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YA Review: The Princess Spy

21 Oct Posted by in Reviews | Comments Off on YA Review: The Princess Spy
YA Review: The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickersontheprincessspy
Reviewed by: Rachael Wing
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: November 4, 2014

“The Princess Spy” is a re-telling of the fairytale, “The Frog Prince” by Brothers Grimm. This book tells the story of Margaretha, daughter of the Duke of Wilhelm, who lives in Hagenheim. Margaretha, who is a bit of a romantic, has a line of suitors – and has refused almost every single one of them. When Lord Claybrook begins to show interest, she wonders if she can spend the rest of her life with him. She has to marry sometime, and he is a decent man, but the only problem is that she doesn’t love him.

Then when an injured man named Colin shows up to Hagenheim, he demands to see her father as he worries that Hagenheim might be in danger from the man who caused him harm. As one of the only people who understand his language, Margaretha is the only one he can tell his story to – and when she figures out who is behind this terrible plot, she is beyond astonished.

After saving an heirloom of Margaretha’s, he asks her to spy on the dangerous man for him in return for his brave act. Margaretha has such a hard time holding her tongue; will she be able to keep this a secret? She’s also not completely convinced that this man is who Colin says he is.

When she spies on the treacherous man, she finds she may have been wrong about who she thought he was and is left to save the kingdom with only Colin by her side.

I have been waiting for this story since Melanie Dickerson’s last book, “The Captive Maiden” came out last year! I loved Margaretha in “The Captive Maiden” and was really hoping Melanie would write her story – and she did. Margaretha is always making me laugh, she is such a riot! I love how talkative she is and the way her mind wanders constantly. She’s definitely one of my favorite heroines. Then, when she does something “dangerous”, she gets really excited and it amuses me so much! I also got excited when Colin revealed that he was part of the le Wyse family because I always wondered if Melanie would go any further with her characters in her book, “The Merchant’s Daughter.” I was up until 2 o’clock in the morning finishing this book and would definitely recommend reading it. It’s that good!

If you want to learn more about Margaretha and some of the other characters, I’d suggest reading Melanie Dickerson’s four other fairytale re-tellings: “The Healer’s Apprentice”, “The Merchant’s Daughter”, “The Fairest Beauty”, and “The Captive Maiden.” They’re all amazing books!

Be sure to pick up, “The Princess Spy” when it is released on November 4th, 2014. Also, special thanks to the author, Melanie Dickerson, for obtaining this Advance Readers Copy from her publisher for me so that I could read it early and review it!

Rated PG: Rated PG for some violent content and action sequences. They’re not very scary nor are they explained in excessive detail.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!

 

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