by Jenny Elder Moke
You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.
Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John's ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle's father, Robin Hood.
As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf's clutches and find the father she's never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?
It was so boootiful. Action-packed, insane archery which made my heart increase its normal speed, heartwrenching father-daughter relationship. It was awesome. Sad and bittersweet, but awesome.
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVENT READ IT YET!
Whoa, THAT EXPERIENCE WAS AWESOME! My dudes, you cannot fathom how much I adore fairytale retelling books (apart from love triangles, that is). I went into this book only knowing it would somehow include my boyfriend Robin Hood (don’t ask)because I had previously read the synopsis but then forgot about it when I read another book. Ahhh, the beauty of procrastination, really helping neurons out there. Man oh man, I was NOT prepared of how much this would affect my emotions! Dang, it, Robin, why did you have to do that thing. You know the thing I’m talking about, the thing that requires a zilch amount of breathing. Yep, you broke my heart, happy now? But for real, why? Why did you do that Jenny? Where you laughing whilst my heart was being crushed?! Ugh. Okay, let’s just start from the beginning. The moment we get introduced to the main character and we saw her mother which *gasp* was Marian. ROBIN HOOD’S MARIAN!! Oh gosh, I need to take a breather. All right, we meet the Merry Men which FYI might be grown men and women but are adorably cute with their family and Isabelle’s team which, again, FYI are teens who stole my soul from the clutches of my near-death realization that Robin Hood had a kid. That's not supposed to happen. My baby is not supposed to be married and between you and me, Marian always seemed like a stuck up wrench (yes, I do mean the tool, cause that's what she appeared to me). Overly submissive, annoying, and whiney. At least in the movies/tv-shows which I had the privilege of watching. Ahem, Taron Egerton's portrayal of Robin Hood. Award-winning baby, award-winning.But not in the book, nop, in the book she was a hardcore loving mother.All right, back to my original train of thought. The unpackaging (NO TYPO) of all the action and the storyline which, as all of you probably know, when there's a book about a father-daughter relationship gone astray, some authors don't do the story quite justice. But this? Robin's love for her was so genuine and awkward and just *air smooch* lovely. The friendship was slow-building but that just made it all the more interesting to read. The voices were distinguishable, funny, sarcastic. The friendly and not so friendly banter was bootiful. Just, perfection! Helena was the Grumpy McGrumpster of the group but as all know was a huge teddy bear inside, Adam was good-looking, strong, and in other words... well, there are no other words actually. And last but definitely not least of the Teen Merry Gang, Little, which, surprise, surprise, is not so little at.all. His attitude, his sarcasm, he was sooooo adorable. The fights left me short of breath, the love was a bit on the meh side of the spectrum but overall not bad ( still talking about the love ) And then we met Robin Hecking Hood...moment of silence, please. The man was every bit as charming and beautiful as I imagined albeit a bit shorter than expected but hey, who cares about that when he is all THAT? *WINK WINK* Oh goodness, if I could've fallen all over for him again I would've. His charisma, his smile! Now that was the real love interest for moi. Not for Isabelle, of course, she WAS his daughter after all. And do y'all remember when she split Helena's arrow in half? with a blindfold on? Now that's what I call a Master of the bow and arrow arts. (If there is such a thing, if it isn't, it certainly should be) Imagine this: Lost in the woods (all great adventures start with someone doing something stupid and getting lost, admit it.)you hear a rustling of leaves above you, then...BAM! One of the most handsome men in the world introduces himself to you...bow and arrows gleaming on his back...I just melted! Marian was no pushover in this, let me tell you. The woman at times scared me with that attitude of: "If you ever hurt my baby, let's just say your legs are going to be on the wrong side of your body, honey. (I just know she's the type to say honey or something like that after threatening someone.) My goodness! The intrigue, people were dying and I just knew Miss Jenny wasn't playing with this. But I knew everyone was going to come out of this alive.
Jenny killed Robin. She literally killed him. She ended his precious life. I just need a minute...
She killed my BABY!! I legit, without lying, cried at least, AT LEAST, 15 minutes. 15 minutes which shortened my lifespan. Oh, the pain! And then Marian had to do the speech, the speech that she was all like: "Isabella, I will admit that your father and I were a fine match but you, YOU, were the love of our lives." Girl! how am I not supposed to let the Niagra Falls have their moment of fame?!? Robin was all like:"*Rasp*My baby, how much I would've loved if we had more time*death rattle*To watch you grow was one of my greatest accomplishments...dead. Yep, that's it. No more father-daughter-mother moments. No more winks!! Oh goodness on a stick. I'll cut it short right about here because I just got upset all over again. I can't no more. Jenny, you were good. I hated you (still do) but you made me feeeeeel the pain. *Last effort at being professional*
The worldbuilding was nice, the friendships were a-okay. The romance as I previously mentioned was not as well developed as I would've liked but hey, not everyhting can be perfect...Oh my Robin.
How Isabelle and Robin met.
Isabelle and Adam...real cute.
MA BABY ROBIN*huge sob*
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