Tuesday, June 17, 2014

{ARC YA Review} Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

{YA Review} Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)
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. (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} ebook, 368 pages. Expected publication: July 8th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Livia Blackburne and Disney-Hyperion.
{Rating} 3/5 -- I liked it!
"This job could kill her." (page 1, line 1)
First, I have to gush about how much I love the cover of Midnight Thief. It's so gorgeous!

I enjoyed the story; it started out strong, introducing me to Kyra, to the family she has acquired, the world, the threats they face. I was intrigued by Kyra, a girl who grew up on the streets, a girl who is a talented thief. She's brave and imperfect and reckless and when she meets a mysterious man from the Assassins Guild she makes a decision that changes her life in ways that she never imagined.

I thought Tristam was a decent guy. He's dedicated, loyal, thinks he has his life planned out. But he sees things in black and white, right and wrong, and nothing in between. When his life collides with Kyra's he starts to see all the shades of gray.

With Midnight Thief Blackburne makes fantasy accessible, a simple world - and simple names - and a story that moves quickly. I did think it lacked the spark of originality, it seems a bit too much of 'law breaking heroine + law abiding hero + supernatural element and mix'.

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