Review: The Rebels of Cordovia

Title: The Rebels of Cordovia
Author: Linda Weaver Clarke
Format: E-book

Well, this was a refreshing read after Royal Rebel. The Rebels of Cordovia, by Linda Weaver Clarke, isn’t brilliantly written; there’s a *lot* of telling rather than showing, some noticeable editing flubs (often a symptom of self-published novels), and several plot holes, but it is quite possibly one of the sweetest, gentlest YA novels I’ve read in the last year or two.

A Ruritanian adventure-romance (in the various senses of the word), the plot concerns a young rebel rebel, Robin Marie, who leads a group of freedom fighters opposing an evil ruler who murdered the real king and hounded the crown prince out of the country twenty years previously. Robin, a young lady who’s been trained by her father in the arts of fighting and disguising herself, ends up joining forces with Daniel, the dashing leader of another rebel group, and together they plot to take down the evil king through a cunning plan.

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Reivew: Royal Rebel

Title: Royal Rebel
Author: Dana Taylor
Format: E-book

I am an enormous fan of Robin Hood–both the original legends/poetry and modern retellings. I had previously read a genderbent Robin Hood novel–Ronin: Lsdy of Legend by R.M. ArceJaeger, which I really enjoyed, and I was hoping to find another adventurous and updated take when I bought Royal Rebel. I was sadly disappointed.

The following is the blurb, on the strength of which I bought this ebook:

Courageous, captivating, cunning—the Royal Rebel leads her band of freedom fighters against the tyranny of Prince John. Inspired by the classic Errol Flynn film “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Royal Rebel” twists a beloved legend with humor, whimsical imagination, and romance. Winner of the “Great Expectations” and “Gotcha” contests of the Romance Writers of America.

That paragraph is more interesting, coherent, and better edited than this novel. Instead of a ‘captiving’ or ‘cunning’ heroine, the eponymous Robin is a spoiled, hot-tempered woman-child who never stops to consider the consequences of her actions. It is pounded into our heads time and time again that it is remarkable for her to have assembled her band of youth into a fighting force, and indeed it does seem nigh on miraculous; not, however, because she is a woman, as the book takes pains to state every two paragraphs, but because she is such a reckless idiot that it’s a wonder her followers didn’t mutiny after one of her many catastrophic decisions.

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Review: An Irish Country Doctor

Title: An Irish Country Doctor
Author: Patrick Taylor
Format: Paperback

An Irish Country Doctor, published in 2007, is the first in a series of novels by Patrick Taylor. The story takes place in rural 1960s Ireland: Barry Laverty, a recently minted medical doctor, travels to the small village of Ballybucklebo to work as assistant to Dr. Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly, a rather eccentric, cantankerous doctor with years of experience who has a badly-hidden heart of gold. The light, rather fluffy story revolves around Laverty’s getting settled into village life and he and O’Reilly’s meddling in village affairs to bring about a happy ending for several villagers.

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