Wednesday, March 23, 2016

YA Book Review: A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

Book Description:
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.

My Review:
I love fairy tales, especially when they involve a brave young woman. Jody Hedlund's latest book, A Daring Sacrifice, meets my criteria of a well-made fairy tale, from castles to knights, and horses to kingdoms. It's refreshing to read a story written for young adults with a positive uplifting theme and a sweetness, rather than the dark fiction so often aimed at this age group. The main character is daring, she pushes the limits. But she has some intense conversations with God that reveal her true heart. The wealthy knight she meets gives her a run for her money (pun intended) but he too looks to God for guidance. I love the medieval setting, the forest, and the well-developed characters. This is Jody's second YA novel. She does the genre proud. I recommend this to every public library. If you enjoy a good story with adventure and a touch of romance, you'll love this book whether you're a young adult or a more seasoned adult like me.

I received this book in exchange for a fair review.

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