Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Daring Sacrifice (An Uncertain Choice)

Title: A Daring Sacrifice

Series: An Uncertain Choice (Book #2)

Year: 2016

Author: Judy Hedlund

Summary: 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. (from Goodreads)

Main Characters:
~ Juliana Wessex
~ Collin Goodrich

Review: To be honest, I've gone back and forth with this review. Part of me really enjoyed this book, and the other part really didn't. I'll give you the low-down.

First of all, I really loved how the author twisted the beloved tale of Robin Hood to meet her own needs. Really. I thought it quite superbly done. There was a lot of recognizable Robin traits, and yet the novel had so much of its own spunk that it never tasted cliche. Definitely two thumbs up in that respect. I really do love it when novels claim to be retellings of favorite classics and then actually live up to that claim by holding onto everything I love so much about the aforementioned classics and also stand so well on their own that you don't need the original story to love the new one. So, if you're any fan of Robin Hood tales, put this one on your list.

The cast of characters were delightful. I actually liked our hero, Collin, when I fully expected not to. He's a great guy. Really. I loved watching how he grew throughout the story. Also, fantastic minor characters. I sense that's common for these types of books and me. 

This book is the second in a series; however, I haven't read the first. While it usually is a good idea to read books in order, I didn't find that I misunderstood anything in this book because I hadn't read the first one. Which was nice. *grins* I was a little worried at first to read the middle of a series first. 

Also: shout-out for the cover. It's just really cool and epic, and I really like it. Look at it again, folks. Don't you think so, too? Purple and green go really well together.

What I didn't like as much about this book was the romance. Yeah, I know. You guys are probably going to roll your eyes at me again and say, "We've heard this before." So, I'll keep my soap box short.

Lots of physical contact and mushy emotions as our two lovebirds got together. More than I found was comfortable for me. Juliana focused a lot on how Collin's touch made her feel, and I was, to be honest, disappointed. There's more to love than physical contact. *end rant*

Advisory: My romance soap box above, as well as some fantasy violence. Multiple characters are hurt/killed. If I recall correctly, there are also a few comments that I'd label for more mature readers.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

*Please note: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.*

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