Tuesday, July 21, 2015

[Review] Midnight Thief



Title: Midnight Thief

Series: Midnight Thief #1

Author: Livia Blackburne

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: July 8, 2014

Source: Purchased for Kindle

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads


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.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.

The Review. 

Midnight Thief is a great book from a debuting author like Ms. Blackburne. I have to admit, a lot of it kept reminding me of the Throne of Glass series mixed with werecats. Though it wasn't word by word, I kept thinking things much like "huh, this is like Throne of Glass," which kind of took away some of the originality. 

I mean, both stories "star" a young woman, both become affiliated (though, in TOG, the MC was already well established into it) a corrupted type of assassin's guild. Eventually, they find out, fight back, and end up worse off than when they first started. They lose someone they love which further fuels their fire to fight against the new threat, their own guild tries to kill them when things don't work out, and they find a new piece of themselves in the process.

Forgetting about the similarities, Midnight Thief is an entertaining read that keeps you invested in the story. Though it wasn't that enthralling to give it a 5-gear rating, it deserves the 4-gears for keeping me reading, containing a plot that contained little to no plot holes, and likable characters. Though at times I really wanted to slap Kyra really hard across the face for being such a damn baby about certain things. For Kyra as a whole, I loved her morale and the things that drove her to be how she is, but I didn't like how easily she became a coward in times where I would have stepped up and fought back (though, Kyra isn't me and vice versa). 

The story as a whole is a great, captivating one. Regardless of the similarities to the previously stated book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn't much for the whole sudden thing between Tristam and Kyra because it completely took me off guard (as if the author went, "screw it, let's put this in because all books need some sort of romanticism). I feel that could have been handled a lot better. Shit, I would have voted against putting that scene in there to begin with. I, personally, don't see romance or love interests highly needed for a good story. Either way, I liked the book. It was good and definitely satiated my need for my daily dose of fantasy. 

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