Title: The Lady Rogue
Author: Jenn Bennett
Published: September 3, 2019 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.75 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★☆
“Some legends never die…
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.
Until Huck returns from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. 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.”
Fun fact, one of my friends just named her first born Theodore and we call him Theo! So when I started reading this book it took a lot of effort for me to think of the main female character versus a 3 month old baby. Not really anything to do with the story but it did make it hard for me to initially visualize Theodora.
This book was a fun read. I really enjoyed getting to know Theo, even if I had to adjust my thinking of her as a baby for a bit. It reads quickly and has a good pace to it. I also felt that I learned a bunch about Romania history. I would have liked to get more explanation around the magic that was in the book. It’s never fully explained, it just kind of happens. When it happens, it is well done, but then once over you’re left wandering who, why, how.
My biggest problem with this book though is the character’s speech. Even though I knew the book took place during the early 1900’s, I constantly forgot. Mainly because the character’s talk as if they are modern teenagers. They say phases, I’ve never seen in a historical fiction from this time period. Even with the book being geared more towards a YA audience the language seems highly unlikely for the time period. I feel that Bennett put this story in the early 1900’s simply to make it harder for the characters to contact each other, ie no cell phones, email etc. Other than that it was extremely difficult for me to remember I was reading a historical fiction and not a modern YA.
If you are looking for something light and quick this is a great book to read. If you are looking for a time piece feature then you’ll want to probably skip this book. All in all, I did give the book ★★★★☆ for being thoroughly entertaining.
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About the Author
Jenn Bennett is an American author of novels for teens and adults. Her notable works include Alex, Approximately, Starry Eyes, and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (aka Night Owls). Her books have received critical acclaim and award recognition.