Hope the Little Fox Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B088SVBPDN
- Publication date : May 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2882 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B087SJWFK8
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,280 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I would recommend this book to anyone, especially girls, who feel like they just don't quite fit in, maybe a bit different than what society expects.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. While the author could extend the books events into a series, I believe she chose a natural stopping point, which leaves the reader with a sense of closure coupled with a thirst for more. To me, this is the ultimate complement; sort of like wanting to continue a meal because it is so good, even if you've had enough.
The book follows a young girl, Hope, also known as the Little Fox to those close to her, over a period of approximately 10 years. This is a "coming to age under difficult circumstances" story. She faces a variety of challenges, including familial, social, physical, and economic. Throughout the book, she faces challenges with grace under pressure, determination, and intelligence, without compromising her values. While the author stresses the values of education and personal effort, she also highlights the values of family and friendship.
While there are scenes of violence in the book, the violence is neither described in a gratuitously gory fashion, nor is the violence glorified. For those concerned about sexual violence triggers, while it is pretty gently described, there are a couple of scenes of attempted sexual assault. I do not recall any instances of strong language, but if there were any, they were very mild and passing. I would have had no problems sharing this book with my adolescent daughter, and in fact, this book could serve as an opening for a variety of useful family conversations.
My only complaint is that this is not offered presently in hardcover, according to Amazon, so you can get a softcover or ebook. For myself, I seriously would put this on the same shelf as The Princess Bride, to be read when I have a granddaughter or child to care for visiting. Of course, no one would see me if I snuck it off the shelf to read again myself, right?
I truly enjoyed this story from start to finish! I was impressed that the story began strong and took off quickly grabbing my interest instantly, while also fully fleshing out the cast of characters and developing the readers relationship with them at a comfortable pace. I genuinely like essentially all of the characters in Hope the Little Fox. At the almost half way point I felt this was a very enjoyable story and that events were seemingly occurring as expected, though I was very much enjoying the story. Then- wham! A big surprise and great change occurs that surprised me greatly. I wondered where would we go from here... and I wasn’t disappointed. Hope the Little Fox could remain a self contained tale but I am very hopeful that I will get to read more from Hope and her continued adventures! While reading, I was reminded of my favorite novels from Tamora Pierce and Maria V. Snyder. Hope is a heroine for ladies fair and fearsome to relish! Thank you to E. Ozols for such a fun ride. I immediately purchased her other published novel. I recommend Hope the Little Fox to all who love adventure.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm glad to say the book delivers.
The writing itself is good and I would definitely classify the book as a page-turner; especially in the middle part I was loath to put it down. Yes, there is the occasional phrase or wording that could benefit from further editing, and a few more place names would be great (what kingdom are we in, what's the capital called...) but this does not distract from the story and is in the nature of self-published work; and overall the writing is smooth and compares well to other books in the genre (i.e. those with few millions copies as well...)
But for me the really enjoyable bit are the overall construct, and the themes the author brings into that story. At it's core the story is simple: Girl grows up and tries to find her place in the world. But there is so much more to it than that - from not judging people by appearances, the broader expectations and role of women in society, all the way to xenophobia (literally named 'The Others' in the novel). In my mind, E. Ozols strikes a good balance here, bringing all these concpets into the story, at times even making them a pretty central pillar of it, but never at the cost of telling an enjoyable tale.
I also liked that while many characters appear one-dimensional initially, they typically aren't, and demonstrate that everyone has the capacity for good and bad - and the ability to make mistakes.
In fact, I quite enjoyed many of the characters (Vilk, Spider, Count Hugo), though my favourite may actually be Lady Inara. Not by any means the most important character, but an essential one nevertheless - and with surprising depth.
Where does this leave me? I really enjoyed the book, and would love to read a second one - it is perfectly set up for a trilogy after all, where we get to learn more about the world outside the kingdom...