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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  48 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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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.
May 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
[9/29/2019] - I hope this isn't the final cover. It works as a placeholder but not as a real cover


we're not even halfway through 2019 and I already can't wait for 2020
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
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 Hoods daughter Isabelle instead, this whirlwind adventure about the great legendary heroic outlaw left me wanting more.

If you havent 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 discovered
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
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
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. Hes Robin Hood a man whose existence she wasnt 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, so
Sanne ♔ (Sanne and the Books)
i'm really sorry but is this the final cover? because i hope not

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 ...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 didnt 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 whats the point of a Robin Hood retelling without some of those, right? If Robin Hood was one of your childhood favorites, you ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
This sounds like a promising retelling, so fingers crossed
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.
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
Andria Sedig
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Honestly, the story was a bit underwhelming. It didn't feel like there was anything particularly special about this retelling. The writing was solid, but the dialogue felt very stiff at times. There were not a lot of descriptive sections in the text and it seemed very straightforward. I think that one of the biggest downfalls of this novel was the lack of development between any of the characters. Keeping secrets from the friends caused them all to be angry but they forgave quickly and moved on ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Isabelle's mom, Marien, hands her her cloak and tells her to find Thomas at the Blue Boar Inn with the urgent message that "the Wolf is back". After days of searching through the woods and hiding from soldiers, Isabelle comes upon the Blue Boar where Thomas helps her escape through a tunnel system into the Sherwood Forest.

In Sherwood, Isabelle is saved by two Merry Men before she discovers a whole group of them living in the trees of Sherwood, and is introduced to Little (Allan), Adam, Patrick,
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fun, arcs
**ARC through NetGalley**
This book was a fun continuation of the Robin Hood tale through the eyes of his daughter. She grows up in a priory with her mother (Marien, of course). She's good with a bow and is just a little rebellious. An incident occurs and her mother sends her on the run with a message that she soon finds out is for the then-mythical Robin Hood. She learns that he's her father and she wants to become one of the Merry Men. Setting off on an adventure through the countryside to find
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, physical-2020
I need more Robin Hood stories in my life
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was ok and had some good action scenes in it. I wanted to love the characters more and I just couldnt. They needed more substance and I was sad to see a certain character go! ...more
Samantha Hastings
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable jaunt through the forest with merry men, danger, sweet romance, and of course, arrows.

Isabelle has grown up in a convent, but after defending villagers from a soldier, shes under arrest. Her mother, Marien, frees her and sends her on a journey of discovery about the world and who she really is.

Isabelle is a little naive, having grown up in a convent, but shes also brave and smart. Shes surrounded by capable women and merry men. There is a lovely little romance, but
Steff Pasciuti
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I need a Robin Hood retelling to fall in love with because Jenny Elder Moke's Hood was not it. What breaks my heart the most is that it almost could have been. Ironically, even with some of the monumentally annoying--and unnecessary--changes that were made, Moke's retelling had a lot of potential. Featuring Robin and Marian's (spelled Marien in this novel for some reason) daughter as our protagonist, Hood exists as a coming of age story for a young girl who grew up in a priory
Jude  The Bobaphile
Going into this book I wasn't sure what to exactly expect for the "reading level"
I know that this is Ya, but the Ya demographic is huge and some Ya is more mature than others. This book kinda reminded me of the False Prince (which is Middle grade I'm pretty sure) where the writing was pretty juvenile but it had some dark things going. I would say that the Hood is more mature than the False Prince though.

The writing was pretty simplistic which isn't always bad and didn't bother me that much. I
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
While there is a lot to like in Moke's take on Robin Hood, the utterly predictable plot and characters let me down.

I will admit that Hood is very readable. Isabelle's voice is easy to read and the pace of the story clips along from one adventure to the next, making it a quick read. Isabelle is a likable main character and serves as a good vehicle to introduce us to this world.

Unfortunately everything else let me down. I admit that perhaps young teens would have more tolerance for the writing
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Hood is a very readable story, the main characters voice and the beats flow very naturally making the story a quick read. The other great parts about this book outside of the adventure is the portrayal of family dynamics. Robins love for her is completely selfless. He is quirky and goofy and Marian is loving while being stern, and a lot of her strength comes from her beliefs and devotion to helping anyone. This is exactly how I imagined they would be.

Now, Isabelle on the other hand Im not too
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not stop reading this book. One of my favorites is when writers take an old classic and put a new modern spin on them. This case Jenny Elder Moke did that for Hood on the classic tale of Robin Hood who would steal from the Rich and give to the poor battling Prince John. This time, Robin and Marien have a daughter
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, NetGalley for this excellent read. This novel far exceeded my expectations! Hood will appeal to fans of the Scarlet trilogy by A.C. Gaughen and the Selection series by Kiera Cass for its suspense, romance, and strong ensemble.

Isabelle of Kirklees is a relatable character you can't help but route for, but what makes her truly special is her discovery and decision to fight along side of her infamous father Robin Hood. Skilled with a bow and quick with banter like her father, Isabelle
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a truthful review.***

I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. At times it feels YA and at other times it feels middle grade, and I did find that the dialogue often felt very awkward and stiff, enough to jar me out of the story.

Isabelle is an okay heroine, afraid of breaking out of her comfort zone but willing to do it for her family, bravely putting herself in unfamiliar and dangerous situations. However, she is also REALLY
Amanda Harris
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a preview copy of this book from NetGalley. I've been reading as many of the Disney-published fairy tale/legend retellings as I can get my hands on these days, and I was excited to see this book pop up. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this for my high school library, and I'll be recommending it to other middle and high school librarians in my circles. It's approachable, appropriate, and action-packed.

I like Moke's expansion on the Robin Hood stories - enough of the familiar
Sarah Tondra
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Hood by Jenny Elder Moke is a Robin Hood retelling but through Robin's daughter, yep a daughter! Isabella's mother Marian has hidden her away in a convent for the last 16 years and it has worked until she shoots a soilder while defending the local villagers. Isabelle is captured and placed in a cellar where her mother free's her and sends her with an important message to Robin Hood, her father, whom she didn't even knew existed. She is shocked and tries to find her self through the adventure ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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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, shes 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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