Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen: A Young Adult Book Review

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Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen. Book 2 in the Scarlet series. Book review of Lady Thief, a historical fiction novel about Robin Hood. |

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Age Range: 12 and up | Series: Scarlet #2 | Hardcover: 320 pages | Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 11, 2014)


About the Book

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.


Find the Book

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen. Book 2 in the Scarlet series. Book review of Lady Thief, a historical fiction novel about Robin Hood. |

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About A.C. Gaughen

I’ve been madly in love with writing since I was in kindergarten. Not kidding-some of my earliest memories revolve around books and writing, like reading in front of the class, reading with my mother, and writing a story in first grade that was so funny (it dealt with a gorilla finding someone naked in the shower, and was, sadly, the culmination of my humor writing skills) it got me kicked out of class. Which was also the first and last time for that.

No that’s a lie. In third grade, I got detention for ripping the bark off a tree.

I know, I’m a rebel.

From there, it was a long road. I wrote all through middle school and starting submitting novels (I hope I still have those very kind, gentle rejection letters somewhere) when I was thirteen. ACK you have no idea how bad those novels looked. All through high school, I was writing in a notebook instead of taking class notes (explaining the less than perfect GPA). It was always novels for me-the first time I seriously wrote short stories was at the end of my college career, to get into my graduate program, and it felt awkward and weird.

But I got into grad school, wrote like a fiend, and when I graduated I spent three miserable years as a freelance writer while working on several different novels. I wrote them, prepped them, submitted them, and kept on working, because as far as I can tell, the actual writing is the only thing that I can control, and it’s the part that really makes me happy.


My Book Review of Lady Thief

I’m loving this series so far. The end of Lady Thief had me a little disappointed, but I expected something to happen to lead the story into the final installment.

We return to Sherwood Forest with the knowledge of Scarlet’s secret identity. Gisbourne returns in this book as well, and we get to see a more complex side to him. He shows his weaknesses and his vulnerability and becomes more human in the eyes of the reader. Scarlet doesn’t see much action in Lady Thief, mainly because she is nursing an injury for the entire story. But she develops and grows as a character as she admits her fears and opens herself up to love.

This series is a good choice if you are looking for something well written with a great historical setting. These books have quite a bit of violence in them, and a lot of cursing, so keep that in mind if those things bother you.

Content: Violence, attempted rape, and language

Source: Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for providing me with a digital galley of the book.


See my review for Scarlet here.


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  • Reply
    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    January 12, 2016 at 3:27 am

    I love this series. The first book was so good and the dialogue and writing style felt so authentic. This one was good, but quite violent and that ending… I’m planning on reading the third book soon.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      January 12, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I really liked both of the books too. This one left me really disturbed in one particular part. I want to read the third one, but I have some other books to get through first.

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