Hope the Little Fox by E. Ozols – #ComingofAge #Adventure #Book #Review

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A beautiful coming of age story about a young girl who grows to understand her place in the world.

Synopsis

Hope is a wild and carefree child growing up in a remote cottage near the coast. Hope’s high-born mother worries her unruly daughter will never become a proper lady living out in the wilderness, while her father, a grizzled military leader, does not share this concern. Instead, he encourages his crafty daughter to run free and explore, giving her the nickname “Little Fox.” When tragedy strikes their peaceful household, Hope must learn to fend for herself — even if it means taking up the blade. But girls can’t fight…

Or can they?

Follow the Little Fox as she develops her combat skills secretly, with the help of some unlikely friends. When she realizes her abilities may reach beyond protecting her family, will Hope keep her talents hidden? Or will she understand the importance of her powers in a changing world, and unleash them for the greater good?

Hope the Little Fox, by E. Ozols, is a beautiful coming of age story about a young girl who grows to understand her place in the world as she discovers her own strengths and the power inside her. Hope spends her early childhood on the coast, running wild and free. While her mother worries about her behavior being unbecoming for a young lady, her father encourages her and even gives her the nickname of ‘Little Fox.’ Once tragedy strikes, Hope’s training begins in earnest as she learns to protect herself and others through combat and weapons training. But how will society react to this woman warrior?

If I had to use one word to describe this book I would choose ‘beautiful’. The story is lushly written, with near perfect dialogue and gorgeously descriptive settings. Hope is one of the best protagonists that I have encountered recently, and I was honestly sad when the book ended because I wanted to travel with her on more of her adventures. The book flew by and it was hard to put down once I started it. I also loved how the author created themes in the story that were relatable to the reader but didn’t bog the narrative down. While it is mostly about Hope and her finding her place in the world, it is also about sexism and overcoming expectations placed on women because of their gender, which adds to the story but doesn’t overpower it. Hope herself is a strong character who would likely be an inspiration to any female readers. Hope reminded me strongly of Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s writing, which is a huge compliment when you consider how instrumental Pierce’s writing has been on the genre.

I would also really like to take a moment to discuss how absolutely gorgeous the cover is! It is what first grabbed my attention and I love the classic, vintage feel to it, which in my opinion encapsulates the whole ambiance of the book itself.

Overall, Hope the Little Fox was amazing and I am really happy to have read it. I think this book reaches out far beyond to just fans of the fantasy genre. While it does indeed appeal to those readers who enjoy fantasy I think that anyone who is looking for a great story about a strong, female protagonist would gravitate towards this book as well. Readers who enjoy literary fiction, particularly women’s fiction, would find many things to love here.

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I am a librarian and a voracious reader with a never ending appetite for books! I read a variety of different genres, though my favorites are fantasy, LGBT fiction, science fiction, and YA. Last year I read over 350 books and there is nothing I love more than reading books and talking about them!

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