I found myself smiling while reading most of this book, it took about 100 pages to really get into it…but once I got to that point of no-return I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. Granted you must enter the state of willing suspension of disbelief (hence the first 100 pages drag), but once you leave your logic brain behind and enjoy the story it becomes absolutely fabulous.
I know I’m being a hypocrite since I’m always yammering about don’t treat YA audiences like they’re stupid, but this was different. The author was asking us to enter a fantasy world with us, one where you don’t quite know if it’s real or maybe fantasy within the heroine’s mind. Granted at the end you find out the truth, but the path there is a jolly good adventure. You see, this book is about a modern college girl getting transported back in time and becoming Robin Hood. How fun is that?
There is a bit of romance, but not really, only HINTS, nothing actual, but it did wonders to ramp up that tension. I found this a nice change of pace, and I expected for there to be romance, even kind of hoped – but in the end thought the author did the right thing. There is a lot of adventure, some laugh out loud parts, and some very shocking parts that had me cringing. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable read. I recommend it as a must read, just don’t think too hard about things.
Now, I guess I have to talk about the thinking. The heroine Ellie is transported to the late 12th century. That would be the 1100s. Ever read Canterbury Tales? That’s 14th Century, 200 years after. This is Middle English and Old French territory, and the characters make a lot of reference to Ellie’s strange English. When in all honesty, they wouldn’t be able to understand a word that was coming out of her mouth. She would be a babbling lunatic, much like they treated her when she first came through. Then she’s running around in jeans and converse sneakers…but they think they are just “efficient footwear.” If the author had made no reference to Ellie’s strange talk or even brought French into the equation (modern French is used) I wouldn’t have even though this. But, it is brought up, so therefore I thought about it, and it didn’t make sense. So, don’t think about it, if you want to enjoy the book.
Finally, I ended the novel with a smile and the urge to read more. I would like to know what happened. I want to read more about Ellie and that little tid bit at the end. So cruel of the author to do this! It’s not a cliffhanger, just a neat wrap up that isn’t as fulfilling as this greedy reader would like. I am now going to stalk Ms. Connolly and see what else she has to offer.
“I was pretty sure I’d just been declared an outlaw by the sheriff of Nottingham and friend-zoned by Friar Tuck in the same day. I’ll bet that never happened in any tale of Robin Hood.”
No Good Deed by Kara ConnollyPublished by Delacorte Press on July 18th 2017
Genres: YA Fantasy
Source: Amazon Vine
Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.
Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.
Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?
Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.
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