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A Daring Sacrifice
Written by Jody Hedlund
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction/Romance
Release Date: March 1, 2016
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Recommended Age: 12 and up!
In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she's grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she's come to despise.
So many people enjoyed this book so I requested the book from NetGalley. Plus, the description just pulled me in. A girl Robin Hood? I’m down. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with this book. I expected a strong, brave heroine who wouldn’t need a man’s help at any situation. I did get most of that but it seemed to me that she relied on Lord Collin way too much.
The historical fiction aspect of this book was amazing. I loved how there was a lot about the time period and the people in this book because naturally she’s ‘Robin Hood’ stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
We first meet Juliana when she is disguised as an old man and is about to have ‘his’ fingers cut off because of crimes ‘he’ committed. Juliana is a strong character: both strong-minded and actual strength. Juliana is determined to help the poor and the peasants who suffer. I feel like she was a pretty well developed character. The only thing I didn’t like about her was how she was so strong in the beginning and that strength slowly began to dwindle and disappear as she spent more time with Lord Collin.
You first meet Collin when it is his point of view and he is being robbed by Juliana. Perfect first meeting am I right? Collin falls in love way too fast which bothered me but I liked how he was willing to do anything for her.
Those are the two main characters but there are also a lot of other characters who appear in this book like Bulldog and Thatch who travel with Juliana.
I really liked the plot especially how the book starts. It pulled me right in. I liked Juliana having to live with Collin for a week and be in the one place she hates because of how they treat the people. The plot was wonderful.
There was plenty of action in this book to satisfy my needs. Juliana was wonderful with a bow and arrow and she could hold her own. There were times when I was frightened for her life but I figured it would all turn out fine.
Ms. Hedlund’s writing lacks nothing. It’s beautiful and flows perfectly. This is quite short which doesn’t allow for too many descriptions but she still managed to tell a wonderful story.
The romance was not insta-lovey but it was on Collin’s side. He seemed to fall for her the minute he found out who she was and it almost seemed as if he liked her because of her looks which drove me insane. But their romance was adorable and especially in the epilogue. The feels.
The reason why I didn’t give this book 5 Crowns is simple. I loved it but I feel as if Juliana became weaker throughout and that bothered me. I like the main character to be strong in all meanings of the word and that wasn’t quite the case. Beside from that fact, it was a good short read and I recommend it.
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Crowns