Blog Tour: No Good Deed by Kara Connolly ~ Interview and Review




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No Good Deed

Hardcover352 pages
Published July 18th 2017 
by Delacorte Press
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

Review:

Thank you Random House for sending me a copy of No Good Deed for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

No Good Deed was such a fun feminist retelling full of action, mischief and time traveling. Ellie finds herself taken to the past after following someone through a tunnel. All the stories she thought she knew about Robin Hood and his band may not have been correct. 

Legends tend to change with time and make someone into something they never were. This book had such great story development and the characters had such chemistry on the pages. I have not read a great Robin Hood retelling in some time.

I would recommend this series if you are a fan of Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen. This is such a fun read and I am giving No Good Deed 4.5 out of 5 stars




Interview with Kara Connolly

1) did you have to do any research for No Good Deed?

I did a ton of research—way more than went into the book. (Or I should say, way more than stayed in the book after the second draft.) Learning about archery was fun, and the local chapter of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) was helpful with that. I read books on medieval life, eleventh- and twelfth-century history, and I was really lucky to be able to visit Nottingham. The most interesting stuff, though, fell in the "truth is stranger than fiction" category that no one would believe if I put it in the book. 

2) What is your favorite read so far in 2017?

I'm reading "When Dimple met Rishi" right now, and enjoying the heck out of it. I love romantic comedy, especially the "first they fight, then they flirt" kind. Besides being actually funny, the two main characters, both the children of Indian immigrants, are trying to find the balance of their cultural and personal identities, and it's handled with such humor and heart that it's relatable no matter who you are. The only reason I put it down was so I can savor the rest of it all at once this weekend instead of grabbing chapter here and there. 

3) What was your favorite scene to write in No Good Deed and why?

My favorite scenes to write are when the main characters spar with each other, either verbally or physically. If I had to pick one that made me rub my hands together with glee, it would be when Ellie is on the run from a big kerfuffle in Edwinstowe and she meets Captain Guilbert, the deputy sheriff, on the road and they have it out—swords, arrows, harsh language... A lot of things that I envisioned when I was planning the book went into that scene. It was very satisfying as well as fun to write.

4) What is your next project going to be? 

I'm working on another fantasy based on a totally different legend. It's not a time-travel novel, though. At least, I don't think so. Sometimes I surprise myself. 

5) Who was your favorite character to write?

I loved getting to view (and comment on) the Middle Ages through Ellie's eyes, but I had the most fun writing Will Scarlet. He was supposed to have a smaller role, but he turned out so roguishly charming, and the more I liked him, the more Ellie came to like him, so he got to hang around more. (I never thought I'd be one of those authors who talks about her characters like she doesn't control them.)

6) What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope they'll find it a fun and satisfying read. I wanted to capture that larger than life sense of adventure that legends like Robin Hood evoke. But even with the fantasy elements and medieval setting, I think Ellie has modern and relatable problems. 

7) Who's writing most inspires you?

I love Robin McKinley's writing, the way she puts her words together, and how she tells one story on the surface and other underneath. The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown made me want to be a writer. I wanted (want!) to tell stories like that. 

8) What inspired you to write No Good Deed?

When we were kids (and maybe even after we were older) my brother and I loved the Disney Robin Hood movie. The one where Robin Hood is a fox and Little John is basically Baloo the bear. The legend of Robin Hood has so many variations and inconsistencies—and that's before Hollywood got a hold of it—that it's a natural story to twist into new shapes. It can be fun, or it can be serious, or somewhere in between. I figured if Robin Hood can be a talking fox, Robin Hood can be anything. 

9) What TV show is a must for you to watch?

This is embarrassing to admit, but I don't think there's any network TV that's "must see" for me. I tend to stream whole seasons at a time. The only thing I watch in "real time" is Game of Thrones, because it's impossible to avoid spoilers!

10) What was the hardest character to write in No Good Deed?

Probably the Sheriff of Nottingham. I needed him to be cruel and awful, and I wanted him to be a blowhard who's vanity made him melodramatic and sometimes unwise, but I didn't want to turn him into a cartoon. That balancing act was tough. 

Thank you for letting me visit with you! I had a great time answering your questions. You can reach out to me online at my website readkaraconnolly.com or on Twitter @ReadKaraC.


About Kara:

  • I make things up and write them down.
  • I drink my coffee black because I’m a badass that way.
  • I use the word “badass” way too much.
  • My first my first book is coming out in July 2017 from Delacorte Press.
  • It is—wait for it—totally badass.
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