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The Princess Spy

$12.99
Format: Paperback

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In the latest YA fairy tale retelling by Melanie Dickerson, Margaretha has never been good at holding her tongue. But when she learns her new suitor is trying to kill the stable boy who claims to be a wealthy lord from England, the cost of saying too much could mean the young man’s life.
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Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.

Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

Contributor(s) Melanie Dickerson
About the Contributor(s) Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healer’s Apprentice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

UPC 025986730987
ISBN-10 0310730988
ISBN-13 9780310730989
Release Date Nov 4, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.50
Width 5.50
Length 304
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $12.99
Series Fairy Tale Romance Series
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by AshleyTahg
Overall Rating
Dickerson has a clear and clean writing style that is to be much appreciated. Her writing flows well, and her characters sweet. but they were just sweet. If you were to ask me what the model face and attitude for a historical (or fantasy) novel's hero would be, I would say, "black hair, tall but well formed, perhaps a bit slim all the same, blue eyes. he'd be a bit, or a lot, tortured, wrestling with demons and convinced he is a bad man while actually having a heart of gold". and it's easy to see why this model character type has found a place in so many author's hearts (including my own...I am not blameless in writing characters like that myself). he's fun to write, let's us get away with a bad boy while still having a good boy and, he's downright gorgeous. but it doesn't change the fact that he's also a cliche.
and the picture of Colin le Wyse. Colin was charming, but I had a hard time taking him seriously as he was such a terrible cliche, and I often forgot he was twenty, my mind insisted that he was closer to seventeen.
And if only he was the only cliche riddled character.
Margaretha, Lord Claybrook, both were hard for me to love or hate since I kept seeing them as the face of their character type's cliche.
In fact, I was more intrigued by Margaretha's mother ("I wasn't always a sheltered duchess"? I need to know more about that and her story) or Margaretha's brother, Valten (I really connect with truly pessimistic characters. I would have loved a story between Valten and Gisela).
while Margaretha was a bit cliche, I did enjoy her character. I felt as if she behaved younger than she could have, but her personality was fun.

There was also a lot of telling instead of showing through out the book. and often times, the emotions displayed by the characters felt half hashed. I think 80% of every in look to Colin's thoughts were telling us how bad he wanted to kiss Margaretha, instead of at least showing us. The romance felt dry, therefore, because of it, and even their kiss scenes felt, to me the reader, rather passionless.

The setting felt sparse. At first, I was excited to read a novel set in early Germany, but it ended up becoming clear that while the setting did play a semi-important part in the novel, it didn't seem too important. aside from some interjected German phrases (that were rarely translated for us) and cities and people with German names, this could have easily been a novel set in England. The setting was there, but the culture was not.

And was Ms. Dickerson going for a Princess and the Frog sort of retelling? I hope not because...that was a great fail if she was.

in summary, The a Princess Spy was sweet. it was fun. and it was entertaining. but it fell short of my expectations. More than half the novel seemed to just involved Colin and Margaretha just walking. It wasn't too boring, as it had what little there was of the romantic development to spice it up (and by 'romantic development', I mean, Colin wanting to kiss Margaretha every time he looked at her, which was, again, telling us that he was falling in love and not showing us how much he loved her).

you know that feeling when you order a soft drink and anticipate the burning bubbly sensation, only to discover that the drink is flat and has more syrup than carbonation and is just flat, sweet liquid?
that's how I felt with this novel.
and I'm sorry because I did so look forward to it. (Posted on 1/3/2015)

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