Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review: "A Daring Sacrifice" by Jody Hedlund

The Cloaked Bandit has been robbing the nobility for the past three years. No one realizes that the thief is none other than the rightful heir, Juliana Wessex, who is stealing to provide for the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. 

When a couple of urchins rob Collin Goodrich, he is surprised to realize one of them is actually a woman. He trails them to find out who she is and is surprised to discover it is someone he knew from childhood, Juliana Wessex. He finds he wants to protect her and get her to leave her thieving ways so he challenges her to stay at his house with his sister and him for a week and return to her former identity as a proper lady. Will Juliana overcome her dislike of nobility and find love with Collin?

I didn't realize at first that "A Daring Sacrifice" is the "sequel" to "An Uncertain Choice" as there is no series name given. It could be read on it's own, but it would be a little clearer what they were talking about with the "contest" from "An Uncertain Choice" if you read them in order. I didn't really pay much attention to Collin in the first book as he wasn't the hero that I was rooting for to win the contest. 

"A Daring Sacrifice" is a teen romance but I enjoyed it. At first, I was wondering if it would be too similar to Melanie Dickerson's "Huntress of Thornbeck Forest", but other than the heroines both being "Robin Hood" characters who provide for a band of poor people, they each had their own storylines, which was nice. With this story being geared for teens, the romance isn't as deep as some books, but I didn't find it childish, either. I was originally going to let my daughters read this, but there were two phrases in the book that changed my mind. They were: "In fact, if I'd been someone more sinister-a lusty man without any regard for her womanhood-what would she have done tonight?" and "My blood ran cold at the thought of what Lord Wessex might do to her, of the torturous ways he'd violate her." At 11 and 10, they wouldn't understand these and I don't think they need to know what they are talking about. I will wait until they are older to let them read it. There are some mentions of torture, but not really too graphic. Unless the reader is already familiar with what being drawn and quartered is, it wouldn't mean much to them. There are a few mentions of bloody or mutilated bodies, but I didn't really find them overly repulsive. I liked how the parts of the book for Collin were a different font than the sections for Juliana. It made it easier to follow who was talking since the book was all in the first person point of view.

"A Daring Sacrifice" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Gld edition (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310749379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310749370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012E02MVS

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through their zblogsquad program in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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