Review | Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

“Be braver than you feel. 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: Lincoln green clothes, fires, archery trials, apples, silver coins, the Merry Man, mercenaries and disguises.

This was my first reading a Robin Hood retelling and I absolutely loved it. I never knew a lot about the original story of Robin Hood – only the Disney version -, so I was more than happy to pick this up. This retelling follows a girl named Isabelle of Kirklees, who is the daughter of Lady Marien and the famous Robin Hood. 

It took me some time to get used to the language used, but eventually it became easier to understand. It’s not necessarily a difficult book to read, but it’s written in a way that is reminiscent of the medieval times and that’s something I’m not used to.

How to describe Isabelle? She is an amazing, strong character and in this book she discovers her true identity and her place in the world. I just loved to see her development throughout the book and how she overcame her fears.

Speaking of characters, there was not a single character I didn’t like. I could easily say every character had its own charm and contribution to the story. Robin’s banter was very entertaining, the Merry Men were loyal friends who stood up for each other, and Lady Marien was even stronger – and badass – than I thought! 

Fortunately the romance was not the main thing about this book – which I really appreciate -, but it was cute and I really liked the chemistry between Isabelle and Adam. Yes, the story’s timeline is only a few days, but I would still consider it a slow burn romance. They took their time gaining each other’s trust and getting to know each other, which made a great addition to the story.

The only thing I can’t wrap my head around was the ending. I think the sad event that happened in the end was unnecessary to be honest. I understand how it would be “necessary” to have an excuse for the ending the author wanted, but I wasn’t a fan of that choice. That’s the main reason for me not giving this five stars.

Other than that, I loved pretty much everything about this book. I loved the characters, the romance, the story, the pacing… it was very entertaining. I’m starting to realize that I’m really into retellings. Give it a try and you may enjoy it too.

xoxo, Neide

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