Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

The Captive Maiden 
(Fairy Tales, #4)
by Melanie Dickerson 
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Published by: Zondervan 
Published on: November 23, 2013
Pages: 302

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Happily Ever After...Or Happily Nevermore? 

Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I read every other single novel in this series; however, for some reason, I missed this one. So I decided to go back and read it. It wasn't my favorite retelling that Dickerson has written. However, I did greatly enjoyed it.

Who doesn't love the idea of childhood love blossoming into something more? Or a novel about jousting and knights? Or Cinderella?

As always, Dickerson takes an interesting spin on this story. It was a fun, quick read.As always, it was beautifully written. It was a fun, quick read. 

Valten and Gisela were great characters and I loved watching them come together. Their romance was cute. This version had much more drama and action than the original Cinderella story. It was actually quite intriguing. 

So why 3 stars? While not my favorite in the series, it was still a very fun, engaging read. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, each can be read as a standalone novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that twists the old-time classic into a delightful new tale. Great for fans of fairy tale retellings. 

Love,

Danica Page

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