Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review-The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

So, as I promised in my last post, here is a review on the most recent book by Melanie Dickerson, "The Fairest Beauty."

This book is a Christian retelling of Snow White. I have always been a Disney fan, especially in the past four or so years. And so being a fan of Disney, it's not hard to guess that I love fairy tales. Even though some of them can be a little...grim...they are all very interesting, and I haven't found one that I haven't liked. So when I first heard of this author and her Fairy Tale retellings, I was very interested to say the least.

This book is the third in the series. It is a continuation of the first book, "The Healer's Apprentice," but you don't have to read it for this book to make since. But to get more out of it, I would encourage you to read that one first.

This book is about a young seventeen year old girl named Sophie. She is living under the crewel care of her evil stepmother, the Duchess Ermengard. In her stepmother's eyes, Sophie can't seem to do anything right. The reason, because Sophie is beautiful, and she makes her stepmother very nervous for reasons I won't spoil for you.

Around the same time in another kingdom miles and miles away, the King and his second oldest son, Gabe receive news that a young duchess was in trouble, and at risk of death. The news surprised the King, because this duchess had presumably died when she was a baby. She was betrothed to Valten, the King's oldest son. Valten would have gone to rescue her right then, but a recent injury left him lying in bed, unable to do anything to help.

Gabe knew it was the wrong thing to do. He knew that this "damsel in distress" was his brother's betrothed, but he knew his reputation given to him by his family wasn't something to boast about. He knew he was immature, so he decided to try to prove his family wrong, and secretly go off to save his brother's future wife before it was too late.

And if you guessed that girl in danger was Sophie, you were correct.

The rest of the story is how both Gabe and Sophie find who they really are through many obstacles and dangers. Both have to learn to be brave, strong, mature, trusting, and most importantly, rely on God to get them both where they need to be.

I personally really enjoyed this book. When reading the first two books by this author, it took me the first four or five chapters to really get into it. But with this one, I couldn't put it down after the first sentence. I have never been one for romance, because they always seem so predictable. You meet a girl in chapter one, you meet a guy in chapter two. You know right then they're going to get together at the end, and everyone is going to live happily ever after.

With this book though, I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I think my mind changed about a dozen time in the process of reading it. I had no idea how it was going to end. And thankfully, I was very content with the way things turned out for the characters.

If you already know the original story of Snow White, you may think that you know what's going to happen. The part I like about these books, is that there is no magic involved. I like that everything that happens is realistic. So when I was about halfway through this book, I started thinking about the end of the real Snow White story, and I was a little unsure how the author was going to pull off the poison apple, and the true love's awakening kiss without using any magic. But the way she did was very well done. She was able to use a Christian theme in that chapter, which I would have never guessed.

The only part that I didn't appreciate about this book, was the fact that the ending seemed much too rushed. If it would have been spread out just a chapter or two longer, it would have been much better. I just felt that the story kept building and building, but when it finally got to the top, it was quickly over.

But besides all that, The Fairest Beauty was a wonderful story. It left me in deep thought for several days. I had never read something that had been so personal before. The way the author writes, it feels that if something happened to one of the characters, it happened to you also.

And that's something that only a very talented author can do.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Writing, not Reading.

I'm sad to say it's been awhile since I've been able to sit down and read a good book. But, I think I have a good excuse...I haven't had time to read, because I've been writing. In fact, as of April 1st, I became a published author!

It was a great experience for me! I wrote this 230 page book in 27 days. I had never written so much before, so let's say my mind was pretty tired by the end of the month, but once I had time to sleep, I realized that I had just written an entire book. (Just thinking about it is making me exhausted.)

Anyway, I am not going to do a review on my book, (because that's just weird) But, I thought I'd give you the opportunity to...

In the next few months, I will be holding a book giveaway on my other blog, Saved by Grace. When I do, I will direct everyone on that blog over here to my review one. I plan on giving away a few copies, so you'll have a better opportunity of winning.

If you have a book review blog like I do, please let me know. I will look it over, and if I like what I see, I will send you a book for a very cheap price so that you can read it, and review it on your blog.

Or, if you'd like to buy it now in paperback form, or on the kindle, you can do so here.

You can also buy it from me. You'd send me the money, and I'd send you an autographed copy. It is the same price to do it that way, it will just take a little longer for you to get it. If you're interested, please email me at

Well, I know I say this a lot, but I am hoping that I will be back reviewing on here soon. I hope to read a lot this summer, so when I do, I will hopefully put reviews for the books up on here.

I did read a book last month called "Fairest Beauty" by Melanie Dickerson. I am planning on writing a review for that one soon.

Alright! See you guys later! ~Sam