The Lady Rogue

The Lady Rogue

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...

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Title:The Lady Rogue
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The Lady Rogue Reviews

  • 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 Romania. And there is quite

    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!

  • 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 this book came into

    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.*

  • megs_bookrack

    Pure entertainment from start to finish!!!

    A bit

    , mixed with

    , 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

    Pure entertainment from start to finish!!!

    A bit

    , mixed with

    , 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...

    ...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!

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  • 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

    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:

  • 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 Bennett,

    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!

  • 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

    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**

  • Mackenzi

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

  • 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

    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!

  • Malanie

    When someone says a book is “like

    ” 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

    .

    Huck, the love interest, is………..a little bit cute. He’s also very annoying and self-absorbed, so his cuteness was

    When someone says a book is “like

    ” 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

    .

    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???????????

    Mostly, I stuck with this for the Vlad history and Orient Express and the fun journey through Romania + dark castles + misty Carpathian Mountains.

    *

  • 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 chore to read. I pushed

    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. **

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