30. lip 2014.

ARC: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

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Book summary: 
Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs. But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.
Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.
When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
         When Livia Blackburne approached me last year and asked me to read the prequel to this story, Poison Dance, I jumped to it. Assassins are always my favorite bunch to hang out with and luckily it turned out for the best. Ever since then I've been frantically checking NetGalley for Midnight Thief and finally it is here. 

        First I'd want to start this review by saying that you should read Poison Dance before reading this book (it's free on Amazon so go and grab it) because you'll be able to understand this world a little bit better and what is most you will understand James better. When I first saw him in this book I was taken aback. Everything seemed the same only he was older, wiser and with what happened before changed his way of thinking. When it comes to Kyra she was one of those characters I assume many (together with me) will love. She is brave and extremely resourceful because life tough her that. Then in came Tristam, whom I didn't expect, but like any real knight he swept me off my feet. Even though romance is not main focus in this story it was sweet and slow.

       Now, we're getting to the my favorite detail in the story. It's that you never know who is in fact good and who is bad here. The rolls switch every now and then and mostly villains are in facts heroes in their own minds. It's so easy to see every Kyra's doubt as you never know whom to trust. It kept me on edge throughout the whole book and I enjoyed it so much. Also there is clash of different worlds here and it was a puzzle to put all of them on the right sides. Still is to me. 

        That being said, I must add that I enjoyed the plot here which was full of unexpected twists and turns, with great characters - both main and supporting, who are all portrayed realistically, with dose of magic which I enjoyed. 

       Only thing I wish to have here was a map. I can imagine it but sometimes it was hard to follow all the places. I really hope that the finished copy will have one. 

Rating: 5 stars. 

Until the next time, 
*Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion. Thank you.
I'm not paid to write this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions are personal. 

Broj komentara: 40:

  1. Thanks for letting me know about Poison Dance being free on Amazon! Oddly enough I don't think I've ever read a book about assassins... that I'm aware of which looks to be a great crime because Midnight Thief sounds so good! I love that you don't really know if the characters are good or evil. Great review!

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    1. No problem! :) I really hope you'll enjoy it. Really!? You have to. They are amazing. Thanks, Adriana :)

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  2. *high five* Assassins are definitely my thing too. I seem to have a weakness for them.

    I read the Poison Dance a while ago too and I really did like the novella even if I didn't downright love it (I found it hard to really relate to the characters for some reason) so I am really looking forward to reading The Midnight Thief. I am so so glad to hear that it's worth it! Your 5 star rating has me excited and I cannot wait to meet these characters! :)

    Great review, Tanja!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I'm sure there are some we share ;)) I know you didn't love it as much as I did but I really cannot wait to see what you think of this one. Thanks, Rashika :)

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  3. it is hard when a book has you so you can't tell whats up, down, good or bad :)

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  4. Tanja, I'm so happy to see you gave this one a high rating! I'm looking forward to reading it and it looks like it's all kinds of awesome. Also, I love the sound of the main character and I have to meet Tristan. Just to make sure, there's no love triangle right?
    Lovely review, Tanja! I'm glad this lived up to your expectations. :)

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    1. Nope, not love triangle. Even if it seems like there is you feel that there is no struggle :) Thanks, Nick :)

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  5. Ah, the novella didn't show free when I checked, but ANYWAY. This sounds super interesting and I'm so glad you loved it so much, Tanja. I've never *tries to hide* read about assassins, but you have me intrigued. Great review, girl!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. Really? O.o But it's free. I have no idea why. You need to meet them girl. I assure you you'll love them. Thanks, Sarika :)

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  6. I really liked this one too! I think my review should go up soon for it. This was a fun read.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that. Thanks, Ali :)

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  7. I have this up soon and I can't wait. Thanks for the heads up on the novella, I will go download it now.

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    1. I really hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks, Heidi :)

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  8. Wow, a lot of people seem to love this. I kind of steered clear of it because I thought it might be too much fantasy for me. But maybe I should give it a try.

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    1. Yeah, maybe that could be a problem, but then again there is no such thing as too much fantasy for me :)

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  9. Wow, this sounds really fantastic actually! I really enjoy books about Assassin's and I like how you say it twists between good and the bad. Sounds like my type of story. Lovely review!

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    1. I really hope you'll give this one a try. Thanks, Jeann :)

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  10. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I've been seeing it going around a lot, but haven't seen too many reviews on it yet. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. I hope you'll give it a try. Thanks, Janina :)

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  11. Holy Assassins, this sounds good Tanja! I am loving your excitement and the twists and turns

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  12. This sounds amazing! I'll have to grab the prequel. I also love the cover!

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks, Candace :)

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  13. Five stars? That is very impressive. I'm going to get that prequel, and hopefully will enjoy this series as much as you.
    Thanks for the review, Tanja!

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    1. I really hope you'll give it a chance. Thanks, Andrea :)

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  14. Great review, Tanja! I have Poison Dance staring at me on my kindle, and I cannot wait to read both it and this. YAY for a new YA fantasy that might actually live up to my expectations. *crosses fingers*

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    1. I really hope you'll give it a chance. Thank you, Jessica :)

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  15. I am reading this now and really loving it! I was so taken aback by James too but agree that it is definitely a good idea to read Poison Dance first. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks, Teresa :)

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  16. Ooh, this is on my to-read list! But I didn't know about Poison Dance or that it's free - thanks so much for the info! Can't wait to read this series!

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    1. I really hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks, Tricia :)

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  17. i love assassins and the sound of this one :D so glad you loved it.

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  18. I was looking VERY forward to reading this book, so I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Tanja! Fantastic review! :))

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it too. Thanks, Lola :)

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  19. I love books about Assassin's!!! And I love the sound of this one too which means I will definitely give this a try! ;) Fabulous review!

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks, Cristina :)

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  20. I haven't read the prequel but seeing as it's free I will definitely now go and check it out! This was a great review, and as you said, who doesn't like hanging out with assassins? xD

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  21. I haven't read a good assassin story in a while. I will need to check it out! Great review. :)

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