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Book Review: Skate the Thief by Jeff Ayers

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Title: Skate the Thief
Author: Jeff Ayers
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Available in paperback and on Kindle. Currently free on Kindle Unlimited in the UK!


In Skate the Thief, we follow a young girl named Skate who lives on the streets. She is a member of a gang and steals things to give to her boss. One day, she unknowingly tries to steal from a wizard. Wizards are seen as strange in this world and are relatively few in number, especially where Skate is. The wizard offers her a place to stay if she steals books for him.

Firstly, this book has a fascinating premise and it really did deliver. The writing was descriptive, the dialogue and characters felt real and fleshed-out and parts of this plot just felt so unique. I loved the "guardian" spider/bat creature that lived with the wizard! 

Parts of the story did feel slower in pace but it really allowed us to see Skate's life and what it is like to be homeless and alone. I really appreciated how the author did this.

The magic in this book was also really interesting and I wanted to find out more about it and the wizards.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it if you enjoy fantasy books. I feel like this book should be more known than it is so please check it out!

My rating: 4/5 stars

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  1. This sounds really interesting. I love that it takes the more basic storyline of the thief that is caught red-handed and offered a new opportunity and added a fun twist with the wizard. I'm going to have to check this one out!

  2. Never heard of this book before. I really liked how you structured your review! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Nice review of what sounds like an intriguing book. I love the idea of someone being tasked to steal books!

  4. This sounds like a decent story that would be good to read over the holidays! Thanks for sharing.