Hi guys! Today I am reviewing Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry, which I read back in the Summer (when I somehow read 14 books in June alone) but I haven’t been able to post my review about it until now. Not Every Girl is a historical adventure novel published by Clean Reads Publishing, which I am a rep for! I hope you enjoy this review.
About the Book
Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.
She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.
In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, 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. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.
When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, 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, yet 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.
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This was a light, quick read, and I finished it in just two days! I liked how there was a ton of action, adventure, and excitement doused in with the romance. And this was set in a medieval kingdom!!! Now, this wasn’t the best book I’ve read. It felt too fast and too little developed in many parts, and it’s not one that will exactly stick out in my mind. I did see some places that could have been improved, but overall, it was a nice read. Although it did not click for me fully, it might be a nice match for you!
There was definitely a lot of action and adventure in the book. I mean, it’s medieval era with swords and knights and outlaws hidden in the woods (it felt borderline fantasy, but that’s a discussion for another day). You definitely just want more! And the romance was pretty cute. It’s one of those books that once you end (even with all the danger and death) you would go “Awww. So cute.” I really liked how the main character’s disobedience led to the adventure of a lifetime, which was full of suspense and thrill that put you on the edge of your seat. It’s such a fast read that I finished it in like two days!
This book needed to be developed more. It was a nice story, but there were a few plot holes that made me puzzled. In addition, the pacing felt too quick. Some of the events that happened were forgettable, and the relationship between the characters was too “clicking.” If there was more filler that helped developed the relationships between the characters more, some of the plot holes would have been fixed and it would seem more realistic. I even forgot a couple of characters who were important for the development of the book, and I couldn’t remember when they were first introduced. It was a very fast read, but it could have slowed down a bit.
Overall, this book was pretty decent. It was definitely fun and I did enjoy trying to read it as I grilled dinner for my family (yes, I read while I grill outside- so what?). I really liked being on the edge of my seat and wanting to know what will happen next while seeing Olivia and Liam’s romance blosoom. I’ll recommend this for fans of historical romances, medieval adventures, and strong female characters. It’s a nice book to finish before you go to bed at “knight.” (*thigh slap* Ha ha, good one, Kester!)
Have you read this book before? Does it sound interesting to you? What are some of your favorite adventure or historical fiction novels?
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