Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen Review

Guys. I took forever to write a review of this book. Not because I didn't love it with every fiber of my being. Oh no, the dreaded time consumer took over my life: college. Anyway I digress, onto the actual review.

Lady Thief picks up where Scarlet left off. I will admit it took me a minute to get into the swing of reading the dialect of Scarlet again, but once I was used to it, it was amazingly easy.

The plot sucks you in immediately with Rob suffering awful nightmares, which in turn lead to him hurting Scarlet. Don't worry folks, he's asleep the entire time (I think?) or at least not aware. He did not turn into an abusive asshat no worries. Anyway, more plot happens but certain things (i.e. an annulment) lead Scarlet to staying with Gisbourne, her technical husband, while the prince is in town. This obviously comes with issues, mainly that Gisbourne is a dick and the prince is a child.

Life at court is exactly the reason Scarlet wanted to stay away. The people were stuffy, haughty, and often times malicious. She hated every second she was there, but wanted to be with Rob more so she dealt with it.

Robin *sigh*

I cannot express my love for him in simple words, so I shall in the form of a poem.

I hate the way you love Scarlet
And the sun on your golden hair
I hate the way you have PTSD
I hate it when you stare

I hate your crazy heroic ways
And the way you are always there for Scarlet
I hate you so much that it makes me sick
It even makes me ryhme

I hate the way you love her so
I hate it when you push her away
I hate it when you make me laugh
Even worse when you make me cry

I hate the way you sacrifice everything
And the fact that you didn't try
But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you
Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of his character and am loyal to him until the end. He is well written and surprisingly developed. Most male leads in YA novels fall into the one dimensional "perfect" mold, but Robin is delightfully flawed.

Anyway, after dealing with the atrocities that is court life, Scarlett does still try to help out those in the town. Leading a double life is unfortunately difficult for her considering her sleeping arrangements. Speaking of, Gisbourne have I mentioned he is a right ass? That man just makes my skin crawl. He is abusive and cruel almost always. In the brief moments he is not, it is due to him attempting to be manipulative. However, he is written in a more well rounded way this go around. We see that he can be a human, not just the typical "villain". Unfortunately, it seems as if the prince has filled the stereotypical villain slot instead. He was written as a wholly unlikeable character. While we see different aspects of him, none are positive.

Ok a little confession. I kind of have the hots/lusts for Gisbourne. I am not sure what it is, nor can explain it. There's just something darkly sexy about him at times. I'm not saying constantly. I understand and hate how he is an abusive asshole. However, there are other times where I go hmm. Maybe I'm alone? I am not sure.

The prince's wife and mother are two female characters we are introduced to, and in the case of one, are an integral part of the plot. The prince's wife's character is not fleshed out very well, but personally there were enough character traits for me to not be a fan of her. However, she is involved in a pretty shocking revelation.  Not nearly, though, as shocking as the prince's mother. She may be on her way of replacing Scarlett as my favorite character in the series. She is ruthless, but still kind with a solid head on her shoulders. It makes sense that she is the mother of the king. While we gain information on her, I personally feel as if in the subsequent novels she will be further developed.

Spoilerville ahead folks!

Holy fuck tits. That end. I had to reread it a few times. The drama! The actions! The deaths! Yes you read that right, deaths. As in plural. As in Gaughen gave 0 fucks with this ending and our hearts.

First of, yes awesome sauce of Scarlet being a princess. The king's bastard daughter. I can deal with that. That's pretty legit in my eyes.

I am not a fan of how half of the bloody world knew or figured it out before her. That was no bueno. I do love the king's mother anyway, she's pretty bad ass herself. Scarlet obviously takes after her, however unwittingly.

This, however, was not the most exciting thing to me in this novel. The most exciting is that Scarlet and Robin have sex!!! Yes you damn well read that right. Sex! S. E. X. Sex! I have been longing and pining for this moment for a while. The chemistry between the two was amazingly written, and I thought I would die if they didn't.

To top it off, they called it a night of them finally behaving like a married couple. Did I mention Robin proposed? Because he did. And it was glorious. Then the fact she was a princess, she could get her marriage annulled even if Gisbourne didn't give her permission. I was so happy for this and for them. Finally something amazing to happen to the two people with the worst luck ever.

Unfortunately, that luck spree continued. Gisbourne was found dead. DEAD! While I did wish for it for a while, the way he died and the circumstances of it were bad, especially for Scarlet. Hands down, though, the worst death was that of Little John. Won't lie, I cried. He finally was going to have life work out for him, then it ended. I was very unhappy with that choice. Then Scarlet is taken prisoner, she has to leave with the prince and king's mother (who does not want her as a prisoner), and does not get to marry Robin.

I picture Gaughen towards her fans like this at the end.

My blood pressure sky rocketed with it. I'm pretty sure it still has not gone down. I cannot wait for the next novel though, so I guess mission accomplished.

Overall I loved this novel. I cannot wait for the next to be out, especially after that cliff hanger of an ending. Gaughen has created a world full of characters that will definitely stay with you, and has definitely created a brilliant retelling of a classic.

Before Reading

I got an ARC!!!! Yay Netgalley and yay book!!