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The Captive Maiden (Fairy Tale Romance Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 375 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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- Book 4 of 11 in Fairy Tale Romance Series
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- File size : 2006 KB
- Print length : 375 pages
- Publisher : Zonderkidz (November 19, 2013)
- ASIN : B00BW3EDWK
- Publication date : November 19, 2013
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Best Sellers Rank: #189,191 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Needless to say... I love these books!!!! ❤️❤️
Written By: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling
Recommended Ages: 13 & up
I was curious how a Cinderella retelling would work without the magic of the magic pumpkin and fairy godmother. This book certainly satisfied that curiosity. I liked the way Melanie changed so many of the details while still keeping the feeling of the original there.
I thought Gisela's crush on Valten could have been a little more realistic, but otherwise I really liked her. Seeing Valten after reading the other books about him was interesting, too. I liked his character arc, but would have liked to see perhaps a little bit more change in him before the end.
The dialogue was good. I found it to be witty, interesting, and sad just as it was supposed to for the moment. It always moved the story along rather than impeding it.
Since the plot had to follow the basics of the Cinderella story, I thought this was well done. It had a bit more of an Ever After (the movie with Drew Barrymore) feel to it at the end, but I actually liked that a lot considering how much I like that movie. There were parts that made me wonder why the author decided to go that direction, but otherwise it was well done.
Overall Writing Quality: .75/1
As with the other books, some of the writing quality was lower than I would expect from a traditionally published book. Overall, however, it was a well-written book.
I did put the book down a few times. More so than the other books in the series, actually. The book was good, but didn't keep my attention as much as I would have liked.
If you like the Cinderella fairy, but don't like all the magic they put into it, this book is awesome! It is also great if you like medieval joust fights and other medieval activities like that. Melanie obviously did a lot of research for this book and that shines through just like I appreciate in all of my historical fiction books.
Specifically: (SPOILERS) I thought it was a real stretch to believe the bad guy (or his men) were able to sneak in, get in touch with evil girls, and kidnap Gisela all while soldiers were on guard searching. And then the escape, get caught, escape, get caught, escape… Was it just me or did Valten shorten their hiding every other sentence? They hide in the cave, he said, “We’ll hide 2-3 days.” They wake up, he says, “We’ll hide a couple days.” They eat breakfast, he says, “We’ll leave tonight”. So I can’t say I was surprised when they got caught after essentially *not* hiding. Most especially, the climactic ending made little sense to me. The random blindfold for no reason and then throwing them in a tower was crazy. Why would any sane bad guy leave his captives alone together? And then they escape (again) only to discover two more seconds and they’d have been rescued anyway. Honestly, I felt like the whole tower scenario was written just so there could be a “making out blindfolded” scene. Also, the big reveal at the end was too sudden. Some foreshadowing could easily have been worked in earlier.) (END SPOILERS)
There was a moment during the grand climax that I expected something to happen and was disappointed when it did not. I felt like there was an opportunity for a more complex resolution to occur and the author opted for the easy way out instead. The romance was sweet and funny but I never quite bought into it. After 4 books, my feelings about the series have cemented – very cute but simple. I still love the series but they’re categorized as light YA romances in my brain now so I can stop expecting more complexity.
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A narrativa, em geral, é bem escrita e cheia de ação. O que manterá vários leitores entretidos. No entanto, os contratempos encontrados por Valten e Gisela chegam a ser tantos que passam a ficar monótonos. Chegou uma hora que eu já estava pensando: não acredito, mais um problema, sério?
Além disso, os diálogos são um pouco infantis, e olha que eu adoro ler livros infanto-juvenis! Não sei. Neste caso, os diálogos simplesmente não combinavam com seus personagens.
Para completar o herói e a heroína são um pouco chatos e sem graça. Acho que eu teria gostado de uma Cinderela mais atrevida e de um príncipe encantado menos formal. Gisela é a típica garota bondosa e generosa, mas sinceramente sem sal. Já Valten é um herói implacável mas não muito ousado.
Em suma, eu achei o livro morno. A história de amor não me prendeu, nem me fez suspirar e considerei a narrativa muitas vezes monótona.