The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling
eBook, 335 pages
Published by Capstone & Switch Press
Synopsis: 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?
1) I thought J was really cute. With his cockney accent and little brother charm. Probably the only character I cared about.
2) The writing isn't terrible, it's what kept me thinking that this book couldn't be that bad. It was written in a classic British fashion. Gosling was clearly trained well in her writing structure.
1) As I briefly touched on before, there was nothing about the book that grabbed me. There was no "wow" moment, nothing that grabbed my emotions and pulled me in. I had no reason to care about the relationships or the character's plight. I felt nothing throughout the entire book.
2) Remy's repeated use of the phrase "Mon dieu" and a couple of french sentences, doesn't make it believeable that she spoke French. In reality, the overuse of "Mon dieu"just became really annoying.
3) All of the details were so convoluted. It was meant to come off intricate and complex but it was just a hot mess. This book couldn't decide what it wanted to with all the details. It's set in Victorian London, but then there are science projects that are night-visions goggles and jet packs and magic jewels. There was a circus, magic, and sad family back stories, cliche "coppers." It was all over the place.
In a way the author must have known to a certain extent how crazy all of her ideas were put together because her main male character, Thaddeus kept repeating over and over again how ridiculous everything was. That could just be my opinion though.
4) The main couple happens out of the blue, they are at each others throat, nonstop. Then in one second it all changes and boom, they're in love. Nope, not buying it.
Maybe this book just wasn't for me though. If any of you guys get the chance to read it, tell me what you think. I'd love to hear from you.
1) "Thaddeus looked her over again. 'Tell me where you hurt.'
She muttered something in French that may have been an insult, and then said, 'Everywhere. I just fell from a ceiling.'