Review: Dauntless by Dina Sleiman
|Dina Sleiman's Valiant Hearts Series|
by Dina Sleiman
Kick-butt heroine? CHECK.
My rating: 5 out of 5 bows and arrows
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"Stealth. Anonymity. Restraint.
These are our allies.
These three we shall never betray."
My thoughts: This book wasn't on my radar. Nowhere near it in fact. I hadn't heard of the book or the author. So how did I end up reading it? Well, to put it simply, I have the best dad ever. He knew I was having a super stressful week with school and work and life. So he picked out a book and mailed it to me. And he did a really good job. This book is great. First off, look at that cover! It's gorgeous! And you know what is even better? The cover model is a dead ringer for the heroine. Merry is a teenager whose life got turned upside down. In one night she went from a young noblewoman to the leader of group of kids on the run. She is independent and guarded and a little scared to lose control. But the great thing about Merry is that through it all she is still a seventeen year old girl. She knows she doesn't have time for romance, it could throw off the whole balance of their group, but she can't help but be distracted by all the cute boys around.
Since this is a medieval story, Sleiman could have written all of the dialogue in Old English. Luckily (in my opinion) she chose to go easy on her readers and use a blended dialogue making it MUCH easier to read. For that I am grateful.
Fun fact: Robin Hood is one of my FAVORITE Disney movies. So a YA/Historical Christian Fiction novel about a teenage female Robin Hood has my name written all over it. Still not sure if it's for you booknerds? Click the link above and you can read a sample of the novel.
Bring on Book Two!