Blog Tour and Review: MERCURY RISES - by Scarlett Kol

Happy Friday guys!! I'm so hyped to be posting about this beautiful book today, and I hope you all go get yourselves a copy soon because it is such a wonderful story.

Onto the review...

MERCURY RISES - Scarlett Kol
Published: February 2018 - Inkspell Publishing
Genres: Young adult / romance / retelling / sci-fi
Pages: 210.
Content Advisory/Triggers: Theme of child abuse 
Format: eBook.
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Source: Thank you so much to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of her blog tour.

A girl looking for a way out. Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk. A boy looking to be a hero. Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter. A love that could kill them both. Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives, in this retelling of the legend of Robin Hood.

I absolutely love Robin Hood, and from the moment I heard of this book I was desperate to read it. It sounded amazing. The cover is gorgeous, too.

The story is so exciting. It's fast-paced, and although a bit too rushed, it's still absorbing and  thrilling. The plot is also tight and intriguing, and I love all the secrets twisted up in it. I especially love the action scenes; Kol writes those so well.
The world is truly fascinating. It's sci-fi, it feels fresh, and it's well-imagined. Every scene is deliciously vivid and the whole book is so atmospheric. The descriptions are also gorgeous. I utterly love those.

Did he seriously think I was some delicate little doll that needed to be handled? I could handle myself. I always had. And some guy, especially not this one, was going to come into my life and tell me what I could and couldn't do. I already had enough testosterone messing up my world.

The characters are loveable and vivid. Mercury is spunky, clever, capable, and vulnerable, and as a young teenage girl struggling to find her place in the world, she's easy to feel for and relate to. She undergoes strong development throughout the story, and I love how brave and independent she is. Mercury really does move the story along - it's fantastic.
Hawk is a bit of a stereotypical hero (tragic past, you know it) but his past is well fleshed out and his present situation is compelling.
The rest of the characters are vivid and interesting. I especially love Red, the member of Hawk's gang who always speaks her mind, picks fights, and yet stands loyally by her friends. She's awesome.

The main issue I have with this book is its love triangle, which I think is completely unnecessary. It messes with wonderful elements in the story.

Mercury Rises is a fantastic retelling of Robin Hood packed with action and excitement. It's beautifully written, and the characters are delightful. 

Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she's still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she's likely freezing at the hockey rink.

One winner will receive a Stella and Dot "On the Mark" Arrow Necklace & a $20 Amazon gift card (INT)

Doesn't this book look amazing? Do you like the sound of the story? 

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