ARC Review: The Diamond Thief

May 28, 2014 Review 44 ★½

ARC Review: The Diamond Thief
The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling
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Publisher: Capstone Switch Press
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 338
Release Date: October 1st, 2014
Genres: Historical, Steampunk, Young Adult
No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Oh, THE DIAMOND THIEF. I had really high expectations for you. How can you go wrong with with a main character acrobat in Victorian London with a circus setting and a near forbidden romance? Turns out it can go plenty wrong. This one started out great, but quickly went downhill.

Towards the middle of the book I just lost the ability to really get into the story because I didn’t care about the characters or the plot. I read most of the remaining pages without really registering the words.

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And I really did try to care. When a character said a really cheesy line or some really out of the box things happened I cringed, but I moved on, hoping this was just a minor mishap. But it got worse. The romance got cheesier (falling in love within two days-woohoo!) and even weirder things happened. I’m all for adding twists in the plot but is no one really going to question why a guy can just bust out some blue flames from his body if he concentrates enough? And random mind reading? Isn’t this historical fiction?

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But the huge downfall of this book was the believability. Everything was so convenient. Dying? Take some of this mystical super rare potion that I just happened to have on me although I never mentioned it before. Stuck in an impenetrable jail cell with rising water, bound to be in a Titanic-esque situation? Allow me to magically have superpowers. And on, and on.

Anyway, I can’t really recommend this one but a lot of people have loved it so THE DIAMOND THIEF is probably a book you will need to read to decide for yourself.

Rating Report
Overall: 1.6

44 Responses to “ARC Review: The Diamond Thief”

  1. Kristen

    I believe I got like you toward the end. I bailed at about 70% because, eh, I saw where it was going. It was cute read with lots of steampunk, which isn’t my thing, but I read past that. I think it had lots of potential to not be so “cutesy.”

    I got blinded by the cover on this one.
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    • Alise

      It only got even more weird after that so you didn’t miss anyway. Right? I think it could have been much better without all the cheese. I was blinded by the synopsis but same idea. Thanks for stopping by :)

    • Alise

      I love historical fiction, so that could be why I’m a little upset at this one. Historical magical fantasy *nods* Yes, yes. It was wayyyy out of the box, and sadly, not in the good way. Shhh, you’ll give away our secret!

    • Alise

      Sure! It really does, because then what’s the point? If you know everything is going to work out perfectly it takes the meaning away from the journey to get to the end.

    • Alise

      Yeah :( And unfortunately I don’t read steampunk that often so I can’t recommend you any. The Infernal Devices series is Historical YA and it has some steampunk elements.

      Sure, thanks for stopping by!

      • Silvia @ Darkest Sins

        I’ve just read the first instalment of The Infernal Devices, but I may continue one day because I really liked it. It was a surprise because with The Mortal Instruments I quit after the fourth book, when I couldn’t even recognize the author’s style. Then again, TID has that historical/steampunk setting that gets me better.
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        • Alise

          SAME. I quit TMI on the fourth book because of that and the fact it could have just been a trilogy instead of being dragged out. TID is so much better and more emotional!

  2. Anastasia

    It’s a shame because I usually love steampunk-esque stuff, and the idea of a circus performer in Victorian London would definitely be a selling point to me, but a string of conveniences like that seems a little lazy :/ Will have to read it to see what I think :) Until then – flame on!
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    • Alise

      Right? All that is what sold me on the book too but it was all overshadowed by the negatives. I would love to read your thoughts on it so let me know if you read it! :)

    • Alise

      Thanks, Franny :) Yeah, the concept was great but all the other elements just brought the book down.

  3. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    UGHHH. Reading this review already made me feel like rolling my eyes like there was no tomorrow. What the hell is this book .-. I hate it when there’s insta-love and I hate it even more when there’s always a deus ex machina situation where they conveniently get out of something due to this and that that have never been there before x_x I’m so sorry, Alise, this must’ve suched A LOT. I’m not touching this. Thanks for taking one for the team!
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    • Alise

      It is pretty frustrating, especially when it’s just so random. Like one guy is like “It’s hopeless, there is no wait we are coming out of this alive. But wait! There is something blah blah blah” and then proceeds to use some freaking weird superpowers all of the sudden. Like, what? Haha, sure :)

  4. lily

    No—this one sounds like a major headache! I’m suprised you stuck it through and finished it! I would not have had your patience! I would have flipped tables or something! LOL. Hopefully your next read is better
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    • Alise

      Haha! Trust me, I was pretty verbal when I was reading this one. I was flipping over tables in my mind ;) Thank you!

  5. A Canadian Girl

    I saw the synopsis of this one and was like “Ooo, I want!” And then I read your review and got bummed out because I don’t want to read a book where issues are conveniently solved and there’s insta-romance. I’m also a bit curious as to why the author would randomly throw in characters with superpowers.

    Hope your next read is better, Alise!
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    • Alise

      The synopsis is definitely written well, it sucked me in too. I wouldn’t have even minded the superpowers as long as it was addressed (which is never was) and how random it was. Thank you :)

  6. Rashika

    This one sounds like a nightmare!!!
    Love in two days?? NO THANKS! And weird conveniences? Again, no thanks. (I’ve been known to make exceptions but… yeah this one sounds way over the top).

    I am sorry this didn’t work out for you :(

    Great review, Alise!! :)

    • Alise

      Psh, everyone knows the best and lasting relationships are the ones that develop within 48 hours. *can’t even type that with a straight face* Anyways, yeah, that’s exactly what it was-over the top. And points for the unintended circus pun ;D

      Thanks :)

    • Alise

      Glad to know I’m not alone!

      Is there really? Do I dare to click…

      Oh my gosh, seriously? Sounds like a love triangle, in which case I will be staying SO far away from that one I’ll be on the other side of the world. Again, nice cover though, ha.

  7. Kirsty-Marie

    <I?main character acrobat in Victorian London with a circus setting and a near forbidden romance? that’s a whole lot of awesome for such a bad one. :( Falling in love within 2 days? I know YA is pretty fast and everything, but hey, new record. And magical awesome power stuff going on that’s not explained. Yes, we’re all X-Men here.

    And this is why we can’t have nice books, The Diamond Thief.
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    • Alise

      You’re telling me, this one had so much potential. Really disappointing. Two days. Secret X Men, indeed xD


    • Alise

      Haha, thank you :) This one did have its share of issues. Yeah… If you do read it let me know because I would love to know what you think!

  8. Amir

    I’ve only recently discovered steampunk and it took me awhile to get into the science fiction aspect of it since I used to read historical romances and couldn’t separate from that. I’ve now enjoyed a few though but never a YA one. I don’t think I’ll be starting with this one too! Insta-love, convenient last minute situations that will magically solve one’s problems is not for me! Awesome review Alise :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, this one is not a very good example of either genre. Insta love is the worst :( Thank you!

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