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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fantasy FTW!

Review by Andye

Midnight Thief #1
by Livia Blackburn
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 8, 2014)
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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 is 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 the 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.
At A Glance:

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne was a thrilling story that had my heart racing and my anxiety levels turned on high.  This book is full of secrets and lies, plot twists and revelations, war, violence, espionage, and death.  Oh, and a romantic tension that had me on the edge of my seat.  If you're a fan of Throne of Glass, Shadow and Bone, The Demon King, Graceling and the like, you will definitely want to add this book to your collection!

I Love Fantasy:

This is, without a doubt my favorite genre, so when I started hearing about this book, and that people were really liking it, it took everything in me to wait this long to read it.  Now I'm so happy that I can add it to the list of Fantasies that I have fallen for.  The world that Livia Blackburne created is so incredible, without being bogged down with too many details. I love the way she wrote this story, revealing small pieces at a time, so you never knew quite where the story would go, or whom you should trust.  The twists, just kept on coming, and while they weren't total blindsides, they were just mysterious enough to make you wonder if what you're starting to suspect might be true.  And make you feel smart for coming up with possible scenarios.  (heehee)

Fierce Heroine: 

I loved reading about Kyra.  Even though I often wanted to scream at her (communication isn't her strong point), I seriously loved her fierceness and her desire to help those who needed it.  Her past is a mystery, and the things that we find out about her (not nearly everything) are kind of awesome.  I loved that she was such an amazing and sneaky thief (she reminded me of Gen, The Thief).  I loved the direction her story took, and I can't wait to find out more!

The Boys:

The guys in this book will make your head spin.  Who should you like?  Who should you hate?  Who should you fear?  Kyra tends to attract some very interesting guys, and they're all so multidimensional.   From Flick, the boy who basically saved her when she was a child, to James, the mysterious man who teaches Kyra about the Assassins Guild and how to hone her thieving skills, to Tristam, the young knight who is tracking her down, Kyra is never lacking in male attention.  And all of these guys have traits that are admirable . . . and swoony.

Romance & Tension:

Hints of romance are splattered throughout the book, but the tension seriously builds and builds as the story goes on.  I know some may be disappointed that there isn't more . . . fulfillment . . . of these tensions, but I love this type of romance.  The kind that builds, and leaves room for things in the next book.  The kind where every glance, or accidental brush of the hands carries so much weight.  And so much wait.  And I can't wait!!  I'm dying to know where this story is going to go next!

Get This Book!

Go!  Buy this book!  Or mark it on your Goodreads TBR list.  Or request that your library gets it!  Whatever you do, don't let this one pass you by!

Book Doppelgangers:

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Poison Study by Maria V Snyder


  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Profanity: None


  1. yes! you're making me so excited for this book! I can't wait for the release now!

    1. YAY!! My job here is done! :D

    2. :D fantasy + kickass MC + swoony male characters. I obviously need it in my life ASAP. Haha!

  2. I can't wait to read this! I recently read the prequel and now am dying to get my hands on Midnight Thief. I'm glad to see you really enjoyed it!

    1. I just found out about the prequel and am reading it now!! :D

  3. AH! I love this review. Plus, I really like the name Tristam! I've never heard that one before. I just won a copy of this, and now I'm even more excited to read it. Thanks Anyde :D

    1. YAY!! I hope you love it too! I'm sure you will, it was just really good! :D


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