Monday, February 10, 2014

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
As with all of Melanie's novels, I loved this book! She once again did a fantastic job of retelling the fairytale without making it sound exactly like the original. There was enough that you recognized it as the fairytale but it was completely unique at the same time!
I loved both Valten and Gisela! Valten was the perfect hero, chivalrous, kind, brave, and able to fight! I loved how even though he was the eldest son of a Duke he didn't act like he was above everyone else but was kind to all he met. And Gisela was great! She didn't let years of being basically a slave to her step family make her bitter and instead was sweet and kind. I loved that there were many characters from The Fairest Beauty that we at least saw briefly, it was was fun to visit them again!
There were so many things that happened in this book and it seemed that everything that could go wrong did! But it was all believable and I kept reading trying to figure out how it would all work out in the end.

All in all another superb novel from the extremely talented Melanie Dickerson!

Meet the Author
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award for 2010's Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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