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- ASIN : B00BW3EDWK
- Publisher : Zonderkidz (November 19, 2013)
- Publication date : November 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2483 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 375 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,070 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.
If you like stories of feminine, endearing damsels in distress and handsome, brave, warrior-like knights, you will love Melanie Dickerson's HAGENHEIM series. Her female characters are not simpering fools, but they are sweet and lovely and always the alluring princess who allows the courageous knight to rescue her when in need.
This retelling of Cinderella was no different. Gisela is a servant to her snooty, ridiculous, mean-spirited stepmother and stepsisters. She tells herself she doesn't care, and almost believes it. But then the knight she always thinks about and as a child, dreamed of marrying, appears in her life, and nothing is the same.
Drama, danger, romance, and breathtaking moments ... The Captive Maiden is a perfectly lovely rendition of the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
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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.