Friday, July 21, 2017

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

ARC, 228 pages
Release Date: June 18, 2017
Published by: Delacorte Press
Read from: July 19-22, 2017
Source: Publisher for the Blog Tour
For fans of:  Time travel, Science Fiction, Retellings,  Adventure, YA

     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.


     When I heard there was a Robin Hood re-telling I was just excited. But then I heard it was going to be a Robin Hood re-telling with a female Robin Hood and I was more than super excited. I love r-tellings that make the story their own in some way and I love re-tellings of rare told stories even more, so No Good Deed was right up my alley.
     Ellie Hudson is making her way to the U.S. Olympic team. She must qualify for the team while she's in England. But as she's following someone, she ends up making her way all the way to the Middle Ages. She wants to get back as soon as she can, but there's so much suffering going on in Nottingham and it would be rude not to do all she could to help first. And with that, she finds hersekf falling into the role of the legandary Robin Hood.....
     To say this was a historical fiction book, I actually enjoyed this one. I'm known to DNF them, (and sometimes really early on lol) but this one kept my attention the entire way through. There was a bit of time when it got too heavy with the history, but it was mostly at the beginning so it wasn't that bad.
     Another reason this isnt a typical "Nikki" book is the time travel aspect. I'm not normally a fan of time travel because they're normally either heavy on the history or heavy on the science. I tend to get annoyed with info-dumpy time traveling, but this one wasn't like that at all. She literally just went from one place to the next and I thought that was pretty cool. There wasn't a need to complicate it and for that I was glad.
     However I was not a fan of the plot. There were too many "coincidences." Like her parent's were both professors of history and physics. All the tools she needed to throughly think about time travel and all the people she would know. I guess I would have liked it better had she been thrown into it and just had to survive. That sounds harsh, but it's what I wanted lol
     Although this isn't my typical book, it was still something that I throughly enjoyed. I love finding books that I don't think I'll like and end up liking them. It really helps open my eyes as a reader and tells me not to give up on certain genres.
Overall, I give this


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