Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen | Book ReviewLady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on February 11th 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

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

What I thought NEWBaffled. My brain isn’t functioning as it should. That ending completely shattered me. I just want to yell and throw a fit, there’s so many feelings coursing through my body after finishing this book. It was just perfect, and frustrating, and incredibly beautifully written.

As much as I loved Scarlet, Lady Thief was even better (which I didn’t know was even possible!). It’s action packed, danger filled, and a romance that builds and builds. There were so many layers and twists happening that I haven’t even processed half of it yet (let me be clear that I finished Lady Thief over a week ago…). It’s definitely darker than the first book, at times so gut wrenching that I wanted to put the book away to take a breather, but I just couldn’t and HAD TO KEEP READING.

I loved how much Scarlet grew throughout Scarlet, and I was pleasantly surprised that she continued this growth at the same pace. If possible she became even more courageous and more stubborn and just so fierce and brave. She never forgets where her heart lies. You live the story through her, and feel with her all the way. One of my favourite main characters EVER.

While I still shudder thinking about Lord Gisbourne. His character was certainly given much more depth in Lady Thief. I still don’t like the guy (to put it mildly) but the depth to his character was refreshing and if not made the book even better (I think villains need depth in order for them to be truly frightening).

Lady Thief is a top notch sequel. The romance grows and is every so sweet and beautiful. While the stakes are higher than ever, as the villain becomes more evil and the danger more frightening. A beautiful book, that will leave you baffled and VERY anxious for the next book!