This is another read I discovered through YAAR (it really is a great group of authors). Anyhow…this book is called Not Every Girl and it’s by Jane McGarry.I honestly can’t decide how I feel about this one, so it’s hard to rate. The premise of a girl who convinces her dad to let her train as a squire is right up my alley. She pretends to be a boy so she can accompany the army to a neighboring castle, which is something I usually find highly entertaining. Olivia is a tough character. I liked her close relationship with her dad. I like that she recognizes her faults and is quick to admit them. I like her determination and level head. She was everything I like in a character. Liam was a great character too. I liked his sensitivity. You don’t see that often in a prince character and it translated perfectly. He never seemed too weak or wimpy. The plot and pacing were well done also. It was interesting and built up well.
With all of that, I keep thinking I should have been head over heels for this story. Instead, I found it a good, solid read. The only problems I can pinpoint were some terminology and descriptions that kind of threw me out of the story. At one point Olivia says her mom was freaking out (too modern for a story about knights). There were also some very minor plot points that just didn’t add up for me. Oh, and Olivia becoming a blabbermouth when nervous didn’t seem to fit with the rest of her controlled, strategic personality. Overall, I think it is just a matter of preference, that the style of writing didn’t resonant with me like some other author’s voices do. Still, I will be getting the sequel. I’m excited to see Olivia use more of her skills as a fighter and a strategist. I think there’s a lot to like in this book and many of you will absolutely love it all. But, until I read book two, I just remain here on the fence. 😉 Happy reading, friends!