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The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father. 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/>Somemeets The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father. 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 arrives 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.


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The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father. 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/>Somemeets The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father. 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 arrives 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.

30 review for The Lady Rogue

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    jenn bennett is a queen of contemporary, so i was very eager to see what she could do with some historical fantasy, and she does not disappoint. i am so relieved that her signature witty and carefree writing is just as present in this as her other books. it also translates really well into the main characters, which have always been bennetts strong point. the well-developed and entertaining leads, paired with quick and devourable writing, makes for a successful combination. i also adore that thi jenn bennett is a queen of contemporary, so i was very eager to see what she could do with some historical fantasy, and she does not disappoint. i am so relieved that her signature witty and carefree writing is just as present in this as her other books. it also translates really well into the main characters, which have always been bennetts strong point. the well-developed and entertaining leads, paired with quick and devourable writing, makes for a successful combination. i also adore that this is set in eastern europe, specifically romania. thats not a very popular setting, so the novelty of it is quite intriguing. but what i wanted more was the actual storyline itself. it just feels a little weak. maybe if it had been developed more (someone suggested as a series), it may have increased the stakes and made the plot feel more adventurous. im not sure. but it just fell a little short for me, personally. regardless, i am quite pleased with this. i know it can be stressful when a favourite author deviates from their known genre, but sometimes the risk pays off. and in this case, it does! ↠ 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Pure entertainment from start to finish!!! A bit Stalking Jack the Ripper, mixed with A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, I loved this fast-paced, historical romp with every fiber of my being. Theo and Huck make a great team and following them on their mystery-filled, rescue mission through the rustic Carpathian Mountains was hella enjoyable! Theodora's father is a treasure hunter, hired b Pure entertainment from start to finish!!! A bit Stalking Jack the Ripper, mixed with A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, I loved this fast-paced, historical romp with every fiber of my being. Theo and Huck make a great team and following them on their mystery-filled, rescue mission through the rustic Carpathian Mountains was hella enjoyable! Theodora's father is a treasure hunter, hired by a mysterious aristocrat to track down the legendary war ring of Vlad the Impaler. Along with his assistant, Huck Gallagher, also Theo's former beau, he begins his search discovering new clues and following-up on leads. Poor Theo gets left behind in a hotel, as she usually does, and is more than frustrated with that turn of events. She wants adventure too and is very good at solving puzzles. She just cannot understand why her father wouldn't want to utilize her talents. When Huck arrives back at the hotel, without her father, he has no clue as to where he went but he does have his cryptic travel journal. Theo's mind is put to the test as she tries to decode his writings and figure out where he could be. Did he go willingly or was foul play involved? I loved so much about this. The mystery, the intrigue, the dark historical connections, the partnership between Theo and Huck, the setting, it was all very up my alley. I have never read a Jenn Bennett book before but I believe this is a bit of a genre shift for her. I thought she did a fantastic job. Although some of the paranormal things were a little wonky, I was having so much fun with the story, it didn't phase me. Further, I am not sure if this is slated to be a standalone or a series, but I really, really hope this is not the last we see of this courageous duo!!! The characters mention at the end of this book a location they may be traveling to next...(view spoiler)[SCOTLAND (hide spoiler)] ...and I really NEED that to happen. Who do I contact about that? Let's do this, Bennett! I know you have it in you! Thank you so much to the publisher, Simon Pulse, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I always appreciate the opportunity but extra love when I discover a new favorite!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite authors ever, so when I saw she was doing a YA fantasy I was so excited! I love seeing authors write different genres even though her YA contemporaries are a-amazing! Theo was awesome! She was strong, emotional, challenging, and admitted when she was right or wrong. Huck was the perfect sidekick—swoony, sweet, protective, funny. Their bickering was the best!  The world building was great and we get to explore such places as Turkey and Roma Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite authors ever, so when I saw she was doing a YA fantasy I was so excited! I love seeing authors write different genres even though her YA contemporaries are a-amazing! Theo was awesome! She was strong, emotional, challenging, and admitted when she was right or wrong. Huck was the perfect sidekick—swoony, sweet, protective, funny. Their bickering was the best!  The world building was great and we get to explore such places as Turkey and Romania. And there is quite the chase that Theo and Huck have to take part in to escape people after them. I will say that one of my favorite action scenes was the airplane one! And the magic! There was just so much awesomeness tangled up in this book, whether you are looking for contemporary, adventure, fantasy, romance—it's all there! I really loved this one and can't wait to see what happens next with Theo in book 2!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzi

    Hey Gents Guide fans — *points aggressively at Lady Rogue.* You’ll like this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I went into this not knowing what it was about. I will absolutely read anything Jenn Bennett puts out. I loved Theo and Huck. She’s smart and tired of being left behind. He’s charming and maybe a little uncertain. Together they have a lifetime of history and a bit of a rocky future. I loved reading them figure things out. There are a few side characters who are delightful, but I won’t get into detail on that. Plot wise, it was a bit of a slow start for me. Even though I was intrigued, I didn’t g I went into this not knowing what it was about. I will absolutely read anything Jenn Bennett puts out. I loved Theo and Huck. She’s smart and tired of being left behind. He’s charming and maybe a little uncertain. Together they have a lifetime of history and a bit of a rocky future. I loved reading them figure things out. There are a few side characters who are delightful, but I won’t get into detail on that. Plot wise, it was a bit of a slow start for me. Even though I was intrigued, I didn’t get captivated until they were really on the run. I was loving all of the history and city descriptions and I don’t know how much of the Vlad stuff was true, but it was interesting. I will say that I wanted a bit more from the ending. The entire story was a build up to this one event and in a couple of pages, it was resolved and the story was over. It felt rushed and that was sort of disappointing. Overall, it was a unique to me story with characters who were easy to root for. I can’t wait to see what Jenn comes up with next. **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**

  6. 4 out of 5

    Malanie

    When someone says a book is “like Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,” I instantly transform into a marshmallow. I have no self-control. But sadly, this book wasn’t marshmallow worthy!!!!!!! Theo is a hilarious, fun heroine and it’s okay that she’s not bisexual even though I thought we’d have the female version of Monty Montague but we can’t always get what we want and that’s okay. Huck, the love interest, is………..a little bit cute. He’s also very annoying and self-absorbed, so his cuteness was o When someone says a book is “like Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,” I instantly transform into a marshmallow. I have no self-control. But sadly, this book wasn’t marshmallow worthy!!!!!!! Theo is a hilarious, fun heroine and it’s okay that she’s not bisexual even though I thought we’d have the female version of Monty Montague but we can’t always get what we want and that’s okay. Huck, the love interest, is………..a little bit cute. He’s also very annoying and self-absorbed, so his cuteness was overruled. They have a second-chance romance (despite being rAiSeD aS sIbLiNgS) which I couldn’t get invested in, no matter how much I tried. Huck gives Theo the nickname "Banshee" based on how much she cried while grieving for her dead mother. Huck!!!!!????? Was that very nice??????????? Overall, the characters and relationships just weren’t very memorable, despite the Quality dialogue writing style. Mostly, I stuck with this for the Vlad history and Orient Express and the fun journey through Romania + dark castles + misty Carpathian Mountains. *ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Oh my goodness I really hope this becomes a series! So darn good. Full review to come. *EDITED TO ADD REVIEW* Is there anything better than a Jenn Bennett book? Why yes there is. A book by Jenn Bennett that is unlike anything that she has every written before. A touch of the magical and mysterious. Romance and even better still, set all in a beautiful mysterious historical setting and time that appeals to my ever love of the genre itself. I never knew what I was missing until thi Oh my goodness I really hope this becomes a series! So darn good. Full review to come. *EDITED TO ADD REVIEW* Is there anything better than a Jenn Bennett book? Why yes there is. A book by Jenn Bennett that is unlike anything that she has every written before. A touch of the magical and mysterious. Romance and even better still, set all in a beautiful mysterious historical setting and time that appeals to my ever love of the genre itself. I never knew what I was missing until this book came into my life. Jenn Bennett writing a historical mystery with a touch of romance, danger, and the paranormal. Goodness, yes please! And all I can say is WOW! This meet my expectations and then thoroughly blew them away. I loved every single things about it. To the legends, lore, witchcraft. Curses. Black magic, love, family dynamics, mystery...goodness, just all of it. I want more. I am hoping, wishing and keeping my fingers crossed that this becomes a series but heck yeah does this girl want more. Theodora was everything I love in a stubborn, smart, and strong willed heroine. Huck in a fun loving, support, and swoon worthy hero and her father, even he was hard to like, but not to love. ;) So well done, so much fun, and so addictive. I need more! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    I requested this book for one reason, really, and one reason only : the name next to "author". I'm a big fan of Bennett's contemporaries and I've dabbled in her adult PNR series (which I still have to finish!) so seeing her switch from YA contemporary to YA historical/fantasy didn't concern me. I was excited. I might not have loved SERIOUS MOONLIGHT but I love her writing, her previous books, and had every reason to expect the same of this one. But nope. This book was a cho I requested this book for one reason, really, and one reason only : the name next to "author". I'm a big fan of Bennett's contemporaries and I've dabbled in her adult PNR series (which I still have to finish!) so seeing her switch from YA contemporary to YA historical/fantasy didn't concern me. I was excited. I might not have loved SERIOUS MOONLIGHT but I love her writing, her previous books, and had every reason to expect the same of this one. But nope. This book was a chore to read. I pushed through it quickly because the last thing I needed was another slump, and it wasn't too long, and I just kept waiting for the spark. Or any spark, really. I felt nothing for the characters who were, respectfully, spoiled and or sulky as well as overdoing the charm to the point of not being charming. I felt nothing for the angst over the romance which we were beat over the head with to a ridiculous degree. And honestly the Vlad the Impaler plot/mystery that sent these two gallivanting all over Eastern Europe just.. didn't really hook me and, like, did it ultimately even matter? I'm so confused. I also want to say the pitch comparison to THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE definitely had me thinking this was queer. And it is not. I didn't love the characters, the angst, the romance, the plot. Even Bennett's writing, which I normally love, felt different and failed to entice. If this hadn't been an ARC, I would've DNF’d. If this was any other author, I would probably one star. But I just can't bear to. And I do think maybe this is a me problem? Despite everything? Anyway, I don't think this is a series, so I'm relieved about that, but even if it was.. I wouldn't be reading on. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse, for an honest review. A historical adventure fantasy about treasure hunters searching for a lost ring, that belonged to Vlad the Impaler a.k.a. Count Dracula a.k.a. Mass murderer of THOUSANDS a.k.a. Romania's crowned jewel and the worlds nightmare. Oh, you KNOW it's going to be good. Theodora Fox is used to her father abandoning her in five star hotels around the world, while he slinks off to uncover hidden treasures and unearth rich history. So when he disappears agai Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse, for an honest review. A historical adventure fantasy about treasure hunters searching for a lost ring, that belonged to Vlad the Impaler a.k.a. Count Dracula a.k.a. Mass murderer of THOUSANDS a.k.a. Romania's crowned jewel and the worlds nightmare. Oh, you KNOW it's going to be good. Theodora Fox is used to her father abandoning her in five star hotels around the world, while he slinks off to uncover hidden treasures and unearth rich history. So when he disappears again, leaving her in yet another ritzy establishment in Istanbul, she is forced to stay behind with only her crossword puzzles and obsession for history to keep her company. That is until Huxley Gallagher turns up in her hotel room, handing over her father's journal and claiming that he is missing. What Theodora assumed was a typical expedition, turns swiftly into a hunt for her father and the truth behind his current hunt – to find the long lost ring of Vlad the Impaler for a wealthy client. Nobody said this adventure would be easy, especially when traveling with the boy who broke her heart and never spoke to her again. But what Theodora is about to uncover will change her and her family's life forever. This book kicks ass! The lady Rogue is dripping in adventure, mystery, intrigue, wit and a TON of history! The author has artistically woven historical events with fantastical elements to bring a legendary story fit for any thrill seeker. Perfect for fans of Tomb Raider, National Treasure, Count Dracula, the Occult, dragons, fantasy...and, really everything. This book is PHENOMENAL. Set in the late 1930's, this historical fantasy takes main characters Theodora and Huck to Romania in search of Theo's missing father who is chasing after a much sought-after ring. The only clues of his whereabouts come from Huck, her father's protege and a young man that her father took in at a young age. At an excavation in Hungary, Huck and Theo's father, Fox, uncover a metal box with strange symbols encasing it that warned of the dangers kept inside. What they hoped was the resting place of Vlad's long lost ring, turned out to be an empty box. Dismayed, they travel back to their hotel, where Fox suddenly disappears, leaving behind strict instructions for Huck to find Theo in Istanbul, where he is to give her Fox's travel journal, and escape to Hudson Valley. And so begins the WILD adventure that Theo and Huck embark on in search of Fox and Vlad's infamous ring. While the two travel to Romania, Fox's last known whereabouts, they are chased by dangerous men hellbent on taking them out. And I don't mean for dinner and a movie. I'm talking murder, ladies and gents. Because this book is PACKED with action! These characters are CONSTANTLY tiptoeing the lines of death and swing-dancing with fate. Both Theo and Huck are talented treasure hunters with extensive experience and passion for what they were raised around, and it shows. Theo is obsessed with history and any ancient topic that might involve a haunting or some form of magical element. She is proficient in multiple languages, has an uncanny ability to decipher codes, and above all else...this girl is witty as hell! Her sharp comments and sarcastic remarks had me nodding my approval during my entire read. She's a saucy little minx who curses, throws obscene gestures in the air and has an epic drunken outburst where she dubs herself Lady Rogue – a lady of independent and royal standing! Huck is also quite sarcastic and playful, but has a different set of skills and hates anything to do with spirits and magic. He is a pilot, a great lock-picker, and oh yeah...Theo's ex. Once inseparable best friends as children and teens who began to have feelings for each other, now we meet them at a time when they haven't spoken in over a year – due to events that later become revealed. This is the obvious romance of the story, but DON'T WORRY. This isn't one of those books that has a killer premise and then becomes overshadowed by mushy teen love. This book focuses SOLELY on the premise, and you will be so incredibly thankful for it. Because it is spectacular, exciting and downright addicting. The author did an outstanding job implementing actual historical events and facts into the story, which in turn lead me to researching different historical figures so I could learn more about them. There are countless elements that make up this gripping tale, and there is a little something in there for every type of reader. But I think what really struck me while reading, was Jenn Bennet's uncanny ability to create a flawless book. It is detailed, well-constructed, comical, suspenseful and a TON of fun! The book ends with everything wrapped up nice and tight, no cliffhangers in sight. BUT I am curious if Jenn plans on writing a sequel, because how everything is left, she definitely set it up to be a possibility. If so, you know I am going to be at the front of that line demanding a copy! And I'll just leave on this note:

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love Jenn Bennett: she has such a huge imagination, and I love her quirky writing style. (She tends to have a little gimmick for each story: in this one, her use of word clues in various crossword puzzles was such fun!) This is young adult - borderline new adult - novel delves into the Occult and is set in 1938. I tend not to do paranormal, but for a chance to read a new Jenn Ben My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love Jenn Bennett: she has such a huge imagination, and I love her quirky writing style. (She tends to have a little gimmick for each story: in this one, her use of word clues in various crossword puzzles was such fun!) This is young adult - borderline new adult - novel delves into the Occult and is set in 1938. I tend not to do paranormal, but for a chance to read a new Jenn Bennett, fresh off the presses, I will definitely go there! Theodora Fox and Huxley Gallagher (aka Theo and Huck) are star-crossed lovers, who meet again - quite unexpectedly - in Istanbul. Theo's father, Richard, Fox was an amateur "Gentleman Adventurer" and he and young Huxley would go off on wild, hair-raising adventures, always leaving Theodora safely behind in one hotel or another - much to her aggrieved chagrin. This time Theodora was left kicking her heels with her hired female companion in Istanbul while Fox went off chasing an "enchanted" ring that may have belonged to the Dracula family, and which may possess supernatural powers. The sudden arrival of Huck at her hotel bodes ill: just the previous year, Huck had been sent back to Ireland when Theo and Huck were caught in flagrante delicto in her bedroom, doing what teenagers often will do! (No spoiler alerts here!) Richard Fox had taken Huxley in and raised him along with Theo when Huxley's Irish immigrant parents were killed in a streetcar accident. But when friendship blossomed into attraction between the young teens, Theo's father accused Huxley of betraying his trust and packed him off to Huxley's aunt in Ireland, separating the young lovers. Huxley and Theo are still secretly pining for one another.. Theo is upset with Huck because he never responded to any of her letters (unsolved mystery there!) and Huxley was told by Richard that Theo has moved on and is dating other eligible young men. Well, the story heats up with non-stop action: the young lovers hardly have time to sort out their personal affairs, they are so busy running away from the deadly band of men who are also looking for the enchanted ring. I loved the descriptions of all the countries Theo and Huck traveled through: Istanbul, Bulgaria, Romania, and finally, Transylvania! And yes, we do get to go inside an ancient haunted castle and experience magic at its deadliest! I sensed a sequel in the making: there are a few unresolved matters, and Jenn Bennett does tend to serialize her paranormal adventure novels. I really enjoyed this fast-paced read: the story is action-packed and the rekindled romance between Theo and Huck was too sweet for words! I look forward to more stories involving Theo, Huxley and Richard! Highly recommended!

  11. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    I might not like the cover but I am LOVING the title!! Jenn Bennett + historical fiction + fantasty?? HELL YEAH

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    I have always wanted to read Jenn Bennett’s contemporaries because many of my fellow bloggers seem to love them but it just never happened. So, when I realized that she is writing a historical fantasy, I found it way more interesting and immediately requested for this advance copy. And that turned out to be a great decision because this was a very fun reading experience. I’m a huge fan of adventure novels, especially where the protagonists are searching for historical relics or artifa I have always wanted to read Jenn Bennett’s contemporaries because many of my fellow bloggers seem to love them but it just never happened. So, when I realized that she is writing a historical fantasy, I found it way more interesting and immediately requested for this advance copy. And that turned out to be a great decision because this was a very fun reading experience. I’m a huge fan of adventure novels, especially where the protagonists are searching for historical relics or artifacts while being chased by unsavory villains. That’s one reason I religiously read every new Steve Berry release each year and I was so glad that the author gave me a similar experience with this book, albeit with a younger heroine and a good amount of focus on the romance. The story is very fast paced and we are thrown smack dab in the middle of it all right on the first page and I loved that. The author also does a wonderful job making us clearly picture every single scenery and location that the characters travel, making us feel like we ourselves are on a journey through the Romania of the 1930s. Amidst all the mayhem, we get some very interesting history (both real and fictional) about Vlad the Impaler and also general history about Wallachia and Transylvania and the Ottoman Empire, alongwith a good dose of supernatural folklore of the Romani people. All of this made for a very fascinating and riveting read. There are also secret societies and cursed rings which are some of my favorite tropes and I had so much fun getting to read about it all. Events also keep happening in very quick succession and we as a reader are kept our toes, worrying about what would happen next. I thought the overall writing was very good and it’s surprising that this is the author’s first fantasy novel. We only get to read Theo’s POV in the book but she is a fun protagonist to follow. Born to two historian/adventurer parents, she has the same curious heart but is frustrated because her father is very protective. But she is strong, determined, resourceful, has a great knowledge of all things occult and mysterious, and will never stop once she makes up her mind. But she is also a privileged teenager and we get to see her petulant, sulky side. The author lets us see all the quirks of her personality which felt nice. Huck on the other hand didn’t feel very developed, because we only see him through her heartbroken eyes. He makes for a good companion, each of them trying to control the other’s impulsive decisions and trying to decide a more reasonable course for their adventure. They also meet some delightful characters on their journey, who mostly turn up just when they need them and provide them some relevant information, but I still loved all the tales they told. This is almost like a second chance romance, so there is a lot of angst. Theo especially struggles a lot to come to terms with her feelings and what she sees as a betrayal, but she also can’t forget that she fell in love. There is a lot of banter too, the familiarity between the two of them really reflecting off the page, making for some very entertaining conversations. While their relationship is one of the main focus of the book, it’s almost a given right from the beginning that they love each other and we just wait till they are finally able to tell each other the same. That’s what I found a bit ironical about the story here - it focuses on the relationship but it’s not exactly a romance that develops on page - but it was still very enjoyable to read. To conclude, this was a romp of a novel which I felt thoroughly entertained while reading, and felt that I was on an adventure myself traveling through Romania. If you enjoy reading books by Dan Brown or Steve Berry and wouldn’t mind a similar themed book but with younger characters, you should definitely check this out. Just keep in mind that you will also be getting a romance alongside the adventure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sh3lly

    ANOTHER DNF! I'm on a roll (not a good one). 20%. I tried. I picked this up numerous times. And put it back down after reading a handful of pages. Just could not get into it. It seemed fun. It's another one of those girl out of time stories, where she aspires to more than her place in society allows her. She's basically chasing an absent adventurer father, who is somewhere, searching for "treasure." Her friend and crush shows up and there is drama on that end. I'm just not feeling it. :(

  14. 5 out of 5

    MoodyJess

    I really enjoyed Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennet. Is it because I don’t normally read this genre and don’t have much to compare it to? Or because it was just that good? Or because I’m a sucker for the supernatural? I had no idea what to expect but in the end I feel like I’ve just watched an extremely entertaining mystery blanketed in dark magic, witches, folklore and more. The writing was so rich and realistic I was completely consumed and under a spell while reading this scary tale. Theo was the hero I really enjoyed Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennet. Is it because I don’t normally read this genre and don’t have much to compare it to? Or because it was just that good? Or because I’m a sucker for the supernatural? I had no idea what to expect but in the end I feel like I’ve just watched an extremely entertaining mystery blanketed in dark magic, witches, folklore and more. The writing was so rich and realistic I was completely consumed and under a spell while reading this scary tale. Theo was the hero. There’s no doubt about it. Huck was definitely the side-kick, who was useful at times but really there for his Irish lilt, humour and accompaniment for Theo. Their dynamic was needed to keep the transitions flowing and to have something to look forward to when the shit stopped hitting the fan. In the end, they’re back to being what they initially lost in one another and that was comforting. But I will be honest, I never felt like these two had scorching chemistry at all. Which was a bit lacking in my opinion. Anything would have been nice. Their few chaste kisses didn’t do much for me, unfortunately. Theo’s dad: Fox. Total fool. He’s underestimated his daughter for years and his inability to bring her into his confidence caused this catastrophe in the first place. Stupid, naive man without a woman’s helpful touch. Losing his wife threw him off course, literally. Also, did anyone get a vibe for the relation between Jean and the Fox??!! The chase. The scare. The race to solve the horror of those magically destructive rings was effective in keeping me turning the page. I loved the characters we met along the way, the help that was given by strangers, and the notion that there was going to be a light at the end of the very dark tunnel, had me yearning for more. Such a great read. Perfect for this time of year and entirely on the Spooky brand. Give me more, Jenn 👊🏼

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nastassja

    “When life gives you ghosts, make ghost lemonade?” And this quote is a perfect description of this book. It turned upside down my expectations of a dark gothic historical and turned it into a funny and light adventure, which is not a bad thing and actually made me giggle a lot during the book. The Lady Rogue follows the story of a young Theodora Decker - Theo - the daughter of a famous treasure-hunter. Her father goes missing, and finding herself alone and destitute in a foreign country, Theo will have to follow her fa/>The “When life gives you ghosts, make ghost lemonade?” And this quote is a perfect description of this book. It turned upside down my expectations of a dark gothic historical and turned it into a funny and light adventure, which is not a bad thing and actually made me giggle a lot during the book. The Lady Rogue follows the story of a young Theodora Decker - Theo - the daughter of a famous treasure-hunter. Her father goes missing, and finding herself alone and destitute in a foreign country, Theo will have to follow her father's journal and unwind the secret of a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to infamous Vlad the Impaler. But she is not alone in that quest: her first love and childhood friend Huck Gallagher will assist Theo in this journey as well as a very powerful and dangerous secret society will hunt star-crossed lovers to get their hands on the ring first. Well, as I said before the annotation leads the reader a little bit away from the light and fluffy mood, but once you open the book you'll see that the mood is exactly fluffy and light. Probably if you read other Jenn Bennett's books before you'll get a hint as to what expect from the story. As for me, I would compare this book to These Vicious Masks or my childhood favourite adventure movie Romancing the stone. I had a lot of fun and giggled like a little girl during Theo's and Huck's adventures, and this is one of those cases when cheesy rant between the characters was full of chemistry and made me ship these two a lot. And as the story is from Theo's POV we don't get inside Huck's head, which didn't prevent him from showing his personality in full - literally and figuratively: “Listen,” I said forcefully. “If you don’t start explaining everything that’s going on here in the next five seconds, I will hurt the softest parts of you.” “Ah, see there. You have missed me,” he said, one corner of his mouth twisting up. I pointed the journal at his towel. “Something’s going to be missing, all right.” “You know what they say. Violence makes the heart grow fonder.” or “When you come back, we’ll make a plan,” he told me, eyes shining in the firelight. “It’s not the end of the world. I was wrong. Happens on occasion.” “What’s the proverb for that? Never point out the mistakes of others with a dirty finger?” “Just for the record, you can put your dirty fingers on me any ol’ day, banshee.” And trust me when I say I can quote every dialogue of Theo and Huck's and it will be as funny as these quotes. Overall, surprisingly nice, relaxing read full of adventures and romantic angst that will make you smile and giggle and root for the characters until the end. I wish I were in the mood (damn reading slump!) to enjoy it properly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've decided that I now need a sequel to The Lady Rogue. This book was the perfect blend of The Mummy movies (the originals with Brendan Fraser, that is) and Kerri Maniscalco's Hunting Prince Dracula. The kind of historical fiction story embedded in legends and cursedrel="nofollow">Huntingto The

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    When Theodora's Father Mr. Fox goes missing after searching for Vlad the Impaler a.k.a. Count Dracula's Bone ring, she and her friend Huck Gallagher go on the search to find him. Will they succeed or die trying? Read on and find out for yourself. This was a pretty good and action-packed read. Be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    What a really fun read! The Lady Rogue has been on my mind since I first saw it on GR. I didn't hesitate one bit when I saw this at B&N but I did, however, hesitate to dive into it. Mostly because I didn't have the time to sit down and just enjoy a physical book. Heck, I still don't but I definitely try to make it happen. Not even disappointed in this one because it was so freaking good! Definitely got vibes from other books/series that I've read before and that's probably why I/>The What a really fun read! The Lady Rogue has been on my mind since I first saw it on GR. I didn't hesitate one bit when I saw this at B&N but I did, however, hesitate to dive into it. Mostly because I didn't have the time to sit down and just enjoy a physical book. Heck, I still don't but I definitely try to make it happen. Not even disappointed in this one because it was so freaking good! Definitely got vibes from other books/series that I've read before and that's probably why I enjoyed it so much. In it, you will meet Theo and Huck. Now these two were the real gems of the book. If you ever end up disliking one of them or both, then I feel sorry for you. I didn't expect to love everything in this book - the mystery, the characters, and the adventure alone were keeping it a page turner. Next time I dive into this, I might try the audio - maybe the narrators will give me something that the voice inside my head didn't do justice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    arini

    i know nothing of this book, but i know what to expect from this author. she wont disappoint. my blind faith in her is most likely going to bite me in the ass someday. i just hope that day will never come. 🤣🤞 (currently reading)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    2/8/19 This cover is so pretty --- Wow, this sounds amazing!!! 😍

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. “I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork. Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.” Jenn Bennett has become one of my main auto-buy authors, and it’s for a reason. I’m a huge fan of her contemporary stuff, and when I knew she was coming out with an historical mystery, I immediately added it to my TBR, and I have to say after finishing it that I need more of these type of stories in my life, because not only they are so gripping and enter/> You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. “I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork. Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.” Jenn Bennett has become one of my main auto-buy authors, and it’s for a reason. I’m a huge fan of her contemporary stuff, and when I knew she was coming out with an historical mystery, I immediately added it to my TBR, and I have to say after finishing it that I need more of these type of stories in my life, because not only they are so gripping and entertaining, but also had a lot of layers and are just so interesting to follow. One of the main thoughts I had when I first started The Lady Rogue was that it reminded me a lot of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and everything I loved about them. They each had totally different plot and characters, but I think the atmosphere and the vibe were the same in both of them, so I got super excited as I continued reading the novel. And it was just what I expected and more. The plot was so intriguing and mysterious. I think the author did such an incredible job at setting the tone and slowly building up the anticipation on the reader. I really enjoyed the mix between historical and fantastical elements, and the part they played in the story. The magical elements added a little extra something to the story that took it to another level, and the mystery was pretty well done and kept me engaged and wanting to know what was going to happen. My only complain was regarding the pacing. Though it really wasn’t a very long book, the pacing was very slow, and sometimes not much was actually happening and the story was more focused on the characters’ backstory and their dynamics, and that along with some other little things made the book feel longer than it was. It’s true that once I kept reading that feeling disappeared, and it wasn’t that big of an issue to me since I was loving the plot and characters so much, but I still wanted to point it out. “Magic is in every natural thing. It waits in the grass, and in blossoms in flowers. It’s concentrated inside metals, deep within the earth, and it’s carried on the wind. Magic will speak to anyone who takes the time to listen.” When it comes to the characters, I have to admit I was so pleasantly surprised. I adore mystery/historical books where the main couple have to pair up to solve the mystery together, and this totally had that, so I was like a child with candy. The dynamics between Theo and Huck were so well done and written in a very realistic way, and I enjoyed seeing them interact and grow throughout the story. I think their personalities complemented each other really well, and added a perfect balance between them that made the story went by quite smoothly. I was also pleasantly surprised because there were a few revelations made towards the end that totally took me by surprise and wasn’t expecting to see, along with some pretty action packed scenes that kept me at the edge of my seat. Of course, there were a couple of twists that I think were a bit predictable (or at least I totally saw them coming), but I think that the curve of the story was quite well done and in a very interesting way. Overall, I was so happy I decided to read The Lady Rogue, because I ended up really enjoying the plot and the characters. I’d love to read a sequel with the same characters but in a different setting, because I don’t think I’ve had enough of them yet, and I love me a good historical mystery with a pair of lovers. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own. “Beware of hounds on your tail: do not allow anyone suspicious near Theo. If you have a gut feeling about someone, trust it. If possible, try to keep the authorities out of this. We’re beyond their help now anyway.” .... .. Thank you Simon & Schuster for the ARC Oh my god is this even real?? I’m so excited to read it! Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’

  22. 4 out of 5

    andrea 🥀✨

    this is being compared to the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue (aka one of my all time favourite books) so obviously i’m intrigued

  23. 4 out of 5

    julia ♥

    read this review on my blog: here "He said the beauty of travel was that if you never came home for long, you never had to face your problems. There was always another town, another country, another treasure to distract." Pitched as The Last Magician meets Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Jenn Bennett's latest YA Fantasy novel The Lady Rogue immediately peaked my interest. As is hopefully well-known, The Gentleman's Guide is one of my all time favorite YA books, so I'm always on the hunt for something that co read this review on my blog: here "He said the beauty of travel was that if you never came home for long, you never had to face your problems. There was always another town, another country, another treasure to distract." Pitched as The Last Magician meets Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Jenn Bennett's latest YA Fantasy novel The Lady Rogue immediately peaked my interest. As is hopefully well-known, The Gentleman's Guide is one of my all time favorite YA books, so I'm always on the hunt for something that could potentially give me that same feeling. I'd also previously read a few of Jenn Bennett's contemporary YA's, and her writing style is right up my alley. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to dive into this one! What is this book about? The Lady Rogue is quite different from Bennett's usual YA's. This fantasy follows Theo, who is hungry for adventure. Having been under her father's protection her whole life, she longs to discover and explore. Together with her once-upon-a-time-lover Huck, the two embark on a trip through a Gothic Europe to find a ring that belonged to the infamous Vlad the Impaler. “I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork. Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.” What did I think of The Lady Rogue? First of all, this book reads like a dream. As I mentioned in my introduction, Bennett's writing style is completely my cup of tea in the sense that it's fast paced and very witty. I find that the lighter undertone and the comedic moments mixed with the slightly heavier fantasy setting provides a very nice balance. In that way, it's also indeed very much like Gentleman's Guide as the comparison blurb mentions. I'm someone who very much enjoys speedy fantasies, fantasies where the world-building doesn't generally take ages, and I'm able to immediately jump into the story. This, then, absolutely was one of those. Now for the negatives: where this book loses some points is the plot. The plot of The Lady Rogue reminded me a lot of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. It has the historical setting, and the subject too is Dracula's lineage. However, contrary to HPD, I didn't find this to be too groundbreaking or original. Some of the plot-points and problems felt a little contrived and were solved a little 'too' quickly. The ending too, is kind of underwhelming and solved the major issue of the book in what feels like seconds. This all meant that a large part of the story didn't really manage to capture my full interest, and I wasn't shocked by any of the revelations or the major twists (because they were already solved by the next chapter!) Then, the reason I'm giving this book such a high rating is be far characters. Huck, to start with, provided such a refreshing take on the stereotypical YA love interest. He's witty, cocky, but also somewhat of a scaredy cat, which adds a humorous layer to his character. However great Huck is, the real star of the show was the female protagonist Theo. Theo's witty, quick way of thinking and her fiery personality really made the story come together as a whole. Her somewhat impulsive perspective in combination with Bennett's writing style provided such a nice reading experience that pulled me into her as a characters despite the plot not being that interesting. I really enjoy the way Bennett builds and portrays her characters, and because of that, this book almost read like a movie at times. All in all, I think the main issue with this book, hence why I didn't give this a full 5 stars, is that the plot was too weak for a standalone. When I read a standalone, I expect to be blown away by the plot and world-building since you have less time for build-up. The plot thus has to pull you in. In conclusion, whereas the writing was great and did keep me reading, the storylines weren't original enough to justify a five-star rating. I overall really enjoyed The Lady Rogue and do give it a solid 4 stars thanks to Jenn Bennett's way with characters and her witty writing style. This was, however, definitely a nice fantasy debut, and I hope to see a longer fantasy series in the future! *Thank you to Netgalley for this Advanced Review Copy!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    I must admit I always get excited when I finish a book that isn't too awful but this is more of a three star and we won't talk about it again. The Lady Rogue is about a girl named Theodora whose treasure-hunting father disappears on the job of finding Vlad the Impaler's famous ring. While Theo is stuck in a hotel in Istanbul, her past flame Huck, (and protégé of her father) shows up to tell her he's gone missing and the only clue is in his journal. Traveling to Romania to follow a lead, Theo an/>The I must admit I always get excited when I finish a book that isn't too awful but this is more of a three star and we won't talk about it again. The Lady Rogue is about a girl named Theodora whose treasure-hunting father disappears on the job of finding Vlad the Impaler's famous ring. While Theo is stuck in a hotel in Istanbul, her past flame Huck, (and protégé of her father) shows up to tell her he's gone missing and the only clue is in his journal. Traveling to Romania to follow a lead, Theo and Huck end up meeting new people, searching for information while also dodging mysterious men that seem to be after them. I love Jenn Bennett's contemporary books a lot and while there were still parts of this book I liked, I kind of wish this book never happened. The fact is, even though this is a historical fiction fantasy novel, everything about it still screams like it was written to be contemporary and how it wanted to be one. Characters talk 100% modern, not fitting this time period at all and while I did like that somewhat because it was easily accessible, Theo was literally dropping RIPs, FYIs, and was probably about to start dropping memes any day. The only reason this book felt like it was historical was so they couldn't just google and call up her father. They meet so many different people on their journey... who all easily tell them all the info they need to know, at length. Characters would literally just show up exactly when they were needed too and it was honestly kind of bizarre. Theo and Huck are just basically following a map (her father's journal gave his exact trail) and getting into trouble along the way but it didn't feel like that much trouble and it was just point A to B to C. Theo is a smart girl sure (even though we never get to see it besides one codebreak), but Huck was pretty damn useless. (He was cute it's fine.) The romance is second chance and while I liked their banter and thought they were cute, I've never really been a fan of second chance because it's always "been there, done that, should probably move on". To add to that, their romance was really in the background and I wanted so much more. (view spoiler)[I'm just going to ignore that they were technically raised as siblings (but really, ew) and Theo's father getting mad at their relationship was what broke them up in the first place. And Huck calling himself her brother when they were traveling instead of you know... husband and wife? (hide spoiler)] This book has magic that is never really explained and it was kind of all over the place. I'm not a writer but I'm still going to say this: if Jenn HAD to write a historical, going straight historical and not having this useless and barely explained magic system would have been so much better. The magic was just so light but still important to the story. Just a basic treasure hunt instead of this "evil ring to rule them all" would have fit the contemporary style writing and characters so much more. And then after all that I just didn't like the ending. It went off but it still felt rushed and ridiculous. Also whoever compared this to The Last Magician in the Goodreads summary needs to come fight me because I thought this was time travel for the longest time but no! It's not time travel! It's nothing like that one, don't compare it to that cursed one at all, thanks. I sound really salty and that is because I am. In the beginning I did really enjoy this but it just kept going and now I want another contemporary romance by her so bad. Would still recommend this book though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This just came through at work for me to put on the new YA shelf. Except my ass snatched it up and everyone else will have to wait their turn because this sounds hella good!!! Idk why I didn’t want to read this before, probably because I’m a dumb bitch, but here we are!! I’m actually in a reading slump right now, but it drives me up the wall if I’m not reading anything, so perhaps this is the book to get me out of said reading slump???? Fingers crossed cause a book loving bitch is desperate for This just came through at work for me to put on the new YA shelf. Except my ass snatched it up and everyone else will have to wait their turn because this sounds hella good!!! Idk why I didn’t want to read this before, probably because I’m a dumb bitch, but here we are!! I’m actually in a reading slump right now, but it drives me up the wall if I’m not reading anything, so perhaps this is the book to get me out of said reading slump???? Fingers crossed cause a book loving bitch is desperate for a good book to keep her attention so she can properly read again 🤞🤞🤞

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    I’ve been looking forward to The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett since the moment I learned about it. I love all of her contemporary romance and adult historical romance so there was no question in my mind that this was going to be right up my alley. This book starts out with a bang of an introduction to Theo, the daughter of an American treasure hunter. I loved Theo – she’s smart, adventurous, resourceful, and willing to do whatever she needs to in order to protect those she loves…no matt I’ve been looking forward to The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett since the moment I learned about it. I love all of her contemporary romance and adult historical romance so there was no question in my mind that this was going to be right up my alley. This book starts out with a bang of an introduction to Theo, the daughter of an American treasure hunter. I loved Theo – she’s smart, adventurous, resourceful, and willing to do whatever she needs to in order to protect those she loves…no matter how angry she is with them. As I got to know her character, it was clear that despite her father’s love for her, he never really trusted her to travel the world in the same way he did and that was a huge frustration for her. When she finds herself stranded in Turkey with no word from her father and no money, she has to figure out what she’s going to do next. Enter Huck. Huck added another layer to Theo’s story, and I loved it. He grew up with Theo and just happens to be the last person she knows who saw her father. He also happens to be the boy she grew to love and suddenly disappeared from her life with no warning so to say there are some pent-up feelings might be an understatement. I thought Huck was a great balance to Theo’s personality and where she may have just jumped headlong into a situation, he was the one to force a pause to figure out if that is the right course of action. I adored the nickname Huck had for Theo too. The tension between Huck and Theo made for some great banter and while it took a while for them to face it, I loved that they finally discussed what happened. Outside of the relationship piece, there is a mystery for Theo and Huck to get to the bottom of. When Theo hasn’t heard from her father as planned and Huck unexpectedly shows up with his journal, she decides she needs to follow his tracks to find him and figure out what is really going on. Hot on his trail to find the magical ring of Vlad the Impaler, Theo and Huck find themselves surrounded by magic and murder and end up relying on each other to get out of the scrapes they find themselves in. There is a lot of action in this book and I loved how Bennett allowed these characters to trek across Turkey and Romania to build out the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I don’t want to give too much away so there’s not too much more to share. Just know that there’s magic, danger, swoony bits, and of course a mystery to solve in this book and if you don’t have this book on your TBR list, you’ll want to add it now. I loved every minute of this story and can’t wait to see what Bennett writes us next! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica {Litnoob}

    This is my first ever Jenn Bennett book and I Now wanna go back and read her whole back catalogue because she’s absolute magic! Like seriously, magic. I preordered this beauty because I saw mentions of treasure hunting in the Carpathian Mountains and really that’s all I needed to know. So going in I didn’t know I’d love Theo and Huck the way I did. It was so easy to fall into their banter, they were smart and funny and even when they were stupid as sin it came from a place of love. You felt like This is my first ever Jenn Bennett book and I Now wanna go back and read her whole back catalogue because she’s absolute magic! Like seriously, magic. I preordered this beauty because I saw mentions of treasure hunting in the Carpathian Mountains and really that’s all I needed to know. So going in I didn’t know I’d love Theo and Huck the way I did. It was so easy to fall into their banter, they were smart and funny and even when they were stupid as sin it came from a place of love. You felt like you got a good amount of the side characters personalities to know them and feel for them. It was awesome. Plus all of the twists took me totally by surprise. I really really loved this and hope to all the gods and fallen war lords listening that we get more books in this world.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    eARC received!! I’m very excited for this one. Reading and review to come closer to publication date.

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell The Lady Rogue is a story about adventure, redemption, and forgiveness. Theodora “Theo” Fox is a seventeen-year-old girl recovering from a broken heart and harboring resentment towards her father who stashes her in fancy hotel rooms while he goes off on wild adventures. Ever since her mother passed away, her father will not let her tag along on his adventures to find anything and everything someone may pay him to find. The Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell The Lady Rogue is a story about adventure, redemption, and forgiveness. Theodora “Theo” Fox is a seventeen-year-old girl recovering from a broken heart and harboring resentment towards her father who stashes her in fancy hotel rooms while he goes off on wild adventures. Ever since her mother passed away, her father will not let her tag along on his adventures to find anything and everything someone may pay him to find. Theo is upset about this when the book starts and is out doing something she shouldn’t when things seem to fall apart. When she gets back to her hotel the last person she expects is there, Huxley “Huck” Gallagher. The boy who broke her heart when he left without a word and there is more to that story that Theo learns a little later. Huck showing up throws Theo’s life into chaos and she finally gets to go on an adventure across Romania to find her father. She learns about her heritage, secrets that she was never privy to, and that all the things she thought were true—witches, magic, curses, etc.—were all real. And it’s up to her to come to terms with all she’s learn to save the ones she love most. I enjoyed this book as it jumped right into the action with Theo being accused of stealing a ring she was photographing and her tutor leaving her stranded in Istanbul, stealing all of her money. I thought the action kept up from there and I found it hard to put the book down but after that, it seemed to slow and I had a hard time reading the rest of the book. It was slow going in the middle until Theo and Huck met the hermit, but I still thought it was a well-written story that perfectly interspersed history, magic, and adventure. I was so happy to learn more about Vlad Dracula, Romania’s—and surrounding countries—history, and some of the other myths that are floating around, plus the twist on the history and how Bennett interpreted it was quite enjoyable. The ending of this book was kind of a surprise for me as I did not put it together ahead of time and did not see Theo being the key to everything even though I probably should have. I loved the ending and how even though things worked out, Theo, Huck, and Richard did not come out unscathed. I liked Theo as she is stubborn, fierce, loyal, brave, and intelligent. Sometimes that stubbornness had me wanting to throw my book but I could get behind her decisions. She was determined to save her father and no matter how scared she was or how difficult and hopeless the situation seemed she never gave up. She chased her father’s trail across Europe and she was willing to do whatever it took and I admired that. I liked Huck a lot too. He never shied away from saying he was scared or uneasy or unsure of their plans. He was loyal, sweet, and caring. It was clear that he cared for Theo and took his responsibilities to keep her safe seriously. He followed along with her plans even when he wasn’t sure about them and even when he was beyond frightened of what could happen. I also enjoyed the people Theo and Huck met along the way to finding Richard—Theo’s father. They met some characters who were instrumental in helping them figure out the mystery of the Vlad’s bone ring. I liked the twins and the hermit the most. The Lady Rouge was fun read full of action and a touch of romance that did not overshadow the overall plot of the story. This book showcased female empowerment at its finest and Theo did not need anyone to save her. She was strong enough to find her father and rescue and him and herself when they got into a bind. Theo was a heroine I rooted for throughout the book even though she frustrated me at times. The Lady Rogue explores grief, familial histories, friendships, first loves, and father/bonds all wrapped in adventure and a race against the clock to find answers. This was an engaging read that kept me engrossed everything I picked it up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine Manzari

    I adored this book. Jenn Bennett writes some of my favorite YA romance and she found a way to mix her charming characters and snarky banter in a beguiling, magical story. This was a little bit Gentleman’s Guide Of Vice and Virtue (but with straight love interests), a little bit of Hunting Prince Dracula, and a whole lot of Indiana Jones. If you like treasure hunting stories like Goonies, Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, and National Treasure you need to read this book. It takes place around the same t I adored this book. Jenn Bennett writes some of my favorite YA romance and she found a way to mix her charming characters and snarky banter in a beguiling, magical story. This was a little bit Gentleman’s Guide Of Vice and Virtue (but with straight love interests), a little bit of Hunting Prince Dracula, and a whole lot of Indiana Jones. If you like treasure hunting stories like Goonies, Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, and National Treasure you need to read this book. It takes place around the same time as Indiana Jones so those are the vibes you’ll get with this story. Also...now I want to visit Romania. I’m hoping this is the beginning to an awesome treasure hunting series!

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