Title: Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1)
Author: Livia Blackburne
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Summary: Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.
Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.
When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.
I know this is going to sound really bad, but this book actually wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be. Now, before you jump to any conclusions about me being a mean, judgmental butt, look up a few lines and read that summary. Kyra sounds like a super special snowflake times ten, and there is no way can you read that without just knowing there is going to be a love triangle. Yes, Kyra is annoyingly special and amazing, but hey, there wasn’t really a love triangle. Surprise, surprise.
I know that I mentioned this in my last book review, but the lack of love triangles in the last few books I’ve read is really REALLY concerning me. Are YA authors finally listening to readers and taking our thoughts into consideration? Or have they all just suddenly grown a brain and realized that love triangles are the absolutely worst? Either way, I automatically can’t hate a book 100% if there’s no love triangle… My one heart category is getting a little empty and this is worrying me.
Even if I didn’t hate this book, I can be horribly annoyed by it. Or more specifically, by Kyra. She got on my nerves enough that through the whole book, I was just imagining scenes in the book going horribly wrong, resulting in her painful death. I wanted this girl to be gone forever. She was one of those characters that had some amazing, unnatural skill that no one else understood and everyone else was in awe of. And she knew it and like to show it off. She took unnecessary risks because she thought she was so cool. But she also was so caring because she handed out her hard-earned money to kids on the street because she has such a big heart. Please. She wasn’t particularly likable and I didn’t connect with her in any way, I was just frustrated by her idiotic decisions and cockiness that usually resulted in disaster. Plus, I didn’t even understand why James was raving so much about her being so good as an assassin. The two times she was supposed to assassinate someone, she messes it all up and fails.
Tristam (yes with a “m” not a “n” which bothered me constantly) was the only character I even remotely liked. And even then, I felt like we didn’t get to know him much, what we got of him was pretty surface deep. I liked that he was smart and clear minded, and the way that he was okay to change his opinions. He made decisions occasionally that we obviously supposed to set him apart from the other high class people, to show he was more caring and sympathetic, but we never really get more than that. He does nice things or disagrees with laws that affect the lower class people, but we don’t get any back story as to why he views things differently than all the other people of his class.
Something I did like was that this book took over the the place of months. It was nice to see relationships and love forming over a realistic period of time instead of a few days. But I’m pretty sure the only reason this book took place over such a large period of time was because our heroine kept getting injured and having to wait weeks healing before she could move again and get back to the plot.
This book was also not unbearably predictable. The story itself was pretty straight forward, but certain answers to mysteries weren’t thrown in your face repeatedly. But with that, I felt like the author left out the crucial steps with some, the steps needed so the reader would be able to connect the dots themselves. She just kind of handed all the answers to us, out of the blue and with no warning.
This book was a quick, easy read and unfortunately nothing really interesting. It seemed like your fairly basic fantasy book with knights and stuff, so little to no world building was present. The characters were all either one dimensional or annoying. But I did like the Demon Riders aspect of this book, as well as the few parts where Kyra was actually being a thief. Compared to lots of other YA fantasy books I’ve read lately though, this one pales in comparison.
If the plot of this sounds intriguing to you, here are some similar, but better written books that I would recommend instead.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Celaena is one of the best assassins in the land, brought into a competition to fight for her life, but someone is killing off the contestants and something evil is brewing in the castle. One of my favorite series, it features a kick ass heroine, intriguing plot, wonderful romance and friendships and it absolutely beautifully written.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: Yelena is about to hang for a murder she most certainly did commit, but gets offered the position of the Commander’s food tester. Trying to survive each day and find a way to escape, Yelena finds herself in the middle of a political power struggle and a web of secrets, only to find out that she might have a few of her own. Swoony romance, complex characters, this book is one I wouldn’t put down.