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*This review contains spoilers for previous books in the series.*
Yes! THIEVES IS BACK!
Well, kind of, since I think the next book will be about Kelsey again. And I know the series technically never left. But this had Zoey's POV! And a heist! And that amazing single book *and* long game plotting that, in my opinion, is one of Lexi Blake's strongest skills (at least in this series, I haven't read any others)! And just some of that cozy feeling I love so much about the original five books.
I liked getting to know Rhys more, since we never saw much of him in previous books. I liked getting to see how some of the characters and their lives have changed since we last saw them. I liked that certain characters I kind of missed, since they hadn't been getting much page-time lately, were more in the story again. I liked the new (and new-ish) characters who have become or are becoming part of the family. I loved all the old characters too, but of course that's a given. And then there was Declan. I always kind of hate him and think he deserves being punched every so often, but I also kinda feel bad for him since he does feel the heavy weight of the position he's in and sometimes makes genuine mistakes because he's Declan and genuinely doesn't understand why the things he says and does are actually not ok. But anyway, just great characters overall. I love 'em.
This wasn't as action-packed or plot-heavy as many of the other books, but I was fully hooked regardless. There was a lot of other stuff that needed to be focused on before jumping back into action and heists. I like where this series is going. I like that we've picked back up on the Myrddin thread and are back in the thick of things.
I'm not going to explain everything that's great about this series in general and all the characters because I've already done that in other reviews. And if you've read the books, you already know.
Of course, this book---I assume this whole new leg of the series---still has all the male vs. female dichotomy and stereotyping stuff. Also, for some reason, ever since Stealing Summer, the author has decided to use male/female instead of man/woman (for example, "He was attractive, but there was no way to miss the ruthless will that always surrounded the male."), and it sounds so unnatural. It's also incredible how there have been 11 books in this series, including multiple triad relationships and multiple characters who are attracted to men and women, yet I don't think the word bisexual (or pansexual) has been used even once. But for me, overlooking some things is worth it because of how much I enjoy this series and how much I love these characters.
Overall, this was much more like the original Thieves books than any of the previous five have been, I didn't want it to end, I was happy to be fully back with Zoey and her family, and I'm excited to see where this series goes from here!
*This is a spin-off series, and I highly HIGHLY recommend starting with Steal the Light. This is about all the same characters, and I don’t think this spin-off series will be as enjoyable if you haven’t read the rest of the books.*
I don't normally leave reviews but let me tell you I read them often, I just usually feel my comments would be redundant. So I will say "The Excellence continues!" Let me start by saying I was slightly underwhelmed by "Stealing summer," so my expectations 4 "Rebel Queen" were tempered somewhat. I was concerned that "Thieves" like other series (cycle? Saga?) from other authors would devolve into what I call "StoryVerse Inbreeding." But Ms. Blake is phenomenal and her Muse deserves a raise! When beginning this book I realized I would have to go back and read "Stealing Summer." I quickly reaslised that my perspective when first reading it was that it was wrapping up the series, and so my perspective was somewhat myopic. The second time I read it I could see that it was actually about both endings and beginnings. No not endings, but closures and beginnings. I was able to re-read and gain a different perspective (a repentant perspective) and realise it is a truly skillful and tasty segue ( or Pairing ;-) to this next portion of the Thieves Saga. And that's a good way to get into reading the "Rebel Queen." With a repentant perspective that allowed me to truly engage with the story. And it was quite a ride, exceeding my previously suppressed expectations. Ms Blake is a very funny, wiley and skilled craftsperson. She shares the depths of her own personal experiences and gained wisdom, which are manifest in her characters. I can relate and I'm truly grateful she shares these deep insights with us. In "Rebel Queen " she has skillfully avoided the "Literary Inbreeding" that often bloats a series ( the conforming to fan expectations instead of continuing to evolve along lines true to the storyline) when there are numerous beloved characters involved. With this book she craftily brought beloved characters in to play with New characters, and matured some of the characters we have come to love along the way. The thoughtful way she weaved in the concepts of catastrophic change, the fight for (or against) relevance, grief, unconditional love, the entire dynamic of familial relationships. Nothing felt crammed in or hurried to completion, it was not a frenzy of "wham bam thank you ma'am" to orgasmic literature, but instead This Book has taken the edge off so sweet seduction and intensifying foreplay can build to its own completion and the expectation of the next orgasmic revelation. This read very similarly to Zoe, Dev and Danny's own Intimate encounters. So though there was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end and because this is an exceptional writer and storyline, instead of feeling frustrated and dissatisfied I left truly panting and titillated and anticipating the next story. Somehow, miraculously Ms Blake is interweaving all of her literary galaxies into one universe and she is taking the time and the care to do it properly. Thank you Lexi.
I stumbled across the thieves series a year ago in the audible and couldn't listen to it fast enough that I had to get the books. I fell head over heels in love with Zoey ,Danny ,Dev and ,Kelsey that I couldn't get enough. Zoey is always getting into trouble but she has the brains and some much need luck of over coming the odd of any situations with the help of her family and crew. I'm sure you'll enjoy this series as much as I have. Be for warned it does have some hot sex scenes in the series not so much in this book and Zoey is in a polyamory relationship with Danny a vampire king and Dev a fae fertility god.
Lexie Blake has done it again! I couldn't put it down and read it in one day, I'm so disappointed when I got to the end and it was over so guess I'll start from the beginning again. Not going to give anything away in the review but just to say it was better than I thought it would be, I laughed, cried, gasped in wonderment. Enjoy.
When Zoey, Dev, Danny, Dean and Kelsey time travel back to Dallas, twelve years have passed. Zoey does not handle losing those twelve years with her children well. The fact that they have grown up and suffered due to an evil sorcerer is devastating. Their home is no longer their home and they are fugitives. There’s a lot going on emotionally and, in their fight, to take back their lives. There’s intrigue, passion, romance and family…everything one expects in a Lexi Blake book!
This band of amazing people has the most incredible adventures! I will never miss a book! Z Dev and Daniel are fantastic as they navigate their return to find their lives drastically changed after getting trapped in the painting in the book before this one. So much has changed and four days has actually been twelve years on earth. But family finds a way to make it through. Bravo Lexi you made me cry again!
I liked it and if you like Zoey, Dev and Danny's story, you will too. I feel like this book is a bit light, but there's nothing wrong with that. We pick up where the last book Stealing Summer left off and it is a whole new world. Without giving anything away, there have been huge changes and this book is basically Zoey & her family coming to terms with it all. Can't wait for the next book!!
I could go on but I think you get my drift. There’s not a book of Lexi’s that I have not enjoyed throughly. She didn’t start with this book either. I had so much fun reading it. The husband not so much. He’s feeling left out. I’ve got to go guys, only so much time in a day. I’ve got “Treasured” ( my newest from Lexi) to read next. Bye ~P~
I absolutely love this entire series and thIs new offshoot continues that feeling. As expected, there is a lot of drama, humor, thrills and anxious moments. Zoey and gang are as strong and tight as before, giving their enemies a run for their money. I can't wait for Kelsey's next saga. Highly recommended.
I read this book without sleeping till done. All of this series is a must read. It gives your brain a break from the real world and your heart a smile. The stories are not all sweetness but there is love at the end. Lexi Blake, PLEASE give us this read more often! Books are too far apart. 😉