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Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

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About the Book – Little Thieves

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl… 

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.

Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both. 

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In the world I knew, there were three reasons a person could be wanted: for profit, pleasure, or power. If you could satisfy only one, they used you. Two, they saw you. Three, they served you.

Quote from Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Our Review of Little Thieves

Man this book is long. So long that I was scared that it will take next year to finish this book. Perhaps I should have picked this book way before as I didnt wanted to enter the new year with an unfinished book and Little thieves with over 500 pages may not have been the ideal choice.

The book definitely is worth picking up. Little thieves is basically the retelling of Goose girl . Since I had never read it in my life I had no idea how if fairs as a retelling. So for me this is a fresh story with so many layers and subplots and events happening that it partly is dizzying and also explains the length of the book

The two major issues I had with the book is the length and too many folklore references, Jargons which for a newbie like me, who have no idea about the backstory of this references, complicated stuff. Like mid way I had to shake my brain to understand whether the thing being referred is some kind of creature or a person. So that kind of kept adding a hindrance to my experience of the book .

Apart from my difficult with not understanding the reference, I believe the book is amazing with so much happening and seeking for your attention. One of the amazing thing about the character’s are what you think they are. The ones you believe are good, turns out to be worst and when you expect them to be worst they turns to be good. The ones you thought wouldn’t make much of an appearance ends up changing the entire plot. So that way this book just keeps you in toe.


I had a mixed feeling for the book but in general I believe this book is absolutely amazing though it has pace dips which is expected considering the volume but even so a lot of plot developments keeps it exciting and running. 

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating -3 Stars

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