Author: Betsy Cornwell
Genre: YA Retelling
When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.Goodreads Synopsis
I was so bored.. The book contains dark and very twisted elements that usually gets me excited, but I yawned myself trough. Mostly because everything felt so easy for everyone.
These are harsh environments the characters are experiencing, but everything works out. They hide just walking-distance from the village in a cave that has a hot spring to warm them. And for food during the winter, they dig up some roots, pick some berries and hunt. Because hunting is easy for some reason.. And where they get their water supplies are NEVER mentioned. (I doubt water from a hot spring is drinkable..) And the reason nobody can find them is because they are in the forest.. Do I really need to point out that I don’t buy any of this?
And I suspect that this is supposed to have something like a feminist message by being a gender-bender, but man did that fall flat. Changing the original Robin Hood characters into females and turn the men into either goofs, good guys or really horrible bad guys is toothless and extremely dated idea if you want to convey a feminist message. ”Never tear down another person to make yourself look better” goes for genders too!
This is an alternative fantasy version of the Sherwood Forest, not located in England but in some other world very much like England. Some other places are mentioned, but does not really have anything to do with the story.
Very black and white. There’s no nuances to the people. They are either bad or good. And the good always like each other. A group of random strangers band together in a very harsh environment and there’s no hint of tension? Very unlikely..
To flowery! Made even the gory parts feel very vanilla and to poetry. In other words silly.
I’m usually all for detailed surroundings, but not if it’s focused too much on one particular thing. Like cooking and eating food over a fire, with is being described in detail over and over and over..
Why is this review so short you ask? Because it does not deserve more of my time. I did not care about anything in this book. I did not even really get mad at it. And if I did not have notes from reading it I could not have written this review because nothing really stuck with me. 2 stars.