Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry
Reviewed July 4 2015
4.5 / 5 Stars
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.
Thank you to Jane McGarry for sending me a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely did not expect to fall in love with this book. And yet, here I am, about to rave about it. First of all, this book cover is beautiful – as in I want a real copy for my bookshelf. My problem with this however, was that it didn’t convey the story inside to me. I wasn’t expecting what I read based on the cover. Beautiful, yes. Portraying the story it contains? Not so much. Then the characters emerged. And how could I not love Olivia and Liam. They were perfect. Their families and family values were fantastic and realistic.
I loved the story. There was a lot of battle and combat terminology but it wasn’t so much that it took away from the plot either. When I first started reading, all I could assume was “Oh, she’s totally pulling a Mulan.” I’m so glad that it wasn’t exactly like that and the story didn’t copy that theme but still had the same ideas.
I have a few quotes highlighted, as there were some fantastic similes throughout, and the writing was fast paced and well thought out.
This is definitely one of the best ARCs I’ve received and I’m so glad to have been able to read and review it!
Absolutely recommended! Everyone ought to read this beauty!