Sunday, March 6, 2016

TOUR STOP: The Gifted Thief

ISBN: 1519683820
Pages: 348
Source: Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours
Publication Date: January 29, 2016
Initial Reaction: 
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.
Hello everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for The Gifted Thief by Helen Harper! As always, check out the banner above for a list to all the other stops!

This book hooked me right from the beginning with the introduction of Integrity Taylor. She is considered a piece of trash by everyone around her because of her name and after she’s hit a breaking point, she runs away and meets Taylor who gives her a new life. The book starts off with her as a young girl and constantly living in fear of punishment from the Bull and the switched to present day where’s she a snarky thief with an affinity for bad jokes. I absolutely adored Integrity as a character and she kept the story moving along and fun. On the topic of characters, we have the “prince” of the Moncrieffe Clan: Byron. He is your typical rich playboy but he definitely meets his match in Integrity and their banters seriously light up the novel.

The world that this novel is set in includes a mixture of Scottish and Irish lore. We have the Sidhe whom are divided into several Clans and each Clan is manipulative and power-hungry. The Moncrieffe Clan is the only one whose name stood out since they essentially led the Sidhe council and play a huge part in the story. We also have the Adair Clan that was wiped out and Integrity is the last living member of the Clan. I have to admit, I will never tire of some political backstabbing, especially when there’s a quest and demons involved.

With that being said, yes there is a quest and it was pretty interesting to say the least. There is this magical barrier which keeps all demons away from the world and it is weakening. The Council decides to journey to where the source of their magical power is and in order to unlock the doorway, they need Integrity to represent her Clan. Honestly, the Council members are all uptight and suspicious and Integrity was like a breath of fresh air that kept the story going. One of my favorite scenes of the entire novel is when they reach the power source and the Council members are struggling to open the box while Integrity just stands to the side smirking because they aren’t using their brains.

The book was fun and enjoyable and flew by so quickly. I was honestly shocked when I found out this book was almost 350 pages because my biggest complaint was that it was too short and I wanted more. The second book is already out and I’m debating on whether or not I should get my hands on it now or later because this book wrapped up nicely but it left me wanting more.


After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That's not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.
Helen currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with far too many cats - not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere.
You can find out more - and learn how to get a FREE copy of Corrigan Fire - by visiting Helen's website:

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3 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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