Author: Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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.
First Sentence: This job could kill her.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I’ll be honest: The only reason why I wanted to read Midnight Thief the first place is because my friends who have already read Midnight Thief absolutely loved it and other people I knew were really excited for it. I watched my friends go on and on about Midnight Thief on twitter and felt myself start to get excited for it too – I simply couldn’t wait to witness the epicness they were talking about. To my disappointment, Midnight Thief didn’t impress me. At all. In fact, all Midnight Thief managed to do was bore me, although it did have some interesting moments.
My main problem with Midnight Thief is Livia Blackburne’s writing. Her writing made it hard for me to connect with anything – the plotline, the story, and the characters. There was nothing specifically wrong with Livia Blackburne’s writing – it was just distant and a little below average to what I’m used to.
Later, after Kyra had quieted, rinsed her face, and accepted a cup of water, Bella finally spoke.
“You’re losing yourself, Kyra. Is it worth it?” (ARC 142)
Midnight Thief was also pretty predictable too. I was DMing Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction on twitter updates and notes while I was reading Midnight Thief and I predicted most of the plot twists except for one. That one plot twist I missed, I missed because it was really similar to a plot twist I read from another book I’ve read before, which I would write more in detail about in the next paragraph below.
I don’t know how I feel about this, but multiple parts of Midnight Thief reminded me of something else – a game in one scenario and other books in other scenarios. First of all, there are people called Demon Riders, who are “a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats,” (don’t worry guys, this isn’t a spoiler – it’s written in the summary of Midnight Thief) which happened to remind me of this game I was really obsessed with when I was younger, Maplestory. You see, Maplestory has a job where players can ride on wild jaguars and shoot arrows at enemies while riding the jaguars. While the Demon Riders in Midnight Thief don’t shoot arrows while riding on their jaguars, they do ride jaguars while they hunt. There was also this small poison plotline in Midnight Thief that reminded me of one of my most favorite books ever: Poison Study by Maria V. Synder. I can’t go more into detail about it because it’s a spoiler, but the similarity is definitely there. Another similarity Midnight Thief had with another book is also a spoiler, but I can say that the similarity reminds me of the Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. If you’ve read the Darkness Rising trilogy like I did, you’ll definitely get the Midnight Thief similarity too.
What kind of man did it take, to so coolly and methodically slip through the Palace defenses? To betray his own city to bloodthirsty beasts? (ARC 167)
There is romance in Midnight Thief, but you guys can calm down, there’s no love triangle. Midnight Thief‘s summary is cruel – it made me think that the book would contain a love triangle of some sort. Yes, that was one of my top worries. However, although there are no love triangles in Midnight Thief, I didn’t feel any chemistry between the couple, if you can even call them a couple. The couple were more like friends in my eyes and I wasn’t surprised when they finally kissed because I knew they would end up together anyways. In the end, the romance doesn’t impress me much.
Overall, as of now, I highly doubt I’ll be reading the sequel to Midnight Thief. Midnight Thief is just sadly not the book for me.