Friday, 18 March 2016

Review - A Daring Sacrifice

Zondervan; 224 pages; Amazon
It seems that retelling classic fairy tales and other mythological stories is the in-thing in the YA fiction market. Some of you might recall me reading The Golden Braid last year by author Jody Hedlund, which was a new version of Rapunzel. Now the author has put her spin on the old Robin Hood story with a blend of Disney/Pixar's Brave.

A Daring Sacrifice centers on Julianna Wessex, a young woman whom has kicked away her royal roots and grabbed a bow & arrows to seek revenge against her uncle, Lord Wessex, who had murdered her father. She now spends her days as the "cloaked  bandit," robbing the rich and giving back to poor. (Sounds a bit familiar!).

Julianna thought the whole kingdom believed that she was dead; well, that is until she robbed Collin Goodrich, who instantly recognized her.

Later after becoming injured, Julianna must rely on Collin's help. She agrees to stay at his estate for one week to heal her wounds and in exchange Collin must live with her in the woods for a week. Sounds simple enough to Julianna, but the one thing she never thought would happen does - she falls in love him.

Final Thoughts: Fairy tales get a bad rap for being too "girly" thanks to many Disney adaptations, but if you read the original stories, you would realize that many of these are darker and full of adventures. Jody Hedlund definitely likes fairy tales as she puts a spin on the old Robin Hood tale in this novel. The plot grabs a hold of you at the very beginning and you're glued to main character, Julianna, until the very end. Overall, A Daring Sacrifice is a well-written, fast-paced, light-hearted romantic read. 

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary ebook from BookLook in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author: Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

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