Some legends never die…
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
The Lady Rogue
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 372
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★★★
I received an ARC via Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Vlad Dracula’s war ring. Made from human bone and blood. Cursed. Powerful. Mine.
When I read the synopsis to this story, I’m pretty certain my face resembled that of someone who was either incredibly excited, or of someone who had just stubbed their toe. I was very excited, to say the least.
Three things immediately stood out to me about The Lady Rogue: Vlad Dracula (Tepes), Carpathian Mountains (Transylvania), and Magic. I absolutely HAD to read this book.
Jumping in, The Lady Rogue immediately spoke with reminiscence of The Historian, the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, with a definite Sherlock Holmes”y” vibe only with more YA angst and a heavy dash of sarcasm. Sarcasm definitely holds my affection. Yet, even sarcasm cannot cover up that this book is more about the romance between Theodora and Huck than the rest of the plot itself. For this reason, I found it difficult to invest myself fully in what was taking place.
Characters definitely need to undergo relatable situations for readers to connect. It’s why we love to read, no? Those characters also need a context, which I think was definitely there, but just not enough. When I found myself in the middle of a novel that I thought would be about more historically-based Vlad Tepes, and got only a glimpse into Transylvanian history, I was disappointed. Don’t misunderstand me–this is a good book. Much of it was enjoyable, and the banter is real. It just wasn’t at all what I was hoping for, and it didn’t really do the historical aspect of the story justice for me.
Magic does present itself throughout this story, but it is minute and localized. When it was present, it was very enveloping and really highlighted the idea of Vlad III having a magical ring with rather horrific abilities. It’s entirely fabricated, but a creative way to unite Vlad to his nickname “Dracula” (dragon).
Overall, this was a good read. Maybe I became too excited and set my expectations for something that just wasn’t the focus or point. This book ended in a way that does set up for either a sequel, or a companion read to follow.
Sexual content: Some discussion of previous sexual relations, kissing,
My Rating: ★★★
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