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The Lady Rogue af Jenn Bennett
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The Lady Rogue (udgave 2019)

af Jenn Bennett (Forfatter)

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In 1937, teenaged Theodora Fox and her crush, Huck, set out through the Carpathian Mountains seeking her missing father and the cursed ring of Vlad the Impaler, which he was seeking.
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Titel:The Lady Rogue
Forfattere:Jenn Bennett (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2019), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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I have always wanted to read Jenn Bennett’s contemporaries because many of my fellow bloggers seem to love them but it just never happened. So, when I realized that she is writing a historical fantasy, I found it way more interesting and immediately requested for this advance copy. And that turned out to be a great decision because this was a very fun reading experience.

I’m a huge fan of adventure novels, especially where the protagonists are searching for historical relics or artifacts while being chased by unsavory villains. That’s one reason I religiously read every new Steve Berry release each year and I was so glad that the author gave me a similar experience with this book, albeit with a younger heroine and a good amount of focus on the romance. The story is very fast paced and we are thrown smack dab in the middle of it all right on the first page and I loved that. The author also does a wonderful job making us clearly picture every single scenery and location that the characters travel, making us feel like we ourselves are on a journey through the Romania of the 1930s. Amidst all the mayhem, we get some very interesting history (both real and fictional) about Vlad the Impaler and also general history about Wallachia and Transylvania and the Ottoman Empire, alongwith a good dose of supernatural folklore of the Romani people. All of this made for a very fascinating and riveting read. There are also secret societies and cursed rings which are some of my favorite tropes and I had so much fun getting to read about it all. Events also keep happening in very quick succession and we as a reader are kept our toes, worrying about what would happen next. I thought the overall writing was very good and it’s surprising that this is the author’s first fantasy novel.

We only get to read Theo’s POV in the book but she is a fun protagonist to follow. Born to two historian/adventurer parents, she has the same curious heart but is frustrated because her father is very protective. But she is strong, determined, resourceful, has a great knowledge of all things occult and mysterious, and will never stop once she makes up her mind. But she is also a privileged teenager and we get to see her petulant, sulky side. The author lets us see all the quirks of her personality which felt nice. Huck on the other hand didn’t feel very developed, because we only see him through her heartbroken eyes. He makes for a good companion, each of them trying to control the other’s impulsive decisions and trying to decide a more reasonable course for their adventure. They also meet some delightful characters on their journey, who mostly turn up just when they need them and provide them some relevant information, but I still loved all the tales they told.

This is almost like a second chance romance, so there is a lot of angst. Theo especially struggles a lot to come to terms with her feelings and what she sees as a betrayal, but she also can’t forget that she fell in love. There is a lot of banter too, the familiarity between the two of them really reflecting off the page, making for some very entertaining conversations. While their relationship is one of the main focus of the book, it’s almost a given right from the beginning that they love each other and we just wait till they are finally able to tell each other the same. That’s what I found a bit ironical about the story here - it focuses on the relationship but it’s not exactly a romance that develops on page - but it was still very enjoyable to read.

To conclude, this was a romp of a novel which I felt thoroughly entertained while reading, and felt that I was on an adventure myself traveling through Romania. If you enjoy reading books by Dan Brown or Steve Berry and wouldn’t mind a similar themed book but with younger characters, you should definitely check this out. Just keep in mind that you will also be getting a romance alongside the adventure. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
This was such a fun book. It's well plotted and I really liked the main characters. Also, they went to almost every place in Romania that I did once upon a time, and the descriptions were spot on. I definitely recommend this and am crossing my fingers for a sequel! ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Jan 25, 2021 |
Great adventure story with a strong female protagonist! ( )
  Shofbrook | Nov 6, 2020 |
I was sadly disappointed by this book. I think my biggest mistake was picking up this book days after finishing "Now I Rise", by Kiersten White which also draws inspiration from Vlad the Impaler. White's trilogy sets the bar high. I can't fault Lady Rogue for not reaching it but I will fault it for it's style. This was supposed to be a historical fiction. Nothing other then the dates in a journal gives any indication it's not set in the modern day. Overall it's not a bad book. It just won't hold up if you have read similar books or a lot of this genre ( )
  mitsuzanna | Oct 26, 2019 |
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I really hope this turns into a series! I want to go on more adventures with Theo, Huck, and Richard Damn Fox! Daddy Fox wasn't physically present throughout most of the story, but I really enjoyed his journal entries. They showed a side of him that we likely wouldn't have seen had he been interacting with Theo and Huck in person. We get a glimpse into his mind and how it works, and see the why behind some of his actions (though they were still pretty frustrating).

Theo is a fierce female that knows multiple languages and can crack secret codes. She loves her best friend and her father, though both relationships are strained throughout most of the book. It wasn't a simple misunderstanding, but the lie of a parent to "protect" their child. It caused a lot of heartache, and I was happy with the resolutions that were made. Maybe Theo and Huck needed the time apart to appreciate each other and their feelings a little more... maybe not. I did like their relationship, and how the two of them interacted with each other. It's obvious they have a strong foundation -- been friends for years -- and the resulting romance was subtle and sweet. They weren't consumed by a fiery passion, but felt like two pieces finally clicking together.

Speaking of Huxley, he's adorable and I want to be his friend. I also love the name Huxley! He can pick locks, fly planes, and is extremely terrified of anything even remotely paranormal (something that fascinates Theo). He lost one family only to find another, and I really enjoyed learning more about him. Seriously, we need more books with these characters. The ending of this book left the potential for more, and I want it!

It's obvious Bennett did her research, because the world she created was vibrant and wholly believable. I know she said she took some liberties with the history, but everything felt real. I've enjoyed her books in the past, but I particularly love it when she adds magic to her stories (see my review for Bitter Spirits). They just have an added oomph that keeps me turning the pages. Vlad the Impaler has always fascinated me (seriously, look him up), and I thought this story was the perfect mix of fact and fiction.

The Lady Rogue was a quick read that left me wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and will keep my fingers crossed for future books with Theo and Huck!

Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on September 1, 2019. ( )
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