Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review: The Fairytale Keeper

Author: Andrea Cefalo
Title: The Fairytale Keeper: Avening The Queen
Publisher: Scarlet Primrose Press
Publish Date: May 26, 2012
Review Copy Provided By: The author in exchange for an honest review
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
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.

Review: First, allow me to say, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

Ok, now that's done, I have to tell you why.

The Fairytale Keeper is a wonderful mixtures of historical fiction and fantasy. Adelaide is Snow White, or at least that's what her mother called her. But this isn't a fairytale retelling. It is so much more than that. It is the passing on of stories, like Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.

But it is also the story of a young girl, whose mother died of the fever in 1248 and how one corrupt priest's actions fuel her need for revenge. Without giving away what the priest did, I will say that Father Soren is about the worst kind of priest ever, but that was the state of the Catholic Church during medieval times, and this nasty priest is what sets up most of the story.

Adelaide is quite the heroine too. She's a teenager, but she's very strong and capable, even in her love for Ivo. Their relationship is part friendship and part romance, but you do see it growing as the story progresses.

Cefalo has really done a marvelous job here, not just in bringing the time period to life, but showing how stories were passed on through the years.

If you like historical fiction and fairytales this is novel not to be missed. It is also the first book in a series, I can't wait to read the second book, The Fairest Of Them All.

Rating: 5 flowers


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