Friday, May 16, 2014

The Captive Maiden ~ a book review

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.

I thoroughly enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella. I am a big fan of adaptations of fairy tales, but I think Ms. Dickerson's book tops all of the books in this category that I have read so far (except those perhaps of Regina Doman). I liked that this book deviated from the original story by adding and changing some things, but not enough to be completely different than the usual story. The addition of a Christianity worldview throughout the book was a pleasant surprise. The romance was sweet, and while it was a little "kissy" in parts towards the end, it was still within bounds and nowhere as close to some stuff I have read. I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to reading all of Ms. Dickerson's other fairy-tale retellings.

Alyianna's rating: 10 out of 10
Audience: teen

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