Much like Marissa Meyer does a fabulous job with fairy tales set in futuristic/sci-fi times in The Lunar Chronicles, Melanie Dickerson brings to life classic fairy tales with the same intrigue, twists and captivating writing. Only her backdrop? Centuries past. And you know how I feel about all things historical!
You’ll find her latest (releasing next month on November 19th!), The Captive Maiden, has a very Cinderella vibe, but with a touch of Ivanhoe and twists of her own.
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 learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way 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.
I thought it was such a sweet tale and for those who love fairy tales, you’ll love this one too! I kinda need to go and watch Disney’s Cinderella now. What I really appreciate about Melanie’s writing is they are stories I’d gladly let young girls and teenagers read. Bringing to life such a classic story isn’t an easy task, but she does it with ease. Young women will be reminded that some things are worth the wait, worth fighting for and even when life tries to say otherwise, they are valued.
The good news too is you don’t have to be YA to enjoy this YA. I enjoyed it myself! It releases next month, so be sure to pre-order it today!
(Thank you Zondervan for the advanced review copy in exchange for my honest review!)