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Publisher's Summary

A scrappy maid must outsmart both palace nobles and Low Gods in a new YA fantasy by Margaret Owen, author of the Merciful Crow series.

The little thief steals gold, but the great one steals kingdoms;

And only one goes to the gallows...

Vanja Schmidt knows no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love. Abandoned to Death and Fortune as a child, she has scraped by as a lowly maidservant with her quick wits and the ability to see her godmothers’ hands at work in the world. But when they demand her lifelong servitude in exchange, Vanja decides that gifts not given freely...can always be stolen.

When an opportunity rises to steal a string of enchanted pearls, Vanja seizes it, transforming herself into Gisele, the princess she’s served for years. As the glamorous princess, Vanja leads a double life, charming the nobility while ransacking their coffers as a jewel thief. Then, one heist away from funding an escape from her god-mothers, Vanja crosses the wrong god, and is cursed to turn into jewels herself. The only way to save herself is to make up for what she’s taken - starting with her first victim, Princess Gisele.

A wicked retelling of “The Goose Girl", Little Thieves is a delightfully witty YA fantasy about the fickle hands of fate, and changing the cards we’re dealt.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2021 Margaret Owen (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Entertaining

For YA, this was a good one! I really enjoyed all the characters for a change (breaking my pattern of haaaaating YA protagonists). A few things: the romance was predictable, and there was still a bit more "pick-me " energy than I would have liked. But, the banter saved it. The dynamics between characters were fun and engaging, where some points of the story got dull the dialogue was the saving grace.

As far as a retelling goes, I was unfamiliar with Goose Girl so I can't overly comment, but it felt like such a unique telling.

For all the incredibly high ratings this book was given I have to say I expected more. I don't know for sure what that something extra could have been to make it more worth it, but I just didn't quite feel that special something (if that makes sense to anyone but me LOL). Won't be continuing with the series, but still a good change of pace.

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Loved it!

Great story and great narrator! It was funny and witty and highly enjoyable from beginning to end!

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So Freaking Good

THIS IS HOW A RETELLING SHOULD BE DONE!!

I hope there is a sequel, and will read anything and everything by this author.

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  • 2021-11-02

Truly Excellent

Everything about this book from character to world building was so great. I loved it.

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  • 2022-08-16

So yummy and fun!

This was an absolute delight !! Oh my god I'm so in love!! I read lots of YA books and enjoy them but rarely do I rate them 5 stars but this was just so fabulous. Highly recommend.

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  • Zura Johnson
  • 2022-07-28

Saints and Martyrs!!

This is a Perfect book!

It had magic, and myth, and mystery, humor, love and self discovery all woven together in perfect balance! It’s like an ensemble cast! The characters and their relationships are complex and flawed and beautiful! And SASKIA MAARLEVELD! … I am going to go collect everything you have narrated! What a Masterclass in character work and storytelling!

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  • Ariel Hetz
  • 2022-07-17

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This was a great story. Definitely would be good for most ages too. I’m 31 and really enjoyed it but it’s tame enough that I would let my 11 yo read it.

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  • Laura Elfstrum
  • 2022-07-16

Keep going

It was slow to start for me but so worth it. Great story good narration.

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  • hannah
  • 2022-02-24

One of my favorites now!

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I truly enjoyed every second of it. The story, characters and performance are phenomenal! ♥️