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Lady Thief av A. C. Gaughen
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Lady Thief (utgåvan 2014)

av A. C. Gaughen (Författare)

Serier: The Scarlet Series (2)

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Scarlet's true identity has been revealed and she has been forced to marry Lord Gisbourne and participate at court, acting the part of a noblewoman in hopes of helping her beloved Robin Hood's cause and forging a future with him.
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Titel:Lady Thief
Författare:A. C. Gaughen (Författare)
Info:Walker Childrens (2014), 320 pages
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Lady Thief: A Scarlet Novel av A. C. Gaughen

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Mind blown.... Literally EVERYTHING FREAKING HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK! I was amazing, no doubt. More world and character building, although I can't even express how much I hate Gisbourne and Prince John. My loathing know no bounds. It was a roller coaster of feels. Many new characters are introduced and new intrigue is brought to life. Loved Eleanor though she really is blind to how horrible Prince John is. Guys, that ending! It will take you heart, toss on the ground, step all over it, crush it and pee on it for good measure. I cried...so much. ( )
  bookharpy | Apr 19, 2016 |
As with [b:Scarlet|11983940|Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)|A.C. Gaughen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1370147602s/11983940.jpg|15084403], Lady Thief was at times far too gruesome, dark, and scary for me. But I expected that a little, and I think that in all the ways that count, this book packs every bit as much of a punch as its predecessor.

I was glad that Gaughen didn't give isolated episodes in the woods again, as per the first novel, though I enjoyed the first novel--there is a new plot here, and it works well. I admit that the beginning of this book took me aback, with how Robin fared from the torture, and yet it made sense. I loved how much the characters got fleshed out--especially Gisbourne. In the first, I saw him as having the potential to be a great villain (not that I ever really love villains--a bit too straight-edge for that), but he still seemed a little unrealistically cruel and evil. Here, you see him as a real villain, but also as a real person, with real motives for his actions.

I also liked how much Robin was developed as a character. When he reacts angrily to John getting his dream--wow, I felt for him, and understood him.

Some parts were quite gruesome and awful, and the last part of the book, though I expected something, definitely had a few surprises that hit me hard.

I like Scarlet a lot, but found, as with the first book, that she sometimes rides too closely the line between being a strong, independent woman and just being reckless or obnoxious. Still, for the most part, I like her and feel sympathetic toward her. Learning more about her and her identity here was fun, too.

This is another fun adventure into Nottinghamshire, and a fun retelling of Robin Hood. I liked it, and will want to finish the trilogy, despite the small misgivings. ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |
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 blog, 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
Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley

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.

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! ( )
  anyaejo | Aug 12, 2015 |
Good grief, this was DARK. And sick. And just relatively hard to stomach. And here I was hoping to like this one more than the first installment when I actually think I liked this one less.

*spoilers from Scarlet will follow*

Lady Thief opens with Robin Hood suffering through the effects of the torture he had to endure leading him to him developing PTSD. On numerous occasions Scarlet would wake in the night to find Robin in the throws of an attack, unaware of what he’s doing, but hurting her nonetheless. I understand that Robin isn’t doing any of these things maliciously but maybe sleeping next to him at night isn’t the wisest of choices? And then there’s the fact that Robin isn’t as apologetic as one would hope him to be. There was also the feeling that “love can heal” but Robin was clearly dealing with some serious mental issues at this point that would go beyond “love”. I’m well aware that there weren’t exactly psychologists during this period of time but the whole love heals message and use of PTSD as a plot-point just didn’t sit well with me. When she begins to blame herself for it all is where this one just about lost me completely. Adding to all that, Scarlet then agrees to pretend to be with Gisbourne in an attempt to get an annulment so that her and Robin can finally be together! But of course Gisbourne is abusive too (the difference is he’s fully aware of what he’s doing) but at this point Scarlet is transforming in my mind to Sansa and for fucks sake how much shit is this girl going to have to go through?

And since I brought up Game of Thrones, the newly introduced character of Prince John is an exact, spoiled replica of Joffrey.

He’s a horrible, miserable human being but Scarlet is determined to suffer through it all just as long as she can get that annulment. Which, seriously? Thievery is cool. Murder? Sure, why not. But heaven forbid you allow yourself to kiss the love of your life because you just so happened to be forced into marrying a sadist.

Morals. Whatever. Moving on.

Lady Thief is the second in a trilogy and suffers from middle-book-syndrome. The plot doesn’t consist of any forward moving progression, choosing instead to focus on stuff like pain, torture, pain, and some more pain. Seriously, I don’t understand why Gisbourne was even still alive at this point since they were able to swiftly deal with the sheriff in the last installment. Would have saved everyone a whole lotta torture (and pain) if he just ceased to exist. And alas, that ending failed to hint at any happily ever after in the near future. I enjoyed the continued expansion on Scarlet’s backstory but this poor girl just can’t catch a break. Lion Heart is the final installment and last hope for a HEA… we’ll see if it actually happens. ( )
  bonniemarjorie | May 29, 2015 |
Oh, I am loving this series! Gaughen manages to create characters that you both love and hate at the same time. After the end of the first book there is no way I would have thought I'd be sympathetic to Lord Gisbourne, but more depth was given to his character in this book. Of course, even as I found myself sympathizing with him, I found myself declaring how evil he was! That, to me, is a sign of good writing.

As sequels go, I thought this book was every bit as good as the first. More secrets came out, as did more of the story of Robin Hood as we know it -- for example, the archery tournament. And the ending! Oh MY!! Can't wait to read the final book in the series (publish date is May 2015). Why oh why do I start these trilogies before all three are published?? You'd think I'd learn my lesson.

And Kudos to Gaughen for having a character respect the sanction of marriage and creating a main character who refuses to be an adulterous even when she's in love with a man whom is not her husband.

Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Yes!
Would I recommend this to teens? Yes. My daughter actually read the first book and was chomping at the bit to have me finish this one so she could read it. ( )
  lauraodom | Apr 16, 2015 |
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