Hello everyone! Okay, I’ve been neglectful these last couple of weeks. So very sorry about that! But, I have a TON of new books to share with you! So, here’s the deal, the month of July is going to be special. Instead of just posting once a week, I’m going to try to post twice. So you get double book reviews per week! Along with another surprise or two. 😉 And, I’ve decided to try a new style of blog post, adding the novel’s original premise along with my review. That way you can see just what the story-line is, and then why it’s really good. lol.
To start of this new style, I give you one of my all time favorite authors’ newest work: Melanie Dickerson’s The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. This is the first novel in her newest adult series, and it’s no less wonderful than her YA series, with perhaps a bit more depth.
Curious? Well, here’s what the book’s about:
A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor. A handsome forester on a mission to catch her. Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.
The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him … a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . .
What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?
And as for my thoughts on the subject… basically, it was AWESOME!
Melanie Dickerson has proven herself a master story-teller of retellings, and this novel is no different. An interesting weave of Swan Lake and Robin Hood, this narrative has plenty of romance, intrigue, and adventure. Odette is, by day, a sweet girl, intent on trying to help the poor children of the city by reading to them. She is a prime example of a well-bread lady, though with a bit more strength and independence than most of her time. But at night, she is a hunter, a pretty good one too, as she hunts deer to feed to the orphaned children in the city. She has a good heart, desiring to help those in need, but internally she is conflicted. Is it truly helping others if she breaks the law in the process? Then there’s Jorgen, the Margrave’s new forester. He is determined to prove himself to the Margrave, to find this poacher and put an end to his thieving of deer. When these two meet, oblivious to their position, the attraction is immediate. I love their romance; much like any of Melanie’s stories, it is sweet, simple, and deep. They develop a deep friendship, finding mutual respect for each other. Odette allows his courtship, even knowing he could mean her death, and I love how his being in her life makes her re-evaluate everything she believed. I love how straining her lie is on her and her relationship with him; it’s a great look at honesty. Along with that is the message of whether it’s right to bend the laws if it’s done for the right reasons. This book is a bit more mature than her other series, geared towards young adults, but no less filled with the fairytale charms, a step into history with its medieval settings, and an adventure-filled story that hooked me from the beginning and refused to let go. This is definitely a book I highly recommend to anyone who likes retellings, medieval tales, and especially fans of Once Upon a Time.
Basically, I think you should read it. Lol. You can pick it up for Kindle or NOOK, along with my personal favorite, paperback. And feel free to follow this wonderful author on Facebook, Twitter, and her website. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
So, do you like the new style? Let me know in the comments if you like hearing what the story is about along with my thoughts, or any other suggestions you might have. And tune in Tuesday for another review. 🙂