Book: The Lady Rogue
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Release: September 2019
The Lady Rogue is an adventurous historical fiction set in the 1930s, featuring Theodora Fox and her ex-but-kinda-current love interest, Huck, where they attempt to find her father after he disappears looking for a legendary ring that belonged to Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula).
I REALLY loved the premise of this book. The writing was compelling and imaginative, and the integration of historical Romania and the lore of Dracula was fascinating. The idea of a female lead in an adventurous historical setting was appealing – I liked the idea of a strong and fiery main character, like Pierce’s Alanna of Trebond or Lee’s Mary Quinn, but Theo unfortunately fell short of my expectations.
Because so much of the story centered around Theo and Huck’s relationship, or lack thereof, the storyline fell a bit flat for me. I didn’t appreciate the angsty teenage drama that seemed entirely out of place at times, and there was no real growth from either of them. There were fascinating moments in the story that I would have liked to see the author expand upon instead of focusing on past angst, BUT the writing really did make up for the characters’ shortcomings. I was immersed in Romanian lore and suspenseful magical encounters, and I adored every bit of it! Needless to say, regardless of the fluffy teen angst, I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book by this author (hopefully the sequel!)
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys some fluffy love and a solid historical adventure, and of course, dark magic and Dracula tales! However, if you’re looking for something with a bit more substance behind the characters, this might not be the book for you.
I received a free digital copy of this from Edelweiss: Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review. (Of course, I’ve just now gotten around to writing the review because procrastination, but better late than never, right?