I’m getting real sick of WordPress’s nonsense. On the bright side, I managed to snag an ARC of this book at Yallwest, which was super exciting. I didn’t think I would get so lucky!
Name: The Last Rogue
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.
Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.
Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.
Book Cover Comments
I didn’t get this cover until I read the book, but now that I understand it, I think it’s gorgeous. Maroon and gold is such a good combo. I’m so excited for the hardcover!
The Actual Review
I was definitely excited for this book after reading the synopsis, but I didn’t think I was going to devour it in the way that I did. But y’all it was incredible. The Mummy and Indiana Jones are my shit–I love movies like that. This book was basically a female-led version of those movies, but it also featured a super totally hot dude, which made it even more enjoyable.
The pacing was really fantastic; sometimes with books like this, I can find myself getting bored or having to go back to remember what happened. But The Lady Rogue was plotted to perfection; I couldn’t wait to keep flipping the pages! I think it had a lot to do with the heroine’s voice, which came off as a little cheesy at times, but it was such a fun read that I genuinely didn’t mind.
On the subject of cheesiness, yes, there’s a little bit of campiness, but that’s part of what makes the book so endearing. You can’t help but root for Theo, because she’s funny, charming, and remains that way consistently. She’s also hella smart, and it was nice that that was shown, rather than just shoved down our throat without evidence. The male lead, Huck, was also great about being obnoxious in that really cute boy way, but he definitely didn’t step on her toes.
Which brings me to my next point: there was definitely romance in this book, it was definitely hate-to-love (kind of, it’s complicated, so go read it), and it was totally slow burn! All of my favorite things, rolled into two hilarious characters.
There was also a great balance between tension and humor. Even though the overall tone of the book was comedic, the scenes that were actually serious were given just enough weight to keep us on our toes, without seeming like total exaggerations of minor inconveniences. Plus, we were given enough clues to solve the mystery of this book if we wanted to, but the big revelation toward the end still wasn’t one that was easy to predict.
I can’t say much without spoiling stuff, but I really recommend The Lady Rogue. It’s a quick read, but super fun, and enjoyable to the point where I think I’m going to buy a hardcopy and just reread it when I feel like I’m in the mood! It’s a blend of Agatha Christie novels, The Mummy, and Indiana Jones, with a hint of Grisha-ness. So it was really, really fun, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s in the middle of a reading slump, because this is the sort of read that would definitely pull you out of it!