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Path of Thieves

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.

Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It sho
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Published June 27th 2017
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Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I'll be honest and say that I'm not avid reader of YA but I've been lucky and have read a few that definitely entertained me. Path of Thieves can now be added to that collection cause I certainly enjoyed this story by Sunniva Dee. Path of Thieves is Sunniva Dee's first attempt at YA and I couldn't tell.

I met Cugs in Dodging Trains which also was my first book I read by Dee. In Path of Thieves Cugs is the main POV and the reader follows this seventeen year old guy with flashbacks to when and how
Sunniva Dee
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-book-babies
I've totally read this book and totally like-like it, like, a lot. :P
*Considers hiding review for spoilers, then changes her mind*

Complaint: the "dates read" part of the review option on here doesn't offer the variety needed, for instance, selecting read 20 times nonstop and in a row uninterruptedly.
*Considers suggesting improvement to Goodreads, then changes her mind*
Anne OK
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not a major fan of YA -- I'm a grandmother and I tend to lean towards more mature storylines. But something grabbed my attention immediately with Cug's story. And football is always a welcome addition to a story as well. This was an emotionally heartbreaking story of a young man's fate at the hands of his own father. I detested Cug's father -- he never thought of anyone but himself and his needs. He put his only child - his son -- at risk without giving it a second thought. Cug is a good guy ...more
Alyson Santos
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunniva Dee does it again, crafting characters that breathe and lodge themselves in my heart. My affection for Cugs ran so deep it hurt to watch him fight for the life he deserves in a reality he doesn’t. I wanted to reach through the pages and shine a light toward hope, possibilities. But since I couldn’t, thank god for Nadine. You're going to want to pick this one up.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
I'm not the biggest fan of YA only because the characters tend to annoy me. It's an age thing I'm sure. However, I didn't find this when it came to Sunniva' Dee latest book Path Of Thieves.

I liked Cugs, and I did feel for him at times, as he wanted to take a new path one that would lead him away from his father and give him a better future. I like Nadine, and although they met under unusual circumstances, I'm glad that they
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. **

I do like read YA novels, when you read about how in that age, going back to that moment, a vision about how your life would be, your aspirations, ambitions, when you think you have all the choices ahead of you, a life full of possibilities.

Unfortunately, for Cugs, life ain't that way. Trapped in a lifestyle he didn't have to choose, he lived a double life. Student in the day, thief at night. When you got into what he had to endure everyday, you ju
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh be still my beating heart!! Cugs Cugs Cugs!! For Sunniva Dees first trip into the YA genre she did an excellent job!!

Cugs was a typical high school guy with a not so typical life. He had dreams and aspirations of becoming a big time football player only to be betrayed by his own father. A father who needed his dad of the year award revoked a million times over. Cug keeps going basically treading water thinking this is all his life will be. He meets Nadine one faithful night and that sets his
Kristy /Obsessed with Romance
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports

So YA is kind of new for me. It's not my usual genre-of-choice, but I love Sunniva's writing and I figured if she was going to try something new, then I could, too. Plus, I really wanted to hear Cugs' story. And I'm so glad I did. Cugs is the perfect example of a good guy stuck in terrible circumstances. And man, you can't help but root for this guy. Cugs was everything I hoped he would be, I loved him. I loved watching him overcome and figure himself out and I especially loved watching him fall

Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Charles (Cugs) McConnely grew up in the most unconventional way possible. His dad has taught him to steal since he was a young boy. Shopping is what he calls it. High school student and athlete during the day, criminal by night. After a couple run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, he befriends her. But there’s a connection there. Something deep and resounding. And despite the odd circumstances that have pulled them together, neither ends up doubting th
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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My Review: (ARC provided)
5 stars!

I’m not a huge YA reader, but when I saw Sunniva was writing this book and it was about Cugs I was super excited. Sunniva has never disappointed me and this book is right up there with her others.
I have to admit I cried a little bit with this one. It touched me on so many levels. Cugs was a good guy, a smart guy and he just wanted to play football. It was his dream but his dad kept ripping it away from him. Everything he did o
Romance Novel Giveaways Lauren Seiberling
Such a dark and yet awesomely hopeful story!

First of all, I don't read YA books. It's simply not a genre I enjoy. But I couldn't wait to read THIS book because I had read the related adult-romance book, Dodging Trains, and I'm also a HUGE fan of Sunniva's.

And she didn't disappoint!

Cugs had it rough. I mean, super rough. Reading his "flashbacks" were truly heartbreaking. That and the fact that he was conflicted and wanted to better himself made for quite an interesting read.

Nadine is adorable! I
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm usually not a reader of YA but Path of Thieves was written with a more mature intellectual style. There was no childish banter and the Charcters had a lot of depth and feeling. From the beginning you could feel for Cugs Character and get swept up in his life. There is no lagging in the story. It keeps telling its tale and I appreciate that.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aaah Cugs!😍 All he wants is to play football, but can't escape his dad and the things his dad wants him to do.
I absolutely loved this book!! Nadine is so good for Cugs. And we got to see what Keyon and Paislee were up to.
Sunniva, you did an AMAZING job on this story!!
Michele McMullen
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunniva has once again given me characters that I can't help but fall in love with.
Charles McConnely (Cugs) is a student and high school athlete by day and a thief by night. Stealing was instilled by his father at a very young age. It may not be right but it is all he knows. I really felt for this poor young man to have someone that should shower him with love and protection but instead teaches him to be a criminal. Nadine Paganelli and Charles begin to cross paths and soon develop an unlikely
Dina Littner
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing about reading a Sunniva Dee book - you know it will be original, engaging and well written, but you don't know how or who or what to expect from her characters and their stories. As a writer, Sunniva's got broad range and mad skills to hook you in and keep you rapt until you hit the words, "The End," and then leaves you wanting more.

Path of Thieves is another Sunniva-winner. She makes a beautiful first jump into the Young Adult category with Cugs' story. His problems are hard an
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
As her premiere novel into the YA genre, Dee has a definite touchdown on her hands!
A well written and emotional Coming of Age YA novel.
As a reader, you can't help but fall in love with Cug!
Dee has created an emotional story that pulls the reader in and captures them - bringing them along for the journey
The characters are vivid and mature, easy to connect with; even the supporting cast is written to ensure they connect with the reader on an emotional level - whether you love or hate them -you w
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another amazing novel by Sunniva!! This woman is a mastermind story teller.
We first meet Cugs on the book Dodging Trains when we have the story of Paislee and Kenyon. I've missed that couple!!
You don't have to read that book to read this one BUT if you have you'll want to reread it!!
Not one of Sunniva's books have disappointed me!!
I cannot wait to read more from her!!
Cugs was taken from his childhood home when he was pretty young. His dad taking her away from all he knows and uses him t
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet baby Cugs! I wanted to reach into the pages and wrap him in a hug just so he knew he deserved better. Cugs is a character you will adore, and Nadine is definitely a ray of sunshine in his darkness. I really loved the evolution of Cugs, it's a beautiful story.
D. King
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Full review to come upon release.
Melyssa Winchester

Title: Path of Thieves
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre:Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Coming of Age
Series or Standalone: Standalone


Young-Adult books are my jam. They’re also my bread and butter depending on how you look at it. Food analogies aside, I don’t think, even when I’m a senior citizen, I’ll ever stop loving the way it feels to read one of these books.

To be transported back in time to a period I honestly hated when I was in it, but enjoy because of all of the emotion present wit
Tearlynn Hollingshead
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? Cugs and Nadine are absolutely adorable has a couple and totally believable. I love the history of how they meet at 8 to the present day. Cugs wants to change his life and Nadine makes him feel that it is possible. I finished this in one sitting and was crying happy tears by the end. Sunniva Dee has a way of making every character come to life and you love them all. I think the best part is if you read this one first you will not be lost if you have not read anything else she h ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunniva Dee is an Author you can not help but enjoy. This story is another example of how she makes all her characters come to life. Cugs and Nadine are a young couple who meet early on in life and again in the teen years. You learn that Cugs is not had a good childhood and wants to do more. Nadine comes into his life and with Bear, his best friend, and Liza, Bear's girlfriend, he starts to become a different man. There are visits from characters from another book but that just shows how well sh ...more
Danielle Cordsen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Path of Thieves
By: Sunniva Dee


Pack of thieves Packs an emotional punch!!!

Let me start by saying this book is amazing. One incredibly selfish man hurts those he should protect.

Cugs and Nadine are probably the most unlikely couple. Why? They meet for the first time at age seven at 2:00am why they "shopped" His "father" manipulates and lies to Cugs to go "Shopping" in rich neighborhoods to take items. Cugs does everything in his power to escape the life of a thief, great football player.
Cheryl Drake johnson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cugs was taken away from the only woman he knew as his mother and the sister he loved more than anything because his father didn't want to be with my mother and just scooped me up at 6 years old I was taken from Alaska to Florida where he did't have contact with them until he was 17 years old and his father had told him so many things he didn't know what to believe any more but he would have been ashamed for them to know that his father involved him in a life style that he hated, when his older ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. To me it didn't have a lot of romance. It's more about Cugs trying to find a way to do the right thing. Also about him trying to figure out what is true and what isn't. He wants to go to college and play football with his buddy Bear but it's not easy for him. He feels guilty about what he does for a living.
I liked how he and Nadine met as kids and then later on. Cugs trust Nadine from the start and he opens up to her. I like that she always tries to help him look for a way o
Sheila Schoenauer
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I was a little nervous to read this book. I had read Dodging Trains, Paislee and Keyon's story, a while ago and while I enjoyed it I didn't completely love it. When I was given the chance to read Cugs story I said why not. I loved this story! Cugs was such a wonderful young man who had to live a very tough life. A life that made me absolutely HATE his father. Not only did his father lead him down a horrible life path but he tried to manipulate Cugs's good memories. I do admit I a ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now, if you have read anything from this author before, you know that she has a very distinctive narrative voice and this is what makes her work stand out.  I was interested to see that voice translated into a YA story.

And, whilst the effect is to dilute the intensity a little, this is, nevertheless, a wonderful story.

Cugs and Nadine are characters that individually resonate from the page, but as a couple, reading about their relationship is like watching a flower bloom.

And yet, as I have come t
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, favorite-author, arc
This is being classified as a YA book but I don't agree. I think it can still be in the NA genre because the writing is not simplified to target young readers and the plot it is full of complex life situations and confused emotions. Even though the characters are in the last year of high school they are not immature, frustratingly self involved, or naive - there are just no detailed sex scenes.

I loved Nadine, she was strong and good without being self righteous and privileged. I loved Cugs of c
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cugs is such a great guy. I love him! I feel bad that life has delt him a crappy hand. His dad infuriates me. His demands and way of life are insane. Cugs has a big heart though. He carries around pain from his past,and dreams for a different future. Nadine is a strong beautiful person. She sees the real Cugs and just wants what's best for him. I loved how she was there for him always..I really enjoyed their story. It was sad and frustrating at times. It kept you guessing until the end,and it le ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunniva has done it again!!! Path of Thieves gave me all the feels!! Cugs is a genuine guy who has been dealt a crap life and is being raised by his dad. He is still in school and looking forward to following his dreams. He meets Nadine during unfortunate circumstances. She is fun and quirky! I instantly liked her!! Together they endure some tough situations but they come out on the bright side. Job well done Sunniva!! I can't wait to read what is released next!!
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Sunniva Dee is a USA Today and Amazon top 100 bestselling author with an eclectic taste in books. Born and raised in Norway, Sunniva lived in the United States for 17 years before returning to the mothership, where she sucks inspiration from trolls and barn gnomes and cold little mermaids popping their heads out of the fjords. Oh, and Spotify. Always Spotify.

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