No Good Deed: {ARC Review}

Publication date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: None
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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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. 





**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

So, I'm going to need more stories like this about Robin Hood please! Yes, it was that good. I wanted to devour this book, but my life made me wait to savor it. 

Ellie's character was pretty amazing. There were times when her mouth got her in serious trouble, but she was able to hold her own for being in Medieval England. As far as characters go, she is definitely a favorite MC because she wasn't overly obsessed and fawning over the hot guy in the story, who happened to be a very swoony literal knight in armor. Eleanor knew she had a purpose to be there, and she did not let handsome knights distract her from that purpose, which I loved. Too often in YA we see the female MCs thrown off course to chase a romance. So to not have that in No Good Deed was very refreshing! In fact, there really is no romance in the story. There are hints of a crush between Ellie and another character, but nothing really happens. So if you are expecting a love story, you might be disappointed. 

The other characters were also pretty great, even though many of them could have used more backstory. Sir James, Much, Isabel, Will Scarlet, Little John, each contributed to the story in some way. Connolly also wrote a really great villain who turns out to be not so bad!  It was also nice to see Eleanor of Aquitaine in the story! 

As much as I loved this story, I did have my issues with it. For example, we are never told how and why Ellie is able to time travel. All we know is that she is at Nottingham Castle when it happens. Usually in time traveling books, characters are able to travel because of abilities or science, but nothing is explained here. 

Also, I was not 100% thrilled with the ending. It was good, but I really wish it had gone a different way. I think an addition of what happened to all of the characters in the book after Ellie disappeared would have been nice, especially since this seems to be a standalone. 

For a debut book, No Good Deed is really amazing! I was not expecting this to be the author's first work. I think Kara Connolly has a great future ahead of her in writing. I would love to see more books like this from her! 

         


1 comment:

  1. This sounds pretty good!! I'll have to check it out!!
    @TeacherofYA

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