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...
Published: February 2018 - Inkspell Publishing
Genres: Young adult / romance / retelling / sci-fi
Content Advisory/Triggers: Theme of child abuse
Purchase: Amazon | Kobo | Itunes | B&N
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.
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.
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.