Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Little Thieves by Margaret Owen. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 19, 2021
Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…
Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.
The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.
Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.
Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.
This book was such a pleasant surprise. I loved The Merciful Crow, but Little Thieves was even better! This is definitely a new favorite and I’m sad that I finished it. There was something about the characters that makes me wish that this would be a series. I’m not ready to be done with them. I believe this is a standalone. It ended like one, but I also felt like it could be open for more. However, I only see the one book listed on Goodreads, so I have to assume this is it.
The world in Little Thieves was a bit complicated, but once I got it, I read a lot quicker. The focus is really on the characters. Vanja is the thirteenth daughter of a thirteenth daughter. That makes her bad luck and her mom takes her as a young child and gives her away. Vanja is raised by two low Gods, death and fortune. She’s told that she needs to pick one of them and will serve them for the rest of her life. Vanja refuses to serve anyone for that long, so she can never ask them for help with anything. She’s stealing jewels with plans to run away and be on her own. A year earlier, she took special pearls from the princess, Giselle, and has been pretending to be her since. We learn later on why she did it. But for now, Vanja lives as the princess and is to marry a man, Adalbrecht von Reigenbach, twice her age. Vanja gets caught stealing by another low god and is cursed. Her body will slowly be taken over by rubies and pearls unless she can make amends. The god sends her daughter, Ragne, to keep watch over Vanja. Then a prefect, Emeric, is called in to investigate the thefts. Things are not going well for Vanja and she has only two weeks to get away from Adalbrecht, break the curse, and get away from the prefect.
I loved the writing, characters, and pacing. This book has some tough subjects and my heart broke for Vanja often. The romance was definitely a favorite of mine and Vanja is a new favorite character. I can’t wait to see what Margaret Owen writes next.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for parental abandonment, abuse, whipping, sexual assault, getting drugged, addiction, death.
Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen first encountered an author in the wild in fourth grade. Roughly twenty seconds later, she decided she too would be an author, the first of many well-thought-out life decisions.
The career plan shifted frequently as Margaret spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.
Fortunately, it turned out that fourth-grade Margaret was onto something. She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.) In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations, and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.
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