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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review: The Fairytale Keeper

Title: The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen
Series: Not sure
Genre: Young Adult-Historical/Supernatural
Author: Andrea Cefalo
Publisher: Scarlet Rose Press
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Book: E-copy sent by author

"Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life."
I love a good historical that captures me with a fairytale. In fact, in fairytale re-tales capture me no matter what. 

I loved the plot of the book. Told from a different point of view, the reader meets Snow White who's life is not what we expect. It's hard, it's messy, and you just want Snow White to come out on top after all is said and done. I liked that her life is depicted by anything that is not a fairy tale. She doesn't sing or make forest animals come to her instead she is living a hard knocked life. 

There is a love interest in the book that gave the book some balance. Since Snow White's life is so hard, as the reader, I yearn for some peaceful moments for her. In those stolen moments, she's smiles and is carefree. You can tell how easily her guard is let down and how much she enjoys her time with him. He as well is very much taken with her. It's enduring and wonderful to read.

My only gripe about this book is the fairy tale all together. Other than the fact that Adelaide has fair skin, red lips, and black hair, I don't see or get the connection to Snow White. Yes, her life is tough, but it seems more of a historical romance other than a fairy tale re-tale. You know what I mean? The story is good, don't get me wrong. I just don't know what all of Adelaide life has to do with Snow White. Unless, the author is planning on writing a sequel to help make that connection much more stable, than I would love to read it to see how it will all come together.

The Fairytale Keeper is a great book! Once in the shoes of Adelaide, the world building around her is magnificent. The emotional ride or life, lost, and love is solid. The reader is engulfed in a whole new world capture by a very vivid imagination. The Fairytale Keeper is fantastic!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!

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