Author: Alexandrea Weis
Page Count: 397
Publishing Date/Publisher: May 14, 2019 by Vesuvian Books
Review: I first off want to state that although the cover art for this book is gorgeous, it is highly misleading. Roxana was not in any way a warrior princess. In fact, it was quite the opposite. She spent most of her time sequestered away in baggage caravans and palace quarters. Her entire life was mostly dictated by others, and though a lot happens in the background, not much actually happens to her until the end. I will, however, say that this book was well researched. Some creative liberties were taken, but it seemed that for the most part, the author adhered to what experts speculate happened to the real Roxana and her family. For some reason I was not really expecting this and thought that this would be a looser adaptation of historical events. In a way this was a pleasant surprise, because I learned more about an intriguing woman from the past, and it made me interested in conducting a little bit of research on my own. History buffs will really enjoy this book, but those looking for a thrilling adventure will probably find the pacing to be too slow.
Author: Megan Spooner
Page Count: 480
Publishing Date/Publisher: March 19, 2019 by HarperTeen
Review: Well I am embarrassed to say that I did not finish this book before my Advanced Reader Copy expired (I should have been paying more attention to the publication date).
That said, I did admittedly drag my feet in finishing this book. I can generally finish a book in under a week, and yet I have been reading this one for over a month. Why? Mostly because I was not a fan of the pacing. I absolutely love the Robin Hood story, and I thought this was a unique premise for an adaptation. Girl power! It was, however, underwhelming. I was expecting far more action than was actually delivered (at least not in the first 70% of the book; that’s about as far as I made it before the title expired). I also found it completely perplexing that it took so long for any other characters to actually catch onto the fact that Marian was masquerading as Robin. The author very clearly tried to make the “villain” of the story multidimensional with backstory, but he still seemed like a complete dope for falling for Marian’s lame excuses and poorly created masquerade.
I really don’t know how the author is going to end the story, but quite frankly I probably won’t be rushing to find out.