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February 15, 2016

Loved It: Gifted Thief by Helen Harper

Series: Highland Magic 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Publisher: Harper Fire
Source: via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother's womb, I've been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don't want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I've never looked back. I don't need a Clan. I've got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.

Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I'm going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it's just as well I have sense of humour. I think I'm going to need it.




I have to be honest, GIFTED THIEF doesn't have the strongest beginning. That prologue, though indicative of Integrity's status amongst the fae, was so juvenile and petty the likes you see in young adult novels. Next is the myth and world building is so vague. I have a lot of questions regarding this world like has the fae assimilated with humans? Why is Integrity treated like shit to begin with? And what's the deal with the faulty magic? 

Once I got past these issues and the story started focusing on Integrity's heists I started having fun. Integrity's a fun heroine to follow, she's a great thief, she likes to tell corny jokes, she loves pink, she's a nerd who's fluent in Klingon, and apparently, she's destined to save the Otherworld because of who she is. As the story moves forward, bits and pieces of Integrity's identity is revealed like who her parents are, what were they like, and why her clan, Adair, fell into ruins. It's still not enough to give me a good grasp of things, but it's better than nothing.

The cast of secondary characters are great too. There's a cool salad of magical beings here, my favorite being Bob, Integrity's djinn. Integrity's crew are a cool bunch too, they're great thieves and are very loyal to Integrity. Things got interesting when Byron, the Moncrieffe heir, got into the picture. He wasn't very nice to Integrity when she was still living with the Sidhe, but it looks like things are changing and sparks are flying between these two. My girl's not making it easy for Byron even if the dude is hot shit! I love the building romantic tension between the two, their flirtatious bickering and teasing is very cute and even swoony at times.

GIFTED THIEF isn't as dark as it's urban fantasy counterparts. It's light and funny while still delivering an interesting premise. The plot developed nicely, it shed it's "juvenile" tone and grew into a good fantasy story that is rife with mysteries and filled with suspicious characters who's got it bad for Integrity. This is my first HHarper book and it definitely won't be my last.










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41 comments:

  1. despite the start it's nice to see that you had a good time with the story and all the characters! It sounds interesting!

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    1. Yup it's very upbeat and the tone is almost like NA but without the angst

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  2. Hmm, sorry for the slow start with all the questions, but light and fun can be a nice change up. New to me so thanks!

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    1. You're welcome!

      She has another series, I want to try that next just for comparison and such. It sounds like that will be darker

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  3. Great to hear that you enjoyed the author and enjoyed once you got past the issues

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    1. I'm glad I didn't give up after the first try that's for sure

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  4. I saw this and thought it sounding like an interesting new series. Any heroine that speaks fluent Klingon is one I think I should meet :)

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  5. I got excited when I saw Sidhe in the synopsis! ;) I'm happy you enjoyed this, Braine, despite the more YA tone. Integrity seems like a unique heroine - fluent Klingon and all - and I'm really curious about why she's been treated badly and why she's a thief.

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    1. She's a real thief and it also has something to do with her Sidhe powers ;)

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  6. Eep...I never do too well with Fae but I do enjoy funny. Is this supposed to be YA/NA/Adult? I can't really tell.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I'm not sure, I think the tone is more NA minus the angst

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  7. Despite the slow beginning, this actually sounds like a pretty good start and I am curious about the characters and world.

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    1. You know me and YA, I think a lot of you won't mind that actually :D

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  8. Glad you were able to get past the intro issues. I'm intrigued :D

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    1. Me too! Give it a try, you're an even bigger UF fan than I am

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  9. I can do slow beginnings, as long as it picks up and wows me. This sounds like my type of book!

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    1. That it did. I guess it's better like that versus a great start and a bad ending

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  10. But it isn't a YA book, right? I mean, not that that would be bad, but the juvenile beginning made me curious.

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    1. No, if anything it's like NA minus the angst

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  11. It can be so fun to see this style in UF since its rare. Most of the time its more darker and gritty. So to have one that is more lighthearted can be refreshing.

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    1. It just might turn in that direction, but for now it's light and funny.

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  12. NA without angst is almost a novelty nowadays, isn't it? :D

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    1. I can only be thankful that there are a few authors who are tired of the angst as much as I am

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  13. Well, I'm an ending girl so if it ends well, I can deal with a not so great beginning. I might have to try this author.

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  14. Sounds like it has a difficult and slow start with all the confusion, but that's good to hear it picked up after that. Integrity does sound like a great character with a lot of personality. And I like the sound of the romance and bit of mystery. Great review!

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    1. Yes because I was sorely looking for the myth/world building part. Maybe I'll get the full history in the next book as Harper focused more on the character building in this one

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  15. Sorry about the rough beginning, but that's good it got a lot better for you! I like to hear that the secondary characters are done well in a book too. :)

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  16. I love that she's fluent in Klingon! I'm glad it got better after the weak beginning.

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  17. I like that this is light and funny. I need more of those books these days. I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds like something I would enjoy!

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  18. This sounds kind of fun! I'm running to check it out on GR and adding it to my watch list on Amazon - I don't mind rough beginnings rife with stupid kid stuff b/c Integrity sounds pretty cool in the end. Even if Bob sounds like a copy of Harry Dresden's Bob, but I won't hold that against Harper ;) Great review!!

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  19. Sometimes first books in a series seem to have a weak beginning for me. I think it's me trying to figure out what world I'm in and to get to know the characters, but they can be slow to introduce you too. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. A heroine with a sense of humour is always good, Braine. And sometimes, the first in series are a little wonky, as if the story needs some time to settle and get started for real. I'm glad you had fun with it, and I'm going to have to add it to my TBR ;)
    Have a wonderful Wednesday and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  21. Sounds like a fun book, but yeah definitely super light at the start. I'm glad it eventually developed more though, and the romantic tension between Byron and Integrity. Also what sort of name is that? Great review!

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  22. I'm glad you wound up enjoying this even with the weak beginning. I love when books surprise me! I like the sound of light and funny urban fantasy. And that djinn Bob sounds fun! I have to check this book out. Love this review!

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  23. That's awesome it was able to get past the iffy start and turn into a fun read :D

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