Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.
Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.
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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and Net Galley for sending me this advanced reader copy of The Lady Rogue in exchange for an honest review.
Alex, Approximately continues to be one of my favourite YA contemporary novels to reread - it's just so sweet and easy that it's always fun to jump back into it. I've enjoyed Jenn Bennett's other novels, but when I found out she had written a YA historical novel I wasn't sure how it would work...and shame on me for not having more confidence in her! The Lady Rogue ended up being so much fun to read!
Wonderful Historical Romance
Theo and Huck are wonderful together! It was fun to see what being a teenager in the 1930s might have been like (Theo needs to travel with a governess to be considered "proper"!) and I really enjoyed their dynamic. Obviously Theo's father had something to do with their separation, but it was fun to slowly unravel what caused it and why he forced it to happen. I was a Huck fan from the start and loved watched their relationship develop!
Solid Relationships and Characters
Theo has a lot to get through in this book; her relationship with her father is questionable, she's stuck with someone who broke her heart, and she's slowly piecing together aspects of her mother's history. With all this going on, it would be easy for Bennett to gloss over some of these relationships, but she does a great job of juggling the different familial and romantic relationships in this book. We also get some solid character development from Theo and Huck. I would have liked to understand Theo's father a bit more than just his journals, but Theo and Huck really stole the story for me, so I'm ok with having most of the attention on them.
The ending to The Lady Rogue was sadly a bit too quick for my liking, especially because there had been so much build up leading up to it! The journey to find Richard Fox is detailed and brings Theo and Huck into so many crazy situations, so it was a bit of a let down that the climax of the story was reached and overcome within a few pages. It would have been interesting to have a bit more time with Theo wearing the ring and the repercussions of it. HOWEVER, this is a small detail and didn't take away from the story as a whole (for me).
I was a huge fan of this book and I can't wait for it to be published so I can add it to my bookshelf! I'm also really hoping that this becomes a series so that we can travel with Theo and Huck on other adventures...and see where their story ends up! I'd recommend The Lady Rogue to anyone who enjoyed A Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue, to those who enjoy YA historical fiction, or are simply looking for a fun autumn read. The Lady Rogue comes out September 3, 2019 and I can't wait to hear what you think of it!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
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