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The love they share burns so bright off the page that it will leave you wanting to have their kind of love. One that is deep, unconditional and will last through anything. Literally, they have to go through everything!! While this book contains no sex, there are hints and meanings behind words that really is so much better then the act itself.

There is also a couple darker scenes that may not fair well with some. Just keep in mind that when there is unnecessary evil there is always undoubtedly good there to combat. And it's less than love, than loyalty, than hope. There is something so unique about this series that I think everyone will enjoy. Filled with caring friends, mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and love that surpasses the ages, Lady Thief has everything that a book could ever need to be AMAZING! Nov 16, Maria highinthebooksky rated it it was amazing Shelves: I stared at him , drinking him in till I felt tipsy with the sight of him , and pulled him closer to me , wanting to touch him.

His arms came around me and I pressed my face to the crook of his neck. I think this scene describes perfectly Scar and Robs relationship! I dont know where to begin to express my love for this book! I was blown away with the first book and couldnt write a review bc I simply needed to read the sequel right awa I stared at him , drinking him in till I felt tipsy with the sight of him , and pulled him closer to me , wanting to touch him.

I was blown away with the first book and couldnt write a review bc I simply needed to read the sequel right away Well first of all if you didnt know the book is a Robin Hood retelling!!! I gripped his neck not sure if I were on my feet or not, touching the ground or not.

My name , my parents , my place - I werent sure of a damn thing except his mouth , his kiss, his tongue touching mine and making me feel separate from my whole being. I was so scared for my lovly characters Prince John was an evil bitch!!! I would get to the tourney grounds. I would sit there and stare at the prince. I wouldnt never be defeated by such a coward. I would cheer for Rob with my heart and soul. Scarlet was such a strong , independent character!

She never gave up but at the same time had her break downs like every normal human being would have! Her loyality to Rob was remarkable! She was so good to him! She wasnt flawless but she was real and thats exactly why i loved her as a character! Her relationship with Rob had such an dinamic! View all 5 comments. Dec 05, Mel Daily Prophecy rated it it was amazing Shelves: First thoughts after finishing: O What am I supposed to do now? This book destroyed me. She stomped on my heart and completely shattered me. It contains all the feelings and this is a book where the inside is just as pretty as the outside.

First off, we have the k First thoughts after finishing: First off, we have the kick-ass Scarlet. This girl has a special place in my heart. Fierce, strong, brave, independent and snarky. Scarlet knows what she wants and she will do anything to achieve that, but in the mean time, she is desperate for love. Her romance with Robin is hard, with her being married to Guy. I liked seeing their struggle and how they both want to be together. And guys, I ship them so hard! But there is of course more to this story than romance. Luckily for us, Gaughen knows how to write an engaging plot.

Things are going to get complicated when Guy says he will ask for an annulment if Scarlet pretends to be the noblewoman she actually is. There is a tournament for the new sheriff and Guy wants to show her off, because Prince John promised him the job.

Guy seriously creeps me out in this story. He was scary in Scarlet, but he is even worse here. The only thing is, Gaughen gave him more depth and complexity. The same for Prince John and his arrogant, cocky look on the world. Discovering more about Scarlet and the tension over the tournament was interesting, but when we were nearing the end something heart-shattering happened. The best way to describe this book: View all 3 comments. Apr 16, Cyp rated it it was amazing Shelves: And now I have to wait She is one cruel woman, but irrefutably a talented author.

There were SO MANY secrets revealed and layers added to the story - the politics, the new cast of characters - that made LT such an addictive, thrilling, heartbreaking and ultimately unforgettable read. A superb sequel to a stunning debut novel! Full review to come. Yayayayay, this just made my rather dreary day a happy happy bookish day. I will fight hand and teeth for an ARC of this beauty when it's out. Sep 13, Hannah marked it as to-read. There's a second one?! Why did nobody tell me?!!! Nov 30, Carmen marked it as to-read. And a third book! Maybe the ending I wished for will finally come Dec 09, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review can also be found at my blog, There were books involved I love it so much.

Scarlet impressed me so much, but Lady Thief just solidified my obsession ummm How do I love thee? Let me count the ways Scarlet If "Scarlet" isn't at the top of everyone's list of reasons to love t This review can also be found at my blog, There were books involved Scarlet If "Scarlet" isn't at the top of everyone's list of reasons to love this series, I would question their sanity. I flailed a lot over her in my earlier review , so I'll try to rein it in here, but she is just as awesome in Lady Thief , if not moreso. She goes through hell in this book, but she never wallows in self-pity -- even when it would be totally understandable if she did.

She also isn't one to place blame anywhere but where it belongs -- on the bad guys. I've seen plenty of heroes blame themselves for the consequences of their fighting for good, for the things the bad guys do in retaliation -- but not Scarlet. She knows who's to blame and she is fiercely set against them. And through it all, she has her sights set on her goals -- being able to be with Robin, and saving the people she cares about, along with keeping all of Nottinghamshire safe, and I just This girl is fierce and I love her. And you learned to trust the band to be at your back.

You may have even learned to let Rob save you. But you don't need a damn one of those things. Your power, your great gift, is that you never give up. You never give up. Because let's be honest, this is one of those OTP's that makes other ships feel small and inconsequential. Rob and Scar are perfect for each other , and they fight so hard to be together, but Lady Thief throws many more obstacles in their path -- there are some awful things going on with Rob, and of course the whole Gisbourne thing shhh, spoilers Plus, no matter how much they love each other and would love to run off together and escape all the awful things going on in Nottinghamshire, they have to fight for the safety of their town and people -- it's in their natures, no matter how much their happiness might be put at risk because of it.

He, and many of the upper-class men of the royal court, had me absolutely enraged throughout the book not only because of the way they treated Scarlet, but because of their views of women in general. It was disgusting -- but the reason it was so bad was that it was so believable. Women were basically owned by their husbands during this time, and Lady Thief shows you a side of this that you'd probably rather not think about.

But that just served to make me root for Scarlet and Robin and the rest of the good guys even more. The believability of Nottinghamshire's predicament made the plot absolutely gripping. Historical Figures in Historical Fiction But still, these books are set in what I'm pretty sure is a fairly accurate historical setting, and Lady Thief brings in real historical figures. Usually, I hate it when books do this. My brain has a problem reconciling fictional characters and their interactions with real historical figures.

But in Lady Thief , it worked for me. I actually really loved the way Gaughen dealt with these "characters", and I applaud her for making them feel not like stuffy historically-accurate representations, but actual people. Okay, this subject is rather all-encompassing, but seriously, it cannot be emphasized enough. Scarlet and Lady Thief are full of feels and they will wring out your heart and stomp on it and then attempt to put it back together only to have it wrung out again. But it's so worth it. Part of the reason these books are so good is the fact that the characters face horrible situations, and those situations have real consequences.

So many times, the good guys face near-insurmountable odds only to come out the other side unscathed. Which can be great, and uplifting, and whatever. In Lady Thief , these characters are facing terrible situations, and there is no way that they could ever come out unscathed.

Like I mentioned earlier, believability is a huge issue for me when it comes to bad guys - and it's a huge issue for me when it comes to high-stakes situations, as well. And in Lady Thief , as one should expect, actions have consequences. Even for the good guys. I feel like that last paragraph might have scared some of you away -- obviously that was not my intention.

If you haven't read these books, they need to be on the top of your TBR ; not only are they so incredibly good, they're doing things that most YA I've been reading lately just doesn't do , and you need to experience them for yourself. They're unbearably gripping, and I just cannot recommend them enough. This book was all kinds of It's torn my heart to shreds, and left a wound so big that I think it might never heal!! But it was soooo good, and if I didn't already have book 3 in my hands, I think I might just drop dead right here, right now Because the Loin Heart's rage and vengeance is about to be let loose But honestly, I don't know why I didn't see it all coming, because once it was all laid out on the table, it all fit together like a jigsaw puzzle with all the right pieces.

But one thing I was a little taken aback by was the drastic change in Scarlet's personality. Though at the same time, I knew she had to do and act the way she did in order to survive the situation that she found herself in. But what I didn't care for was Rob's situation with the disturbing dreams he was having.

It was a little too much and it went a little overboard, and really felt meaningless. I would of liked to see Rob go through the motions of his pain and working through his demons, but just in a little less dramatic way. It just didn't fit well with his character and not the way you would think to see Rob acting, even if he was enduring something like that. It just felt out of the boundaries of his character traits, and by the end of the book it got to be a little annoying She's desperately tried for years to keep her true identify a secret from everyone, even the band of boys that have become her new-found family.

For surly if they knew the real truth about who she really was, they would be as repulsed with her as she is with herself. Scarlet craves the freedom that comes with being just "Scar", and loathes the obligations that her birth given name holds. But when Gisbourne's offer becomes to good to be true, with hopes of a marriage annulment in exchange for the charade of her becoming his dutiful wife while prince John is in Nottingham selecting a new Sheff, she starts second guessing her decision to stay with Rob, and tempted to once again become the noble that she thought died the day she left her life behind With hope dwindling by the day, and limited options of becoming free of her lunatic husband, and zero hope of electing Rob as the towns new sheriff, Scarlet see's no other choice but to concede and give into Gisbourne's sick desires to play his game of wifey.

All while secretly trying to breakdown the nobles defenses from the inside to help their cause and find away to place Rob, her beloved as the towns new sheriff, and ultimately save their people from having to endure the wicked wrath of yet another evil sheriff out for his own viscous gain. So reluctantly, with a heavy heart and weary mind, she accepts his offer and is finally locked back into the world of nobility But everything they've worked for starts to slowly unravel when prince John returns and brings his wicked wrath and vengeful heart to the town of Nottingham, and unleashes his hate and fury on the innocent people.

And for the first time in a long time, Scarlet doubts herself and her capabilities in saving the people, including herself and her beloved Robin Hood. The full extent of their situation is looking more and more like their ultimate downfall if she doesn't find a way to stop Prince John before he finds a way to silents them all once and for all But Scar cannot be beaten down that easy, no, she's a fighter, and stronger then all that.

Stronger then her evil husband and wicked prince that are slowly trying to tear them down from the inside out. But when hidden secrets from Scarlet's past that even she didn't know about come to light, they threaten to bring prince John's world crashing down around him, as anger, turmoil and jealousy consume him.

And now Scarlet is finally starting to understand just why prince John is so threatened by her. And that she herself holds the future of Nottingham and their people in her hands. But is she really able to rise up from her downfalls and defeat this the ones wrecking havoc in Nottingham, and restore back the peace and freedom to her people that they so desperately need?

And I can't wait to finish this trilogy and see how it all ties up in the end. And if Scar is finally able to overcome all her demons within and beat prince John and his evil villains once and for all. It's full of shocking reveals, thrilling anticipation, heart-pounding action, and unforgettable love, with ultimate betrayals. Book three here I come Jul 21, Gillian Berry added it Shelves: A million stars and also I need a band-aid for my soul, please. Cruel but beautiful mistress. Inspirer of warm fuzzies and brutal, crushing despair. How do I adore thee? Let me count the ways.

First off, if you haven't read Scarlet , the first book in the series , turn around right now and get thee to a bookstore, because 1 you are missing out on joy and glory, and 2 there be spoilers for book one all up in this business. Lady Thief begin Rating: Lady Thief begins not long after Scarlet ends, with our lovely knife-wielding heroine married to the wicked Gisbourne but pining for the swoony Robin Hood. Rob's got issues of his own And this is just in the first scene.

Seriously, this book is brutal. My heart ached every single moment, because Gaughen just knows how to apply the pain to your feels. This book is brilliantly done and possibly even better than Scarlet , because the plot has more surprises, more nuanced characters, and more PAIN. I know that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but it is. Gaughen is so good at making you care so much about feisty, broken Scarlet, wounded Rob, and all the other characters, like John and Much, both of whom became infinitely more awesome in this installment.

Of course, it's our girl Scar who steals the show. She makes a deal with Gisbourne and finds herself living in the castle as his "wife" in the company of Prince John, who So utterly fabulous to see you! John, however, is the worst in the best way. I continue to ship this ship with the power of a thousand suns, but my god, does Gaughen make you suffer for it. I'm sorry if I'm scaring you, but this book is unflinching, and it's wonderfully realistic.

There are moments of joy, but mostly Scarlet and Rob and company are face with nearly insurmountable obstacles. Their enemies are rich and powerful and corrupt. And it's the way our beloved heroes over come them and fight through them that makes us love them. This book is not relentlessly depressing.

The way she twists the familiar Robin Hood tale into something fresh, exciting, intense and romantic is just amazing. We get to see the famous tournament, meet Alan-a-Dale, and learn more about what both Robin and Richard did in the Crusades. Scarlet is a wonderful heroine, full of fight and full of flaws. She's brilliant and proactive and I love her completely. We learn secrets about her past and about her fears for the future.

We see her in action being awesome. We see her suffer and overcome. We also get to meet Eleanor or Aquitaine, a bad ass royal lady full of bad assery. We get to meet Prince John's wife, the heinous Isabella. We get to see another side of Gisbourne, just enough to confuse us mightily. John, Rob's right hand man, really gets developed in Lady Thief. Much continues to be the best. The low, agonized moan I released. Oh, it's epic and wonderful, but terrible and awful and all the things. That's the thing about this book and this series.

It is all the things. I'm satisfied on every level as a reader, but I'm also a bit emotionally traumatized. I love when books do that to me, and Lady Thief did it in spades. View all 9 comments. Jan 01, Elena Love rated it it was amazing Shelves: As soon as I started reading it I was so anxious and overwhelmed with emotions I can't even put into words and then I know I might sound a bit dramatic but keep in mind that Scarlet was my life back when I read it it I don't know what it was that made me love the first book in the trilogy so much but fortunately I did.

And it's not really easy for me to get that passionate about a book and still remember every single moment of it and every single feeling it brought. Moving on to Lady Thief. I will not lie and sugarcoat things because truth be told Let's ignore my exaggeration I'm just feeling a bit emotional at the moment. Of course the scenes between Rob and Scarlet,scarce as they were breathtaking I don't know why,maybe it's because of the fantastic writing or because of the fact that I have a weakness for the characters of the trilogy in general Even though not a lot of things happened throughout the book I think the precious and special moments between those two made up for the lack of adventure and kick ass fighting scenes.

Moving on to the writing So expressive and different. It's simple but at the same time unique and realistic. I felt like I was there,alternating between reality and the world Lady Thief brought to life. In my opinion,when a book manages to do that for me,make me feel like I live in a different reality I don't know if this only works for me though so Has this happened to you before? And if yes what book were you reading at the time? The character development was nothing major At the beginning a lot of things changed between Rob and Scar and then And then everything just It took so much time and so many sacrifices to finally reach happiness but in the end It was like you could see and feel that emptiness the unfortunate ending left behind I obviously can't wait for the release of Lion Heart.

I'm pretty sure I will not rest until I get my hands on the last book of the trilogy. I highly highly recommend this trilogy because There's nothing wrong with it and I think a lot of people will find what they were looking for by reading these books. Especially Scarlet because that was by far my favorite. Lady Thief might not have been what I was expecting but the ending still broke my heart. One of the year's resolutions should be Because to tell you the truth I'm not patient when it comes to books I want to read but won't be released until months later.

I don't even know if I'm making any sense right now so I'll just stop. Gaughen, I have to say that it is one of the best you could ever binge read. Full of action, swoons, heartbreak, and fantastic storytelling, you will never want to put these books down. I fell in love with this re-imagining of Nottingham and its fearless band of thieves. I'm sure every single one of you knows the tale of Robin Hood, but did you know that hidden within his fold is a lady th I'm sure every single one of you knows the tale of Robin Hood, but did you know that hidden within his fold is a lady thief masquerading as a young boy, a girl with a fierce will and a lion's heart?

This is a series that will sweep you away and capture your hearts, as surely as Rob and Scarlet captured their people's. Read my full series review here. This is a powerhouse of a story. Gaughen absolutely crushes expectations with this follow up to Scarlet. If you loved Scarlet, just wait until you get your hands on Lady Thief, intense and gut wrenching only just scratch the surface of this astoundingly emotional read. View all 7 comments. Oct 30, Giovanna rated it really liked it. And I vowed vengeance. How does one write a proper review when everything hurts? It's all Anna and Claudia's fault, I knew I should have waited to read this.

The thing is I liked Lady Thief more than Scarlet. Lady Thief is darker because the characters are trying to deal with everything that went down in the first book. Rob is trying to heal and struggles with his nightmares and fears, Scarlet is trying to deal with Lord Gisbo 4. Rob is trying to heal and struggles with his nightmares and fears, Scarlet is trying to deal with Lord Gisbourne while John has actually found something or someone that might make him happy.

To be honest this one hurts much more than Scarlet. Lady Thief is feels everywhere, pain and Though that happiness is shattered pretty much in a single page.

Yeah, the ending was that bad. I know this review sucks, because well, it does, but right now I just need Lion Heart in my hands and I can't even understand what I'm writing.

Lady Thief

Sorry guys, it's Gaughen's fault. I swear if these two don't get a happy ending The reasons why this isn't a full five star read: He couldn't be happy, could he? While in the first book I had guessed her identity here I had no idea of what was going on. I could have never guessed that she was King Richard's bastard daughter. Four and a half stars: A thrilling sequel with plenty of new surprises!

Nottingham is now occupied by soldiers who are there to oversee the building of the new wall since it was destroyed when Scarlet and the band of merry men destroyed it. The men are forced to repair the wall, making it hard for them to provide for their families. Thus, the merry men are busy trying to feed the village. Scarlet Four and a half stars: Scarlet is in turmoil. She longs to be with Robin Hood, but she does not want to commit adultery. She is after all married to Lord Gisbourne. Rumors spread through Nottingham. Prince John is coming to appoint a new sheriff, and the word on the street is that it will be Lord Gisbourne.

When Gisbourne asks to meet with Robin Hood, Scarlet accompanies him. Gisbourne has a proposition for Scarlet. If she will play the part of his wife while the Prince is in town, then Gisbourne will grant her an annulment. He is up to something but Scarlet it desperate to be free. Will Gisbourne grant Scarlet her freedom? It is packed full of action, danger, romance, and more shocking twists and surprises.

Scarlet learns even more startling secrets about herself and she is forced to make some heart wrenching decisions. Everything culminates to a terrifying, gut wrenching ending that left me in agony, wanting the third book now! If you are a fan of Robin Hood, definitely do not miss this series! She is more tenacious, courageous and stubborn than before.

When she is forced to resume wearing skirts to play the part of a lady and wife, she doesn't bend to anyone, not even the Queen. She never forgets who is she is and where her heart lies. Even when she is facing danger and bodily harm, she does not back down. I absolutely love her character. She is a fierce, kick butt heroine who never misses a fight, and I love that she always tries to do the right thing. I thought he really came through in this book, more so than the last. I enjoyed watching him compete in the tournament, and I loved how noble and brave he was.

A Robin Hood tale isn't complete without the villainous Prince John, right?

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This time I was not disappointed. Prince John rides in to town and he is every bit the tyrant and villain I was expecting. He is cruel, manipulative and spoiled. I always enjoy a book that features a vicious villain, and Prince John does not disappoint. It certainly notches everything up and makes the stakes even higher. I completely love the exciting twists, turns and refashioning of the Robin Hood tale in this series. It is always unexpected. You never know what is coming from one page to the next! It is everything you love in a good romance. Two long time friends developing romantic feelings and fighting the odds to be together.

When the two are together, it is sweet and satisfying and everything you want. I am loving the romance in this one. It is beautiful and perfect! I hated him in the first book, but this time around I saw a different side of him. Believe it or not he does have some redeeming qualities and he isn't the bad guy I thought he was. I liked seeing the other side of him. A roller coaster of emotions! Even though it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, I was so stunned and amazed by the final developments that I couldn't help but shut the book and let my mind whirl.

All I can say is guard your heart, the ending of this one is brutal! I need the final book now! And The Not So Much: I missed his roguish ways and I was disappointed in the way he acted, I understand his motives but I didn't agree with his decisions. She plays a pivotal role in the book. She drops some hints about her life before, a marriage to a French King and the difficulties she had with her boys. He had his wand drawn. He would probably use it on her, too - he had taken her wand, so she couldn't levitate her trunk, earlier. Frowning, she turned away and bent down to pick up her trunk again.

To her surprise, it was far lighter than before. She looked up, and saw Fred or George smile at her. She smiled back, feeling a little better. Her ordeal would soon be over, too. She wouldn't even have to spend another day in a cell, so she had been told, since her trial would take place that afternoon. Her smile didn't last long. Along the route to the entrance, students were lined up - all of them Slytherins. But they should be in their classes or dorms right now!

Some were simply staring and whispering, but many were jeering and sneering at her. This was all his fault! She wanted to yell at him, to curse him, but she couldn't. It would just make everything worse. She had to endure this, to show that she was better than them. No matter how much they doubted her, believed her to be a criminal, she knew the truth. She knew who the real criminal was here. Turning a corner, she saw Snape walking towards her, a scowl on his face. He was shooing the nearby students away, and for a moment, she felt relieved.

Then she felt rage rise inside her. Snape should have stopped this from happening at all! There were no Ravenclaws or Hufflepuffs around, only Slytherins. As if the bigot wouldn't have been able to prevent this! He was just covering himself now that his students had already slung their slurs at her! Hermione focused on her anger, her rage, and sneered at him, then held her head high and did her best to ignore the hecklers as she strode out of Hogwarts.

Sitting in the centre of a large chamber, magical chains binding her limbs to a wooden chair, with everyone looking down at her from their seats above her, wasn't how Hermione Granger had wanted to visit the Wizengamot. Bu here she was, the accused, with everyone already convinced of her guilt, or so she thought, glancing at the faces of the assembled Wizengamot and the rest of the court. She could even spot Malfoy's father, among the Wizengamot, and up high, among the spectators, his son.

He must have asked his father to pull some strings to be allowed out of Hogwarts for this so he could gloat! Dumbledore smiled at her, but the rest of the wizards and witches present didn't. Especially not the fat witch standing in for the Minister for Magic - Dumbledore had managed to keep the Minister from interfering directly; Lucius Malfoy had been cultivating Fudge for years. The fat witch cleared her throat. Multiple counts of grand larceny? Hermione gasped and looked at Dumbledore. But the Headmaster seemed to be surprised himself. Hermione expected Dumbledore to lodge a protest - that was impairing her defence!

She felt even worse, now. And Malfoy, sitting high above her, was smiling! The Auror who had arrested her in Hogwarts stood up. Hermione had never seen that man before. What was going on? She looked at Dumbledore, and saw that he was frowning. That was… she bit her lower lip. She couldn't lose her composure. She forced herself to calm down, despite her growing desperation. She looked at the sneering Slytherins. What were they trying to accomplish? Those pieces hadn't been in her trunk. Had they placed them in her room after she had been arrested, to be 'found' in time for the trial?

But as she soon found out, Malfoy's plot - and it had to be him behind all this - was a bit more intricate. We have heard how the necklace stolen from Miss Greengrass was found in the accused's trunk the morning after the theft. We have heard that Miss Parkinson, Miss Bulstrode and Miss Davis had been missing jewelry as well - a ring, a diadem and a bracelet, all very expensive, goblin-made heirlooms - but assumed that they had lost them, which is why they didn't report the loss - until they realised that if the accused could steal from Miss Greengrass, she could have stolen from them as well.

And, most importantly, we have heard the testimony of Mister Allan Borgin, who bought these three pieces of jewelry during the last few months, thinking he was helping out a young pureblood witch who had fallen on hard times. Against this stands nothing but the word of the accused - a muggleborn witch who could never afford such treasures.

The evidence is overwhelming, and the punishment should fit the crime. I ask for her wand to be snapped and for her to be incarcerated for six months in Azkaban. Let this be a message to others tempted to steal and rob. Hermione was trembling when she noticed how many of the Wizengamot members were nodding in agreement. She couldn't… she would not survive that. Tears were running down her cheeks, but she didn't care any more. Dumbledore rose to speak for her.

The accused is a young witch; she has not yet finished her second year at Hogwarts. To think that she would be able to not only steal multiple times without getting caught, but also sneak out of Hogwarts, travel to Knockturn Alley and then sell the stolen pieces without any trouble, beggars belief. That she would stash stolen loot in her trunk, instead of hiding it somewhere else, makes this whole story even less plausible. No, she is not the culprit, but simply a scapegoat, another victim of the true culprit. Azkaban is a place for the worst criminals of Wizarding Britain - murderers, those who try to break the Statue of Secrecy, dark wizards and Death Eaters.

Dementors, those vile fiends harboured there, will torture her, slowly draining her of any joy and happiness, leaving her a broken shell of herself. Six month there have seen hardened criminals reduced to insanity! Will you burden your conscience with doing such to a young girl, over theft? Hermione noticed that the witches who had done this to her now looked uncomfortable, shifting on their seats - even Parkinson.

None of them spoke up, though. And Malfoy was smiling, even! As Dumbledore sat down, Hermione wiped the tears from her face and hoped fervently that his plea had been enough to sway the Wizengamot and spare her. Sitting down for breakfast in the Great Hall, Harry Potter winced when he saw across the table the headline of the Daily Prophet Percy was reading. He craned his neck, trying to read the front page, but he hadn't gotten further than the author's name - a Rita Skeeter - when Percy folded the newspaper up and handed it to him.

The older boy didn't say anything, but he smiled apologetically - or so Harry thought. It wasn't an expression he often saw on Percy's face. Reading the article - Ron joined in a minute later, looking over Harry's shoulder - Harry hissed with anger. There was a picture of Hermione's wand being snapped in front of her. He could see her flinch, then press her lips together and stand straighter, when the two parts were thrown at her feet, before it started again.

He realised he had stared at the picture for a minute when he heard Ron exclaim: Have you read the paragraph about you? According to our sources at Hogwarts, Granger was quite close to the Boy-Who-Lived, and deeply involved in the affair surrounding his almost fatal accident last autumn. While unconfirmed, the possibility of this criminal attempting to steal Harry Potter's fortune through various means cannot be dismissed out of hand - many students describe her as ambitious and cunning, so she might have had long-term plans to that effect. Several of our sources went into detail about her practice of using her relationship with Harry Potter to escape punishment for her numerous offences.

It is certainly a good thing that her corrupting influence has now been removed from both the Boy-Who-Lived and Hogwarts. He glanced over at their table, and saw a gaggle of them bent over a few newspapers, some pointing and laughing. What else could this Skeeter have written? She had already turned Hermione's alleged crime into a veritable crime spree that 'had shaken Hogwarts to its founding stones'.

He saw what his friend was pointing at, and hissed under his breath. Granger's grades - she allegedly excelled in tests, but, according to other students in her year, she was lacking in practical talent - are now also suspect. A witch willing to steal an heirloom of the scion of an Old Family like the Greengrasses would certainly be able to cheat in tests.

In hindsight, this should have been obvious - had the girl been truly as smart as she claimed, she would certainly have been sorted into Ravenclaw rather than Gryffindor. We can only hope that the school's staff will investigate these accusations thoroughly - it would not do to have a cheater affect the standings of hard-working, honourable students.

Harry glanced over at the Ravenclaw table and noticed several of the students in their year looking quite satisfied. One can but hope that her expulsion will spell the end of the recent string of scandals which have plagued Hogwarts - as our readers know, not only did the Boy-Who-Lived almost die in a potions-related accident, but last year Professor Quirrell was killed under mysterious circumstances. Those had been the work of Malfoy and Voldemort respectively! And the Prophet was hinting that Hermione was responsible?

Harry threw the newspaper article on the table, not caring that it landed right on a plate filled with sausages. He wanted to hex that journalist, the Slytherins and the Ravenclaws! Aren't you glad you were freed from the clutches of the mudblood before she stole your family fortune, leaving you both orphaned and poor? But before he - or Ron, who had mirrored his own actions - could hex the foul git, the Headmaster's voice cut through rising excitement: Twenty points from Slytherin and detention tonight! The Great Hall fell silent as everyone turned to look at Dumbledore.

The Headmaster almost never raised his voice, much less disciplined students directly; he left that to the teachers. Teachers, Harry noted, who looked almost as surprised as most of the students. Harry expected Malfoy to protest, but not even that arrogant idiot would dare to talk back to Dumbledore, and the git sat down instead.

But Harry's friend was correct - they had promised Hermione. Slowly, Harry started to grin. But," he added, with a glance at Fred and George, "they didn't. Hermione Granger was sitting in the garden, behind the old tree in the corner. She needed to be alone. Away from her parents and their silent accusations. And the telly covering the bombing in the City of London.

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And she wanted to enjoy the garden before they had to move out. Which they would have to, once the house was sold.


They would have to find a flat - a cheap one - near whatever new employment her parents could find after selling their dental practice. Which they needed to do because of her. She pulled out the broken pieces of her wand. She had kept them, despite the wand being ruined. It would serve as a reminder.

Her family was ruined, and it was all her fault. Her fault, but even more the fault of those despicable Malfoys and their friends. It hadn't been enough for Malfoy to get her expelled with his plot and the lies of his friends - no, they had to go even further! All those lying witches, claiming she stole even more from them… and Borgin, claiming he had bought those treasures in good faith, for a fair price!

The fines and damages were more than her family owned! And, as a muggleborn, she was lucky that the Wizengamot, which mostly consisted of purebloods who had inherited their seats, hadn't sent her to Azkaban! She clenched her teeth, rage filling her. She didn't know how, yet, but all who had conspired to ruin her would pay! Every single last one of them. Malfoy, Parkinson, Greengrass, Bulstrode and Davis.

Umbridge, for hiding the new charges so Dumbledore couldn't do anything in time. Dawlish, for going along with the plot. And Skeeter, for calling her a cheater! And all those who had sneered and slandered her at Hogwarts. The bigots and the jealous. When she noticed that her broken wand was sparking, she forced herself to calm down. A bout of accidental magic would cause even more trouble for her and her family. And they definitely couldn't afford that.

Once again, she considered asking Harry for help. But that would ruin him, and she couldn't do that. Not when it was her fault for not considering the consequences of her plan. For not researching enough. And to see him spend all his gold for her, after that awful article… But, she thought, maybe she could ask him to buy her a new wand?

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Nothing but the lack of money kept her from buying one - and the fact that any money she changed into Galleons at Gringotts would be confiscated right away by those loathsome goblins. But even if she had a wand, she couldn't return to Hogwarts, and she couldn't afford to go to another school of magic. Dumbledore had told her that he'd do what he could to let her continue her education, but after sending her a selection of admittedly fascinating books to study, she hadn't heard anything more concrete from him. She could ask Harry or Ron in her next letter to bother the Headmaster for her… No.

She could wait a little longer. Hermione wiped the tears from her eyes. She had cried enough since the trial. She had lost this round, but she wouldn't stay down. She would get her revenge! The sudden question made her gasp and jump to her feet. A man was standing a few yards away, leaning against the fence - inside the garden. How had he managed to get so close without her noticing? She looked him over. He was wearing an expensive suit. A bow-tie, of all things. Immaculately shaved and coiffed. A clear set-up, in my opinion.

You must have angered Lucius Malfoy a great deal for him to go to those lengths. Then she had another thought. Was the man here for her? Wasn't ruining her and her family's life enough? Had Malfoy hired the man to kill her? You didn't steal from those witches. But you could have. And you would have done it in a far less obvious way, right? She had stolen from Snape, after all, to brew the Veritaserum without getting caught!

You have nothing to lose, I think. Just In All Stories: Story Story Writer Forum Community. Framed as a thief and expelled from Hogwarts in her second year, her family ruined by debts, many thought they had seen the last of her. But someone saw her potential, as well as a chance for redemption - and Hermione Granger was all too willing to become a lady thief if it meant she could get her revenge. I'd like to thank fredfred for betaing.

His help has improved the story a lot. Original prompt by CG His wife wasn't a member of the Order, nor a duellist, but she was a talented witch, and… He spotted the two bodies laid out at the gate, covered with white sheets. To suffer such a loss…" He tensed up and clenched his teeth. Albus inclined his head in response. Again, the old man remained silent. He hated that, that understanding, that pity! Expelled Hogwarts, March 31st, "That's it! That's my grandmother's necklace! This is quite a situation," Dumbledore said, stroking his beard.

Of course he'd know, he was Dumbledore! But since you are a muggleborn, and the potion was used on the son of Lucius Malfoy…" She sniffled. He slowly shook his head in response to her silent plea, and she broke down in tears.

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Hogwarts, March 31st, "I've heard that they arrested Granger.