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Review: The Diamond Thief

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Title: The Diamond Thief

Author: Sharon Gosling

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

2 stars

Remy Brunel is a sixteen-year-old trapeze artist who is also a jewel thief. But now her master Gustave has ordered her to steal one of the most valuable diamonds in the world. But she’s not the only one that wants that jewel…

I really expected to enjoy this book. And, despite some flaws, I actually did at the beginning. But the more I read the worse it got. About halfway through, I lost interest and I had to force myself to finish it.

Remy is supposed to be the best jewel thief in Europe… but that’s quite difficult to believe because she’s only 16 and she’s actually not all that smart. She’s also very, very poor – so poor that she’s been wearing the same pair of boots for six years. But people grow a lot between 10 and 16. If she’s such an amazing thief, why not simply steal a new pair of shoes?

The diamond that she needs to steal now is the most important one yet – because she needs it to break the curse. The curse that her master tells her about only after she fails to get the diamond. I don’t understand why he didn’t tell her about it earlier. Maybe she would have been more careful if she knew about it. The curse is pretty pathetic – she’s cursed to drive away the person she’s in love with.
And that person would be Thaddeus Rec, a young policeman that’s also looking for the diamond. They end up working together and falling in love. During the whole story I felt zero chemistry between them. She keeps calling him ‘little policeman’, which is incredibly annoying.

There were too many melodramatic moments and by the end of the book, I didn’t care about any of the characters anymore. The book gets two stars for being interesting at first. I think younger readers would enjoy it more than I did.

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