Monday, August 19, 2019

Mini Review: Sherwood by: Meagan Spooner

Release Date: March 19, 2019
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancĂ©.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood."

My Thoughts:

I didn’t end up enjoying this one as much as I thought I would, which is such a bummer. On paper this looks right up my alley, but it just didn’t fully work for me. I did enjoy Marian as a character and how strong she was and how she fought for what she believed in. I also enjoyed the Robin voice she heard in her head that acted as her conscience at times. I just found those thoughts to be funny. But there were just other things that kept me from fully loving this one. For once, it took me a really long time to get through. The pacing was super slow and once I put the book down I never really had that drive to pick it back up ASAP. Also at times I felt like I wasn’t even sure where the story was going. The story arc was a bit up and down. But most of all I HATED the romance. I almost wish it hadn’t been included. Honestly when the romance kinda came to a head and was revealed I had a moment where I was like REALLY?!?! HIM?!?! So the fact that I didn’t recognize the love interest for a long time really says it all. I also HATED that we had to do the thing where it was “oh no I actually don’t think I loved Robin.” And I hated it because I just feel like this is a thing where of course she realizes she didn’t actually love him because then how could we really love this new guy and NO. You can have more than one love in your life. So yeah, the romance was a big turn off for me with this one. All in all, Sherwood just wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. It’s a twist on the Robin Hood story that I think had a lot of potential but just missed the mark in some ways.

2 comments:

  1. Oh dang I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one. I know it's always difficult to get excited for a book and then it doesn't work out. Absolute worst. Thank you for your great review.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

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  2. I can't get in to a story either if a romance is included and I don't enjoy it. Plus, slow pacing makes it such a chore to keep on reading. I definitely know you can have more than one love in your life. That would put me off as well. Why discredit one's past feelings, just because you experience a different love? Thanks for sharing your thoughts Teresa :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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