[This review is based on the ARC (Advance Reader Copy) digital edition published by the Switch Press imprint of Capstone Young Readers in 2014.]
The single-sentence synopsis:
Rémy Brunel, the teenage tightrope walker for a traveling circus, finds herself embroiled in an insane lord’s diabolical plan to destroy London’s government after their paths cross over a valuable diamond that both are trying to steal.
Judging the cover:
This is one of the covers that captured my attention at BEA back in May, and how could it not? The mysterious-looking brunette in a beautiful period dress, holding a diamond behind her back, drew me in. The historical fiction lover in me couldn’t wait to pick this up!
First thought I had after I finished reading:
So much fun! This book would make an awesome movie!
And here’s why:
Rémy Brunel is exactly the kind of girl I wish I was in another life. She’s smart, adventurous, headstrong, and persistent, among other things. She’s grown up surrounded by some very interesting people and had the opportunity to travel the world. The only elements of her life that I really don’t envy are the loss of her parents and the whole cat-burglar side job. She comes to discover that apparently she’s under some kind of curse, which she later learns forces her to fight falling in love; it doesn’t seem like a big deal until she actually begins to feel something for someone, but then she merely denies the curse’s existence and insists she’s refusing to get into a relationship because she’s always been a loner. I don’t think there’s a single person on Earth who wishes they lived under that kind of magic.
The best word I can think of to describe the tale itself is a caper — it’s an adventure in every sense of the word. Through the course of the novel, Rémy finds herself dressing as a woman of wealth to gain entry to the diamond exhibit; chasing a street urchin through the streets of London after he steals her bag; and running through hidden underground tunnels to figure out the evil lord’s plan. While all of this is happening, she experiences new friendships, treachery, violence, and the beginnings of love. Take away the burglary and it just about sums up the teenage experience, am I right?!
The Diamond Thief is a truly fun ride, and even though its label is YA, I hope you’ll consider it regardless!
On a scale of 1-5, I would give it a…