Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.
She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.
In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.
When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours.
This was a book with some mixed feelings. I liked that Olivia is independent and fights for what she wants, but I found her methods annoying at times. She didn’t particularly seem to think things through at all including her management of her friendship with Puck. Her insta-attraction didn’t have any grounding to me, which I struggled to get over. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Olivia and Liam and so I found most of their interactions somewhat awkward.
That being said, Olivia is no wilting flower and stands up for herself. She proves herself valuable at many points in the journey both to herself and the kingdom. The adventure kept me guessing and the twists kept the story from becoming predictable. I think this would be a PERFECT book to give a tween who wants a casual read with light romance without going to far.
Warning: Contains violence
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Fiction fans that are looking for fiction without an overwhelming romance aspect.
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