*All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication*
Overall: 4/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Lady Rogue is a funny, lighthearted historical fiction that
“Being enemies was easy.
Falling in love was harder.”
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Animal Death, Murder //
“I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork.
Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.”
Release Date: 9/3/2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384
Theodora has always dreamed of traveling with her father on his treasure hunts, but despite her knowledge of ancient relics, he refuses to let her go. Instead, he takes Huck Gallagher, the boy Theo used to think was the love of her life. But when Huck returns from an expedition for the cursed ring of Vlad the Impaler without her father, they must team up to rescue him. With only her father’s journal for clues, the two end up on a dangerous journey into Romania, where a dangerous society is also searching for the ring. And they’ll do anything to get it.
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“Magic is in every natural thing. It waits in the grass, and it blossoms in flowers. It’s concentrated inside metals, deep within the earth, and it’s carried on the wind. Magic will speak to anyone who takes the time to listen.”
Writing & Setting
I went into this book not really knowing what to expect, but I knew I loved Jenn Bennett so this really couldn’t go wrong. That said if you’re going into this expecting a dark and gritty historical mystery with lots of fantasy aspects and an atmospheric feel… well, this isn’t the book for you. The tone of this book is basically the same as Jenn Bennett’s contemporaries. It’s lighthearted, closer to a rom-com than anything else. Yes, there’s a mystery, and yes there’s some fantasy in this historical novel, but it feels more like a contemporary or urban fantasy novel. I loved that because it made this book so easy to immerse myself in. There was no initial slowness or lag as I was learning the world or adjusting to the mood.
However, because it occasionally did feel as if the world building and setting suffered from how easy this book is to get into. The world-building is a little murky at times, and the setting didn’t really feel that historical. This book could have happened in modern times, and very little would have been affected.
Like I said, this book is definitely lighter in tone, but the plot still has its fair share of twists and violence. The Lady Rogue revolves around a mystery and a bit of a wild goose-chase through 1930’s Romania. 90% of the book is traveling, but the chemistry and hilarious banter between the two main characters make it feel fast-paced. I’ve never really been an adventure book fan or a mystery fan, but I still enjoyed the fun plot.
The one thing I love most about Jenn Bennett books is her characters. She doesn’t shy away from giving both her protagonists and love interests fun quirks. It’s especially refreshing with the love interests, because it’s so different from your typical untouchable, brooding YA love interest. Of course, this book is no exception. Huck and Theo are both great characters, with fun quirks and easily relatable. Their chemistry and relationship (a second chance romance that is absolutely adorable) is what makes this book so fun. Both of the main characters feel so real and grounded, and are the absolute heart of the book.
““Where there’s doubt, there’s hope,” Huck quipped.(me @ my academic career)
“Where there’s life,” I corrected.
“There’s more doubt than life right now, banshee.””
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Pros– Amazing characters, addictive, funny, A+ banter
Cons– Pacing was a little off at times, the light tone took away from some darker scenes
Overall- 4/5 stars.
The Lady Rogue is a great historical fantasy that is perfect if you’re looking for a lighthearted, fun read to lift your spirits.
If You Liked The Lady Rogue, I’d Recommend:
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee – [ Review ]
- Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin– [ Review ]
- My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – [ Review ]
Have you read The Lady Rogue? What’s your favorite historical fantasy book?