Jack in the Green
Maria Martinez is the lovely Maid Marian in this contemporary rendering of the classic Robin Hood tale. She’s no high-born lady, but she is a maid. She cleans the homes of the rich and privileged as she tries to stay away from the gangs that plague her barrio. But she just can’t stay away when she sees her childhood friend, Luz, in the middle of a gang that’s breaking into a house—especially not after meeting the gaze of the handsome redhead who calls himself Jack Green. Luz always dreamed of making the world a better place, so Maria believes her explanation that her gang robs from the rich to help the poor. She even accepts that the boys were spirits Luz summoned to help with her quest. But what are you supposed to do when the guy you’re falling for isn’t exactly real?
From youthful wishes to grown-up power, the magic in this story is astonishingly believable, despite the contemporary setting. After growing up on epic high fantasy retellings of the Robin Hood tale, this little novella seems like a sparse treatment—just enough to whet my appetite. Still, I enjoyed this quick, fun read with a novel twist.
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