fantasy, retellings, sci-fi

Book Review: Thief by Savanna Roberts (Tales of Nottingham Book 1)

Thief by Savanna Roberts

Published by (Independently published)

Genres: YA,, Romance, Retelling

Series: Tales of Notthingham #1

Pages: 258

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The outlaw Robin Hood wreaks havoc on the industrial city of Nottingham, but he doesn’t just steal riches. Bit by bit he takes away the Sheriff’s power and control, and none of the Sheriff’s advisors can stop the thief. As the daughter of a nobleman and one of the Sheriff’s colleagues, Marion has always known her place – be a great hostess, but let the men do the work. Until a chance encounter with Robin Hood makes the Sheriff realize the outlaw has a weakness for damsels in distress.After a threat made against her Father’s life, Marion is forced to play a part in the Sheriff’s scheme to go undercover, find Robin Hood, and get rid of him. But the thief and his companions are not what she expects, and she begins to doubt her mission.In the first story in the Tales of Nottingham, Marion finds herself trapped between duty and love, where one false move could end her Father’s life or destroy the people she cares about most.

My Review

You know that feeling you get when you like a book so much but then you are loathing having to write a review for it because you have so many thoughts and you don’t know where to start? 😂 That’s me right now 🙆🏻‍♀️.

Ok, I guess I’ll just throw all my thoughts here and hope it makes sense.
Thief is so so unique, I don’t even know how to categorize it. Fantasy? Sci-fi? Contemp? I’d say it is like a mashup of all of those and I love it. I know this may sound weird, but it gives me Shrek vibes because of the setting! Like magical beings mingling with humans and the different realms named after Fairytale lands (Sherwood Forest, Briar Rose, Goldilocks, Giantsville, Neverland, etc etc). I LOVED that. (Add the fact that there’s tech and ta-da!)

When we start the story we see that combination of faeries buying coffee at a cafe and fluorescent signs shinning on the streets while elves go to balls and work at the local hospital. Here is a little snippet of the book that might help you understand what I mean:

”The further into Nottingham we go, the busier it gets. Restaurants and cafes line the sides of the road, their signs bright yellow and flashing, and I’m ecstatic to see a fairy leaving a coffee shop with a steaming drink in hand. I stare at her as we pass by, looking over her shimmery, transparent blue wings, the point of her ears visible through her bobbed hair.”

Robin Hood is such a sweetheart and I just want to squish him to death 😂❤️ Maybe a little too aggressive, but you get my meaning. His relationship with the MC is adorable and makes your heart flutter something terrible🥺.

The description of Sherwood Forest with its various trees houses is amazinggggg! I love that almost everyone there owns a treehouse as their home or business 😍.
The plot is so good, and even tho it’s a quick read (258 pages) I wouldn’t have had it any other way because it’s just the perfect size for the story. It suits it perfectly and it leaves you satisfied but at the same time wanting more.

Robin Hood’s gang is friendship goals. I’m not kidding I wish could join 🥺❤️. They are like sibling besties and my favorite characters were Ambrosia and Jon 😩💕. I won’t say much about them because it’s better if you found out more about them yourself 🥰.

ContentWise, I have some things I should mention.

There are no sex scenes or explicit romance or kisses at all. Super clean in that way. I do have to mention that the MC at the beginning of the story parties, consumes alcohol, and gets drunk. She does enjoy drinking. There is just a brief two-sentence mention that she likes reading steamy romance. There is also a two-sentence scene where she relates advances from a guy and how he was going to unzip her dress while in a party but she realizes quickly and flees the scene (the dress scene sounds worse than it is but I just wanted to leave that there).

I will leave page numbers for the above mentioned below ;)

And that’s it friends I’m going to go read book #2 right now and hopefuly post my review this weekend . If you have a suggestion for a book you’d like me to review,leave your comment below and I’ll add it to my tbr

Party scene: page 19 and brief mention in 20

Unzip dress scene: page 34 (brief two sentence mention)

Mention about liking steamy romances: page 52 (brief two sentence mention)

Another drunk scene: page 152 (she doesn’t do anything crazy while under the influence…)


Content: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 3.5/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/4

Overall personal rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨✨ 3.75/5 (just beacuse of the content)

About the Author

IMG_5084Savanna Roberts is a YA authorfreelance editor, wife, and proud mama of two sweet kitties.

She enjoys writing stories with complicated characters and hard situations, promising to never provide you with easy stories but ones full of hope. 

She’s been writing seriously since she was ten years old, and she currently has seven books out and has written an article for Introvert, Dear, as well as collaborated on blog events with other writers. 

In her free time, she enjoys reading, adventuring with her husband, snuggling her cats, and studying psychology.

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