Wanted by Betsy Schow
Author: Betsy Schow
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52:
No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though…they should be worried.
Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she’s the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn’t in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn’t figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi’s going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink.
Not happening. No way in Spell.
Rexi’s plan? Steal the sword Excalibur and use its magic to write her own tale. But Gwenevere has opened a new Academy of Villains in Camelot and danger lurks behind every plot twist. And you know how it goes in Story: keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: Rexi is at the forefront of Wanted, bent on breaking the curse that binds her and Dorthea. There is a remarkable amount of things going on here that I felt I wouldn’t like, but it pulled me right in and kept me surprisingly pleased. A few might not agree with this as it does carry some annoyance with stories moving forward into different lines continuously, jumping back and forth between much of the book. Even so, I was drawn into this magical realm and was truly pleased with where I was transported.
I rooted for Rexi and her journey, for her to break that curse that dragged her down, to stop the endless cycle of the Nome King’s mark on her life. She is fiercely driven and committed to finding her own way in life. Even when confronted with the choice to live a never-ending peaceful eternity or an extended life of tumbles, she decides on living.
Wanted is filled with magical beings and mystical occurrences. Every page I moved through added more mystery and enchanting moments, with whimsical characters and captivating adversaries. Adventures at every turn, with no end in sight. That fast paced momentum is what kept me reading and liking this book more and more. Searching for Excalibur makes it that much more interesting. Never a dull moment.
As I have not had the chance to read the first book in this series, I will definitely be picking it up soon. Making sure to lookout for the next installment.
***I received this copy from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***