Book Review: Little Thieves by Margaret Owens


Title: Little Thieves

By: Margaret Owen

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 512

Release Date: October 19th, 2021

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother's love--and she's on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele's dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja's otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back... by stealing Gisele's life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele's sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja's tail, she'll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.


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I've never heard of the Goose Girl, which is what this book is based off of I guess, but I really enjoyed the intricacies of this story.

The main character, Vanja has stollen something that has far worse consequences than she imagined. She has stollen the life of the princess she once served. I love the desperation and regret that runs deep through this story, ultimately pushing Vanja toward fixing the problems she has created, not just for her, but for the ones she has wronged as well.

I loved the writing in this book. Margaret Owens has an amazing writers voice and uses it well in the weaving of this tale. I can't wait to see what else this author has in store.

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