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No Good Deed

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  699 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home befor
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I have always loved a good retelling. There is just something slightly magical about someone else putting a spin on an old childhood favorite and Robin Hood has always been one of my favorites. I think there is something so fun about the underdog succeeding and of course the good always triumphing over evil.

When I saw the synopsis for No Good Deed and saw that not only was it a retelling of a classic story we all know and love but with a slight twist to it, I was all over it. What better time t
I hadn't heard of this book until I got the email from the publisher asking if I wanted to read it. I liked the cover and a lady Robin Hood? Yes please.

I liked Ellie. She's smart and strong and one hell of an archer. The rest of the group is introduced individually and it really works. I enjoyed the 12th century take on these well known characters that were separate from Robin Hood.

Plot wise, it moved at a decent pace. It was pretty clever having Ellie doing trials for the Olympics and for som
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
I want to thank to NetGalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

I really enjoyed reading this guys, I live for the time travel themes, that was in fact what make me to want to read this book and was handled in a super fun and interesting way, plus I'm so happy about the Doctor Who references , because I'm crazy Whovian so I hope you understand me


4/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my review on my blog A Book. A Thought.

I like Ro
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
"I was on the cusp of believing something unbelievable. All this time, the infinitesimal details had been filling up my subconscious like an underground spring until denial seemed more foolish than acceptance.

This was fun :). I loved Ellie right from the beginning and that she wasn't a damsel-in-distress who constantly needed to be rescued until she learned to take care of herself (Also that she she wasn't annoyingly perfect at everything). It was a clever touch having her in the area trying ou
What a cool story. It starts off fast and never drags, and the originality of the story! I can honestly say I have never read a book like this. Though I wish the world building had more definition, it didn't lack enough to make you feel a loss or confused.
The characters were crafted and artistically designed so well, though again a little more back story and detail would have been nice. But for a stand alone story it was wonderful and I don't regret reading this story at all, in fact, I am
This review and more can be found on Living for the Books

This book immediately caught my eye because there aren't that many Robin Hood retellings and I remember a couple years ago I was really interested in reading a retelling of that story and I never got around to it. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this.

This story different from a lot of retellings because it involves time travel, most don't have the main character aware that they're participating in the retelling of a classic story. I a
Mel (Epic Reading)
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Re-tellings. The latest fad.
While they can be successfully pulled off, so long as the world is drastically different (ie: Lunar Chronicles), it's awfully hard to do well. This re-telling of Robin Hood has some great little anecdotes and moments; but for the most part it feels like recycled scenes, characters and concepts. Right down to the time travelling aspect.

While there is action, intrigue, teeny bit of romance and all the things that generally make up a good story; I just couldn't help but
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
No Good Deed was a unique and entertaining book! I liked how the author took a typical retelling plot and added her own twists to make this a refreshing story. I think fans of Robin Hood and of time travel will get a kick out of this book.

This retelling of Robin Hood had a time travel aspect that was both interesting and addictive. I loved the idea of having the main character travel back to the time of Robin Hood. The time travel aspect was a twist that made this retelling really stand out! Th
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I feel like Robin Hood is one of those legends that get easily dismissed in retellings, even though it’s such a fascinating legend. Take an intelligent woman saving the poor and being respected by her Merry Men, and I was instantly hooked.

As a professional archer, Ellie Hudson is so close to gaining gold. Her only remaining roadblock is a contest in the notorious city of Nottingham, in England. But one wrong step leaves her heading back in time to end up in the Middle Ages. The plague is still
Sarah Louise
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor is the extent of my Robin Hood knowledge. If you're like me and not familiar with the original folklore, it's hard to see the significance of certain characters, such as Will Scarlet and Little John as they're introduced. Keep in mind, though, this is coming from someone who hasn't even watched the Disney version. Even Eleanor, our gender flipped Robin Hood, is accustomed to these legendary characters as she encounters them in Sherwood Forest.

Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
“No Good Deed” is a fairy-tale/legend retelling that served as a good palate cleanser for me in the middle of quite a few heavier reads. The plot is fast-paced and the characters are just the right amount of snarky and developed for a light read. The content is mild, and the writing easy enough to read, that even the youngest of the ya group should find it enjoyable. Recommended!

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
The Captain
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

So mateys, why should ye check out this book? Because it is a fun romp of a tale about time travel and a female Robin Hood! Sign me up. As usual the cover first drew me interest. Kick-ass girl with bow? Sign me up. I also like the target vibe going on. And I am so glad I read it. It is light and silly and fun watching Ellie set the Robin Hood myth into
rachel ☾
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was such an entertaining read! It took me awhile to get into it but once I did, I was hooked.
I couldn't blame fate, or anyone but myself. I'd chosen my name, christened Will and Little John. No one made me rob goats from the rich and give them back to the poor. I'd written myself into the story.

Ellie Hudson is well on her way to earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic archery team. She just has to qualify at the trials held in England, nearby the historical Nottingham Castle. But one walk through the castle's tunnels results in Ellie landing in medieval England, where she is immediately
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book takes us on a lighthearted romp through time and lands us straight in Nottingham—where we get to spend time with a certain band of merry men. I hate to overuse the word “fun,” but that’s exactly how I’d describe the book. It twists the tale of Robin Hood quite nicely and never takes itself too seriously.

There are lots of elements of the book that I don’t want to give away, so I’m going to have to be really ge
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Author Kara Connolly's No Good Deed is her debut novel. The story is a unique retelling of the Robin Hood classic with a brilliant twist, plenty of action, and a wonderful cast of characters. Protagonist Eleanor "Ellie" Hudson is the second ranked archer on the US Women's Archery team. Her goal of winning a gold medal in the next Olympics is just a step away. All she has to do is win an international competition
Jan 13, 2019 added it
I was wondering how this was going to end but it was a good ending
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, kindle
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Why this book?
I love retellings

What I thought

I have a question if the merry men are there where is the real Robin Hood? I didn't like how they took a character out of existence to make a plot work. A woman Robin Hood wasn't appealing to me. I thought she was going join up with Robin and his men not become Robin herself. The romance was also lacking mainly because we barely got anything from it. Got to admit though Ellie was a likable char
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Robin Hood retellings, so when I started this book, I was really excited. I loved Ellie, James, Much, Will, and Little John. The characters were wonderful, and I loved how Ellie was just a girl trying to win an Olympic medal, but ends up time traveling to the past. There, she meets her new friends and starts an adventure of her own, with two goals: Don't get killed. Don't change history.

Overall, I thought the bo
Lisa Mandina
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I'm a big fan of fairy tale retellings. I especially like when they are looking at actual historical events and people, which this book does that as well. This was a very fun read, and hard to put down. There were some things about the Robin Hood story I was unfamiliar with, but it was fun to do the research on those things as well, when I would google as I was reading.

To read my full review, go to Lisa Loves Literature.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

No Good Deeds
by Kara Connolly is a fresh take on the Robin Hood legend involving a little time travel. For me, retellings are a recent love. I’ve not always been a fan, but I really enjoyed this one. And Robin Hood, well he’s one of my favorites. I love the myth and legend surrounding this outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor. It’s nice to thi
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
No Good Deed follows Ellie, a young archer and Olympic hopeful who accidentally gets thrown back into twelfth century England and finds herself in the legendary Nottinghamshire, home of Robin Hood. As she tries to find her way back home, she unwittingly becomes a bigger part of the legend that she ever dreamed.

Let me just praise the girl power/feminism in this book, you guys. IT IS SO GOOD. I am in love with Ellie’s character and the way she handles the whole situation. We’ve all seen the “norma

I don't see too many retellings of Robin Hood these days, and with the genderbent lead I was getting major Keira Knightley Princess of Thieves vibes! Ellie is a great mix of funny and badass, I finished the entire thing in one sitting! I would have loved a little more romance between Ellie and Sir James, but that wasn't a big deal because it was still good. My biggest complaint about this book is that there wasn't enough of it. It would have worked great as a series. Seriously, if you read this,
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went to the library the other day for the first time in a while (I know I know. E-books have spoiled me) and I picked up No Good Deed because it looked interesting and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! I absolutely love retellings, especially Robin Hood retellings (Seriously, I need to find more good retellings. Any suggestions?). Who wouldn't want to read about someone being thrust into 12th century medieval Nottingham and Sherwood Forest?!!? I also loved the characters so much! ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, this was a fun book!

You’ve got a time travel novel that ends up smack dab in the middle of the old Robin Hood stories – but in a very unusual and clever way.

Ellie is terrific. Sometimes her mouth gets away from her and gets her in trouble, but she’s also funny, spunky, and likeable. In fact, I loved most of the characters in the book.

I also loved the bits and pieces of medieval history in the book. You can tell that the author did her research and she does a terrific job with her medieval se
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robin Hood is a legend – robs the rich, gives back to the poor. But what if the legend as we have always known it was wrong? What is Robin Hood was really a girl and she was actually an accidental time traveler? In No Good Deed, that’s exactly the case.

Ellie is an archer – an excellent one. Good enough that the Olympic dream is within her grasp. However, her parents are pressuring her, her coach is pressuring her, and her absent brother Robin – the star of the family – is a pressure she cannot e
B. Diaz
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
The best part, in my opinion, is the characters. Supporting, villain, main - they're all colorful and you'll want to visit them even after you finish the last page. It's not a tedious story line, and it's not a romance- it's a fun, catching read that'll keep you well entertained!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review, read-2017, ya
3.5 stars

Full review posted at For What It's Worth on 7/18/17:

This was a fun adventure to read this summer.

For a time travel story, there was very little detail given and there isn't much plot - just a jump from one spot of trouble to the next but Ellie was interesting as well as the people she picked up on the way.

For fans of YA that DON'T want romance this one is for you. Other than a few looks and touches there's zip going on here in that department.
Kryssi D'Eredita
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! So much fun 🤗
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute. I want more.
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