The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

Disclaimer: I bought my own copy but then got a copy on Netgalley. Yay me! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 17+ (suicide TW, dark themes, and violence)

Publisher: Clarion Books

Synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.
Review: I thought this book was…. Not for me. The book did have some good points, the nature scenes were gorgeous and the survival techniques were pretty spot on from what I know.

However, that’s where the good points ended for me. For the most part I was bored with this book and i fell asleep like 4 times reading it. The pace is so slow it was agonizing. There was suicide in the book. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it was just badly written and I can see where this can be harmful for some. It was very insensitive in my opinion. The writing is not well done. It reads like it would be for younger kids but it doesn’t deal with dark topics well at all. Telling rather than showing the character development. Lastly the book just wasn’t a robin hood retelling. The book told me about some thieving, but some of it was for personal gain and in my opinion the best part of robin hood is how he evades the law, so why avoid that?

Verdict: Not my thing.