The Maiden Thief

The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr is a dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women Her father blames her when one of her sisters is one of the taken.
The Maiden Thief The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr is a dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women Her father blames her when one of her sisters

  • Title: The Maiden Thief
  • Author: Melissa Marr
  • ISBN: 9780765385048
  • Page: 287
  • Format: ebook
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    1. He kisses me finally, but all I taste is bitterness. I will work harder to atone. I will show him that I have choked down ashes and brineis is a bluebeard spin that takes place in a town long-cursed by the disappearance of one of its young females every autumn: Autumn meant harvest, a chill in the air—and another missing girl. the vanishings themselves are the only constant - the women and girls are different ages and physical types, and the only consolation is that the maiden thief never visi [...]

    2. Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature. Lots of Bluebeard in my life lately!Verena is a teenage girl with a harsh life: her family is living in poverty since her mother and brother were killed and her father permanently disabled in an accident. And each year, one girl from their town disappears without a trace. Who, or what, is this Maiden Thief? Verena can’t stand that the town isn’t doing more to catch him, so she writes and distributes a tract, gathering the facts and calling for [...]

    3. This is a short story that is really well written and beautiful. We have a serial killer who is taking a girl a year. But, we also have a crazy f-ed up town that does absolutely nothing about this situation. They just worry every year about which girl will be taken, but they don't actually do anything to catch the killer. Hmmm sounds like either the laziest police in the world or that the police are actually the ones killing the girls. Either way, it sucks to be a girl in this place.So, our hero [...]

    4. I went into this story without actually having read a synopsis: I just fell for the title and the cover, despite this being by Melissa Marr I may have about three books of her "Wicked Lovely" series.I would have to check. That's how much I liked thoseSo "Maiden Thief"?Great name for the title. Great haunting spooky minimalistic design.I actually liked the beginning, and I was really curious about what was going to happen.Unfortunately, my tolerance for this story wasn't destined to last beyond t [...]

    5. Months and weeks pass, and the air eventually turns cool. No one seeks the killer. No one searches for the taken. We simply wait, knowing that inevitably autumn will come—and another girl will vanish. Every year, a girl is stolen from a village. No one knows who took them or why and how. They simply vanish. I'm like why the fuck isn't the villagers rallying about this? If girls were being abducted, you can bet your ass I would investigate the matter.Anyway, I love this. I love how vague and ye [...]

    6. Description: "The Maiden Thief" by Melissa Marr is a dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women. Her father blames her when one of her sisters is one of the taken.Read hereOpening: I don’t remember a time before girls vanished. The first one I heard about was April Shaw. I didn’t know her, only her name. I had just turned ten when she disappeared. I was fourteen when the taken was someone I knew. That was the year Jenna [...]

    7. A fairly straight retelling of the folktale of Bluebeard. Marr adds in a few 'modern' elements, but the overall feel remains what you would expect from a folktale, with the setting being a small, old-fashioned village of indeterminate locale. It's good - it's a classic story, after all - but it doesn't really add anything strikingly new to the plethora of versions of this story that exist.

    8. This was AWESOME. LOVED the ending. Five stars, short freebie on Tor. If you like fairy tales and strong women, this is the story for you.

    9. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

      4.5 Stars“The sun rose on those days,” Amina begins. She leans on her garden hoe for a moment. “There was a fox in the garden the morning Karis disappeared, possibly the day that the accident happened too. I sneezed those days. What ripples we see are not always causes.” She shakes her head. “We can look for patterns, and we might even find them. There were a lot of acorns this year, and the snow was heavy. Are they related? A fawn died of hunger after I chased it from the garden, and [...]

    10. This girl-hate, anti feminine shit was strong in this book.The dear MC was nothing like "other girls", and was soo much better than her girlishly girly sisters. Ew. Pass. You know, I read this book around 3 months ago but I forgot about it! That's how much I didn't care for this story.

    11. Ooooh, this short story was a Bluebeard retelling and quickly brought to mind another classic fairytale - The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This time we follow Verena who leaves with the mysterious Jakob and becomes his "bride". If you're familiar with Carter's retelling, you'll know what happens throughout so I'm not going to go into detail. What I will say though is The Maiden Thief is a beautifully written tale full of mystery, intrigue and unnerved me at times. The atmosphere was tense an [...]

    12. A short story about a serial killer, taking one young woman a year. Once her two sisters have been taken, Verena complains that people are just accepting the disappearance of the girls, and nobody is doing anything about it.Soon she is drawn into the story herselfSo much more and it is spoilers, but as others have put this in spoilers too, I guess I had better: This is a retelling of the (view spoiler)[Bluebeard (hide spoiler)] fairytale.It is a pretty good, quick read. Three stars.

    13. I stumbled over the pacing of the story but I enjoyed it over all.The premise drew me in immediately. Where were the girls going? Would they be found again? Would this be stopped? All these questions are answered and this little shortie is wrapped up beautifully.

    14. You may read online at Thor.Opening lines:I don’t remember a time before girls vanished. The first one I heard about was April Shaw. I didn’t know her, only her name. I had just turned ten when she disappeared. I was fourteen when the taken was someone I knew. That was the year Jenna Adams didn’t make it home. No one did anything. Autumn meant harvest, a chill in the air—and another missing girl.

    15. Holy CRAP. This one surprised me. I think it might be better to be surprised, so my review isn't going to describe the story at all. This is not what the story is. First, what a KAPOW opening.I don’t remember a time before girls vanished. The first one I heard about was April Shaw. I didn’t know her, only her name. I had just turned ten when she disappeared. I was fourteen when the taken was someone I knew. That was the year Jenna Adams didn’t make it home.I was expecting a gentle little Y [...]

    16. A fairy tale re-telling, and of the fairy tale I love most: (view spoiler)[Bluebeard and his wives. (hide spoiler)] I didn't care for Marr's work the last time I tried it, but this story is so unlike the other that I didn't initially recognize Marr in it at all. When the Tor description said it was dark fantasy, they mean it. Which fairy tale the story was based on is a spoiler and thus not listed on the label, so I wasn't necessarily braced for the triggery content within. The protagonist becom [...]

    17. Every spring, as the fields are tilled, I watch for bones as if this, at least, will give me some insight into the secret of the Maiden Thief. I walk the long way home, meandering along the roads, peering into freshly turned soil as if I'll be the one to find the dead girls.A retelling of the French folktale Bluebeard, Melissa Marr's The Maiden Thief starts out strong, but feels rushed in the end. It was disappointing to me that the narrative skipped over some of the action that led into the cli [...]

    18. I was less than impressed with her earlier books.But this cover and blurb(!) makes me very intrigued.Update : This one is very gritty not sure how I feel

    19. Competent Bluebeard retelling that builds an emotionally compelling atmosphere of despair but doesn't really add anything new to the story.

    20. A dark, chilling and compelling short story, and an empowering tale for women. It's about a girl, Verena, who lives in a town with the constant fear of the Maiden Thief who kidnaps women every year. Once she implores her town's people to take action, the result is losing her sisters. Then she "marries" a man who is not quite what he seems at first. It is a retelling of the original Bluebeard - and if you know how that ends, you'll understand what is going on. I have not read the original entirel [...]

    21. Nothing completely engulfs me as much as tales of taken girls. Heck, when I watched Taken I was totally glued to the screen. Good thing this was just a short read or I would have died because I was holding my breath the whole time.When I read or watch girls being kidnapped I always picture myself as being in their shoes, making for an utterly immersive experience. One that truly overwhelms me. I could never quite know if I really "enjoy" these kinds of stories because I feel a little disoriented [...]

    22. Apparently I needed more fantasy serial killers in my life. I was previously unaware of the Bluebeard myth, but this is apparently a retelling. I wasn’t sure where it was heading, but as I was reading, it reminded me more of how Uprooted could have turned out.Also notable for being a fantasy story without any noticeable magic: just a touch of phlebotinum.You can read it online here.

    23. This book was one big surprise!The beginning got me hooked but as it continued and started narrating how painful the MC's life was, I dozed off. I didn't have any idea what the story was about, in fact, I decided to read it because of the title. The Maiden Thief. I mean, how cool is that?This book gets really outrageous in the middle and I had to stifle the urge to DNF it a number of times because of its anti-feminist views."He kisses me in a way that makes quite clear that he does not think me [...]

    24. A little gross at times, but a wonderful ending.I found it a bit too long, but the end leaves me feeling refreshed and happy.It reminds me of the story of Bluebeard.

    25. Lo que me fascinó fue la narración, más que la propia historia —que también es una gran e importante historia—; pero, me gustó, especialmente, la forma en que está contada. 

    26. I've read a lot of this authors previous work and really enjoyed them all, so jumped straight into this when I got it. While it's an extremely short book, it still packed a punch. The plot centers on Verena, who is living in a place where young maidens go missing every year at the same time. She isn't happy about the situation and writes an article about it. All this does is to cause the kidnapper to target her family. What happens when she comes face to face with the kidnapper?That's all I'll s [...]

    27. Oooh a wonderful retelling of (view spoiler)[Bluebeard and his wives. (hide spoiler)](The reason I put it behind a spoiler tag is that it's not quite obvious when you read the blurb/first start the story.)“What if it’s all my fault?” I look at my sister and ask for answers to a question that has plagued me for years. “The sun rose on those days,” Amina begins. She leans on her garden hoe for a moment. “There was a fox in the garden the morning Karis disappeared, possibly the day tha [...]

    28. [[2.5 STARS]]EDIT: maybe I would have enjoyed it more had I known the fairytale this is a retelling of but even then I don't think so because that doesn't stop how jumbled and sudden this piece was. I was kinda excited about this but to be honest it just didn't work? The kind of story it is and the topic just doesn't work for a short story. There needs to be more development. Everything seemed so sudden and out of place and jumbled. I honestly do not understand half the decisions made and spent [...]

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