Not Every Girl

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Not Every Girl
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Age Range
13+
Release Date
May 19, 2015
ISBN
978-1-62135-414-7
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In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, sixteen-year-old Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, Olivia’s makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself in order to sneak on a mission and the consequences are not at all what she anticipated.

When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace. And that is when things get interesting. An unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, but these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional.

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A Little Bit of Everything
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4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Not Every Girl has pretty much everything you want in a fantasy book. Excitement. A well-built world. A handsome prince. A spunky heroine.

Olivia grows up in a world of expectations. She knows what her future will look like - become a bride, forced to sit at home and let her husband have the adventures. That doesn't sit well with her. She's spent her life training with the squires, but never truly being one of them. She's a girl. She can't. So when the king announces a journey into another land, she disguises herself as a boy to go along. It isn't long before she's discovered and forced to turn back towards home in the unexpected company of the prince. On their journey home, they make some discoveries and meet some people that ultimately leave them with a choice. Return home as ordered - or risk everything to save the kingdom.

What I loved: Prince Liam is written perfectly. He's brooding with a hidden tenderness and a desire for things to be different in his life. The authors ability to form similarities between the two main characters when they are from very different walks of life is something to behold. It makes the story poignant and real. The other ancillary characters are also well done and the plot holds an enormous amount of excitement and creativity to delight the reader.

What was just okay: Olivia has a selfish streak that makes her hard to like at times, particularly in the beginning. All she can seem to see is what she wants for her life. It makes her a bit sullen. That does get better as she grows as a result of events in the story.

A story that keeps you turning page after page in anticipation, leaving you with the feeling that it isn't a book you'll soon forget.
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