Book Review Of “The Forest Queen” By Betsy Cornwell @HMHteen @betsy_cornwell
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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you HMH Teen #Partner for gifting me this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
I loved this book, it was addicting, and so much fun! For those who are not aware, this is a Robin Hood Re-telling. And yay for no Insta love!! This was about Sylvie finding herself, figuring out her family wasn’t what she thought they were, and realizing what she would be laying down, to stand up for those who were wronged. It was about friendship, partnership, and being fierce. Sylvie is a character that most young girls should look up to. I really loved her, I actually loved every character in this book, with the exception of sheriff John. This was a cast of loveable characters.
Cornwell, is a great story-teller, and world builder, I love that she added a real person from history into this book too, I thought that was a clever touch. The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking about the movie Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves and it’s made me want to watch it so bad!! Once I got to the end of the book, I was starting to get a bit emotional, I can’t spoil it for you guys, but if you’ve read it, you know what I am speaking of. I kept thinking “This cannot be it, It cannot end like this” and then Surprise!! I was happy all over again. I am not sure if this is a standalone, or if there is going to be another book, the way it ended, I feel like it’s just the one book, but I’m not going to lie, I wouldn’t be mad if there was another one coming!
I love that Cornwell, didn’t write a super cheesy, fluffy, insta love filled re-telling. There was depth to this book, I found myself rooting for Sylvie, and rooting for her merry band of misfits! After the past three books I read, being 2 stars, this one was like the light and the end of a dark reading tunnel! I am officially out of my book slump! This is my first Betsy Cornwell book, and I want more!!
This book is out August 7th, I will include helpful links below.