Title: The Fairest Beauty
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Christian Romance
Series: Romance Fairy Tales, book three
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The third book in a series of clean romance retellings, The Fairest Beauty was the best so far--I really, really enjoyed this installment!
This book was given to me by the publisher, Zondervan, in exchange for an honest review.
Sophie is no stranger to suffering. But she doesn't let that get her down; she is determined to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother. When a young man named Gabehart comes to rescue her--for his older brother to marry, no less--she leaps at the chance to get away. Thus begins a thrilling adventure. But along the way, the two begin to fall for one another.. And if they don't guard their hearts carefully, everyone they love could be at stake..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--I really couldn't put it down once I started it
-I particularly liked the way the author twisted the fairy tale--it retained some of its darkness, which in my opinion is needed for a retelling, but especially Snow White
-The Duchess--wicked and creepy, just the right amount to make my hair stand up on end, but not too much so
-Sophie, the young woman determined to behave well, but I liked the way that even though she was a Christian, she was still a strong protagonist unto herself--I liked the way that she kept her identity despite her romance
-Gabehart, the foolhardy young man determined to prove his own responsibility to his family, and by rescuing Sophie, turns into a changed man
-The sweet, romantic nature of the relationship in the novel--it, surprisingly, wasn't too sappy
-The Seven--they were easily one of my favorite parts in the novel
-I also enjoyed the way the narrative wasn't altogether clouded by the Christian aspect of it all
What could've been better:
-At times the way Sophie was described as beautiful had me constantly rolling my eyes--I know this was supposed to be a Snow White retelling, but sometimes it got to be a little too much
Overall, I really, really enjoyed The Fairest Beauty, and I'm looking forward to the last book! Next on deck: The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson!