Tuesday, July 18, 2017

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 0385743939

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.

No Good Deed was a unique and entertaining book! I liked how the author took a typical retelling plot and added her own twists to make this a refreshing story. I think fans of Robin Hood and of time travel will get a kick out of this book. 

This retelling of Robin Hood had a time travel aspect that was both interesting and addictive. I loved the idea of having the main character travel back to the time of Robin Hood. The time travel aspect was a twist that made this retelling really stand out! There wasn't much explanation on how the time travel worked, but that actually didn't bother me! It was fun just to sit back and enjoy the ride. I would have liked a little more world building, but with this being a stand-alone novel, I understood that there wasn't a TON of time to go into intense world building. 

Another unique thing I liked about this retelling was the main character, Ellie, was aware of the retelling. It was really fun to see Ellie realize she was becoming Robin and how she handled that. If this book stayed true to the fable of Robin Hood, I cannot say, but I thought it was entertaining! There were times when this book felt a bit slow, but I thought it was pretty well paced as a whole. 

Ellie was a great main character for this story. I thought she was smart, strong, resourceful, and funny. She was a woman who didn't let people push her around. I loved that she stood up for herself and proved that she was just as strong and valuable as any man! #FemalePower. I also really liked the group of side characters and the bonds Ellie formed with them. They all had hilarious banter and got involved in fun shenanigans that kept me entertained. Some of the decisions characters made annoyed me, but I liked them anyway. 

Overall, this was a fun and enjoyable novel. I look forward to reading more books by this author! 

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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