoon hard for Robin and the romance. Neither of these things really happened. I mean, there were short bursts of pain, but nothing that I didn’t get over extremely quickly. I feel like the book is too short and moved along too quickly for there to be a lasting pain effect for me.

And I didn’t really swoon for the romance much, if at all, if I’m honest. Not that I don’t still ship them – I definitely do. But the build up in the first book was way more endearing to me than this second installment where there just wasn’t that much development, in my eyes. I liked Rob and Scar’s scenes together, and when they are having their romantic moments, yeah, I do aww internally. But I didn’t swoon hard because they also couldn’t be together much. Which was understandable. And painful, I suppose, what with everything Rob’s going through. So I get that, but I guess I expected more from the romance.

And finally, the ending. Whoaaaaa. It shocked me, honestly, I was sitting with my mouth open, gaping at this book. A.C. Gaughen knows how to do a good plot twist. So I first thought it was an awesome, killer ending, but the more I think about it, the more I kind of frown. Obviously, for all spoilery reasons. View Spoiler »

Summing Up:

I think everybody except for me has claimed this book is better than its predecessor, and in that sense bah bah blacksheep. I dunno, hype is killing my reading lately, but I did overall still really enjoy this one. I had issues with it, but I love Robin Hood, I love this retelling, and I love Scar. So this wasn’t as fun as the first for me, but I still can’t wait for the last book to come out, and I’ll happily recommend this series to all readers.

GIF it to me straight!


Recommended To:

Fans of Robin Hood/adventure stories.

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6 responses to “Book Review: Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

  1. It’s a shame that the hype-monster ruined this experience for you Debby. I didn’t read many reviews before I started, so for me, it was discovering everything myself and I was definitely shocked by some of the twists! Seeing what you explain in the spoiler box, it does make sense yeah, but I never saw it coming and it was heartbreaking to me ;( I honestly thought that the romance was cute 😀 It was just the right amount for me, but I know how you like your swoon and I can see why it was a little disappointing to you. I hope you will get the swoons in the next book!

  2. Not sure if this is a book I want to read. I haven’t read the first book in the series either, but I have read several reviews and they all said it was pretty great. Just like this one, but I don’t know. Too bad the hype has been killing you lately. Hopefully you will read another book that’s even better and not as much hyped about. 🙂

  3. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m looking forward to indulging in Lady Thief (perhaps after a re-read of Scarlet). I’m trying to temper my expectations, since I know so many people super loved it. So it’s kind of refreshing to read your review and see a bit of a different opinion on things.