Marian, by Ella Lyons
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: November 3, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When Marian Banner moves to the glittering city of Nottingham with her father, Sir Erik the Fortunate, her entire life changes. She is no longer allowed to run about the countryside in trousers and braids, climbing fences and shooting turkeys, but is thrust into a life of dresses and jewels and dancing lessons, none of which Marian is particularly pleased about. Her dark mood changes when she meets a tiny whip of a girl called Robin Hood. Robin is fierce and brave, and wants more than anything to become a knight, regardless of her gender. Together they explore the city, becoming fast friends along the way.
As time passes, their friendship into something bigger and scarier and far more wonderful. But then Marian’s father is killed in service to the king and she catches the king’s eye.
Can Robin save her one more? Or will Marian discover how to save herself?
Friends to Lovers
This book is supposed to be a twist on the Robin Hood story, but it doesn’t have the same story points. It is just set in a similar area with people that have the same name. I think it would have worked better if the author just changed the names and made it its own thing, because that’s really what it was. Their names are the same but eh not much else really. It’s more of a lords and ladies/nobility type story than a Robin Hood-specific one. If you’re looking for a true-to-canon type book you’ll be disappointed.
This book seemed really short to me because it was more the beginning of the story than a full novel’s worth. It didn’t take anything away from the story that was presented, but it really felt like there should have been more. Maybe they are planning a sequel? If they are it is really tacky to put out half a book and then parade the next half as its own thing. I am seeing this a lot now, and I am wondering if this is something the publisher is pushing on authors.
The romance itself was very light and innocent. I enjoyed the main characters and became interested in their story. It was a coming of age during the medieval period story with two likeable female characters and good writing.
All in all this was a short fluff story. Doesn’t go too in-depth with what it would mean to be queer during this point in history, of if it even is a big deal in the author’s universe. It was just a light YA take on two young girls developing a friendship that turns into a kissing type thing.
Ella Lyons is a tea-drinking, cookie-loving yogi who lives on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their son, and a retired racing greyhound. Her proudest achievement is mastering the command “Be my little spoon.” She loves reading, writing, hiking, traveling, quilting, and learning.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.