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Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 19th, 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 received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
An incredible thank you to the Author Margaret Owen, @what_eats_owls & @tbrbeyondtours for stunning hardback copy
First Lines can really set the up your reading experience don’t you agree? Like this one….
“Once upon a time, on the coldest night of midwinter, in the
darkest heart of the forest, Death and Fortune came to a crossroads.”—Little Thieves
Holly Smokes this was a stellar new take on the age old fabled tale, The Goose Girl
We follow seventeen year old anti-heroine Vanja Schmidt. Who wears many faces: one of an adopted goddaughter of Fortune and Death, and another as a lowly maid. Along with becoming a princess imposter, and and an excellent jewel thief.
Vanja is the thirteenth child of a thirteen child, when she is just four years old her mother hands her off to two low gods, Death and Fortune. Ahhh but there is a debt to paid for Vanja upbringing… submission and servitude.
Taking things into her own hands, she sets about away that could ultimately change her fate. All with the help of an enchanted string of pearls, she seeks a life of her own.
When a series of events take place, the devious masquerading Vanja finds herself cursed.
Owen’s clever writing stands out when she decided to break the book with little tiny tales. Vanja is an extremely relatable character, her struggles and heartbreak, and complete alienation felt real. Her loneliness is perfectly depicted and as a reader you will endure her turbulent trials right along side her. This bold and feisty protagonist,
is a product of her suppressed damaged life. Outwardly she may comes across as devious, but in reality she is so much more. Wanting nothing more than being in control of her own life and destiny.
The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time. Owen’s narration is seamless, and flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled. The German world building, was descriptive and I felt Immersed within the unique fable that author has created. The romance was done with just amount of depth, without overwhelming the plot line.
Margaret Owen is truly a gifted storyteller, and don’t mean that lightly. This was my first time reading her work and I have already bought her other books to read right away.
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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