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Review: Rules for Thieves

Title: Rules for Thieves Author: Alexandra Ott Genre: Fantasy Series: Rules for Thieves #1

Blurb Twelve-year-old Alli Rosco is smart, resourceful, and totally incapable of keeping her mouth shut. Some of these traits have served her well during her nine years in Azeland’s orphanage, and others have proved more troublesome…but now that she’s escaped to try her luck on the streets, she has bigger problems than extra chores to contend with. Surviving would be hard enough, but after a run-in with one of the city’s Protectors, she’s marked by a curse that’s slowly working its way to her heart. There is a cure, but the cost is astronomical—and seems well out of her reach.

Enter Beck, a boy with a gift for theft and a touch of magic, who seems almost too good to be true. He tells Alli that the legendary Thieves Guild, long thought to be a myth, is real. Even better, Beck is a member and thinks she could be, too. All she has to do is pass the trial that the King of Thieves will assign to her. Join the Guild, collect her yearly reward and buy a cure. Plus, Alli hopes the Guild will be the home—the family—that Alli has always wanted. But when their trial goes wrong, innocent lives are put in danger, and Alli has to decide how much she can sacrifice in order to survive.

What I Liked

Alli has such a great you're-not-my-boss attitude, and she's so feisty you can't help but love her. You don't really know what the deal is with Beck for a while, so of course I loved him. The world is fun but the characters are what made me really dive into this book.

What I Would Have Liked to See

Greater expansion of the Thieves Guild. I wanted to spend more time there. But I think (hope!) they're going to show up more in the sequel!

My Favorite

I don't know why, but the guard's magic on Alli stuck with me and I think about it a couple times a week.


Cursed orphanage escapee teams up with a thief to uncurse herself. Also there are giant sassy bird-things. Fun, funny, sad, and ultimately happy!



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Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories.

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