This post contains a joint review and a bookish manicure.
Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen
Source: the publisher
Rating: 2 stars (Mands), 3 stars (Michelle)
From the blurb: Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.
Mands: Two years ago, Michelle from The Unfinished Bookshelf and I read Scarlet together. Now, we’re back to chat about the second book in the series, Lady Thief. Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but she must still face her husband, Gisbourne. In the midst of this, the royal court descends on Nottingham to select a new Sheriff for the county.
Michelle: I think the thing I found most difficult going into Lady Thief was that I don’t really remember what happened at the end of Scarlet - I think we read it at the end of 2012! So, for me the beginning was really confusing.
Mands: You’re right, we read it late 2012 so it has been a while, and I never have time to re-read a book before the next in the series. I remembered the characters, but couldn't remember who had died or the events that happened.
Michelle: That’s where Recaptains usually comes in handy! It’s a shame Scarlet wasn't on there.
Mands: I think it’s a book that was overlooked in 2012, but now that Lady Thief is out, I’ve seen a bunch of people reading it.
Michelle: I almost wish I’d done that hah - just so that I wouldn’t have been so confused by the start. Lady Thief really does seem to just jump straight into the action. I liked that about Scarlet, but for a lot of Lady Thief I felt confused by this.
Mands: I felt a lot of confusion during this story, too, there was a lot of back and forth between the town, the forest, and the castle. Events seemed to happen so quickly, and a lot of what took place felt repetitive. From memory I had no issues with the dialect used in Scarlet but in Lady Thief I found it irritating and I often had to re-read sections, this made it hard to concentrate on the story and impeded the flow for me.
Michelle: I felt a bit the same. There were quite a few times I didn’t understand Scarlet’s motives for doing something. To be honest I was confused for most of the first part of the book. I feel like some sort of short explanation could have cleared things up a bit without being patronising. Lady Thief was very fast paced and I liked that aspect. I still got sucked into the story despite my confusion. I must admit this feeling of not knowing what or why things were happening was irritating.
Mands: I had issues with the characters, particularly Scarlet’s guilt about Gisbourne and Robin. I went back and read our review of Scarlet, and she was the same way then with Gisbourne, but in this book she tries to take on Robin’s issues and in the process allows him to hurt her. While he wasn’t doing it on purpose or maliciously, I didn’t like the message that a girl should stand by her man, even when he almost kills her.
Michelle: That’s so true - I didn’t like the idea that love for someone could be a cure for deep psychological issues. Sometimes love isn’t enough. Obviously though, there wasn’t much recognition of mental issues in that time period. But still, the message it sends doesn’t sit comfortably with me. I’m starting to think Scarlet should’ve just gone with nice ol’ John.
Mands: Nice guys finish last! No, I don’t actually believe that because I usually go for the nice ones. But, I definitely didn’t enjoy the romance between Scar and Rob this time. Looking back to our review of Scarlet, I remember swooning over Rob, but this time I just didn’t feel anything, nor did I find myself caring about any of them. Well, except Much, he was his usual, adorable self!
To read the rest of our review, head on over to Michelle's blog
I started with 2 coats of Orly Purple Pleather on all nails apart from my ring finger, on that nail I used 2 coats of Ulta3 Footloose Fuchsia.
Once dry I used a fine brush and acrylic paint to paint the floral and vine pattern on the purple nails. On the pink nail I painted the pattern on Scarlet's hood and gown. Over the top I painted Scarlet's knife.
I originally did these nails matte so that the paint on top stood out but I added top coat at the end and preferred the finish, so that's what I've shown here.