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Gifted Thief

(Highland Magic #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,295 ratings  ·  495 reviews
Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother's womb, I've been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don't want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I've never looked back. I don't need a Clan.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 29th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

I really liked Helen Harper's Blood Destiny series, hell I liked it enough to re-read the whole series, though Gifted Thief just didn't do it for me. The main character Integrity annoyed the living shit out of me, with her awful jokes, her thinking too highly of herself (at least that was what I felt) and her lying. I just couldn't stand her. She did have a few good comebacks though....
‘Nice legs. When do they open?’
Oh, he so did not want to go there.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess I am the kind of reader who doesn’t mind a few punctuation mistakes from independent writers who are starting out and do not have the money for editors. I can forgive that. The book doesn’t have to be perfect, but I am a stickler for good writing. For me to really enjoy a book, the writing has to make sense, the writing has to be tight, the language should be good, the characters should be good(I should like the main character), and the interaction between characters should be meaningful ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gifted Thief was a vibrant start to the Highland Magic series.

Integrity, an outcast, the runaway, clanless, has been living by her wits and survival skills for almost longer than she can remember. She is shocked to discover the high born clans have been keeping their eye on her. Wanting nothing to do with clans, Integrity is pulled back kicking and screaming into their world of deceit and magical manipulation by none other than Byron, prince charming of the clans.

She is the last surviving member
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

Integrity has to admit that she is not exactly the number one citizen on town. Since escaping the Sidhe domain when she was eleven, Integrity learned everything that a high class thief needs to know and she is the best on what she does.

The problem is that you can’t escape your past forever. Especially when it comes on the form of a be
Marta Cox
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Integrity ( don’t you just love that name ? ) is no longer the downtrodden, much reviled outcast that she spent her childhood being. She walked away from the Sidhe Court and has reinvented herself because Integrity has found her place in the world as a very successful thief ! Yes there’s sweet irony there but hey it adds to the fun . Not the normal career choice perhaps but for Integrity it’s a fit and as the last member of her clan she wants nothing to do with the Sidhe. Trouble is there’s a hu ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Scotland, thieves, Sihde and magic. There was never a better mix.

i'm gonna admit, it was hard to keep up with the Scottish accent at all times in my head, but it was well worth it.

Helen Harper brings yet again a world where our 21st century technology is mixed with the magic of the Sihde.

It's another story with magic, sexy men and fabulous ladies, guaranteed to draw you in.
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This was such a terrific book. I was first introduced to this author when I read her lazy witch series which I absolutely loved. When I found myself in the mood for something funny with a kickass heroine I knew where to turn and it did not disappoint.

I've got book two and I can't wait to start.
Fre06 Begum
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Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The eARC for Gifted Thief by Helen Harper was kindly provided to me via Netgalley.

DNF Sadly I found the story biting & the h annoying
T.J. Burns
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I thought the book was a helluvaride! I had fun and was entertained from beginning to end. Gifted Thief had many of the elements that I look for in a good novel: interesting story line, intriguing characters, who experience character development throughout the course of the story, humor, romance, some unexpected twists... I think Gifted Thief would make a great movie!

The Characters
I love Integrity! She's clever, funny, gutsy, athletic, loyal to
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can see this and other reviews on my blog: Book Nerd Paradise

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon Helen Harper's Blood Destiny series and absolutely fell in love with it. I became a fan of Ms. Harper from that moment on. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of Gifted Thief and I was not disappointed.

Gifted Thief is the story of Integrity, an outcast is the harsh world of the Sidhe. The story starts off with her 11-year-old self running away from her miserable life as a servant
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
2.5 rounded up. I was interested, but literally right when I was wondering if I'd ever really warm up to the heroine, she sleeps with this guy she just met who is also the hero's friend. Yeah, they'd just survived a life and death situation and the sex was a stress response, but when the hero walked in on them it was a bit much for me. AWKWARD! She's so casual about it too and then she later asks the hero why HE sleeps around (she assumed this based on rumors). He got angry, but then shrugged it ...more
Tèo Sip
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Is playing around a desirable characteristic in male protagonist nowadays?
I've encountered more and more books (especially for teenagers and young adults) featuring plain, upright, and usually boring female leads who somehow are able to capture the hearts of rich, popular womanizers. It's unrealistic that playboys just suddenly stop being... playboys and settle down when they find 'the right girl'.
In my opinion, a hero doesn't need to be a playboy to be considered hot. Example? Jericho Barrons.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Silver hair, purple eyes, Integrity is a Sidhe. At least she was born one. With no knowledge of what happened to her parents, only hearing ugly rumors, Integrity ran away from that life when she was eleven. Taken in by Taylor, she lives the life of a thief. Now that she's all grown up, she is summoned by the Sidhe. She has no intention of going back, and they must know it because her friends end up in jail, or with a hit on them. The only way to sav ...more
I liked the concept of this story, but I felt like I was thrown into this world head first. It started off strong, but I was wanting more details on this world created. There were a lot of missing pieces, and details that seemed relevant were barely skimmed over. I wanted more depth. A better understanding of this environment and the characters. Speaking of the characters, they all had an incredibly juvenile feel to them. Overall, it did have potential, but the story execution fell flat for me p ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot, while being a typical novel length 90,000 words it just is very quickly paced. Loved the main character Integrity, nice name choice as the character picked it for her own and the first chapter has her breaking into a bank. Integrity is loyal, smart and funny, she tells horrible jokes and is a science fiction fan girl, she's also a master thief.

I listened to the audiobook and Saskia Maarleveld did a wonderful job as the narrator the characters all sounded distinct and h
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️
This being my third series by Helen Harper, not counting Corrigan's versions of the Blood Destiny series, I have to say she seems to be a very safe author for me in terms of disappointments.
I mean, there's no guarantee I'm gonna be wowed-more like there's a guarantee I'm not gonna be super wowed-but I know I won't regret reading any of them.

So this little thing is about a gifted young thief who escapes her cruel "guardians" and sidhe heritage at the tender age of eleven, hops a ride with a stran
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fae, netgalley, magic, fantasy
Integrity despite being a thief managed to live up to her name. She would steal without batting an eye, but she had a moral code. She didn’t want to take anything that would have sentimental value. It was almost hard to believe she was a thief because she was too caring, but she was raised to do it. It was all she knew. Her life was all about taking risks, but the decisions she made weren’t dumb. She was mouthy and had an attitude sometimes, but she also knew when it was wise to shut up. Integri ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: faves
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I don't know why Goodreads won't let you add the half stars. I liked Integrity, but I did not fall in love with her like I did Mack (Bloodfire series). It's an interesting start to this series. Integrity ran away from the Sidhe when she was a girl and created her family (a band of thieves) after a chance encounter as she ran away.
She re-enters the Sidhe world after her father-figure, Taylor, gets in trouble with his bookie who sold his debt. She meets a Sidhe na
Rating 4.5/5
What an intriguing mix of contemporary and fantasy this novel proved to be! Set in Scotland, the Sidhe are the ruling class, with varying magical Gifts, belonging to Clans and looking down on humans and the Clanless. When the orphaned child, Integrity, being brought up in the home of the Bull has had enough, runs away and is rescued by Taylor she turns her back on the Sidhe and becomes a very talented thief. She grows up in age and talent and is happy until the Sidhe appear in her li
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book months ago, and it caught my eye immediately. Ever since I read Ancient Magic series, I have been wanting to read another urban fantasy. And when I saw this book, its beautiful cover and thiefy title, I immediately know that this book will be the next urban fantansy I will read. However, it isn't until now that I actually feel like reading another urban fantasy book. But let me just say that I am so glad that I finally decided to pick it up. This book was amazing. Definitely reco ...more

This was only ever meant to be a 'gap' book - you know that book you read when you've just finished a book and you're not sure what to read next? It turned out to be short and sweet so I ended up finishing it just to see what happened. It was a fun affair and while I found myself warming to Integrity and her HORRIBLE sense of humour quickly, the simplicity of the plot and the fact that other characters and plots were not explored drew my rating down to 3 stars.

Antonella Vigliarolo
Jul 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Plot line and worlbuilding were not bad, but.... the book was full of really bad jokes that were not funny and just plain bad taste, the flirting was gross more often than not and the the relationship dynamics truly messed up.

You don’t push a girl you like hard against a wall to part her from another guy, even if that guy is being rude.

You don’t show off your telekinesis by lowering said girl zipper dress down when you are barely acquainted and then comment on the color of her underwear like th
This was a cute start to a new series, a fun fast read with a heroine I really liked. She's a bit of a kook, but she's loyal and compassionate, a great character.

I don't understand Byron though. He was acting like she owed him something - like she owed any of them something - and that was some bullshit, frankly. I don't think anyone can possibly not know how she was treated. She was an infant, in that court and not even given a name - just girl - treated like a servant, and it sounds like beaten
Literati Literature Lovers
Solid Series Start

Genre Urban Fantasy
Age Adult
Sexual Situations Mild nothing graphic.

I had read Ms. Harper's Blood Destiny first three books and found her writing imaginative. With Gifted Thief she goes beyond solid world building to give me believable urban fantasy characters. In the world Harper has built is on of magical and non magical beings living side by side, in a halves vs halves not kinda of world. She is a Sidhe (Pronounced She) and the world is inhabits is one of Fae and Scottish cl
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fae, netgalley-arc, uf
Enjoyable, somewhat nutty read. Main female MC, Integrity, was refreshing in her confidence and smarts but I couldn't quite connect with her pacifism (I prefer a good ole a** kicking UF heroine) and goofy humor. There were A LOT of attempts at humor but it wore on me by the end of the book. I think the story and side characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. Generic hatred that was felt by all the higher ranking sidhe towards Integrity was irritating as was the lack of backstory about h ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a pretty good read. Integrity was a good heroine for the most part, she was a little rough around the edges and a little mean and super untrusting of people, but that is to be expected from the way that she grew up. And she did trust her small group of friends and Taylor, who raised her. I liked the mystery surrounding what really happened to her family, I can't even guess what it can be and who was behind it. ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
This wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it is a fun start to a series. Although the MC basically raises herself on the streets, joining a group of professional theifs, at the age of 11; she is not the most mature person at times. She is however, smart. Dragged into a past she wants nothing to do with, she surprisingly well in a world she wasn't really raised in. ...more
Melinda Howard
*I Received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!!! First off I'd just like to point out that the min character's name is Integrity yet ironically, she is a thief!!! The beginning of the book was a little bit confusing though, but once you kept on reading everything fell into place and made sense. Integrity is such a great character. I loved her kick-ass attitude and her resilience after everything that happened to her including the attempt
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The second half of this book saved it. I was on the verge of DNF-ing after about every chapter at the beginning. The writing wasn't great; it seemed like the author was incredibly inspired by Game of Thrones in the prologue. We have a "girl with no name" who is called a bastard and has long white hair. It is based in a castle with people in long old-fashioned gowns. Then suddenly Integrity runs away and she comes across a car. That threw me a bit. I also couldn't get my head around the fact that ...more
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