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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  576 ratings  ·  224 reviews
You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.

Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John's ruthless right h
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read

What happened after Robin Hood and Maid Marian rode off into the sunset?

They may not have lived happily ever after, but they did have a daughter, Isabelle. This is her story.

Finding herself on the wrong side of the law, Isabelle is forced to flee the village of Kirklees and the priory where her mother, Marian, is Prioress.

Her mother instructs her to seek a particular public house, a few days away, where one of her old friends will help to hide her from the King's men.

After a long an
Helena of Eretz ✰

I've read enough of this, seen enough reviews of this and have been disappointed enough times by YA Robin Hood retellings to lose interest in this. Sorry.

For those wanting an ACTUAL Robin Hood retelling, try Scarlet. It has a rough start, but is worth it in the end, and seems to be the only YA Robin Hood retelling worth reading that I've come across, in my opinion.
Candace Robinson
This one was just hard for me to connect to the MC but I did like the world building!
Jenny Moke
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I've heard it's *pretty* good. You should read it yourself and find out.
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Disney Book Group via NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!

Hood is actually the first Robin Hood retelling I have ever read. It follows Robin & Marien’s daughter, Isabelle, as she learns her parents’ true identities and discovers her place in the world.

I don’t know much about the actual historic time period but rotten kings and dashing outlaws and overcoming oppression always attracted me to the Robin Hood story. Even with little
Jeff Bishop
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did everybody else know that Robin Hood was real? And if so, THEN HOW COME NO ONE TOLD ME???

Now that I am aware of said fact, the Robin Hood I think of will not be the gritty, dour Russel Crowe version, but the eponymous character from Elder Moke's HOOD. It isn't a retread origin story however, at least not in the classic sense. HOOD follows Isabelle, a young woman who quickly learns that she is the daughter of the infamous outlaw (who again, was real!)

I don't think I've read historical fiction
Ugh, another hard book to rate.

Okay, so when I saw that Hood was coming out I was freaking excited. Then when I got denied on NetGalley.. well I was still excited but it did dim a little bit. Once I finally got my hands on this book - I think I was A-Okay with being rejected to read the ARC of it.

In this, you will meet a girl name Isabelle who is pretty good with an arrow. So she's like the female version of robin hood but lamer than Katniss from Hunger Games. Also, she barely listens to anyone
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-2020
I am so very disappointed in this book. It looked so good and the synopsis had me hooked!! But then I actually started reading it and not only did a lot of things not make sense, but I really, really didn’t like Isabelle.

Having an inexperienced and naive main character is one thing, but this girl was just making one dumb decision after another. And just when you think she’s learning and growing from her mistakes, she makes another damn huge mistake!!!! That goes on for the WHOLE TIME!!!! That w
Precious ✨
I was graciously granted this book by Hyperion via Netgalley (all opinions are my own)

I am happily surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this.

I’ve been eyeing the Disney retellings in the bookstores for ages now, thinking.. it can’t possibly be any good if I already know the original story. So when I saw I was approved for this ARC I was excited.. 1) since it was my first go at it and 2) because this one I could take a chance on without knowing too much of the original. The story of Robin Hoo
The Nerd Daily
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Erne

I have loved every Robin Hood inspired YA novel that I’ve read and Hood by Jenny Elder Moke is no exception. I fell in love with the idea that Robin of Locksley and Lady Marien got their happy ever after (well sort of) and as a result got to see the next generation of protectors of Sherwood Forest. I found this take on the subject of Robin Hood a unique perspective on the legend because I haven’t seen a plot that centres around a less
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
This book was one I was so excited for but so nervous about. I truly did not know what I would end up feeling by the end of the book because so often these retellings are just 'okay' versions of what I make up in my head in excitement. I started this book and was immediately hooked. I've never read a retelling of Robin Hood (at least, from what I can remember) and I'm not sure why because I don't see a reason to not like it? I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced the Isabelle and the Merry Men an ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first Robin Hood retelling. I feel like there needs to be a medal—a plaque! And for my first, what a fun one this was!

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

Yes, this book was a grand old time, running around the great oaks of Sherwood Forest and besting those pesky Sheriffs. Outlaws stealing gold to give away and shooting arrows like its nobody's business. Someone described it as campy fun—they legit all wear hose and tunics—and now I can't think of a better way to describe this. Even though this
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

“Hood” was better a retelling than I was originally expecting and despite some elements being changed around to draw in more of a YA audience with the focus of the story primarily on Robin Hood’s daughter Isabelle instead, this whirlwind adventure about the great legendary heroic outlaw left me wanting more.

If you haven’t already know, this novel based on the world renowned English Folklore that takes readers through a journey of epic proportions as we follow Isabelle, the newly
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Jun 09, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new
This cover looks like the sneak peek cover before they release the real one, or an ARC cover.
Shannon Doleski
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this is the story of Isabelle. Imprisoned for shooting a soldier, she is rescued by her mother Marien, who tells her she must flee the priory and seek refuge with Thomas, a three-day journey away. An adventure begins. When she finds the Merry Men, she falls for a boy with brown curls, reconnects with her father, and learns how to be braver than she feels.
The writing in this book is so lush and beau
Last Book Marauder
Dec 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
There will never be enough Robin Hood re-imaginings to suit me
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(A huge thank you to the FFBC toursand the publisher for the eARC of the book)


~Fast paced and doesn't slow down till the end~

Hood is a really fast read; the kind of book where you start reading and then realize you're already 50% in. I read the book in one sitting and the action starts from page one. We are introduced to the protagonist, Isabelle when she's been captured by the soldiers and the story just takes off. I did think that while it was fast paced,
Raquel Gilliland
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOOD is what I like to call a legit Portal Book. It opens into its own, ancient oak-lined pathway, inviting you to step into its world, drink its mead, and banter with its characters as you follow an irresistible story.

Isabelle, daughter of prioress Marien, finally discovers the identity of her father. He’s Robin Hood— a man whose existence she wasn’t even sure about until then. And now she must deliver to him the most urgent of messages. Robin Hood, unsurprisingly, is a difficult man to find,
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
So this Robin Hood retelling would’ve been pretty good if it weren't for how annoying the MC was. Isabelle was constantly too distracted by how handsome her love interest looked while saving her to actually try to save herself. Yes, she’s innocent and sheltered, and yes, it’s because she grew up in a fucking priory. That doesn’t mean she has to stand there and do nothing for the first half of the book. Then she suddenly does a 180 and acts like she’s all tough and can get shit done, except for w ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
This sounds like a promising retelling, so fingers crossed
Sanne ♔ (Sanne and the Books)
i'm really sorry but is this the final cover? because i hope not

MK ( Makayla)

Hood is everything a Robin Hood fan could ever ask for ; adventure , cunning tricks and escapades , and wit . In a way that is fondly reminiscent of BBC'S Robin Hood . ( Which you should go watch if you haven't ! )

Our heroine Isabelle lives in a nunnery where she was raised by her mother
( Marian ). Unexpected events force her to flee from home ,bow in hand to deliver a message . The quest soon turns dangerous ,leaving her with an ultimatum ; either deliver the father she never knew into the ha
Caryn - iam.caryn
This was a truly exceptional and well written book until it hit the last few chapters. The ending, in my opinion, did not fit the tone of 90% of the story.

When I was trying to explain the writing and tone of this book to someone, I said that it’s like it’s being told to you with a smile. That it’s a story to fill you with joy when you’re having a hard time.

So an ending like that was like a slap in the face considering the rest of the book; at least to me.

Endings matter and this one did not work.
Lauriane (L.M. Durand)
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hood is such a thrilling young adult fantasy with a cast of characters that will make laugh out loud. This loose retelling of Robin Hood is fast-paced and I simply couldn’t put it down.

Isabelle is in great danger. After being thrown in jail, her mother, Merien, frees her and sets her on a mission. Isabelle must leave the priory where she lived her whole life to deliver a very important message. In one night, Isabelle sees her world turned upside down. She discovers a world where outlaws fight fo
Annie (Putt)
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story minus two elements that weighed heavily enough that I docked a star and a half. Isabelle was a compelling heroine, and I loved that the story had the campy feel of a Robin Hood movie. It didn't need to be totally believable in how the Merry Men were "that" good at fighting or how they always got out of the worst situations with nary a scratch. Yet Moke did a great job writing it where the story had stakes while also containing those nostalgic feels for th
Prerna Pickett
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOOD by Jenny Elder Moke is a fast-paced, action packed adventure. With a memorable cast of characters, both old and new, Elder Moke has created a unique yet familiar story that centers around Isabelle, the daughter of Robin Hood himself. What I loved about this historical fiction novel is that it took the classic tale of Robin Hood and wove it into a reimagined feminist tale. Isabelle is a relatable character who comes into her own but not without some doubts and struggles. Isabelle is thrown i ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this delightful book early, and I am SO glad I didn’t have to wait! HOOD is straight up my street — an incredibly fun historical that gives an immersive world without getting bogged down in details, complete with mystery, costumed heists, and a feisty heroine who has daddy issues and a smoldering love interest. Also, archery contests! Because what’s the point of a Robin Hood retelling without some of those, right? If Robin Hood was one of your childhood favorites, ...more
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020
I mean this sounds cool but that's a very basic/half finished cover. I hope that's not the final one. Pretty underwhelming from Disney.
Jamie Dacyczyn
Jul 30, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNFed around page 90. I would have quit even sooner, except I REALLY love Robin Hood stories, and I wanted to give this one a solid effort.

This is tricky, because for once it wasn't the writing that was bothering me. The writing here was actually FINE, not distracting or bogged down in thesaurus abuse or excessive dialogue tags or wretched first-person/present-tense or whatever. Totally fine. This was part of the reason I was able to get as far as I did.

Unfortunately...some of the dialogue and c
Wondrous Reads
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was cute!
It was quick, fast and enjoyable!
Truth be told, I've been stuck in a bit of a reading slump for the past month. I didn't even finish a book in June! But this book brought me right out of it! I have a few qualms with it, which I will get to in a second, but for the most part, I had a lot of fun reading this book! The characters were mostly enjoyable, the plot interesting, and the atmosphere of Sherwood Forest was welcoming!
I am always a fan of Robin Hood retellings, so with m
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Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Her debut novel, HOOD, about the daughter of Robin Hood and Maid Marien, will release from Disney/Hyperion in Spring 2020

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