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Monday, December 6, 2021

REVIEW - The Sherwood Proof (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3) by Kristee Ravan

“You really need to get better at reading between the lines when talking with diplomats and politicians.”


Imagine a Venn Diagram; considering two sets (or groups), we have:

A – B = Ø in which:

A= {1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b,3a}

B = {what The Sherwood Proof offers}


1. Elements that make great a book/story:

   a. The “grip” factor that measures how hard is to put the book down – huge ✓
   b. The wording/language – tuned to the readers target but also enjoyable for older readers – ✓
   c. The engaging and well-developed plot, with unexpected changes and turns, great pace, originality – ✓
   d. “Tri-dimensional”, visible characters (protagonist/antagonist) whit which the readers could identify themselves- ✓

2. What the parents (and professors) want from a story:

   a. Educational messages - ✓
   b. Developing literacy - ✓

3. What the readers/children want from a story:

   a. FUN!!!! ✓✓✓


A=B, meaning that The Sherwood Proof has everything young (and older) readers like, but also what they need!

Interpretation of the result:

If you like math and/or fairy tales, you’ll love Sherwood Proof.

If you do not like math and/or fairy tales, read The Sherwood Proof and you will like math and fairy tales! (Or, at least, you’ll like The Sherwood Proof!)

Well done, Ms Ravan!!


Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess. Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:

1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s half-birthday--an important Smythian tradition--is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.

Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart--subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?

About the author:
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected - in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the Facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

Author's Giveaway
Don't forget the first two volumes!


Kristee34 said...

What a lovely review! Lily Sparrow would totally approve of your math. And I'm so glad you found it hard to put down. That's what I want to hear from readers. Thank you for hosting The Sherwood Proof and enjoying the book.

CCAM said...

@Kristee Ravan

I'm glad you liked it.
I hopped that is clear enough for the "non-math people", but just in case I added the "interpretation of the result" :))

Anyway, I had a good time reading "The Sherwood Proof"

Sherry said...

I love the cover and think the book sounds good.

Julie Waldron said...

This sounds like a fun book, I love cozy mysteries.