Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book Review: "Fairly Certain" (Deborah Ann Davis)

Petir Capota is a computer geek, rooming with two childhood friends off the campus of the University of Connecticut, where they attend, and facing the usual concerns of a young college student: money, homework, classes, money, hobbies, part-time work, and money.

Everything about his life, in fact, is perfectly normal ... until he falls out of a tree while on a solo geocaching mission, hits his head, and wakes up surrounded by a band of British-sounding outlaws wielding staffs and archery equipment. The group is led by a young woman named Maid Rianne, whose talent with bow and arrows appears to be legendary.

Before long, due to an injury in his leg, Petir finds himself spirited away into the wilds of a forest inhabited by a whole host of outlaws, all in rebellion against Prince John, who fights to win the throne from the absent King Richard. He learns how the forest people live, how to defend himself, and more, and finds himself increasingly attracted to Maid Rianne, despite her flustered rebuffs.

Some kind of dream. How hard, exactly, did he hit his head? And how long does he have in the dream world to win Maid Rianne's hand before he wakes up back in reality?

Author Deborah Ann Davis presents the first novel in her "Love of Fairs" series, Fairly Certain, which manages to simultaneously span the divide between two different genres: Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA).

Part coming-of-age, part romance, part time-travel adventure, Davis's story is a modern-day rendering of the story of Robin Hood, the outlaw from Sherwood Forest. Davis's outlaw is the beautiful young woman and talented archer, Maid Rianne, whose band of merry men turns out to be a motley collection of teenagers. Many of the other characters from the traditional Robin Hood tales are similarly accounted for, though often in different guises than might be expected.

With protagonists Petir and Maid Rianne in their late teens, respectively, the story does, indeed, straddle the line between YA fiction and NA fiction, a result of Davis's admirable skill in its writing. It turns out that teen rebellion and learning opportunities are just as applicable in Sherwood Forest as they are in contemporary Connecticut.

Rarely do I read a novel in any genre that makes me laugh out loud by myself. (Try it sometime, in fact, in a public place: take a book along and, at random, break out into laughter, with nothing in evidence to have brought on such hilarity other than the book you're reading. I dare you. Reactions will be priceless.) Fairly Certain, though, is written with such droll, unexpected, witty, tongue-in-cheek humor that I couldn't help but delight in the funny dialogue and entertaining inner monologues throughout.

For a tremendously amusing, lighthearted, and well-written story, I encourage you very highly to seek out a copy of Davis's work. You'll be kept guessing all the way through!

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Author: Deborah Ann Davis
Title: Fairly Certain
Series: Love of Fairs Series (#1)
ISBN: 978-1-94200-901-6
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1NbQvYF

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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